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Fitness and Living Jigsaw: Number 6 by Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven

Fitness and Living Jigsaw:  Number 6

What signs of better strength, wellness, and living have you seen since Fitness and Living Jigsaw: Number 5?

Remind yourself again:  You deserve to live well and be well.  Making fitness and good nutrition a routine, a habit, and expression of how you respect yourself is essential to developing a desire to get moving and stay moving.  

It is imperative to understand the power of health and wellness.  One of the most critical factors in the process of physical, mental, and emotional wellness is you.  Your creativity, choices, workout equipment, awareness of your own abilities, evaluation of health goals, and execution of good habits is essential.  Execution and implementation can be a challenge, although without implementing the proper healthy habits all the reading of exercise articles will not make you physically stronger.  Rather than a specific plan, this article supplies guidelines, inspiration, and ideas to spark your interest.

Often I am asked about my routine for healthy living and how I maintain good fitness, especially when I am regularly baking, cooking, and always on the hunt for excellent restaurants.  No big secrets here.  I eat well, get a good amount of sleep, rest, and give my body and mind a good workout.  If anyone knows a thing or two about fitness and nutrition, it’s me.  And if I can do it, you can too.  A background of teaching health and physical education, as well as a lifelong interest in nutrition, has been essential to maintaining an excellent level of fitness, energy, and strength for me.  

Models, actors, athletes.  The images we see in ads, movies, and media can influence our goals and perceptions.  Keep in mind the people in those professions spend a lot of time and have a lot of time to look their best.  Or computer graphics best.  Rather than focusing on images in media, focus on health and wellness for the mind, body, and soul.  We all approach fitness at various levels, perspectives, and habits based upon previous experiences and family environment.  Take a moment to reflect upon good values, the ideas you hold close, that will be the center of what gets you physically fit.  Structure your day, fight for the time to eat well and get physically fit.  Work toward betterment, not perfection.  Be prepared to respond in life.  That means being ready to plan out options and alternatives to preserve your health and wellness.  We all know life is a continual journey, full of difficulties and blessings.  Put on some good music, turn up the volume, and get liberated from those unhealthy habits.  

Working out is not enough for our bodies.  Diet, what you eat, what you buy at the store and bring home to your kitchen, is highly significant to strong abs and obliques.  Purchase and prepare foods that satiate your appetite.  Eat seasonally and enjoy the monthly flavors.  Your fitness routine also needs variety.  Mix up your activities.  Sleep is also key.  The body, mind, and soul need rest and revitalizing.  Sometimes preparing yourself is the key.  Remind yourself in verbal or written form to workout the next day or after work.  Repeat that reminder each night before you go to bed.  This mantra may be the key to applying the health and wellness information you know to do. 

Eat.  Enjoy.  Satiate.  Satisfy.  Get nutrients.  Deal with emotions.  Make something beautiful to make your belly happy.  Breathe.  Those daily habits make a difference.  In my book, candy, cakes, cookies, and desserts are not the devil.  Too many sweets and too often is not good.  Not to worry though.  Take a breath.  If you get off the path of healthy living, I’m confident you can do better next time.  As David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD stated, “Overeating doesn't make us fat.  The process of becoming fat makes us overeat.  In other words, hunger and overeating are the consequences of an underlying problem.  Follow a simple lifestyle prescription focused on enjoyable physical activities, sleep, and stress relief to improve metabolism and support permanent behavior change.”

Jigsaw Number 6:  Stretch and Psychomotor Options

Quadriceps Stretch

Rhythmic Activity

As part of improving flexibility, agility, and coordination change up your routine with quadricep stretches or bouncing a basketball to the beat of music.  Begin with either activity and then work up to doing more of that exercise.  You may find doing variations on your movements or speed and distances makes working out more interesting for you and you may see better results.  

Lower back stretches are key to your fitness program.  The quadriceps is a four-part muscle in the leg.  Beginners should perform this stretch by placing one hand on a chair for support.  Then stretch the muscle by slowly grasping one foot by the opposite hand and gently pull the foot towards the glutes.  (Pull the left foot using your right hand and then your right foot using your left hand.)  Keep your quadriceps (thigh muscle) aligned with your torso.  Remember to hold the stretch for 30 seconds, breathe, and relax while stretching.   

Rhythmic activities are another significant option to get your heart pumping and lungs working hard.  The moving of a basketball at a fast-pace can be an intense work out.    First select a basketball for this workout.  Select basketballs, tennis balls, and rubber balls of various sizes to increase the complexity of the activity.  Then, select music for your work out.  Beginners should start by bouncing the ball in self space to the beat of music.  Those people at the intermediate level may wish to bounce the ball in more general space and in various directions and distances.  People at a more advanced level may wish to incorporate tossing the ball and catching it, one-handed bouncing, and rolling the ball from one arm, across the shoulders, and down the other arm.  Keep in mind the tempo, speed, changes in the music as you bounce the basketball, tennis ball, or rubber ball.

Join with your family and friends today.  Find a locale to work out that gets you inspired.  Then return here and share your progress, tips, and what you learned.  Please remember all information is of a general nature and is furnished only for education.  See a doctor or medical professional for your own personal fitness advice.

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Note: All information is of a general nature and is furnished only for education.  See a doctor or medical professional for your own personal fitness advice.  Use of this information is at your own risk in regard to any losses, liabilities, injuries or damages resulting from any and all claims.

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Pearl’s: A Great Rooftop Barstaurant

Pearl’s:  A Great Rooftop Barstaurant

“An upscale bar and restaurant on the Sunset Strip.  Known for its menu of decadent cocktails, delicious food, unique decor, and stunning rooftop decks.”

Pearl’s is a 1920s inspired eatery on Sunset Boulevard.  Located between the famed Doheny and San Vicente.  The restaurant and bar is an origination of the team behind its neighbor Rock and Reilly's.  This Hollywood scene offers city views, an indoor-outdoor garden, and small plate dishes.  A great spot for dining the day after a late night out, meeting up with friends, or as an escape from the tourists.


1.  Pearl’s is located at 8909 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90069.  This is a walkable distance from venues, such as The Roxy Theatre, Whisky a Go Go, and The London.  From further distances use a taxi or car service.  

2.  Peak times occur during weekdays and nights, especially on weekends during concerts and other events in the city.  Dining before or after peak times can ensure a more pleasant mealtime.

3.  I have enjoyed a variety of dishes on various occasions dining at Pearl's.

Kale and Quinoa Salad:  Purple Kale, Red Quinoa, Red Pear, Pistachio, Black Currant, and Champagne Honey

Pearl’s Burger:  Aged Cheddar, Melted Onions, Lettuce, Tomato, Aioli, and Sesame Brioche Bun

Poached Eggs and Quinoa Bowl:  Two Poached Eggs, Red Quinoa, Roasted Tomato, Broccolini, Toast, Avocado, Chimichurri, and Truffle Salt

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