Fitness Diva

Prevent Colon Cancer, Part II

Q&A WITH THE FITNESS DIVA  Crystal Manjarres  Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com  Now that you know that the colon is considered the sewer system of the body, it makes sense to pay even closer attention to what we eat. In part one we learned that smoking increases our risk for colorectal cancer, as does high amounts of red meat and alcohol. We learned the ... Read More »

Prevent Colon Cancer

FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Did you know that your colon is considered the sewer system of the body? Picture a septic tank (or an actual sewage system) brimming with putrefying toxins and bacteria thriving in the moist, hot environment. Easy to see how ill health can be sure to follow, isn’t it? In a (extremely simple) nut-shell, the colon is ... Read More »

Build a Better Core

FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com When you think of core, is the first thing that pops into your mind a six-pack set of abs? If so, you are not alone. Many people want washboard abs and are convinced that to have them means cranking out the crunches and will do whatever it takes to try to attain them. What most people ... Read More »

Baby Got Back

FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Do you sit at a desk all day or sit for the majority of the day? Do you practice strengthening your postural muscles when you stand or sit? Do you train those often neglected back muscles or forget that they’re there because they aren’t easily visible to you? Most people are desk jockeys and a larger ... Read More »

Are you a “desk” potato?

Q&A WITH THE FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Want to get fit, but can’t leave your desk? No problem! You know you need to exercise. No time for morning exercise between work, kids, and dog? Does evening exercise leave you too hyper to sleep? Then the office workout is for you! If you have 5-10 minutes…Go stair climbing—seriously! Go up and down ... Read More »

Is Splenda really good for you?

Q&A WITH THE FITNESS DIVA  Crystal Manjarres  Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com We’ve all seen the commercials— smiling moms baking “sugar” cookies with Splenda, surrounded by giddy kids waiting to dig in. I’m sure you or a friend gives sugar the cold shoulder in favor of this calorie-free sweetener for your morning cup of joe. The advertisers market it as “natural” and “made from ... Read More »

Turn that keg into a six pack! Part II

Q&A WITH THE FITNESS DIVA  Crystal Manjarres  Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com   This is Part II of how to turn your keg into a six pack. Enjoy!  Tip #3: Cut your carbs. We as a society are crazy about carbs—either we avoid them like the plague or consume them in excess. If you are overweight (or even obese), chances are, you enjoy a ... Read More »

Turn that keg into a six pack!

Q&A WITH THE FITNESS DIVA  Crystal Manjarres  Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com I’m constantly asked what is the best way to get abs? The truth is, there is no “best” way or “only” way to go when it comes to getting a toned midsection. Everyone is different and make take a different approach when it comes to leaning down; that being said, I have ... Read More »

BIG BAD COFFEE

Q&A WITH THE FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres  Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com I keep hearing conflicting information about coffee—is it good for me or not? It is definitely confusing—one minute the news is touting the benefits of coffee, and the next, it is calling it a poison. The opinion can literally change day-to-day, depending on the angle of the story. I will provide the ... Read More »

WHEN AND WHAT TO EAT

Q&A WITH THE FITNESS DIVA  Crystal Manjarres  Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com When should I eat- before or after exercise?  When and what you eat prior to and after exercise depends largely upon what type of exercise you are doing, as well as your medical history. For instance, if you are a seventy-five year old woman with diabetes and want to take a morning ... Read More »

EXCERCISE DAILY

Q&A WITH THE FITNESS DIVA  Crystal Manjarres  Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com How much should I be exercising?  This is a multi-faceted answer; most experts recommend anywhere from thirty to sixty minutes of exercise per day. There is a lot of “conflicting” information out and about that has many people confused: some say ten minutes is all you need, while others tout twenty minutes ... Read More »

CROSS TRAINING

Q&A WITH THE FITNESS DIVA  Crystal Manjarres  Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Are you stuck in an exercise rut? Try cross training!  Do you ever find that eating makes you happy? Do you ever notice that certain foods make you feel super happy? Women usually reach for comfort foods like chocolate, cookies, cake, (basically anything sweet) or salty. Men usually opt for salty and ... Read More »

Sugar lover, part II

Q&A WITH THE FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres  Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Q. Are you addicted to sugar? A. Do you ever find that eating makes you happy? Do you ever notice that certain foods make you feel super happy? Women usually reach for comfort foods like chocolate, cookies, cake, (basically anything sweet) or salty. Men usually opt for salty and crunchy. Whatever your ... Read More »

FOR THE SUGAR LOVER

Crystal Manjarres  Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Q. Are you addicted to sugar? – Part One.  A. If you’re conscious about your health, you’ve more than likely taken up exercise and watch what you eat. If you’re like most Americans, you’ve shunned fat, carbs, and salt; but what you may not know is that sugar is the one you should be focusing on. When ... Read More »

HEART MONTH

Q&A WITH THE FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres  Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Q. February is American Heart Month! What are you doing to prevent heart disease? A. What is heart disease? Simply put, heart disease (also known as coronary heart disease) is “a disorder of the blood vessels of the heart that can lead to heart attack” according to the National Heart Lung and ... Read More »

Bad knees

Q. I have bad knees. Can Pilates help to strengthen them? A. There are many things that can lead to “bad knees”: injury, arthritis, infection, degeneration and (rarely) tumors. Sometimes, misalignments of the joints above and below the knee are to blame, as well as years of overuse and abuse. But all is not lost. After getting the green light ... Read More »

New Year’s goals and tips

Q&A WITH THE FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres  Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Q. We’re two weeks in! How are your New Year’s Resolutions faring? A. Now that the holidays are behind us, have you left your bad habits in 2011? Or, are they already threatening to creep back up on you? You are too busy to organize your meals, so you grab something quick ... Read More »

HEALTHIER HOLIDAY

Crystal Manjarres  Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Q. What are some tips for a healthier holiday season? A. When people think of the holidays, several images come to mind—generally yummy, indulgent food tops the list. We all know that the treats and eats are what can make or break us. Why not prepare ahead of time for the expected and unexpected? I generally workout ... Read More »

THANKSGIVING

Crystal Manjarres  Q. Thanksgiving is here! How can I avoid gaining weight? A. The fall season is littered with opportunities to fall off the fitness wagon: Halloween festivals and “fun-size” candies, November potlucks and the inevitable Thanksgiving Day feast, plus the holiday parties galore in December with Christmas, New Year’s Eve and so on. It is no wonder the holidays ... Read More »

Not motivated?

Crystal Manjarres  Q. What are some fun ways to boost my fitness motivation?  A. So many people want to work out, but lack the motivation or are intimidated by that first step. The obvious solution is to seek out a knowledgeable (and fun!) personal trainer. Ask yourself what is your “fitness personality”? Do you prefer undivided, one-on-one attention with an ... Read More »