The mini-band is a fitness tool that can seriously enhance your workouts.  If you have taken my barre classes you probably already know how much I love using the band for butt and thigh work, but there are SO many other uses for it.  Not only is it super inexpensive, but you can take it anywhere (gym, outdoors, travel, etc) and get a killer workout guaranteed.  Below ar

Recently a new studio, Burnin' by Ray, the Ungym, opened 5 minutes away from where I live and I couldn't wait to give it a try.  In a sea of too many yoga and cycling studios in Boston, I was excited for something new and different to open up. Keep reading to see why Burnin' by Ray is different than other fitness studios

I believe that morning is the most important part of the day, but usually the most rushed as we are running out the door for work, to drop the kids off at school, make it to a class at the gym, etc. How you begin your morning can really set the tone for your day.  Creating a morning ritual can get you out the door on the right foot, feeling invigorated, calm, and ready

Fall means cozy sweaters, colorful leaves falling from the trees, warm apple cider, and pumpkin EVERYTHANG. Besides being easily adaptable in many recipes, pumpkin also packs quite a few health benefits:

  • High in carotenoids which the body converts into Vitamin A.  These are known to help keep your eyesight sharp an


As we were researching places to go on our honeymoon, we ultimately decided on three factors: somewhere we had never been before, somewhere that was a walking city, and somewhere that had a lot of vegan options. We came across the perfect destination- Lisbon, Portugal. We were pleasantly surprised to find that Lisbon has an array of restaurants suitable for vegans, more th


You may have heard claims like cell phones causing brain tumors, sunscreens causing cancer, and fruits and vegetables being loaded with harmful pesticides.  With all of these sca

I have been teaching fitness for 13 years and I wrote this article simply as an observation as to what I personally have noticed has changed in the group fitness industry over the past decade. It is not meant to be negative or to put down other instructors. Technology and social media have certainly enhanced the popularity of classes and made t


The jury is out on whether stretching after a run is beneficial or not.  Some studies show that stretching after a run is not very beneficial and will not help towards injury prevention. Regardless, stretching helps to improve flexibility, and I personally like to stretch after I workout.


There is a common misconception that you should not do ab work during pregnancy, but having a strong core is actually very important whether pregnant or not.  As your belly gets bigger during pregnancy, your pelvis tilts forward, shortening the muscles in you lower back, which can lead to discomfort. Having a strong core can not only help to protect y

Jackfruit intrigues me, I think because I still have no idea what exactly a "jackfruit" is.  Although it looks weird when you see it in a can, it surprisingly absorbs flavor very well and adds a meaty texture to whatever meal you are incorporating it into.  I saw this recipe on Purple Carrot and decided to give it a try.  If you read my review on Purple Carro