This Is Your Brain On Exercise

Everyone knows exercise is good for you, but most people do it to 'lose weight and get in shape'.  Burn off that bodyfat and tone those muscles!  Exercise does so much more than simply burn fuel and shape our muscles, it makes us feel good!  It increases the blood flow to not only our muscles, heart and lungs, but also to our most important body part...our brain.  Exercise stimulates muscle AND brain cell growth.  It makes you smart AND good looking! One of my favorite books on this subject is Spark by John J. Ratey, MD.  I read it back in 2008, so when my son's fourth grade teacher, Miranda Reagan, decided to "spark" her students' brains to help them relieve stress and increase … [Read more...]

The Fitness Experiment of a Lifetime

I am a Health Coach, a Trainer, a Nutritionist.  Most of my blogs are about my passion, nutrition.  But, it seems the question I get after, "What do you recommend to eat?", comes "What do you recommend for exercise?".  This is a post to help answer that question.  I recommend hormesis.  Most of the workouts I perform on my clients and myself are short and sweet.  Acute not chronic.  I have been training this way for 32 years.  I attribute my staying fit, and feeling much younger than I am, to hormesis.  I very rarely have injuries with this type of training, and it has served me well in keeping my body, and my client's bodies, aesthetically and physically healthy.  Hormesis, as it … [Read more...]

The Best Health Tip Ever!

I recently watched this powerful video that explains the single most important thing you can do to improve your health. I know, this sounds like the lead-in to one of those health scams trying to sell you something. Trust me, this one is legit, and entertaining! It may not melt off the pounds, but it can add years to your life and life to your years. … [Read more...]

Get Outside and Play!

How do you feel after a long walk outside? Energized and renewed.  We are not genetically engineered to spend hours in a chair, indoors.  Get outside and play!  You don't really need a gym to get "exercise".  Just go for a walk, get some vitamin D,  fresh air, and quality time with nature. Check out this great blog by Mark Sisson and find out why open air and nature is so important to our mental and physical health.  If you are in the mood for more information about the importance of getting outside check out the book, Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv for a great read.   … [Read more...]

Oxygen Magazine Comes to Life!

Come by Quick Fitness 24/7 in Maryville, TN to see the Dec. Oxygen Magazine "Sexy Tricep" workout come to life.  I will be demonstrating the workout Thursday, Dec. 8th at 7pm and Saturday, Dec. 10th at 10am.  Email me ppm@HealthCoachPenny.com to confirm your spot. I would love for you to see all my videos.  A lot more on the way! … [Read more...]

A Day in The Life of Joe Black

    It is not an easy task to to follow Joe Black around on one of his typical days. Beginning at the gym at 5:30am, heading to work, shooting some hoops or hitting the road on his bike, then Maryville High School football pre-game meal and athlete taping. Finishing off with a win for the Maryville Rebels! Who knows where he was flying off too...hopefully a well deserved vacation! I know I need one after trying to keep up with "Your Not So Average Joe"! … [Read more...]

Get Out & Play!

Who needs a gym! Just head outside, get some vitamin D, and PLAY! Watch this full body workout in beautiful Maryville, TN. … [Read more...]