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Meet Sylvia.

Just 20-30 minutes of Walking each day is great especially for those who find themselves sitting for most of the day.

Just 20-30 minutes of Walking each day is great especially for those who find themselves sitting for most of the day.

Even though age is just a number, the fact that Sylvia is 93 and is still going strong is wonderful.  Part of our routine is the simple act of walking.  In order to this, she needs to push herself up from her chair, plant her feet firmly down, and lift her body into a comfortable upright position, to then grab a hold of the handles of her walker.  Push and lift.  Those are the actions simplified.  PUSH / LIFT.  This action I consider an exercise in and of itself: the ability to lift oneself out from a chair.  It’s a challenge not only for Sylvia sometimes, but for many seniors.  The cooperation of many muscles is necessary for this movement: those in the shoulders (front deltoids) and upper arms (triceps), chest (deltoids), lower back (latissimus dorsi), core (rectus abdominus), and legs (quadriceps).  Push.  Lift.  A “warm-up” method sometimes used is a 1,2,3-lift!  Whereby Sylvia rocks with a little lift on each number, with the big push and lift on #3.

I decided to add in the TRX Suspension Trainer to incorporate more muscles in a PULL / LIFT method.  Not only does this exercise put more effort into the major muscles not being used as much in the PUSH/LIFT method: arms (biceps now more than triceps), shoulders (rear more so than front deltoids), upper back (rhomboids, scapula), legs (hamstrings now more than quadriceps), and core, it also mimics the act if one was to fall.  Grip is also strengthened.  This is extremely important as we get older.  How to lift oneself up off the ground.  I have clients, with whom I am able to do exercises on the floor, that need to hold onto to either my arm or something nearby to stand.  The “row” exercise on the TRX is a fantastic way to develop this ability, not only physically but mentally, and be comfortable with lifting one’s own body.

If they’re able, I work on planks with my clients, and pushups of different modifications, to be comfortable and strong enough to either hold themselves up, or push themselves up off the ground.  However, I learned that in most situations, with either training clients or witnessing falls in the senior community, the person has had the ability to roll themselves over to then have assistance or find something to hold onto.  It’s the second part – the pulling and lifting, that is the essential second half of being able to get up off the ground.

A story I like to share was once I was working at a gym in a senior community.  A woman of senior age fell as she tried to step up over the curb and onto the sidewalk.  A woman of senior age tried to help.  He fell.  This is when I was notified and ran to see them both struggling in the parking lot.  I helped them each individually, with a female employee’s assistance.  If not to help yourself get off the ground, be strong enough to help someone you’re with.

Please consult with your physician before attempting any personal training routine.  You may contact with me any questions or comments below.  Check out these links for more information:

Gentle Movement for Seniors on Magic Sandbox

“Fitting in Health”: the articles

The Importance of Functional Movement in Seniors

TRX Suspension Training


Shrink to Life

Personal message by Coach Carey:

I have been fat.
I have been thin.
I have been an exercise fanatic.
I have been someone who loves nothing more than sleeping.
I have been a sad, exhausted, bitter, too-tired, too-lazy, too-unmotivated to lose weight, depressive.
I have been a happy, fit, full of energy, full of life, go-getter.

I have been loving and kind.
I have been angry and mean.

I can admit that when my weight goes up, it has made me feel trapped from enjoying my life.
I can admit that when I’m thin and healthy, I am at my best. I am my kindest and most open. I am happy.

It’s not just about the way I look, it’s about the way I feel.
I have lost weight and said to myself, this is it. The weight will never come back and I will always stay at my healthiest…
and then I’ve gained the weight again.

I have finally found a way to break the cycle, to end the roller coasters.
I want to share my new found health and zest for life with everyone I know.

It’s easy to feel trapped when you battle extra weight.
The cycle of losing and gaining weight is frustrating and can easily spiral out of control.
Put an end to the roller coaster once and for all.
Free yourself and see how much fun life can be.


16 pounds in 90 days!
Ask me how!


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From Carey’s kitchen:

Maintenance Phase Meals

Maintenance Phase Meals

Lean and Green Meals

Lean and Green Meals


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TreeUmph! Adventure Course >>> the ground is overrated…


TreeUmph! is the epitome of the main philosophy of Magic Sandbox.   A big playground for not only adults but for everyone of all ages.  A way to challenge yourself; come out of your own shell; gain confidence; fight your fears; to open the circle of communication and camaraderie among family, friends, and strangers, and more.  It’s not just climbing in the trees, it’s not just a playground, it’s a place of personal discovery.  Screen Shot 2013-07-24 at 4.27.59 PM

When I was on each course, I was sharing with my fiancé and our group that each obstacle is like our own personal challenges in life.  Sure, we may help each other get across them, offer guidance on how to tackle them, but it is really up to us as the individual to figure it out on our own.   

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Adventurers ages 7 and up catch the excitement as you make your way along a self-guided aerial tour, stopping whenever you’ve reached your personal best. You’ll start out learning the ropes on our Harness Course, then take to the trees on rugged equipment that’s built to the highest safety standards in the industry.

Adventurers ages 7 and up catch the excitement as you make your way along a self-guided aerial tour, stopping whenever you’ve reached your personal best. You’ll start out learning the ropes on our Harness Course, then take to the trees on rugged equipment that’s built to the highest safety standards in the industry.


CoursesTopAt TreeUmph! Adventure Course, we offer options for nearly everyone. Check out our course descriptions to choose a ticket for the adventure that’s right for you.


Safety First: Everyone starts out on one of two Harness Courses, where you’ll learn the rules of the park, how to use your climbing gear and our mandatory safety procedures.


Pay Attention: After a brief tutorial, there will be a test!

We’ll ask you to demonstrate what you learned on a low, short course by climbing ladders, crossing a tight rope, completing a monkey bridge and descending a ladder to the ground. Complete your tasks while following all of the safety rules, and our guide will give you the green light to go full-speed ahead on the other courses.


Children’s Ticket (ages 7 to 11)

Junior Ticket (ages 9 to 11)

Adult Ticket (ages 12+)

Senior Ticket (ages 65+)

CALL TOLL FREE: 855-322-2130


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This Is Your Body on Processed Food

This Is Your Body on Processed Food.

Artist Stefani Bardin, TEDxManhattan 2011 Fellow, shows us her latest project — using a “smartpill” to reveal how we digest differently processed foods.

Stefani produces videos and immersive, interactive installations that explores the influences of corporate culture and industrial food production. Her current project works with gastroenterologist Dr. Braden Kuo at Harvard University where they just completed the first ever clinical study to use the M2A™ and SmartPill devices that look at how the human body responds to processed versus whole foods. She is an Honorary Resident at Eyebeam Art +Technology Center in New York and teaches in the School of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design and in the Food Studies Program at The New School for Public Engagement.

ref:  MindBodyGreen

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