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Finding Your Perfect Match… in a Workout Buddy

Monday, August 20th, 2012

The law of attraction may not be the key when it comes to the psychology of choosing the best workout buddy.   Personality and temperament go a long way in finding a compatible exercise partner, but the traits can be very different from those you cherish in your romantic partner or best friend.

Rather than following your heart, use a common sense strategy. What works for you is as unique as your own personality, your personal likes and dislikes, your goals in an exercise program and your individual resources - such as your available time, money and space. To find a good match in a workout partner, look for someone who has similar orientation as you. What are your personal preferences? Do you prefer to work out in the morning or evening? Indoors or outdoors? At home or in a gym?

For some of the personality characteristics you might want to consider in picking a workout buddy, read my comments in Linda Wasmer Andrews blog "Minding the Body: The guide to health and happiness". 

Post: "Eight Traits of the Perfect Workout Partner:
Fitness experts share tips on finding the right exercise buddy"

Motivation to Exercise: A Personal Story

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

My husband James and I just returned from month-long travels, including two weeks in Croatia.

We chose to be as active as possible - hiking in magnificent national parks, climbing up hundreds of steps in ancient walled cities, swimming in clear green waters, and hiking mountain trails.   At 66 years young, I was delighted to be fit enough to embrace all of these challenges without hesitation.

I was thrilled to be able to manage the rigors of travel – hiking the length of airports with luggage, sleeping in cramped berths on boats, sitting for hours in airplanes, trains and cars.  My low back and neck never complained, no matter how many different positions I subjected them to.  I was able to manage my luggage without creating any distress in my upper back and shoulders.  My stamina prevailed over jet-lag (with an occasional afternoon nap, of course!)

Only my calves protested this ambitious itinerary by cramping at night.  My legs were stiff in the morning, so I started every day by stretching in bed. My routine:  Point and flex feet; stretch hamstrings, glutes and inner thighs; do a spinal twist; finish with child's pose. And ready to go!

Several times during the trip, James and I asked each other how many more years we have to make a trip like this.  I say we have more than a few and I'm determined to maintain my present level of conditioning so that we can.  I came back with a renewed dedication to my personal fitness training program as "travel insurance" for the future.


Join Joan on Doctor Radio: Going for the Gold Takes Muscle

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Watching the world class athletes of the Olympics perform is one part of the thrill; admiring their beautifully sculpted bodies is the other.  Strength training has become a critical part of their preparation, building both strength and endurance…and muscle definition.

Join me on Wednesday, August 8, when I appear once again on Dr. Marina Kurian's "Doctor Radio" show.  She is Bariatric Surgeon and Medical Director for the NYU Langone Weight Management Program.  She's also very dynamic and a lot of fun!

Tune in to learn more about body sculpting techniques that will work for you.

Call in to 877-NYU-DOCS with questions/comments.

Topic: Body Sculpting and Strength Training
Date: Wednesday, August 8
Time: 9-10 am ET
Place: SiriusXM Radio Channel. 81