RUTHERFORD HEART WALK

American Heart Association

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It was such an honor to participate in the Rutherford Heart Walk and represent St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital Wellness Center this year!  I led the warm-up for the group and they were all so awesome, energetic and so happy to be there!!!  We had beautiful weather and it was just a great day to be active for a great cause.

The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premiere event for raising funds to save lives from this country’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers – heart disease and stroke. Designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living, the Heart Walk creates an environment that’s fun and rewarding for the entire family.  heartwalk.org

Rutherford Heart Walk

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Rutherford Heart Walk

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WKRN News 2 – Nashville, Tn

radio interview

Radio interview with WGSN, Rutherford Co talking about new fitness classes and programs in Rutherford, Co.  I’ve added new Pilates classes, TYE4® classes and Personal Training blocks to the Wellness Center schedule.  Coming soon… Osteoporosis prevention and maintenance and Parasetter® classes.  Check out 840west.org for more details 

Rutherford Heart Walk

Rutherford Heart Walk

♥ American Heart Association ♥

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FUSION PILATES ONLINE WORKOUT LAUNCHED!

PhysicalMind Institute

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JUST LAUNCHED… the latest online Pilates training course from Pilates PhysicalMind Institute!

It is such an honor to be involved with the teacher training program for the original and leading Pilates training center!  This project has stretched and challenged me, I have learned so much from working with the Institute.

 

* screen shot from PMI newsletter

Pilates Certification

 

VIDEO CREDITS 

TeacherTrainer & Director
Ashley Benson
PhysicalMind Certified
AFFA Certified

Talent
Lyle Haywood
Spinal Cord Rehab Specialist
Les Mills National Presenter

Jennifer Herman
NASM certified personal trainer
Wellness Event Coordinator

Dana R. Taft
RYT

Lacey Garrett
Owner/instructor at Garage Barre
Certified REFIT® instructor

 

I had such a great group of instructors joining me who made the big video shoot so much fun!

Check out VIDEO SHOOT: AFTER PARTY to see what happened when the cameras went off (so we thought! haha)

As our bodies change and evolve from this technology lifestyle (head forward posture, tight chest and shoulders, shortened abdominals, weak back…) there is a greater need than ever before for the products and programs being developed from PMI.

—» INSTRUCTORS and TRAINERS… Check out the certification programs being offered by PhysicalMind Institute- they are exactly what we and our clients need for our aging MODERN BODIES.

Get connected and be on the lookout for what’s to come.  I can tell you now, products like TYE4®, HeadFloater® and Parasetter® will change your life!  They have mine 🙂

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ALOE GLOE Organic Aloe Vera Water

Product Review

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In a recent post, I showed you how I make our AFTER SUN LOTION with Aloe vera and essential oils.  It’s been fun getting feedback from you guys who have made it!  It really DOES work so well!

Topical Aloe application, however, is just the tip of the Aloe vera iceberg in terms of health potential.  So I thought it would be fun to stay with the Aloe theme but this time talk about drinking Aloe vera!

aloe vera water

 

I bought this one (of course it includes coconut water which feeds my coconut obsession)  but there are other kinds too.  I choose to drink this brand – ALOE GLOE – because I trust the company.  I think this tastes good and is very refreshing. It’s got a mild taste and is lightly sweetened with organic cane sugar and organic stevia and has only 18 calories per serving.  If you don’t like drinking it, you can add it to smoothie or something.  It’s packed with vitamins and is clinically proven to improve skin and cardiovascular health (for all you nerds out there, I have more details on the benefits below)

Do you drink it?  What’s you favorite?  I’d love to know!

Click the link below for 12 pack (15 oz) of Aloe Gloe Organic Aloe Water

   


Some of you are like me and want to know why in the world we would buy this and then drink it. The answer ‘It’s good for you”  isn’t good enough.  Tell me why!  I don’t like to do things blindly.  So if you’re in my camp I included some benefits discovered from research below.

For the others, this is all TMI… and that’s ok too!   You guys should definitely just trust me that it’s GOOD FOR YOU, be done reading this post and now click the link above to buy your Aloe Gloe!  THE END and thanks for reading!

WHY SUPPLEMENT ALOE VERA 

ANTIOXIDANTS >>> Phase II enzymes are known to reduce oxidative stress (… aging process…), and Aloe vera has been shown to stimulate the production of natural Phase II antioxidants. Daily dosing of Aloe vera can stimulate a person’s natural, inherent antioxidant system to help fight oxidative stress.  source

INSIDE BEAUTY >>> Thirty healthy female subjects over the age of 45 were orally supplemented with either a low or a high dose (low dose=1,200 mg/day; high dose=3,600 mg/day) of Aloe vera gel for 90 days. After completion of the 90-day period, the KFDA concluded that ingested Aloe vera gel resulted in a significant reduction in facial wrinkles and a significant increase in skin elasticity. There were no adverse events reported. There was also an increase in collagen production and a decrease in collagen-degrading MMP-1 gene expression.  source <<<  DONE.  NUF SAID.  I’M IN.

CARDIOVASCULAR BENEFITS >>> Cardiovascular disease is the number-one killer in the United States. Lowering cholesterol is a key prevention in mitigating the risk of heart disease. A number of studies done in the United States and abroad have shown Aloe vera taken as a supplement can help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. One human clinical study showed that the group taking aloe experienced a 10% drop in total cholesterol. This same study showed a drop in LDL and triglyceride levels to near optimum levels.

Cardiovascular health, as well as metabolic syndrome and related issues like diabetes, is also linked to oxidative stress. A recent placebo-controlled human clinical trial showed that the group taking Aloe vera had a significant reduction in risk factors associated with oxidative stress, including C-reactive protein, a marker of oxidative stress and inflammation. In the Aloe vera group, C-reactive protein dropped by 38%, and isoprostanes, compounds formed by the peroxidation of essential fatty acids, dropped by 32%.  source

IMMUNE HEALTH >>> Science has shown us ways to enhance our innate immune systems through supplementation, with tests now able to determine if an ingredient is increasing Peripheral Blood Monocyte (PBM) CD56 and the cell-killing capability of natural killer cells.

A study sanctioned by the Korean Food and Drug Administration indicated that the group taking an Aloe vera supplement saw increased PBM CD56 and the cell-killing capability of natural killer cells, indicating immune enhancement. As a result of this study, the KFDA has allowed immune-health claims to be made for products containing Aloe vera.  source

There are other benefits being discovered, but I’m sold from just this.

   


OUR STORY —> aloegloe.com
For us, Aloe Gloe is so much more than just a beverage.

While surfing in Manhattan Beach, co-founder Danny Stepper had an accident that gashed open his forehead. After getting stitches, his doctor prescribed not only applying Aloe Vera to the scar but also recommended drinking it. The problem was he couldn’t find any healthy options that weren’t full of sugar, organic or local. Luckily for Stepper, he and his friends are in the beverage business.

Aloe Gloe is part of L.A. Libations, an emerging beverage incubator that was founded by Stepper, Pat Bolden and Dino Sarti. The three first met while working as merchandisers for Coca-Cola Enterprises and after many successful years in the beverage industry they reunited to create L.A. Libations and in turn their own passion project, Aloe Gloe.


Don’t forget to check out my ALOE VERA AFTER SUN LOTION! 

DIY After Sun Lotion

CHEERS TO BETTER HEALTH!

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BEETS BLU PagerTag KEY FINDER

Product Review

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When Beets BLU asked if I’d review the Bluetooth PagerTag Key Finder,

I was like

OH YES I WILL

Beets BLU PagerTag

Keys do tend to get lost on occasion

  • left in particular handbag/computer bag/gym bag & forgotten
  • left in the car
  • dropped in the grass
  • left in the door lock outside the house after it was unlocked & we were all settled happily inside

lost keys Beets BLU Pager Tag

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*these are all hypothetical situations

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PILATES 5 MINUTE WORKOUT VIDEO

five minutes, five exercises, five times

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NEW PILATES WORKOUT.  THIS IS SO EASY!

5 MINUTES 5 EXERCISES 5 REPS

We can all squeeze in 5 minutes to care for our body. Pilates builds long, strong muscle and focuses on the abdominal wrap.  Use a TYE4 harness to speed up results.

Visit Pilates PhysicalMind Institute to purchase TYE4.

Use coupon code:  ‘Tye4withAshley’ and get $5 off!

   

If you don’t know much about Pilates, check out this fun video!

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DIY AFTER SUN LOTION

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Today I made a new batch of my DIY AFTER SUN LOTION and I thought I’d share what I do with you! This is absolutely the best solution for my skin after spending a glorious day in the sun. It’s kinda obvious and it’s super easy and cheap. This AFTER SUN LOTION works better than any store brand I’ve tried. I made it for the first time after getting a chemical burn from using a chemical sun screen.

DIY After Sun Lotion

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PARTNER WORKOUT CHALLENGE

Blogilates

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My Daughter TAYLOR has taken over my Youtube Channel!!!

She follows Youtuber Cassey Ho → Blogilates ← and wanted us to try her PARTNER WORKOUT. It was so fun and I was laughing so hard I could hardly talk… But we did it! We mastered almost all of these exercises.

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN!!!

Share with a friend and give it a try!

Subscribe HERE to my YouTube Channel so you don’t miss the next videos. I have a feeling this won’t be the last Taylor-takeover 😳

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VIDEO SHOOT: AFTER PARTY

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A few weeks ago we filmed the TYE4® FUSION class for the PhysicalMind Institute Certification Program.  I earned my certification in NYC 2 years ago —» more on that here «— and now PMI is creating online training so many more people can add this class to their schedule!  FUSION is a fun class that hits the whole body and provides a challenging, safe and effective workout.

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TYE4® TRAINING – CLIENT WITH POLIO

kay
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»»» video below «««

Meet my friend and client Kay Walker. She is 72 years old and was diagnosed with Polio when she was 8 months old. I have the privilege of helping her discover that she CAN exercise! Four years ago she bravely attended my St. Augustine Fitness Retreat.  We worked multiple times a day learning her limits, but more importantly discovering what she COULD DO.  Since then we have spent the past few years personalizing her exercise to meet her lifestyle… which is unbelievably active!!

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MORNING ROUTINE WORKOUT

3 minutes and DONE!

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MEMEME

Don’t look at this as a workout but a part of your morning routine. It can look something like this… brush teeth… drink coffee//my go-to →Advocare Spark//or whatever makes you nice to people … TYE4 … shower … This is a PERFECT way to start your day… stretched, moving and the proper posture muscles activated. AND BONUS:: you DO get a workout!!! This tones the back, abs, arms AND legs! #WIN

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