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Burn Calories with Winter Workouts!

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Expand your horizons beyond the gym this winter. Take your workout in the great outdoors to tone up, burn calories and stay strong. Redbook Magazine shares three of my favorite winter activities here.

  • Ice skating is a great family activity that you can pursue together, challenging your balance while working inner and outer thighs, glutes and ankles. An average woman (145 pounds) will burn 230 calories in 30 minutes.
  • Cross country skiing is the front runner for all-around aerobic benefits. It's a more complete workout than running or biking because it involves the upper body as well as the legs. The average woman will burn 260 calories in a half hour.
  • Snow shoeing is also a high calorie burn, like cross country skiing. It's more strenuous than walking or running at the same speed.  Adding poles makes it a full-body exercise as you engage the upper body.

Appropriate clothing and gear are essential to keep you safe and comfortable. Wear layers. While you’re moving you may get quite warm, but when you stop you can really feel the wind chill

Winter workouts keep you glowing! Here are a few of the health and fitness benefits of exercising outdoors:

  • Exposure to fresh air and natural light – soak up some Vitamin D.
  • Helps fight seasonal depression.
  • Manage holiday weight gain (the average weight gain is 3-5# during holiday season).
  • Maintain cardio fitness, strength, balance and coordination
  • Core strength is integral to all activities – full-body strength training will improve performance in all.

Two Key Notes for Success: Set SMART Goals and Bounce Back with Resilience

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

If you want to fulfill the promises you make to yourself, consider using a tool like SMART goal setting combined with a spirit of resilience. Following an exhilarating week of special events in Cleveland, my mind keeps gravitating to these two themes that emerged, one from the Ideastream public radio pledge drive and the other from the Shaker Heights High School Alumni Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

During the Ideastream radio show, we spelled out the method of setting SMART goals. Experts in the field of self-improvement often recommend the SMART system, stating that your goals must be Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic and Timed.  The SMART method applies to whatever goals you want to achieve, whether it's running a marathon, losing weight, finding a mate or moving up the corporate ladder.  And I'm proud to say that we walked the talk by meeting our fund-raising goal for the two-hour special! To see a specific example of how to set SMART goals for weight loss, revisit the blog post "Get Real Results with SMART Goals."

The other key note emerged from the personal stories of the inductees into the Shaker Heights High School Hall of Fame.  I was in the illustrious company of an astrophysicist, an ornithologist, and a film director, among others.  For some of us the path to our achievements was never a straight line, but a circuitous one that involved set backs and detours. Coping with road blocks and finding ways to move forward involves a resilient spirit.  You can see more about resilience in two of my recent posts, "Resilience:  Bouncing Back with Spirit" and "Seven Habits of Highly Resilient People."

A clear purpose and effective coping mechanism will allow you to follow your dreams. Keep your eye on your goal and be flexible to modify your plan if life intervenes. Your goals in exercise are a great opportunity to apply this type of thinking!

Joan Pagano (2nd from left) pictured with fellow Shaker Hall of Fame Inductees.


Deep Roots Continue to Flourish

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

How deep are your roots? As time passes it can be more and more difficult to remember the first years, the formative years, the place that gave you your start. But returning to that place, in memory or in real time, can continue to offer growth and expansion.

My personal experience of enrichment stems from the family ties and community of friends I have in Cleveland, Ohio. Not only do my 95 year-old mother and five brothers live there, but over time other relationships have flourished. This week we are celebrating two special events that grew from these connections.


Ideastream owns and operates the major public broadcasting stations in Cleveland. It is a non-profit organization that applies the power of media to education, culture and citizenship, serving an audience of 4 million listeners and viewers in northeast Ohio. I am proud to be the featured guest on their pledge drive this week, a talk show format in which I'll be interviewed and take call-ins. The pledge packages are comprised of different combinations of my books.

LISTEN LIVE:  Ideastream Pledge Drive, Cleveland, Ohio

DATE: Thursday, October 10

TIME:  1:00 – 3:00 pm ET (repeated 7:00 - 9:00 pm ET)

LOCATION:  90.3 WCPN, Cleveland public radio; streamed live at

Call in with questions/comments:  866-578-0903 or to pledge:  877-903-9276


Shaker Heights is the suburb I grew up in, attending public schools straight through. This honor means all the more to me because I can share it with my mother, who has nurtured me every step of the way. We'll be attending a special dinner on Sunday evening, October 13 as well as an assembly of students at Shaker Heights High School on Monday morning, October 14. At each event, I'll make a brief presentation – at the dinner to speak about Shaker's influence on my life and career. For the Hall of Fame assembly my remarks are intended to inform and inspire the students.

LIVE EVENT:  Shaker Heights High School Hall of Fame Inductees Assembly

DATE:  Monday, October 14

TIME: 9:00 am ET

LOCATION:  Shaker Heights High School, Shaker Heights, Ohio

Join the Conversation: Clueless, Confused or Just Plain Concerned about Bone Health?

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

LISTEN LIVE: Dr. Radio Show

DATE: Wednesday, June 19

TIME: 8:00-9:00 am ET

LOCATION: Sirius XM Radio Channel.81

Call in with questions/comments: 877-NYU-DOCS

Fact! According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation most women over the age of 45 fail to recognize their personal risk for developing osteoporosis, the disease of "porous bones," even though the majority of women have at least two risk factors for the disease by this age.

Fact! Conflicting results of several major studies and recommendations by the US Preventive Services Task Force have put into question the benefits of supplements containing calcium to prevent bone loss.

Fact! What do experts draw from this controversy?

  • First, that better studies are needed to clarify the possible risks and benefits of calcium supplements and to whom they may apply.
  • Secondly, that the safest and most effective source of calcium is found in food choices, not supplements.
  • And finally that exercise is key to bone health, specifically weight bearing and strength training exercises.

Join us live on Sirius XM's Dr. Radio Show this Wednesday, June 19 from 8-9 am. I'll share all the insider tips that I've learned over the past 25 years as a fitness professional and address questions such as:

  • What are the major risk factors for osteoporosis?
  • What is the difference between weight-bearing and weight-training exercise?
  • How can you work these exercises into your lifestyle, no matter what your fitness level?
  • What kind of exercise is safe if you've been diagnosed with osteoporosis?

Call in with your questions and comments to 877-NYU-DOCS

Vivacious host Dr. Marina Kurian sets a lively tone 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, June 19

TIME: 8:00-9:00 am ET

LOCATION: Sirius XM Radio Channel.81

Call in with questions/comments: 877-NYU-DOCS



Flabby Arms? Shape Up and Shed the Cover Up

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Are you ready to bare your arms in summer fashions? The social season is upon us: weddings, graduations, pool parties, and weekends at the beach. Tune in to find out what Mary did about her (formerly) flabby arms and how you can get awesome arms with my expert sculpting tips.

LISTEN LIVE: The Mary Jones Show

DATE: Wednesday, June 5, 2013

TIME: 5:30 pm ET

LOCATION: Connecticut Radio Stations

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

Formerly the trainer to Jacqueline Onassis and Caroline Kennedy, I've specialized in strength training for women since 1988. I know how to re-shape bodies, am familiar with all the mind games and understand what motivates you to work out – whether it's to be healthier or look better in your jeans! Contact me here for information on how I can help you.

Continue the Conversation on Breast Health on Dr. Radio

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

LISTEN LIVE: Joan Pagano on Rehabilitative Medicine Show with host Dr. Jonathan Whiteson

DATE: Monday, May 20
TIME: 7-8 am ET
LOCATION: Sirius XM Radio Channel.81


Angelina Jolie made headlines with her brave announcement of having a preventive double mastectomy to preserve her health. Studies show that exercise can also help prevent breast cancer, lower a chance of recurrence and serve as a form of treatment during recovery.

Tune in to hear Joan Pagano's live interview on exercise and breast cancer. Get answers to your questions from a seasoned fitness professional with 20 years experience working with breast cancer survivors.

  • How much exercise do you need to protect against breast cancer?
  • What types of exercise can you do during/after breast cancer treatment?
  • Safety guidelines for stretching and strengthening after a mastectomy/reconstruction.

Call in with questions/comments: 877-NYU-DOCS