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10-Minute Walk Campaign and Fitness Challenge

10-Minute Walk Campaign and Fitness Challenge

October 10, 2019

It's 10-10! Are you participating in the 10-Minute Walk Campaign? Learn more about it and the fitness challenge I've created to help you join in on the fun by tuning into today's episodes.

Earlier this month while visiting my hometown (shout out to West Hartford, Connecticut!), I learned about the campaign while browsing the Leisure Services brochure. It's goal? To have all residents live within a 10-minute walk of a public park or playground. According to the Town of West Hartford, 80% of residents currently live within 10 minutes of park. Do you? Put your town to the test today!

The  10-Minute Walk campaign is a national effort organized jointly by the Trust for Public Land and the National Recreation and Park Association, based on the goal of everyone living within a 10-minute walk of a public park.

This 10th day of the 10th month of the year, I hope you'll see how your community measures up. Do you live 10 minutes or less from a community park? If not, you are encouraged to contact your local government to urge them to participate in the campaign. Learn more about it here: https://10minutewalk.org

Whether your community meets the 10-minute walk standard or not, you are invited to join in on a fitness challenge designed to have you put it to the 10-minute test. All this month (10/10-11/10/2019), get walking toward your park and post about your experience. Tag me (@FitArmadillo) on social media (Facebook or Instagram) and you'll be entered into a drawing for a signed hardback copy of my book, Superwomen Secrets Revealed: Successful Women Talk About Fitting in Fitness and Dare You to Join Them for help keeping your fitness motivation.

In other news: The book comes out as a paperback next month! Whether you're feeling lucky enough to win it or not, you can preview the book by joining the book launch team: FitArmadillo.com/BookLaunch.

Happy walking!

 P.S. On Instagram? See a sample post I shared HERE.

 

200th Episode Celebration & Top 5 Countdown

200th Episode Celebration & Top 5 Countdown

August 1, 2019

We might be saying hello to a new month, but it's time to say goodbye to The Fit Fifteen podcast show...for now.  Join your host in a countdown of the top 5 episodes of the show this season before sending in your requests for show topics and guests (Podcast@FitArmadillo.com is the best way to get in touch). 

A few other important notes:

1. Host Catherine will be attending a workshop on running injuries next week. Send in any questions for the physical therapists she'll be learning from by Monday, August 5th so she can try to get them answered for you. For running focused tips be sure you're on the Fit Armadillo runner's email list: FitArmadillo.com/Runners

2. Share your feedback for a chance at a copy of Catherine's book, Superwomen Secrets Revealed - email your Qs and/or proof of a recent podcast review and be entered into the drawing for a hardback of the book. One lucky winner will be announced each month. Good luck!

3. There is a giveaway already happening. Tune into this week's episodes with the CEO and President of Produce for Better Health Foundation to learn more about that and follow Catherine to see what she's going to be..."cooking" for a party this weekend that's challenge approved.

4. For updates in between this season and next get on our regular email list: FitArmadillo.com/Alist

Show notes: FitArmadillo.com/Podcast

How to Eat More Fruits and Veggies | President and CEO of Produce for Better Health Foundation Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak

How to Eat More Fruits and Veggies | President and CEO of Produce for Better Health Foundation Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak

July 31, 2019

Did you know only 1 in 10 Americans eat the recommended number of fruits and vegetables? Yesterday, President and CEO of Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak stopped by to share some of the reasons for this sad statistic as well as what to focus on if you'd like to become a healthier, happier fruit and veggie fan. Today, she comes back to continue the conversation and share more about the PBH's exciting Have A Plant™ consumer movement, which replaces the Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® public education program.  Even if you're one of the 10% of Americans who already enjoys all the added health and happiness fruits and veggies offer, you'll benefit from the insights the team learned in creating this program.  Get excited to go behind the scenes of the research and understand how you can start to make positive changes in your own behavior by implementing the tips shared here. If you were never really motivated by knowledge based "5 a day" or "more matters" reminders, you'll find out why! 

 

Finally, we hope you'll join us and Have a Plant! Check out yesterday's show notes HERE to learn about the challenge I've posed to you this week.

Show notes: FitArmadillo.com/Podcast

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Want a Happier Life? Have a Plant! President and CEO of Produce for Better Health Foundation Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak Explains

Want a Happier Life? Have a Plant! President and CEO of Produce for Better Health Foundation Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak Explains

July 30, 2019

Wish your life was a little happier? Have a plant! President and CEO of Produce for Better Health Foundation and registered dietitian, Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, shares why having a plant read: eating more fruits and vegetables can do more than help you avoid a scolding at your next doctor's appointment. Today's episode is part I of our conversation on the exciting and inspiring Have A Plant™ consumer movement.  If you've been beating yourself up for not eating enough fruits and vegetables, but want to enjoy this habit that can make you happier, you'll enjoy the insights Wendy shares today. As an added bonus, you're invited to join my challenge to engage with the Have a Plant movement by taking the following steps:

1. Visit the PBH website and social media platforms.
2. Select a fruit or veggie focused menu item that you're excited to try and commit to getting the ingredients to do so the next week.
3. Share your finished product before you eat it and tag us @FitArmadillo @TheFitFifteen @FruitsAndVeggies and use the hashtag #HaveAPlant to be entered into the giveaway and inspire your friends and family to join in on the fun!

Show notes: FitArmadillo.com/Podcast

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Finding the Best Hiking Boots with Podiatrist Dr. Casey Ann Pidich

Finding the Best Hiking Boots with Podiatrist Dr. Casey Ann Pidich

July 29, 2019

Want to start hiking, but don't know where to begin? New hiking shoes are a great start, but finding the right hiking boots be an overwhelming process. Enter:hiking enthusiast and shoe loving podiatrist Dr. Casey Ann Pidich. Dr. Casey walks us (pun intended) through selecting hiking shoes in today's episode. Tune in to learn about the three main types of hiking boots you'll find when you do your shoe search and how to decide which one to choose based on your upcoming hikes. Dr. Casey also shares what to do to avoid having excess pain in your quadriceps and glute muscles. Also covered is the best time of day to try on hiking boots to ensure proper fit, the two main issues proper shoes and socks will help you avoid, and some basic tips on what to do if you end up getting an ankle sprain on a hike. Finally, Dr. Casey shares a favorite Poconos hiking spot, the shoes she's loving (find them on Amazon HERE) and insoles she recommends for additional support in your hiking boots. 

Show notes: FitArmadillo.com/Podcast

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Hera Hub Phoenix CEO Shatha Barbour’s Fitness and Founder Journey

Hera Hub Phoenix CEO Shatha Barbour’s Fitness and Founder Journey

July 26, 2019

Hera Hub Phoenix CEO Shatha Barbour shares her fitness journey and founder journey. While Shatha was previously quite active, she unfortunately experienced a knee injury as she was opening the doors of her female-focused coworking space & business accelerator. She shares the challenges she's been through this past year and how she's coped. We also talk about Hera Hub's Phoenix location and some of the exciting events coming up at the spa-inspired workspace. One event of August 24th proves to be a great one for anyone local looking to prevent overwhelm in the face of similar life challenges. It's the AHA to exit - Starting a business bootcamp. This event is open to female founders and the general public. For more information visit the events page: https://herahub.com/phoenix/events/

Show notes: FitArmadillo.com/Podcast

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Tips Breaking Out of a Fitness Rut with Sports Psychologist Emily Saul

Tips Breaking Out of a Fitness Rut with Sports Psychologist Emily Saul

July 25, 2019

Sports Psychologist Emily Saul comes back to share tips to help you break out of a fitness rut. Whether you're lacking motivation for a sport or fitness activity you used to love or just finding it hard to get moving in general, you'll benefit from her expert insights. With her Master’s degree in Sport Psychology and Mental Health Counselor license, Emily brings a lot of educational background to the topic. However, she's also been co-leading the free fitness movement November Project in Boston. Her experience with November Project, where she motivates and challenges athletes of all abilities and walks of life, from those who “have never run before,” to those who are returning to fitness of some kind, to elite athletes has given her even more insights. Learn how the power of community matters and about this great movement that currently hosts meetups all over the world in the latter half of our conversation. And if you're wondering what a sports psychologist does or how working with a sports psychologist could benefit you? Tune into episode 194 for the first half of our conversation for the answers.

 

Show notes: FitArmadillo.com/Podcast

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Emily's Website: https://www.esaulmovement.com/

What Is Sports Psychology? Sports Psychologist Emily Saul Explains

What Is Sports Psychology? Sports Psychologist Emily Saul Explains

July 24, 2019

What does a sports psychologist do? Today's guest, sports psychologist Emily Saul, helps answer this question. Our conversation begins with Emily's insights on mental toughness, the topic I heard her speak about as part of a panel at the Boston Marathon earlier this year.  Listen in to learn about the importance of self talk and how to build your own confidence as you work on your athletic goals.  Next, Emily pulls back the curtain and shares what it's like to work with a sports psychology coach one-on-one.  You'll learn how sports psychology, a form of positive psychology, differs from traditional psychology. Emily started her sports psychology practice because she discovered, firsthand, what kind of transformative, life-changing, self-changing force physical movement can be and her passion really shines through when she speaks! Beyond her work as a sports psychology coach, Emily has been a big part of the November Project which she shares more about in part II of our conversation as well as how to regain your motivation if you're stuck in a fitness rut.

Show notes: FitArmadillo.com/Podcast

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Emily's Website: https://www.esaulmovement.com/

How to Bring Cirque-It Fitness Classes to Your City with Founder Elizabeth Skwiot

How to Bring Cirque-It Fitness Classes to Your City with Founder Elizabeth Skwiot

July 23, 2019

Want to work out like one of your favorite pop stars? You'll love Cirque-It Fitness classes. The company's circus-inspired circuit training sessions are the brainchild of today's guest, Elizabeth Skwiot, and co-founder Dreya Weber, who has worked with Madonna, Cher, P!nk, Taylor Swift, and Britney Spears on their performances. In this episode you'll learn two ways to bring this fun, effective, innovative 45-minute, full-body workout to your city. Cirque-It Fitness is currently working to expand its training centers for certified fitness professionals interested in offering this unique class and has set up a CrowdFund page for this purpose.  Want to be the 'star of your own show?' You will love some of the generous perks offered as a thank you for your donation to this fundraiser that's being shared on the iFundWomen platform. Be sure to share with your friends in the 5 key cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, and New York who want to change up their fitness routines in a fun way.  Don't live in one of these metro areas? You can still bring this innovative workout to your hometown. Share the episode with your fitness professional friends. Instructor workshops are ACE-, NASM-, and AFAA- approved and can be completed with no added equipment. Come one, come all to the future of fitness!

Show notes: FitArmadillo.com/Podcast

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Crowd Fund Page: https://ifundwomen.com/projects/cirque-it-fitness

 

See also:

Ep 106 | Founder Elizabeth's Fitness Journey and female founder journey

Meet Personal Trainer Briana Limoncelli

Meet Personal Trainer Briana Limoncelli

July 22, 2019

ACE-Certified Personal Trainer Briana Limoncelli has been working as a personal fitness trainer at Fit Armadillo since 2015 so you might have enjoyed a private fitness session or online group fitness class with her before. Today, she stops by the podcast to share more about her personal training philosophy and the core workout class she's hosting later this week. Briana has a background in gymnastics and as a competitive gymnastics coach, she has an appreciation for full body training. She believes that focusing on all areas of the body, as well as the mind, is the best way to become motivated toward our goals. Briana's passion for fitness definitely shines through in this episode. To check the online group fitness class schedule and save your spot in Briana's core workout class head here: FitArmadillo.com/Classes.

Show notes: FitArmadillo.com/Podcast

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