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I am going regularly to the park with my son. My son has low muscle tone. It is a condition that can severely slow down his learning of new movements and speech. Therapy is simple: move and be active as much as possible.

What I observedActive with kids Shape Up Fitness & Wellness Consulting

Aside from almost every adult at the playground looking intently at their phone instead of their kids (kind of guilty of that sometimes too). I could observe a close relationship of how the parents looked and how their kids looked like.

This might not come as a surprise to you. It should not. But it was nonetheless astounding how much the kids looked like their parents. If the parents were severely obese the likelihood of the child to have way too much weight on her was increased as well. Same the other way around. If the parents seemed to be in reasonable shape the children seemed to be more active and physical.

Take responsibility

I know it is not easy in a time where food, especially fast food is everywhere. But if not for us then at least for our children we carry a responsibility to make an effort to be healthy, eat healthy and move more. I am not talking about having a six-pack or looking like a model. I am simply talking about making healthy choices when it comes to eating, moving, and being generally active.

Do these 10 things to be more proactive


  1. Participate in outdoors activities with your child like adventure playgrounds, splash grounds.
  2. Use indoor facilities like Monkey Joe’s, Ray’s Splash Planet or Defy Gravity when the weather prohibits outdoors activities.
  3. Chase your kids around the house. My son for sure gives me a great workout. He can play for hours.
  4. Limit the use of electronic devices and encourage playing outside for an hour or two hours in the morning or late afternoon.
  5. Go hike in the mountains or local woods, drive to the beach and play in the ocean. Be active.
  6. Go for a run with your kids on the bike, it will keep you and them in shape.


  1. Make small changes. Make an effort to make one of your meals/day healthy in the first week. Add a second one in the following.
  2. Bring some healthy snacks to your activities: chicken leftovers, carrots, fruit, Avocado Pudding and replace the sugar with some raw honey, banana, or stevia.
  3. Reduce the fast food meals to one or two/week
  4. Start cooking the big ticket items over the weekend to save you time during the week.

These are just few tips that can help you to a healthier lifestyle not just for you but for your kids also.

Have an awesome start into the weekend,



Hello everyone, evolution

sorry that I have been a little bit behind with my blog posts. I have had some major construction going at the studio and the preparation for it as well as transitioning to a new merchant account really took up more time than anticipated.

Office Job = Sedentary Work Setting

I recently did a couple of “lunch & learns” at local firms and companies. The major topic throughout was the negative effect of office work, or working in a sitting environment on health and performance.

Newest research seems to indicate pretty clearly: Just having a six pack (good for you if you do) and being fit is not enough to offset the negative side effects of your office work. Rising blood pressure, worse lipid profiles, as well as a higher mortality rate seem to be at the end of a long office career.

What can you do?

In a perfect world you would be able to have a dynamic environment that allows you to work sitting, standing, walking etc. That is hardly the case for most of us. Quite the opposite, the classic cubicle or office does not even have standing desks and might not allow them either. But not all hope is lost. This is what you can do:

  • Use the stairs as much as you can.
    Work Environment
  • Walk the hallway or stairwell if you are thinking through a problem instead of sitting hunched over in front of your computer screen.
  • Take a 2-3 min break every hour and do some exercises (easy routine shown in the video in this blog post)
  • For the workout do each exercise 10-15 times and repeat the whole set of exercises once an hour for the most beneficial effect.
  • Transition to an adjustable desk or get a standing desk booster for your existing desk
  • Take a nap to enhance your performance. Research shows that a 20-30 min nap can improve your performance by 20-25%. No caffeinated beverage can compete with that over the long haul without getting you addicted.
  • Stretch your chest, neck and shoulders to get out of the hunched over position.
  • After Work Environment


  • The more you sit at work, the more you should try to make up for it after work and on the weekends.
  • Go for long walks, inline skate, bicycle, hike etc.
  • Work out regularly. Lift weights, do cardio, play tennis, golf, or run, etc.
  • Go hike or do some work in your yard (not the sitting lawn mower Smile).
  • Park your car intentionally on the far end of the parking deck.
  • Get up during the commercial breaks of your favorite TV show and run up and down the stairs or on the spot.

You see the possibilities are endless. I hope this was helpful. Let me know if you need any assistance with your fitness and wellness!

Have an inspiring day,


Head Trainer at Shape Up Fitness & Wellness Consulting


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