Development of The Mind and The Body Go Hand in Hand | Healthy Living

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The holiday season is always a busy one. Since there are a fixed number of hours in a day, we often need to eliminate tasks and routines that are not ranking at the top of the list.  During the month of December, we always see a decline in participation at the gym.  Why do folks feel this task is at the bottom of the list of things to accomplish every day?

I have to say, it’s certainly a more favorable environment when there are fewer people using the equipment!! However, I think it’s also a reflection of the importance, or lack thereof, of people who prioritize their health status. 

I just finished a great training session with my trainer at the YMCA. We meet three days a week, and she increases my weights every session to increase my strength. I do concentrated workouts. The same two muscle groups are strengthened for a week at a time. This week is back and biceps.

I did the seated row for back muscles and did several reps at 140 pounds. That's more than I weigh. The photo shows the mid row for back muscles and, if you look at the location of the pin, I'm pulling the stack. I do that for 12 reps. That ends up as a "total body workout" because one needs legs and abs to stabilize.  If my legs and abs were not strong, I'd end up on my back!!!

Friday we go to 150 pounds, and my focus will be to do one good pull, and then work my way down with 10 to 12 good reps for each move down the stack.

It’s energizing, even though I’ve totally fatigued those muscle groups. One feels accomplished, strong and, after my muscles have regained their strength, I feel energized.

Tomorrow, I train my daughter, Tammy.  She’s lost 2 dress sizes and will be a size 4 very soon.  If she were 4” shorter, I could search through her closet, rather than buy my own outfits!

On January 2, the YMCA will be “totally packed with members” who are out of sight right now.  The sad news is, they will drop off again by the end of February, and we’ll have all of our equipment to ourselves again!!! 

Just saying…..

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Todaro Team - Retired



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Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

My son finds a gym no matter where he happens to be working, and he says they're all pretty much the same. There are more people there on Monday, then the attendance tapers off. He also says there are usually plenty of young men talking on their cell phones, bragging about "hitting the gym." He thinks maybe they should turn off the phones and actually exercise.

You dedicated people do amazing things. I could hardly believe it when he told me he had lifted 452 pounds - nearly twice his weight!


Dec 06, 2017 01:12 PM #8
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Will Hamm tammy and I love working out together.... I'm her trainer and she's doing very well...

Grant Schneider we complement how we workout at the gym with working out in the kitchen with a regimented eating menu...

Dec 06, 2017 01:17 PM #9
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Hannah Williams that's great....find something that you love to do and you'll do it consistently.... all of it gets the same results....good health...

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® there are so many young people (under 70 is young to me!!) dying from heart problems because of unhealthy living...

Dec 06, 2017 01:37 PM #10
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Chris Ann Cleland and that's my goal...just to maintain strength and good health...

George Souto if one is missing, it's not a healthy life....

Marte Cliff and that comes with consistent strength training.... that's why I workout with a trainer 3 days a week.... I can lift 200 pounds and now working on 205....but I have to train for a few months before I can pull that off the floor and stand up straight with it.... I weigh 130.... and I'm 71...

Dec 06, 2017 01:40 PM #11
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I have the mind down and now to get the body part down Barbara Todaro 

Dec 06, 2017 02:07 PM #12
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

you guys can tone so fast.... go for a month and you'll never want to stop.... go as soon as it opens...there's no real estate happening at 5:30am.... Scott Godzyk ... when I go alone, I go at 5:30am ....when I meet tammy, we go at 7:00am... business doesn't start before 9:00am....

Dec 06, 2017 02:16 PM #13
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Was thinking of your post today Barbara Todaro  hope I keep it up this winter when it gets cold .. Just have to bundle up in warm hat scarf gloves --like you said the outcome is good health

Dec 06, 2017 02:28 PM #14
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

you may want to join a gym in the winter and use an indoor track.... I use the track once a week when I workout with resistance ropes on that one day a week.... I do a lap to take a break from the ropes.... indoor track has different lanes for walking/jogging/ running.... Hannah Williams 

Dec 06, 2017 02:43 PM #15
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Barbara, your determination and consistency has certainly paid off! Not everyone has that willpower. Yes, I'm always amazed to see all the slimming potions and drinks fill the shelves right after the holidays!

Dec 06, 2017 04:14 PM #16
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES and they also hit the gym with vigor and enthusiasm....until they get tired and start eating what they shouldn't and skip a day or two a week and then nothing.... and we have our gym back again!!!

Dec 06, 2017 04:21 PM #17
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

BarbaraT- you definitely keep us on our toes here. Even when we're on our road trips, Larry and I get up every morning and go for our walks.  He's been given the go-ahead from his neurosurgeon to resume some weight training as well!  Yea! 

Dec 06, 2017 06:15 PM #18
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

You are the poster child for how any of us, with will power. can change our lives Barbara Todaro 

Dec 06, 2017 07:25 PM #19
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Healthy mind and body do go together.  I am often amazed when swimming laps, and my thoughts become really clear and planning seems easy.  Oxygen to the brain is a wonderful thing!

Dec 06, 2017 07:58 PM #20
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


A healthy body and healthy mind work in harmony for our well being.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Dec 06, 2017 08:09 PM #21
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Barbara.

If I tried that I would be down for the count

Dec 07, 2017 12:55 AM #22
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You are so amazing!  I anticipate the day that I will get to workout with you, but then again I dread it too, haha.

Dec 07, 2017 05:30 AM #23
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Barbara -- I've been coming to ActiveRain for a few years now....and the transformation of you as a person is incredible. I'm in awe and aah tooo.   Good job --- maybe a career as a fitness guru is next for you.  

Dec 07, 2017 07:11 AM #24
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

It's tough to beat Michael Jacob's comment, so I will just say, "what he said." Bravo to you, Barbara. You are always an inspiration on so many levels. D 

Dec 07, 2017 03:11 PM #25
Tyra Hatcher Mitchell
Alliance Realty - Portland, ME
Southern Maine Realtor

Good for you!  The owner of our company was so committed to getting fit, he put a gym and shower in the office.

Dec 07, 2017 07:29 PM #26
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I did a post that getting older is not for the faint of heart. Like you the older I get the harder the training.

Dec 08, 2017 12:27 AM #27
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