Category Archives: Fitness

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Quick Tip: Stand Up Every Hour for Better Health

A few years back a medical study revealed that sitting down all day at work, or otherwise, is literally killing us. It makes no difference if you exercise either. Hours bent over your computer are having serious effects on your spine, your legs, even your digestive system. I have an app on my iPhone called Chime, that I set to ping softly at the top of every hour. signaling me to stand up, even if I can’t leave the work area. My other trick is drinking LOTS of water. That way, I’ll usually have to get up and go to the bathroom. Below is a visual example of how sitting all day is hurting us. Continue reading

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How to Lose 5 Pounds in 10 days Without Dieting

You already know the rules: You must burn off more than you eat in order to lose weight. You know this. You need to drink more water. You know this. You shouldn’t have cake for breakfast. You really should know this. You’re reading this because you want to lose weight faster. Well the concept is very simple. In order to lose 5 pounds in 10 days without dieting you need to redefine 4 things: How you eat, how you workout, how you sleep and your perception of weight loss. Continue reading


My New Outlook Fitness

As many of you know, this year has been a challenging one for me physically. As a result, my entire outlook on fitness, and what it means to be healthy has changed. I wasn’t entirely out of shape before I was hospitalized back in December 2013, but I wasn’t a size 6 either. Then when I actually lost the ability to walk properly, I really could care less what size I was, Continue reading

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Review: MisFit Shine Activity Tracker

Back in February of this year when I decided to use some credit card points towards a new fitness tracker, I was actually looking to get the FitBit. However, after it was reportedly giving people chemical burns, I decided against it and went with the next highest rated tracker within my price range, the MisFit Shine. This review focuses on the Shine and the related free iPhone app ver. 1.13.2(warning: this post is pic heavy) Continue reading

DIY Workouts on a Budget

One of my New Year’s Resolutions (like half the country) is to shed a few pounds. But another New Year’s Resolution is to stick to a budget! A third New Year’s resolution is to keep things simple. That’s means I’m not going to pay for a gym membership that I will barely use, I will take exercise seriously, but I’m not spending half the day doing it. What I have been doing lately is a combo of Continue reading


Guest Post: “Five Reasons To Exercise”

Fellow blogger Elizabeth Mitchell, is a Healthy Lifestyle Consultant, Fitness Trainer and author of the and the website The Fitness Hustle. She was kind enough to be a guest blogger on Savvy Brown this week. Both Elizabeth’s blog and website have some great tips about clean eating,  getting and  staying fit the healthy way.

“Five Reasons to Exercise”
by Elizabeth Mitchell

I remember it like it was yesterday. I was constantly telling my dad to “stay away from those ribs and chopped pork”. And asking, “How long has it been since you’ve been on that bike?” Continue reading

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Yoga Over 30

My friend Anna is a certified Yoga Instructor in Manhattan, and one day I asked her if she’d write a  post about the benefits of yoga for women (like myself) who are over 30. Here’s her post, lemme know your thoughts…

Yoga is defined “union”. It’s the union of breath and movement. It is described as an 8-limbed approach to find peace. To learn more about the “8-Limbs” click here. The most recognized limb in most of America is Asana- a sanskrit word which literally means “seat”. An Asana is a body position, typically associated with the practice of Yoga, intended primarily to restore and maintain a practitioner’s well-being, improve the body’s flexibility and vitality, and promote the ability to remain in seated meditation for extended periods.

Bottom line… Why try this practice if you are a woman over 30?

There are so many reasons I will start with these and hopefully they are enough to encourage you to get on the mat or outside:

BREATHE AND FOCUS – We do it all the time, but rarely give it thought or breathe deeply enough to truly fill our lungs or focus on emptying them so we can re-energize. One of the goals of the practice is to get your mind to focus on one thing at a time – uniting your breath with the movement- or stillness you are experiencing in a given pose. The hope being that this single-minded focus (on our breathe) will enable us to maintain serenity when faced with a barrage of real-life stressors and BREATHE before responding.

WEIGHT LOSS -I’ve found that once I started to practice I wanted to be more aware of what I ate, when, and how I felt about food. Buddhists believe that we are interconnected to the Ommm (or spirit energy) in all things.  This has made me evaluate what I want to put into my body before class.I find that after a yoga class the last thing in the world I crave is a big hamburger. Test it out and see if your body doesn’t start to crave different kinds of food and Continue reading