12 Healthy Gift Ideas for Grandparents

Are you looking for gifts to keep your grandparent or parent healthy and safe? Here are 12 gifts that work for that.

This list was composed by Kathie Owen, Certified Specialist in Senior Fitness since 2004 and Silver Sneakers Instructor since 2006.


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1. As we age we lose balance. We all need to practice balance and these little disks help you accomplish just that and more. The disk comes with instruction manual and exercise ideas.


2. A foam roller is not just for the gym. You can work on muscle tightness right in the chair you sit in all day. You can even use this on your grandparent or family member and roll out tight muscles!

3. Did you know that a fall is the main cause of injury in older adults? Apple Smart Watch that detects a fall and will even call EMS. You can use the smart watch for fitness and many other tracking...

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Mindset Changes for The Season

What is the absolute best thing about fall?

 For me, this season is a time of change and to reflect on what we need to let go of, like the leaves falling from the trees.

 Of course, I love the feeling of this time of year, too! The seasons are changing and holidays are coming.

As for mindset though I look at this season like this:

  • Where do your habits stand right now? Is there anything you'd like to change?
  • Going into the holidays, how solid are you in your habits for health and wellness?
  • Where is your mindset around food going into the holidays?
  • Where can you change things now so you will be ready for the season?

Remember only strive to be 1% better today than yesterday. It's easier that way and changes are made that way. True and lasting changes are made that way.

What’s the change of season mean to you?

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4 Menopause Products I Swear By!

I can't say that I have hit menopause yet but I am close. I am 56 years young as of this post in 2021.

BUT my cycle actually stopped in June of 2021. Then I got the jab - #2 in August and the day after that jab my cycle came back in full force.

I had every menopause symptom you could think of and it was horrible. I even had depression like I had not felt in over 10 years! (Survivor of Complex PTSD here!)

I have been bound and determined to not suffer from this much-anticipated event and there I was sitting there with every symptom in the book. 

I knew my fitness routine helped keep menopause symptoms at bay. I also knew of simple products to help alleviate these symptoms.

Here are 4 products I swear by:

#1.  Progesteo-Life Cream - this is a cream you rub on your wrists and abdomen twice daily. It helps me with sleep (yes I was having trouble sleeping after the 2nd jab). I feel it also keeps me calm and does away with some anxiety. Could it be all in my head? Absolutely but...

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8 Tips to Improve Sleep

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Ah, sleep, my favorite topic. If you know me, you know I say there are 2 things you don't mess with me on and that is #1. My sleep. and #2 My sleep! 
Did you know that poor sleep habits can contribute to many hormone imbalances and actually age you prematurely? Not to mention several poor nights' sleep will just put you in a funk and leaving you feeling foggy in the mind and body.
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Well, don't worry because I am about to give you some tips on sleeping that just might help alleviate and solve any sleep issues you may be dealing with currently.
  • Take a warm bath or shower before bedtime. Add some Epsom Salt for extra calming benefit. Had a strenuous workout that day? The Epsom Salt will help alleviate sore muscles too. I like Dr. Teal's Epsom Salt.
  • Stretch or yoga. Do a few stretches or yoga poses to get you relaxed and ready to lay down in bed.
  • ...
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Number One Cardio Mistake

I cannot believe trainers are not talking about this. And those cute little 30 something-year-old trainers NEVER mention this! What is it?


Your heart and lungs (cardiovascular system) are the most important muscle in your body. 

Why aren't trainers talking about this?

  • Max Heart Rate
  • Spikes in the heart rate
  • Deep breathing


Back in the old days, I would train someone on the treadmill while they held the heart rate sensors. I would do a fitness test to see how fit the client is or was becoming after working with me.

Today we have the SmartWatch and this is the greatest invention for your fitness. Why? Because you can test your fitness every single day on your own.

You have on your wrist your very own personal trainer.

In fact, during COVID and afterward, this is how I make sure my clients are getting the very best workouts - or not! 

Take a look at these two workouts, sent to me from different...

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10 Tips To Eat Intuitively Through The Holidays or Any Day

The holidays are right around the corner. Or not, if you happen to be reading this in February. However, it is not too early or late to consider eating intuitively. Here are 10 Tips to Eating Intuitively Through the Holidays or Any Day!!

1. Do Not Engage in Diet Talk

Decide right now that you are not going to take part in conversations that support diet culture. When we get together with friends and family over the holidays it’s inevitable that someone will bring up how the food is going to affect their body shape or size, someone will tell you all about their diet plan or exercise routine, and/or someone will tell you their big, diet-culture inspired New Years Resolutions. You do not have to engage in this conversation. You don’t have to explain your food and body beliefs if you don’t feel up to it.  You can aim at changing the subject or you can simply excuse yourself.

2. Know that it’s Okay to Say No

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How to Use An Apple Watch For Fitness

Did you know that you can use your Apple Watch Stats to analyze your workout stats?

In fact, this is how I analyzed my in-person training clients during the pandemic.

And I am going to teach you the method today!


  • Step #1: Pull up your exercise guy he looks like this: 
  • Step #2: Enter Traditional Strength Training (every single time you exercise unless you are walking and want to know your distance) There is a reason for this!! Hold on.
  • Step #3: Do your workout
  • Step #4: Analyze your heart rate and ACTIVE CALORIES (details in video)
  • Step #5: When finished Swipe Left to End Workout 

To analyze your results do as follows: (quick video will be attached here)

  • Step #1: Go to Your 3 Circles (details in video)
  • Step #2: Go to workouts and click the one you want to analyze
  • Step #3: Take a screenshot of the workout.

The things you want to analyze:

  1. Time - how long were you exercising?
  2. How many active calories did you burn?
  3. Was your heart rate spikey?

Here are common...

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The Power of a Smile

Meet Sarah, she hired me to teach her how to do push-ups as she needed to be able to perform 20 push-ups to get into the military.

Link to the video here!

The very first thing I had her do was perform a push-up. She said, "I can't! That's why I hired you."

Oh no she didn’t. “Can’t never did anything and it’s still in the dictionary! Just show me!” I said. I knew she was physically able. She was 18 and fit. Her mindset was off.

She proceeded to get down on the mat and tried her push-ups. “Oooonnnne.” She grunted in disgust. “Twooo.”

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“STOP!” I yelled, startling others in the gym. I knew right then and there those military guys were going to eat her for lunch like a hamburger.

Let me just tell you, that girl learned how to do push-ups and then some that day.

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How to Start Your Day with Clarity and Focus

Stop the mind screw my friend. Getting clarity and focus to start your day can and will drastically improve your life.

And it's simple. Let's discuss.

I get it. I used to be one to sleep until the last possible minute. But then something changed.


I found a morning routine that I just love and I also love how it changed my life - for the better!! And think about this: it's more important than getting that extra hour or two of sleep.

Here are 8 tips to help you get more clarity and focus to start your day!

#1. Make sure you get a reasonable amount of sleep. Schedule 7-8 hours of sleep per night. I get it this might be difficult for some. But when you do #6 correctly you will have no problem sleeping.

This might mean going to bed earlier and having an evening routine that will encourage your sleep.

#2. Take 5 minutes of stillness. Do this first thing upon waking. Just lay there in bed and intentionally smile. Immerse yourself in all 5 senses and set "great" intentions for the...

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Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway!

Hurricane Nicholas hit in the middle of the night last night. It got very windy and we lost power a few times but nothing drastic.

Driving into work this morning I notice broken limbs everywhere. It was Mother Nature to blame. But was she really to blame or is this just the thing that needed to take place to blow out the old?

Watch the replay video here!

The last few weeks have been difficult for me. I am not going to lie. Some of it I actually cannot speak about because it is still a wound. (I talk about scars not wounds )

But I did learn some valuable things about myself during this time and my coping skills.

One story I can share is my business struggles. One of the very best things to come out of Digital Course Academy with Amy Porterfield was the Accountability Pod which is a mastermind. I have a group of 4 people.  Link to Amy's website:  www.amyporterfield.com


I often get sidetracked and this time I came across another coach online who wanted me to...

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