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Get Over The “Pain In the Butt” High Hamstring Tendonitis Pain

Hamstring Tendonitis is a real pain in the butt. Here’s what I’ve learned about getting rid of high Hamstring Tendonitis pain and helpful tips on how to heal your body and return to the sports you love.

Hamstring Tendonitis

Hamstring Tendonitis

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Have you ever had dull, aching, pain in the butt? Pain right where the hamstring attaches to the butt muscle? You feel it when you walk, you definitely feel it when you bend forward, and the idea of running faster than a shuffle sounds almost impossible.

I’ve been there. High Hamstring Tendonitis. It’s a major bummer. Major.

Hamstring Tendonitis pain is a bad injury for anyone to deal with, especially for active people who need those hamstring muscles to be working correctly to do what we love the most, our sports! The hamstrings are an essential muscle group that help us move our best.

I had my first encounter with High Hamstring Tendonitis in 2012. I was an active runner and yoga student at the time. I’d run a few times a week and attend Vinyasa Flow classes with the best teachers in SF (we are very spoiled in the Bay Area when it comes to incredible yoga teachers – this place is a mecca of talent, knowledge, and skill!). I loved it until things started to hurt.

It all began with  a vague, aching soreness high up on my hamstrings and deep into my buttock muscles. It felt like a big knot I needed to massage out and I knew something was off. I probably just have “tight runner hips”, I thought, “I must need more stretching and foam rolling”. So I did more of that.  But it didn’t seem to help. In fact, the pain got worse.

The next thought was to stop running completely until things get better. So I retired my running shoes and spent more time doing yoga, still with the idea that stretching out my “tight runner hips” was the solution to my hamstring pain. I was wrong. What was causing my hamstring pain? Why wasn’t it going away with more resting and stretching?

High Hamstring Tendonitis

High Hamstring Tendonitis Source Yoga International 

For many people who practice yoga, hamstring injuries develop over time, usually where the hamstring attaches to the sit bone. This is a tendon injury, and unlike a muscle tear, it doesn’t happen suddenly. Instead, it is “death by a thousand cuts”: each tiny rip in the tendon is relatively minor by itself, but because it does not fully heal, repeated injuries accumulate over time, until an ill-considered bit of overstretching or an overly aggressive adjustment from a teacher finally puts the injury over the edge.

To give you a visual: if my hamstrings were a hair rubber band, over stretching had forced the band to rip and fray, causing them to lose their elasticity and no longer work to hold things together. Because it was so loose, my body had to fight to hold on and was in pain.

I didn’t need more flexibility, I needed stability. My hamstrings and hips had become so overstretched they could no longer support the demands of movement. The repetitive stress of countless downward dogs, forward folds, and hip openers on my already bendy body was ripping my hamstrings apart.

Stretching was actually causing my pain. What I needed was strength.

I stopped stretching and picked up the weights. I worked to realign my spine and regain strength in my butt, hips, and core. Squats, stability ball hamstring curls, Deadlifts (with good form!), and kettlebells were my best friends. I avoided all forward folds, downward dogs, and hip openers. A consistent strength program and a moderate rate of progression helped me heal my hamstrings. I was very lucky to have several incredible colleagues and coaches to help guide me through the process of figuring out what helped my hamstrings feel better and what didn’t. But real talk here: Your Body Is Your Business. Others can give you information to help you grow. But the only person responsible for figuring out what you need for your body to heal is you. 

Have you had high Hamstring Tendonitis or are working through hamstring pain? Here are a few more details on high Hamstring Tendonitis pain and an exercise video that can help you gently get your hamstrings to work again.

Causes of High Hamstring Tendonitis Pain

  • Repetitive stress particularly from activities like running, jumping, kicking, and yoga which can involve excessive lengthening of the hamstring muscles
  • Weak hamstrings, hips, glutes, and core muscles
  • Muscular imbalances, especially between the hamstrings and quadriceps
  • Overstretching of the hamstring, hip, or butt muscles

How to get rid of High Hamstring Tendonitis Pain

Always consult your doctor or physical therapist before starting this or any exercise routine.

I am not a doctor, but have successfully overcome high Hamstring Tendonitis pain as well as helped many others heal from the condition through my work as a fitness professional. I share my story and what I’ve found helpful to give you insight and hope that you can heal from High Hamstring pain and return to the sports you love.

For me, strength training has been an essential piece of recovering my hamstrings to full health. At first I was scared to do any movement, but I discovered that smart strength training and a moderate rate of progression helped me put the bounce back into my muscles and heal from pain.

Unlike most injuries, you can not get over high Hamstring Tendonitis by resting. It actually takes a lot of work to physically change what is causing the issue. You want to Keep Moving Mindfully! A muscle in tension stays in tension until you change its position. Functional movement is the key to healing strong and mobile muscles. Get a support team of trusted health professionals to assist you in your healing process. Trust me: you and your body are worth the investment. But no matter what, remember that you must heal yourself. Everything and everyone that helps is just an “assist” to your body’s own healing capacity.

For me healing from high Hamstring Tendonitis was a process of trial and error: noticing the exercises that helped get rid of pain (hello stability ball hamstring curls!) and noticing the exercises that caused pain (goodbye forward folds!). I encourage you to work slowly, listen to your body, and notice what helps you feel better and what you need to avoid to heal. I always say to my coaching clients, “you only have time to feel good”! So keep the exercises that work for you and avoid the ones that cause you to hurt!

Hamstring Tendonitis

Hamstring Tendonitis

Exercises to Help High Hamstring Tendonitis Pain

Since High Hamstring Tendonitis pain can result from bodily imbalances and misalignments, these basic exercises can relieve hamstring discomfort by realigning the hips and the knees.

However please keep in mind that everybody’s body is different and no exact program found online will address your specific needs. I want to offer you a general menu of specific hamstring exercises that I found helpful in healing my hamstring and relieving pain. Consider adding this exercise video to your High Hamstring Tendonitis rehabilitation program. I believe if you do the following exercises once a day you’ll be able to bring some relief to those hamstrings. The exercises you’ll do in this video include:

Double Leg Glute Bridge: Lie on your back with the knees bent and feet hip-width apart. Place arms at your side and lift up the spine and hips. Slowly bring the hips back down, then lift back up or hold this position for 10-60 seconds.

Exercises for Hamstring Tendonitis Pain

Exercises for Hamstring Tendonitis Pain Photo Credit Kuroda Studios

Exercises for High Hamstring Tendonitis Pain

Exercises for High Hamstring Tendonitis Pain Photo Credit Kuroda Studios

Single Leg Glute Bridge: Same form as the above double leg glute bridge but with one leg instead of two.  Hold this position for 10-60 seconds or lift hips up and down for 10-15 reps.

Side lying clamshell: Lay down on the side of your body with your legs bent in 90 degrees. Lift the top leg up and down, with the foot facing forward. You should feel this on the side of your butt and in your hips. Perform 10-20 reps and then switch sides.

Hamstring curl: Lie down on belly on your mat with your legs extended straight. Lift one leg off the floor and curl your heel towards your butt using your hamstrings, glutes, and core muscles. Repeat 10-15 reps and then switch sides.

Front Plank: Lie on the stomach with elbows close to the sides directly under the shoulders. The palms should be facing downwards. Now, engage the abdominal muscles. There will be a sensation of tightness around the ribs and lower part of the body. Now, contract the thigh muscles and straighten the legs and flex the ankles. Now, slowly lift the torso and thighs off the floor. The legs need to be kept as rigid as possible. Try maintaining this position for about 10 seconds.

Ready to get started? Pay attention to the alignment cues and have fun! I hope this hamstring exercise video helps you feel better.

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Injury is a great teacher, most often arising from patterns and habits of movement developed over long periods of time. Injuries awaken us to these patterns–and to new ways of moving and being within our body.

Many people don’t believe me when I tell them that too much yoga can be a bad thing. In the mainstream culture Yoga is seen as something that is safe to do everyday. But too much of anything is never a good thing. Have you ever suffered from High Hamstring Tendonitis? Have you ever had an injury from too much flexibility? What did you do to help your body heal? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear your story and what has helped you.

For more reading on yoga injuries and high Hamstring Tendonitis, check out these posts:

I hope this post serves you in feeling your very best. Here’s to keeping our hamstrings healthy and happy for life!

With love and squats,
Caroline

My mission is to empower feel good fitness inside and out. I am here to be of service in your wellness and help you get your mind, body, and spirit in shape so you can love your life. Lets work together and live well. Contact me at carolinejordanfitness@gmail.com 

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This is Me with No Makeup and I’m Cool With It.

This is me with NO Makeup and I’m cool with it. This post is about self acceptance, self love, and making choices based on what makes you FEEL GOOD.

No Makeup Selfie

No Makeup Selfie

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Hello there friend!

Doing something a little radical on the Youtube channel…. I’m going NAKED for the world to see! This is me with No Makeup. And I’m actually cool with it.

Yup. NO makeup! A bare face! Here I am, this is me. Press play.

This is Me With No Makeup and I’m Cool With It.

I wanted to film this Youtube video to talk about self acceptance, self love, and making choices based on what makes YOU FEEL GOOD.

When I was younger I used to feel pressure to wear makeup. I would feel naked without it. I wouldn’t leave the house without makeup on. In fact: I would even wear makeup to teach fitness classes and workout because I felt self-conscious without it. Which when you think about it, makes NO sense because I was putting makeup on to just sweat it off.  I was wasting money, time, and a lot of effort putting on makeup.

When we start to examine things we do every day on a personal level it sparks thought. Why did I feel like I had to spend all that time and energy putting on makeup?

I felt like I had to wear makeup to be accepted by others. But the reality is: I just had to choose to accept myself (makeup on or makeup off).

Over the years my relationship to myself has evolved and I have grown to love, approve, and accept myself. It’s a never-ending work in progress and I am by no means perfect. But every day I make the conscious effort to practice self-love and make choices that make me feel good.

My relationship to wearing makeup has also changed. I love makeup and I think it is so much fun. I enjoy trying new colors, styles, and getting “fancy”. But I no longer need makeup to feel good enough or good about myself. I wear makeup when I feel like it and when I don’t…. I don’t. At first, the days I chose not to wear makeup felt uncomfortable and strange. Yet the side-eye glances, rude comments, and strange looks I was fearfully anticipating never happened. (“Look, she’s not wearing makeup!” said no one ever.) It’s liberating to realize that at the end of the day, no one cares about what’s on your face except you.

If you are into makeup there is NO shame in that! Heck, I’ll rock a cat eye with you any day. What I want to communicate is simply this message: Wear makeup or don’t wear makeup just DO WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD. You deserve to love yourself and love your life makeup on or makeup off.

I hope this encourages you to make choices that allow you to feel your very best inside and out. And I hope it reminds you that you don’t need any product to feel or be beautiful. You can choose that yourself.

I love you friends – thanks for subscribing to my Youtube channel, for being a part of my community, and for being a part of my heart. I want to hear from you: how do you feel about makeup? What is your relationship to your naked face? Let me know in the comments below – Id love to hear from you!

With love and light,

Caroline

My mission is to empower feel good fitness inside and out. I am here to be of service in your wellness and help you get your mind, body, and spirit in shape so you can love your life. Lets work together and live well. Contact me at carolinejordanfitness@gmail.com 

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Quick Upper Body Stretch Routine to Work Out the Kinks. Easy, Effective Exercises for Tension Relief.

Is your upper body feeling tight, tense, or out of whack? Press play on this quick Upper Body Stretch exercise video and work out the kinks.

Upper Body Stretch Routine

Upper Body Stretch Routine

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Hi Friends!

Have you been feeling tight, tense, and out of sorts? Has your posture gone down the drain and are you looking like the Hunchback of Noter Dame? You just wish someone would give your Upper Body good massage and work out the kinks in your neck, arms, and shoulders. Well you’re in luck: it doesn’t take much time to feel better fast and I’ve got an Upper Body Stretch that will help.

Press play on this quick, 8 minute, Upper Body Stretch video. This video is safe for all levels and can be done anywhere for relief from tight, tense, Upper Body muscles.  These exercises are designed to help your Upper Body stretch and regain mobility, flexibility, and health. Tight upper body muscles can cause postural imbalances, affect your performance, and create pain. But taking a few minutes to perform simple Upper Body Stretch exercises can make a powerful difference in how you stand and feel!

In this Upper Body Stretch video, you will perform basic yoga stretching exercises for your shoulders, back, chest, triceps, biceps, forearms, wrists, and lower back. This video can be done at home, at a gym, or while traveling. It’s a good choice after a long work day or when you are under a lot of stress.

As always, please check with your doctor before starting this or any exercise routine. Honor your body and move mindfully when practicing this or any other workout.

Upper Body Stretch Routine. Easy, Effective Exercises for Tension Relief.

You did it! How do you feel? Let me know what you thought of this Upper Body Stretch video in the comments below. I hope it helps you have better posture, work out tight muscles, and feel better.

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With love and squats,
Caroline

My mission is to empower feel good fitness inside and out. I am here to be of service in your wellness and help you get your mind, body, and spirit in shape so you can love your life. Lets work together and live well. Contact me at carolinejordanfitness@gmail.com 

Want to build a balanced body? Check out my book, Balanced Body Breakthrough and get your mind, body, and spirit in great shape so you can love your life.

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Ballet Feet Exercises. Build Better Feet, Posture, and Balance.

Ballet Feet Exercises

Ballet Feet Exercises

Ballet Feet Exercises

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Hi Friends!

I’m excited to share some fun Ballet Feet Exercises with you! You might already know, I grew up dancing ballet. I started at age 3 and trained with the Royal Academy of Ballet School until age 18. My dance training was rigorous with class every day and rehearsals on the weekends. There were exams every year, where we wore black leotards with pink tights and performed to graduate up a level in front of a strict British Ballet mistress. During the summer I would attend dance camps and intensives, where I’d meet new friends and work on new techniques. My childhood room walls were plastered with photos of prima ballerinas and I’d watch dance videos to get inspired by their incredible skills. My world revolved around ballet and and Nutcrackers. I loved everything about Ballet: the discipline, grace, dedication, passion, expression, and art of it.

After graduating from highschool, I attended college at UCDavis, where I majored in Dance and continued to pursue my passion for movement. In college I branched out  into Jazz, Hip hop, Modern (I loved Paul Taylor technique). It was so much fun. To graduate with your Bachelors in Dance, I had one year to choreograph a thesis piece from start to finish. I auditioned dancers, designed the set, planned the lighting, sourced the music, and put together a concept for a piece that had meaning to me. What was my graduating thesis piece  about? The power and strength of the feminine. My piece was choreographed around the beauty of being a woman and each move honored the incredible and divine dimensions of the feminine. It was called, “Inherently Devine” and it is something I am so proud to have created in my life.

My life has since moved on from dance, but my heart will always be with it. You know what they say: you can take a dancer out of the dance, but you can never take the dance out of the dancer. My ballet roots come with me everywhere and have shaped me into the woman I am today.

These Ballet feet and barre exercises are the same moves we did daily in class to prepare our body for dance. We would start our day with these exercises to warm up the feet and spine for movement.  A few months ago I had a craving to return to my Ballet roots and get back into the dance training that I did growing up. But when I was looking on Youtube to find a good ballet class warm up video I couldn’t find one! So I decided that it needed to be created, filmed, and shared so that others could benefit from Ballet Feet Exercises. Performing these exercises feels so good! And helps the body stay mobile, graceful, and strong.

This Ballet Feet exercise video will help you build strong feet, better posture, and balance. In this free Ballet class inspired video, I will guide you through a sequence of Ballet Feet warm up exercises. These dance training moves are often used as a warm up before ballet class to prepare the body for movement. With these ballet feet exercises you will work your toes, arches, feet, ankles, legs, hips, butt, core, and spine. This video routine will help you improve your posture to feel taller, longer, and beautiful like a ballerina! Ready to get started? Put your hair in a Ballet bun and press play now!

Ballet Feet Exercises

Ballet Feet Exercises

This Ballet Feet Exercises and Posture video is super unique and different – I want to hear what you think! Do you like it? How does your body feel? Do you want more?! Let me know in the comments below. I hope these Ballet Feet Exercises help you in feeling your very best.

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Here’s to you and keeping your wrists happy and healthy for life.

Love,
Caroline

My mission is to empower feel good fitness inside and out. I am here to be of service in your wellness and help you get your mind, body, and spirit in shape so you can love your life. Lets work together and live well. Contact me at carolinejordanfitness@gmail.com 

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Cycle For Survival 2017 Music Playlist. A Spin Class That Gives Back

Cycle For Survival

Cycle For Survival

Cycle for Survival Teaching Playlist

Cycle for Survival Playlist

Hi Friends!

Have you ever done a workout that gives back? They are so much fun! Get fit while you make a positive impact – it doesn’t get any sweeter than that.

This past weekend I joined EQUINOX and some of my #fitfam to teach for and participate in Cycle For Survival in San Francisco. It was my 7th year teaching for this incredible cause that raises money for rare cancers through a fun indoor cycling class. Did you know that About 50 percent of people with cancer have a rare cancer?? Rare cancers include brain, pancreatic, ovarian, stomach, all types of pediatric cancers, and many others. Even though they account for about half of all cancer diagnoses when combined, research on many rare cancers is drastically underfunded, often leaving patients with limited or no treatment options.

But the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center—the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center—is committed to changing that reality. And thanks to events like Cycle For Survival, have been able to make a POWERFUL impact in the fight against rare cancers. Thanks to the tremendous efforts of participants, donors, and supporters, Cycle for Survival has raised $126 million for rare cancer research, and funded 100+ clinical trials and research studies.

Teaching at Cycle for Survival means more to me every year. I am honored to have been able to teach for this very special cause and inspired by EVERYONE who continues to cycle, sweat, support, and give back. We will keep cycling till we find a cure. You can join the battle with us here: Http://www.cycleforsurvival.org/

I wanted to share my teaching playlist from my hour of the ride. I mixed it up this year and put together a flavorful combination of 90’s throwbacks and feel good songs that make you smile while you sweat. The theme for my ride was: “Ride for the joy of moving. Ride for the joy of living. Ride for the joy of loving.” 

And we did just that on February 11th in SF. We rode with heart and so much LOVE. Thank you for having me San Francisco!! You were awesome out there! I hope this playlist lifts you up and reminds you to move for the joy of it in your life.

Cycle For Survival

Cycle For Survival

Cycle For Survival 2017 Playlist

And just so you can ride with us in spirit, here’s a little clip from Cycle For Survival 2017:

Till we find a cure – I am putting positive energy and love out there to you.

Caroline

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Help for Wrist Pain. Feel Better Fast With These Exercises.

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Do you struggle with wrist pain? UGH. Not fun.

You start your work day with energy but your wrists don’t seem to be up for all the typing. As the keys click a dull ache starts to build and soon you have to take a break from the keyboard.  But you have work to do! And projects to finish! And people to text! Not to mention you are totally winning in Candy Crush. What can you do to get your wrists back to full force?

Pause for a few minutes and take a break. I have something that can help you feel better fast.

If you struggle with wrist pain, trust me: I know how you feel. I had terrible wrist pain when I was in the final stages of publishing my first book. 276 pages of words and edits were not the best for my wrists. By the last draft, my wrists hurt so much I could hardly type. I was determined to find a solution. Good thing movement is be medicine! I discovered several stretches and exercises that helped alleviate my wrist pain. I want to share these helpful movements with you so that you and your wrists can feel better.

Symptoms of wrist pain can range from a dull ache to pins and needles, swelling, disfigurement, and tenderness depending on the issue. There are several reasons behind wrist pain, some from a direct injury others from more serious conditions. The most common cause of wrist pain that I see with clients is repetitive stress. Too much time spent on tech typing, swiping, and holding on to stress can cause your wrists to become tight, tense, immobile, and inflamed. Your wrists work hard everyday and sometimes they pay the consequences.

But don’t worry! Pain isn’t permanent! And you can take action to help yourself get rid of wrist pain and feel better (without having to give up your computer).

Help for Wrist Pain

There are several exercises for wrist pain that can help and these will vary depending on the issue.  I want to teach you a few simple techniques that you can use to get rid of wrist pain, keep your hands injury free, and perform well. Everyone’s wrists are unique and building an awareness of how yours function will help you create personal hand care program.

The video resources below can help you gain relief from wrist pain symptoms by helping to decrease inflammation and ease tension in the muscles in the hands, wrists, and arms. These techniques will help you if you suffer from: carpal tunnel, wrist pain, arthritis, tendonitis, or other hand related pain problems.

As always, you will want to check with your doctor or physical therapist to make sure these wrist pain exercises are right for you. Move mindfully and listen to your body. If an exercise causes more wrist pain, stop immediately.

Ready to get started? Take a deep breath, step away from the tech, and press play now!

Fix Wrist Pain With These Exercises. Stretching Routine for Relief

This routine focuses on opening up the wrists and stretching your muscles in a different way than when you type or use your mouse. You’ll perform wrist extension and flexion, thumb flexion/extension, hand and finger glides, and other gentle stretches in this video.These stretches will help to increase range of motion in the hands, fingers, and wrists. If you don’t have time for the whole routine, do one or two exercises that feel best to you. Repeat the exercises as many times as feels comfortable.

 

Wrist, Forearm, and Elbow Self Massage Routine

The above wrist pain and forearm foam rolling sequence is simple, effective, and can be performed in the office, at home, at a gym, or while traveling. These exercises are designed to help ease pain in the hands, forearms, and wrists, aid in proper movement patterns, and improve performance. Repeat these wrist pain self massage exercises as many times as needed for maximum relief.

In this forearm and wrist massage video you will use yoga tune up therapy balls to relieve pain in the wrist and hand muscles. You can get your own set of yoga tune up balls here.

Remember: the feel of the yoga tune up balls and intensity of the self-massage should be properly geared to the age, comfort, and fitness level of your body. You control the intensity with your own body weight.

Hand Massage exercise video for quick effective pain relief

This is one of my favorite hand and wrist self massage techniques. It’s amazing how effective and soothing it is for tension relief! In this video you will use mini super balls to relieve pain in the wrist and hand muscles. You can get your own set of superballs here.  I keep a superball at my work desk and fit hand rolling in throughout my day to keep my wrists and body happy.

You did it! How do you feel? Let me know in the comments below. I hope these wrist stretching and self massage videos can be helpful resources to you in getting rid of wrist pain and feeling your very best. Bookmark and save this page for those work days where your wrists need some typing T.L.C. You’ll notice that by simply taking a few minutes to give love to your wrists, you’ll feel better fast.

If you liked these videos, please hit LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to my channel for more content to help you feel your best. And if you know someone who could benefit from this post, please share it with them. Everyone deserves to feel good and live in health.

Here’s to you and keeping your wrists happy and healthy for life.

Love,
Caroline

My mission is to empower feel good fitness inside and out. I am here to be of service in your wellness and help you get your mind, body, and spirit in shape so you can love your life. Lets work together and live well. Contact me at carolinejordanfitness@gmail.com 

Want to build a balanced body? Check out my book, Balanced Body Breakthrough and get your mind, body, and spirit in great shape so you can love your life.

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Pilates Butt Lift Workout. Give Your Booty a Boost in 10 Minutes

Press play and join me for a fun, feel good pilates butt lift workout! Give your booty and mood a boost in 10 minutes!

Pilates Butt Lift Workout

Pilates Butt Lift Workout

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Take 10 minutes out of your day to boost your booty with me! This pilates butt lift workout will sculpt your hottest ASSet and make your body feel fabulous fast. The pilates exercises in this video work your butt from all angles. You will strengthen your glutes, hips and outer thighs, as well as increase your range of motion and flexibility.

This workout is no-impact and low impact. All you will need is a yoga mat to get started. For those of you who are recovering from a foot, ankle, or lower leg injury, this exercise video is also a great option for you. Ready to boost your booty?! Press play and lets lift your butt UP!

pilates butt lift

Pilates Butt Lift Workout. Give Your Booty a Boost in 10 Minutes

For more feel good fitness fun, check out these playlists:

As always, check with a doctor before starting this or any exercise routine. Honor your body, move mindfully, and make the challenge feel amazing!

You DID it! How do you feel?

Let me know how your body (and BOOTY) feels after you try this pilates butt lift workout video in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you and your booty muscles. As always, if you liked this video, please hit LIKE, SUBSCRIBE to my channeland share it with your friends! Your support means the world and helps me continue to create feel good fitness videos.

Thanks for being a part of my positive community, I love sharing workouts with you! Stay strong and keep smiling my friends.

Love,

Caroline

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What is My Theme for 2017? Healing.

I set an intention with a “theme” for each New Year. I believe this sets a strong, powerful intention for a desired outcome and allows you to stay consistent in taking action towards a year congruent with that theme. 2012 (“The Year of Self Love”) and 2013 (“The Year of Yes”) have been favorites so far.

What’s my theme for 2017?

Healing.

In the middle of 2016, I was sidelined with a serious foot injury that took me out of my life. Up until that point I was happy running around San Francisco doing as much as possible all at the same time. But this? This was a big large stop sign. It forced me to sit, feel, deal, and re-evaluate things. The only way out was through. I had a choice: shut it out and wallow in self pity, or open up and receive it.

I chose to open.

When you can’t go out, you go within. The journey has been everything (#allthefeels) and despite all the not so fun parts, I feel more alive than ever before. It has been one of the most transformative times of my life.

I’ve been thinking a lot about healing. Each one of us has trauma to heal, loss to mourn, hurts to forgive, or pain to let go of. Sometimes our pain manifests in the physical self and other times it takes form in ways that are not so obvious. As hard as it’s been, I am so grateful my foot pressed pause on my life and asked me to look at how I was moving through it. I needed to slow down, to work on myself, to heal past hurts that prevented me from being my best.

Moving into 2017 the journey continues. I am not in a rush, healing takes time (and I’m pretty sure it’s something that is never really done). Taking the time to generously nourish the body, mind, and spirit is one incredibly hard yet rewarding process. But the cool part? You FEEL results. From all of your efforts, you experience lightness, freedom, and expansiveness in your life and heart.

The process begins with one simple move: opening to what is. The photo above is how I feel going into 2017, empowered from my results and open to receive whatever the Universe has for me next. I believe life gives us great challenges to remind us that we’re alive (what a gift!) and that there is pleasure, and joy, and beauty, and so much room to expand into. And that yes, this journey, this life, is worth it.

 

All we have to do is open up to what is. The rest will take care of itself.

What is your theme for 2017? Have you ever focused on healing your mind, body, spirit? What do you do to heal? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Thank you for being a part of my journey – here’s to a year full of healing.

With love and light,

Caroline

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40 Minute Intermediate Floor Barre Workout. Total Body Strength and Length.

Get moving with this 40 Minute Intermediate Floor Barre Workout. Feel good fitness for total body strength and length.

Floor Barre Workout

Floor Barre Workout

It’s a great day for a workout! Join me for this 40 minute intermediate floor barre exercise video and build total body strength and length.

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Hi Friends,

How are you? How’s your body feeling today? Want to boost your energy, improve your posture, get strong, and feel grounded? Then you should join me for this 40 minute intermediate total body floor barre workout. In this video you will move through a series of low-impact pilates and bodyweight strength training exercises that will lift your muscles and your mood for days. It’s a no-impact workout you can do anywhere. 

This floor barre workout video is especially designed for those of you who are looking for non-weight bearing, low impact exercise. It’s perfect if you are looking for:

  • A workout you can do in your home or apartment with little space
  • A workout video to stay in shape when traveling for work ( makes working out in your hotel room fun and motivating!)
  • A cross-training workout to balance high-impact workouts
  • A routine to help you shape and strengthen your abs, hips, butt, legs, and arms.
  • A exercise routine you can do on a sleepy sunday to help pull things together from the weekend and prepare for a strong week.
  • A low-impact exercise routine you can do when coming back from an injury (get the doctor’s permission first of course 🙂 )

I had a lot of fun filming this floor barre workout video for you – my abs felt the burn and my butt was sore for a few days in the best way. To get started all you need is a mat and YOU! Tighten up your pony tail (or man bun 😉 ) and press play now. 

40 Minute Intermediate Floor Barre Workout for Total Body Strength and Fitness

You did it! Great job! Let me know how you feel in the comments below! And if you liked this video, please HIT LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel. I work to create great content to help you get healthy and live happy. 

Im here to help you stay positive and active wherever life finds you. I hope this exercise video helps you find ways to move and feel good in your body. I believe in you and know you can do whatever you put your mind to. Here to cheer you on in all ways and always.

Love,

Caroline

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Feel Better After A Long Work Day With This Quick Exercise

Feel better after a long work day with this quick exercise.

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Feel better after a long work day

You stayed late in the office (again) and your feet drag as you move through your front door. The day was a blur of  non-stop projects, meetings, emails, and calls. You hadn’t expected another long work day, but feel positive about all of the progress made on your to-do list. You got so much accomplished! Except now your head hurts. And your body feels like it got hit by a truck.

Before you grab a glass of wine and turn on “The Bachelor”, try this quick exercise to help your body and mind feel better. This technique will help restore your energy and soothe tension in your feet, ankles, calves, hamstrings, hips, and lower back. Heck, it might even help you get rid of that headache. All it takes is a few minutes of self-care to feel better fast.

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This exercise is commonly called “foot rolling” or foam rolling. To perform this exercise you will need one yoga tune up therapy ball or a tennis ball. A yoga tune up therapy ball works best because the grippy, rubber material that the ball is made of sticks to the skin. Especially welcome after a long work day, this exercise can be done any time, and almost anywhere. If you are free to take your shoes off when you sit at work, you can even keep a yoga tune up therapy ball under your desk and do impromptu rolling sessions while in the office.

Why does it work?

When you massage the soles of your feet, you loosen the starting point of a network of connective tissue that runs all the way up your back body to the crown of your head. Believe it or not, massaging your feet can loosen your calves, ankles, hips, lower back, and hamstrings. Tom Myers, author of Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists posted a fascinating video from a human dissection showing the entire Superficial Back Line of fascia, connecting from the feet to just above the eyebrows. Watch this video and you will never feel the same about the distance between your head and your toes.

Before you begin this exercise, test your hamstring flexibility: Take your feet hip distance apart, bend your knees slightly, and bring your upper body down into a forward fold (standing hamstring stretch). Press down into your feet, lift your front thighs and straighten your legs. Roll your front upper thighs in, and widen across your hamstrings. Unless you can easily bring your palms to the floor, use yoga blocks (or books or a handy stair), to support your upper body. Make a mental note of how much length or tightness you feel in your hamstrings, hips, and back. Then carefully roll up from your forward bend.

To start: Remove your shoes and socks. Stand by wall or chair to hold on to for balance. Place the yoga tune up therapy ball under one foot and start to roll the sole of your foot over the tennis ball. Experiment with the amount of weight you can put into the ball and still have an intense, yet pleasant sensation. Drape your toes over the tennis ball and massage the backs of your toes. Then work your way down the sole of your foot, all the way back to your heel. Roll along the inner and outer arches. Move slowly and mindfully, only putting as much pressure down onto the ball as you feel comfortable with.

Keep rolling for at least two minutes, thats the minimum amount of time required to make a difference. It helps to set a timer or watch a clock. Once you’ve completely rolled one foot, move to your other foot.

After you’ve rolled both feet, re-test how your body feels by doing a second forward bend. You may be surprised to find that your hamstrings, hips, lower back, and calves feel longer and less tense. I demonstrate this foot rolling exercise sequence in the below video. Press play and follow along as I guide you through a 10 minute foot massage exercise sequence to feel better.

Feel better after a long work day with this quick foot massage exercise video

You know you are doing this exercise properly if afterwards you feel relief, release, ease of movement, or less tension. If you continue to roll your feet consistently, some of the “shock of the new” sensations will go away and it will become a pleasant massage habit you look forward to at the end of a long work day.  Always check with a doctor before starting this or any exercise routine. Listen to your body and if you feel pain stop immediately.

You’ll notice that by simply taking the time to roll out tight, tense foot muscles, you will ease tension in the entire body. This technique can become a healthy habit that can help you end long work days on a positive note. Bookmark this video routine to use while traveling or after long work days so that you can press play quickly and give your body some T.L.C. For more feel good yoga tune up therapy videos, check out this playlist.

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I hope this exercise helps you end long work days in a positive way. Let me know how you feel after trying this foot rolling technique by leaving me a comment below. I am here to help you feel good.

Here’s to working smarter and thriving in life.

Caroline

My mission is to empower feel good fitness inside and out. I am here to be of service in your wellness and help you get your mind, body, and spirit in shape so you can love your life. Lets work together and live well. Contact me at carolinejordanfitness@gmail.com 

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