Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 25 years experience teaching exercise in New York City. To read her complete bio, visit the About Page.
HOW TO USE IT: Non-slip flat disks, for use on smooth indoor surface.
PORTABILITY: Available in sets of 6, 10 or 12 dots. Each dot is 10″ in diameter. Dots are lightweight and portable. Toss in a carry bag, or on car seat.
BENEFITS: Improve balance and range of motion. Suitable for any level of fitness, including older adults. Price: around $25.00 for 1 set of 10 disks. Larger sets range $30.00 to $40.00.
TYPE OF WORKOUT:Hops, jumps and balance drills. For increased challenge, use more than 1 set, and/or combine with Agility Ladders and Rings. Excellent for seniors who want to improve balance.
Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 25 years experience teaching exercise in New York City. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.
EQUIPMENT OF THE MONTH: Trigger Point Foam Massage Ball For Deep Tissue Massage
CATEGORY: Flexibility, Relaxation, Circulation
HOW TO USE IT: Same technique as the standard foam roller.Roll the ball onto tender spots on legs, thighs, buttocks, hips, back, chest.
PORTABILITY: The ball measures 5″ in diameter. Toss in a bag, or backpack. Takes up little space. Weighs 5.8 ounce.
BENEFITS: Relieves tightness, restores flexibility and mobility.
Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 23 years experience teaching exercise in New York City. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.
Recommended Product: The Peanut is a good choice for older adults, pregnant women, rehab patients, or anyone who needs more stability than the standard exercise, ballduring exercise.
Product Category: Core Strength, Balance and Stability.
How To Use It: The Peanut Stability Ball activates the core muscles and improves balance. Easier to control than the standard stability ball.
Portability: Remove the air from the ball, and you can carry it anywhere in a tote, or shopping bag. The inflated peanut shaped ball takes up more room than the standard size stability ball. You may need to purchase a pump, unless it’s included in the price.
Benefits: Excellent addition to a home gym. Cost effective. Offers a total body workout. Often includes exercise chart with purchase. The Peanut Stability Ball acclimates older adults to core balance training.
Type of Workout: Seated, prone, and supine exercises
Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 23 years experience teaching exercise in New York City.. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.
Here are 10 gift suggestions, on how to invest your tax refund, into health and fitness, for yourself, a family member, or a friend.
PORTABLE JUICER: Buy a juicer and start drinking fresh juice instead of store bought juice, or soda pop. Click on the link to read more about this fruit juicer, and smoothie maker. This one is priced around $23.00 on Amazon.
RICE COOKER: Buy a rice cooker to prepare brown rice, instead of that white yucky rice that gets stuck to the bottom of the pan. Click on the link to read about an Oster brand for around $20.00 at Amazon.
VEGETABLE STEAMER: This link will take you to Amazon where you can read about simple, inexpensive stainless steel steamers, and more complex digital models. Cooking vegetables in a steamer retains the vitamins, minerals, taste, color, and texture of food.
OLIVE OIL MISTER-SPRAYER: Fill the mister with oil and herbs and mist your food instead of dumping excess oil over your meals. This device allows you to control your portion, and helps to cut back on calories. This mister sells for around $20.00 on Amazon.
QUICK VEGETABLE SPIRAL SLICER: Instantly turns zucchini into spaghetti. Cut back on grains, and add more veggies to your diet with this easy-to-use, hand-held, kitchen gadget..
EXERCISE MAT: Treat yourself to a thick exercise mat instead of that old worn out excuse-for-a-mat that you’ve had for longer than you remember. MatsMatsMats.com sells a wide selection of exercise mats.
SUBSCRIPTIONS: There’s a magazine for every type of recreational activity. Magazines educate, inform, and keep you up-to-date on your sport. If you’re planning an adventure recreational adventure magazines will help you plan your trip. Here are ideas: Cycling, Backpacking, Downhill or Cross Country Skiing, Yoga, Pilates, Bowling, Running, Kayaking, Climbing, Canoeing. Search either of these websites for fitness and health magazine subscriptions: Magazine.com , Amazon.com.