Fitness: 3 Reasons to Try Pilates

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As back-to-school season approaches and my teacher‘s schedule begins to feel overwhelming, I turn to Pilates for an efficient workout that reduces stress. ¿Qué es Pilates? This mat-based fitness program uses small, isolated movements that engage only the muscles needed for each move, fitting a lot of work into few repetitions. Don’t be fooled–these tiny movements […]

Fitness: 5 Reasons to Try Stand Up Paddleboarding this Summer

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Take advantage of the final days of summer with a stand up paddleboarding workout. This sport is accurately named: participants stand on a foam board and use a paddle to move through the water. Curiosity prompted me to step out of my fitness comfort zone and buy an online coupon for a beginner’s “SUP” class with my husband and some amigos. Although I’ve been a dancer all […]

Tour de France Fitness: 4 Tips for a Successful Spinning Class

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As Tour de France cyclists enter the final stage of the 2,115 mile bike race around France this weekend, celebrate their achievement by giving it your all at spinning class. ¿Qué? What is spinning class? Spinning is a group fitness class on stationary bikes. An instructor leads a 45-60 minute cardio routine that works glutes, hamstrings, and quadriceps, making it a great way to burn calories […]

Fitness: Build Strength and Endurance with a Running Circuit

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Looking for a convenient total-body workout that will get you in great shape for summer? Try a running circuit. ¿Running qué? A running circuit combines my favorite endurance activity running, which I recommend in Fitness: 45 Minute Run to the Mailbox, and my go-to muscle-building routine circuit training which I describe in Fitness: Four Reasons to Love Circuit Training. How does it […]

Fitness: Obesity a Recognized Disease, Prevention is Key! Stay Active All Summer With a Pool Workout

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Summer is officially here–grab your sunscreen and shades, head to the pool. The American Medical Association announced this week that obesity is now recognized as a “chronic disease” and not simply a “major public health problem.” Prevent obesity by staying active all year round and in the warm weather, jump in for a refreshing pool workout.  Summer heat is […]

Father’s Day Fitness: 5 Family-Friendly Fitness Activities

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Instead of getting your papi a tie this Father’s Day, invest in the health of the entire familia by staying active while spending quality time together. Share the love, get fit, and create memories with one of my family-friendly options: Natalie’s 5 Family-Friendly Fitness Activities Team sports: Instead of watching Dad‘s favorite sport, play it! Level the playing field so that everyone can […]

Mother’s Day Fitness: 6 Healthy Activities to Do With Mom

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Your mami put your needs before her own. This Mother’s Day, put mom‘s well-being first. Skip the brunch buffet and plan a healthy, active way to celebrate. 6 Healthy Mother’s Day Activities Walk or hike: Walking is accessible for everyone, regardless of current fitness level. Start small by taking the dog around the block or get adventurous and hike a beautiful outdoor […]

Fitness: Four Reasons to Love Circuit Training

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Overbooked this week? No need to cancel on your fitness routine! In just 20 minutes you can get a full body strength training and aerobic workout. ¿Cómo? Circuit training.  Circuit training combines 8-10 exercises (think crunches, push-ups, squats) performed for 30-90 seconds in a sequence that repeats 2-3 times with no rest between moves. This workout […]