We have to make climbing stairs “fun” to get people to use them?!

You know I always try to get you to use the stairs and not elevators or escalators so you don't end up with knee, heart and respiratory issues when you finally do climb them!

I know you remember what I wrote here, here, here, and here, right? You can't say I didn't warn you!  

Check out this amazing video that my friend Amy shared with me:

Amazing, huh? Why do we have to make climbing stairs “fun” to get people to use them?

If your knees hurt when you go up stairs…

It could be because you have no glute (butt) muscles left from sitting on your assets and neglecting to climb stairs for the last 20+ years! DUH!

Your gluteus maximus (one of the "glutes" that are attached to your hip) is supposed to be one of the strongest and largests muscle in the body. This (supposedly) large muscle in the buttocks keeps you standing upright and fights against gravity when you walk up stairs (as well as bike, jump and run).

Your knees are supposed to "come along for the ride" and not initiate these particular movements. So if your gluteus maximus or other muscles of the hip area are weak and tight, they may not sufficiently do what they're supposed to do.

Your poor knees might end up initiating the action and absorb the stress, which can result in (unexplained) pain. 

And you also may have a lot of excess "junk in your trunk" where those beautifully rounded "glutes" are supposed to be!

So now you know why I'm always saying that you, too, need a "better butt by Beth"! It's not just  so you'll look fabulous coming and going, which you will!

I know, "How do you really feel about stairs, Bethy?" Just wait; you'll read about this and some of my other "pet peeves" in my upcoming book, Move Your Assets: From the chair not the bank!

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Bethy Thought for Mother’s Day

It's Mother’s Day and like every other Sunday, I started the morning with my running/walking routine, on the Seminole/Wekiva Trail that I live on. (I know, isn’t that awesome?) 

My path leads me “conveniently” to Panera Bread and Peach Valley (an awesome restaurant for breakfast and lunch) should I chose to partake…but of course I usually don’t.

It’s amazing to me, however, how many people actually do flock to these restaurants, especially on special occasions like Mother’s Day! I was flabbergasted at the amount of people standing (mostly sitting) in line this morning, Holy Cow!

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And then it hit me like a ton of bricks (don’t worry, not literally): People work hard to schedule appointments that require no activity…such as eating at restaurants or even getting their nails done (not the guys, so much, on the latter LOL).

We will call to make reservations, or sit around for an hour with a beeper waiting for our name to be called for a table (only to sit on our assets even more). In fact we look forward to this all week in celebration of a special occasion.

I love going to restaurants, too, but the fact is that more than 2/3 of our fellow Americans are overweight and this includes your kids!

So why can’t you schedule a Mother’s Day gathering and walk the trail, or play tag (or “Ringolevio” if you’re from NY!)? Everyone will have fun and everyone benefits!  You can even walk to your favorite restaurant if you have to. 

On a good note, I did see more mommies than usual biking and walking on the trail with their families.  Maybe they are catching on to the Move Your Assets lifestyle! 

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