health blog

12 WAYS TO DITCH BAD HABITS – Health and Fitness

We all have habits—acquired behaviors that have become second nature. Some of those habits (e.g. brushing your teeth every day, exercising regularly, praying before meals) are good for you, while others (e.g. biting your nails, smoking cigarettes, wasting time on the internet or social media) compromise your physical and mental health, waste your time and […]

sleep

THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP

13 Reasons to Get Adequate Shut-Eye Do you wake up most mornings feeling rested, happy, focused, and full of energy? If the answer is no, you’re not alone. According to polls taken by the National Sleep Foundation, 80 percent of adults between the ages of 65 and 84 report having sleep difficulties—and the sleep they […]

Exercising with Osteoporosis

Exercising Safely with Osteoporosis Improve your strength, balance, flexibility, and bone health Osteoporosis is a skeletal disorder in which bones become porous and weak that can effect some of us, especially women, over the age of 50. As bones become more fragile, a person’s risk of bone fractures increases. Very often, people in the early […]

Pietra Fitness

Can the Saints Help with Better Health?

We Catholics have a rich tradition of recognizing our family of saints who went before us, by celebrating their feast days. Listed below are the dates in July when we acknowledge some of our friends in Heaven. We can and should surround ourselves with the protection of our “Cloud of Witnesses”, either through the participation […]

Praying during exercise

Prayer and Exercise

One of the blessings of being Catholic is the opportunity to celebrate feast days and devotions of our Faith.  Recognition of the different celebrations is part of our rich history and culture and these feast days indeed should be recognized.  Compiled below is a list of just some of the days that we as Catholics recognize […]

Lent and Pietra Fitness: An Invitation for Healing

During Lent, we engage in activities to heal our relationship with God and restore ourselves to the person that He created us to be. Pietra Fitness classes also allow us to restore and heal our bodies and souls and draw us closer to Christ and our true identity in Him. Lent and Pietra invite us […]

Working…on Balance

More and more seniors approaching the retirement stage of their lives have decided to continue gainful employment.  The decision to remain in the workforce, particularly on a part time basis has many advantages.  Employment can bestow a sense of structure and self-worth, not to mention a much appreciated paycheck. But it is important to manage […]

Managing the Holidays

Mother Teresa famously said, “If you’re too busy to pray, you’re too busy.” Gulp. Is this you? Is this me? In this day and age, “life is just so busy” is far too often the standard response from our friends and loved ones when asked, “How are you?” Obligations with family, work, friendships and holiday […]

Pray, Hope and Don't Worry

Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry

Many of us might recall a popular hit song of the late 1980’s by musician Bobby McFerrin, entitled “Don’t Worry.  Be Happy.”  I’d like to suggest that our saints are able to give us much better advice when dealing with life’s worries and troubles. Padre Pio of Pietralcino was a Franciscan priest who received the […]

Senior Exercise

5 Reasons Seniors Should Be Active Every Day

We are all told the importance of “Staying Active” throughout our adult lives. While it is equally important through all stages of life, there are increased benefits to staying active as a senior. It may be easier to say ‘no’ to exercise with other commitments and maybe even counter intuitive to you if you are […]