Karen Marcouiller

Personal Trainer and Health Coach

National Sports and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

American Council on Exercise (ACE)

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January 21, 2020

I was on a local afternoon show here in the Twin Cities last week. They asked me to come on to talk about strength exercises that can also be considered stretches. 

I shared some great information and some exercises you can do at home.


January 14, 2020

Weight training as we get older is not optional.

It’s necessary to prevent and/or reverse the loss of both muscle and bone loss that occurs naturally as we age. It also provides ease of movement, pain relief, and increased metabolism, among many other benefits.

But what...

January 6, 2020

Yep, it’s that time of year.  We’re done eating and drinking with abandon over the holidays and we want to get on the straight and narrow with eating and exercise.

We’re motivated and have great intentions right about now. The problem is sticking with it..

Use these top...

December 16, 2019

Just the thought of a ‘diet’ makes many of us feel dread and overwhelm. To most of us it means highly restrictive calories, tasteless, unsatisfying food and constant hunger.

And the chance of sticking with it for the long term?  Well, forget it!

By definition, most of us...

December 11, 2019

Losing weight can be so hard.

We feel like we’re doing everything right, yet still not getting results.

There’s so much information out there about what we should and shouldn’t be eating.

It feels as though we eat less and less but continue to gain weight.

It’s so discoura...

December 2, 2019

By now you’ve heard me talk (a lot) about the importance of strength training for a variety of reasons. One of those many reasons is to boost metabolism.

But you may not know exactly how strength training boosts your metabolism. Well, wait no more – that info is right h...

November 25, 2019

Most of us have noticed the change is our body composition, strength and appearance as we’ve gotten older. We gain weight, we lose our ability to do what we used to – climb stairs easily, get up and down from chairs or the floor easily, carry groceries easily – and oft...

November 19, 2019

Many of the benefits of exercise are well known – it helps prevent heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Exercise helps with weight control, lowers blood pressure, prevents depression, and improves arthritis symptoms,

among many others. Blah, blah, blah. You’ve heard it...

November 11, 2019

Skipping the warm up

Warming up prepares our muscle and nervous system for exercise. It increases the blood flow to our extremities and decreases the risk of injury. Warm up by doing anything that gets your heart beating faster and literally ‘warms you up’. Try walking,...

November 4, 2019

It’s safe to say we’ve all lost our balance at one time or another. Most of the time, if we’re lucky, we’re able to catch ourselves before we fall.

As we get older, this ability to maintain balance, or recover when wobbly becomes more and more difficult.

Having good bala...

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