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An Exercise Strategy You Can Use Right Now – No Equipment Required!

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

One of the highlights of the Dr. Radio interview on 1.16.13 was a discussion about what you can realistically expect from doing small doses of exercise. The fact is that you can have a dramatic impact on your health and appearance by being consistent and doing "a little bit a lot."

Take, for example, the "4 for Life" exercises. Together these four exercises create a mini full-body conditioning workout that can be done in a few minutes, anytime, anywhere, using just your own body weight. Use them as the building blocks of your program and the baseline to which you return if you are short of time. When life becomes hectic, they are the ideal "active rest" from your full program.

These functional four exercises work the major muscle groups of the legs, upper body and core in
an integrated way, the way you move in life:

  • The Squat works the large muscles of the legs and is the most functional of all exercises.
  • The Push-Up targets the chest, shoulder and triceps in one move.
  • The Back Extension is a primary exercise for good posture since it strengthens and lengthens the muscles that run the length of your spine.
  • The Pelvic Tilt flattens the belly, strengthens the abdomen and stretches the low back.

Check them out here and don't wait another day to kick start your exercise program for the New Year.

Joan Returns to Dr. Radio: How’s Your Workout Working Out for You?

Sunday, January 13th, 2013


Just in time to get your head around your workout plan for the New Year! Take advantage of this opportunity to ask me anything you want about your exercise routine.

Call in with your questions and comments to 877-NYU-DOCS this Wednesday, January 16 from 8-9 am ET when I appear live on Sirius XM's Dr. Radio show.

I'll share all the insider tips that I've learned over the past 25 years as a fitness professional and answer questions such as:

  • How do you define your goals in an exercise program?
  • How much exercise do you have to do to reach your goals?
  • What results can you realistically expect within 8-12 weeks?
  • What can you do about post-holiday weight gain and belly fat?
  • Are you having trouble getting back on track?

Host Dr. Marina Kurian sparks a lively dialogue in her show and engages her audience with humor and personal insight. I'm always delighted to appear with her! Catch us live this week:

LISTEN LIVE: Dr. Radio Show
DATE: Wednesday, January 16
TIME: 8:00-9:00 am ET
LOCATION: Sirius XM Radio Channel.81
Call in with questions/comments: 877-NYU-DOCS

Joan Appears on The Mary Jones Radio Show 1.3.12

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

In case you missed my live interview on the Mary Jones Show last Thursday, you can catch it here now. Mary is a dynamic host and we had a lot of fun chatting about practical fitness tips for the New Year and discussing questions like:

  • Did you make one of the top two New Year's resolutions?
  • How much exercise do you need to lose weight?
  • How can you bust a weight plateau?
  • What does it mean if you are using your arms to get up from a chair?
  • What did Mary Jones do about her (formerly) "flabby arms"?
  • How did Jacqueline Kennedy use strength training to regain her "fearless" edge?

Listen now for answers to these and other questions. The interview runs 22:26 minutes in length.

Gearing Up for the New Year

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Boost your confidence for having the body you want!  For practical fitness tips that will help you  become trimmer, stronger, and more energetic, tune into my live interview this week on the Mary Jones Radio Show.

As we age we lose strength and stamina…and gain weight and belly fat!  I can help restore lost vitality and keep you looking good in your jeans using easy "real life" exercise methods that will work for you.  You can keep up with your fitness routine to see healthy results.  Remember:  Aging gracefully takes muscle!

LISTEN LIVE:    The Mary Jones Show

DATE:                  Thursday, January 3, 2013

TIME:                   1:15 pm ET

LOCATION:        Connecticut Radio Stations

WDRC-AM 1360, WSNG-AM 610, WMMW-AM 1470 and WWCO-AM 1240


WDRC-AM 1360, WSNG-AM 610, WMMW-AM 1470 and WWCO-AM 1240

Happy New Year!!