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  • He Called Me “Charismatic”

    Brian McMahon, a student at City University of New York’s Baruch College, recently videotaped our Nancercize class. I think he managed to capture the essence of Nancercize in his interviews, footage, and commentary. He called me “charismatic”!
    See if you agree.

  • My Green Gym Project Won!

    The Partnership for A Healthier New York City selected my program as one of its group of Neighborhood organizations to receive funding through the Community Transformation Grant. This grant, called CTG for short, was received by the Department of Health and Mental Services from the CDC. Nancercize is collaborating the Friends of Morningside Park and youarethecity,

  • Is Exercise Like Medicine–or Candy?

    Valentine’s Day or everyday, you might have candy on your mind. But there are all kinds of candy. In my world, exercise makes us feel so good, and it’s as much of a pleasure and reward as candy. Even better–it’s a gift that goes on giving, even after you’re done.

  • Being Active Because of Love or Hate?

    “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” Martin Luther King

    Which emotion do you most equate with physical activity—love or hate? Think about it. As I write this, it’s Martin Luther King Day, and although we don’t automatically think of him when we think of fitness, I find his wonderful quote quite inspiring in every aspect of life, including fitness. Let me explain.

  • The Cure for Cabin Fever

    Since I’m in the frigid, slippery northeast and many of my readers are too, it seems brilliant to do write a blog post about an indoor alternative to my usual outdoor exercise class.

  • Accentuate the positive: stay in holiday balance

    According to the American Council on Exercise, the average American ​takes in 3000 cal​ories​ at the typical Thanksgiving dinner. Some of us ​vacuum up even more… Kind of a disaster when you consider 2000 calories a day is all that most of us need. That’s a lot of turkey trotting to stay in balance and [...]

  • Your Best Vacation Ever Strategy: Visit a Park a Day

    Traveling is no obstacle to feeling energetic and relaxed. I’ve been walking the talk during my travels in Europe this summer. Here’s a quick guide to my strategy–so easy even a child can do it! In fact, every age and fitness level can play along. The basic plan: visit one park each day. Here are 5 tips to help that happen easily.

  • Try This Watermelon Gazpacho to Keep Cool

    Who knew? Watermelon and Tomato are a great combination. Try this recipe for a salad and a smoothie to cool you down and take the wilt out of summer.

  • 8 Tips and Reminders to Keep Cool in the Heat

    Is the heat keeping you sitting indoors? No need here are 8 simple ways to work smarter to keep going without wilting. Hint: one will make you giggle.

  • My Father, my Fitness Pal

    Did you know that it is fathers who have the most influence over their son’s—and daughter’s–exercise attitude and habits? My father and I never got to the point of playing ball together, or anything like that. But I’ll always be grateful for his role in making me comfortable and adept at three activities I love still.

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  • Brian McMahon, a student at City University of New York’s Baruch College, recently videotaped our Nancercize class. I think he managed to capture the essence of Nancercize in his interviews, footage, and commentary. He called me “charismatic”!
    See if you agree.

  • The Partnership for A Healthier New York City selected my program as one of its group of Neighborhood organizations to receive funding through the Community Transformation Grant. This grant, called CTG for short, was received by the Department of Health and Mental Services from the CDC. Nancercize is collaborating the Friends of Morningside Park and youarethecity,

  • Valentine’s Day or everyday, you might have candy on your mind. But there are all kinds of candy. In my world, exercise makes us feel so good, and it’s as much of a pleasure and reward as candy. Even better–it’s a gift that goes on giving, even after you’re done.

  • “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” Martin Luther King

    Which emotion do you most equate with physical activity—love or hate? Think about it. As I write this, it’s Martin Luther King Day, and although we don’t automatically think of him when we think of fitness, I find his wonderful quote quite inspiring in every aspect of life, including fitness. Let me explain.

  • Since I’m in the frigid, slippery northeast and many of my readers are too, it seems brilliant to do write a blog post about an indoor alternative to my usual outdoor exercise class.

  • According to the American Council on Exercise, the average American ​takes in 3000 cal​ories​ at the typical Thanksgiving dinner. Some of us ​vacuum up even more… Kind of a disaster when you consider 2000 calories a day is all that most of us need. That’s a lot of turkey trotting to stay in balance and [...]

  • Traveling is no obstacle to feeling energetic and relaxed. I’ve been walking the talk during my travels in Europe this summer. Here’s a quick guide to my strategy–so easy even a child can do it! In fact, every age and fitness level can play along. The basic plan: visit one park each day. Here are 5 tips to help that happen easily.

  • Who knew? Watermelon and Tomato are a great combination. Try this recipe for a salad and a smoothie to cool you down and take the wilt out of summer.

  • Is the heat keeping you sitting indoors? No need here are 8 simple ways to work smarter to keep going without wilting. Hint: one will make you giggle.

  • Did you know that it is fathers who have the most influence over their son’s—and daughter’s–exercise attitude and habits? My father and I never got to the point of playing ball together, or anything like that. But I’ll always be grateful for his role in making me comfortable and adept at three activities I love still.

  • The official Green Gym Day is just around the corner–the second Sunday of June. It’s easy enough to come up with ideas about what to do for any one day, whether you’re an adult or a child. But the official Green Gym Day is just the beginning, and I hope you’ll be inspired and motivated to make every day green gym day – and that means having a stash of ideas. Here’s your stash.

  • Have you ever noticed how, every once in awhile, two or three things happen in a row that add up to make you go “Aha!”? Here’s how to be part of a little miracle.

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  • "Nancercize rocks! Nancy makes fitness seem like an everyday thing you look forward to instead of something to dread."

    -- Lourdes Hernandez, 38, Assistant Professor at Columbia University

  • I was days short of sixty-five when i entered her group and after a few weeks i was able to spend the rest of the summer with two very active granddaughters........and i lost about five pounds!"

    -- Jennifer N. Kothe, 64, Retired

  • "Simple, commonplace, often overlooked... the park bench. You may sit on it, walk past it, but have you ever considered it your outdoor gym? Nancy Bruning's ""101 Things to Do on a Park Bench" is a delightful and fun invitation to transform the park bench into a healthy pleasure. Combine convenient exercise, a dose of nature, and perhaps a few friends and you have a natural prevention prescription as powerful as most drugs. Think outside the gym and enjoy your neighborhood park."

    -- David Sobel, MD, MPH, Medical Director of Patient Education. Kaiser

  • "She transforms benches, walls, steps and even trees into props and supports for all sorts of pressing, pushing, stretching and balancing. Best of all, this is all done with the idea of having practically anyone of any age participate."

    -- Stuart Dean, 56, Qigong Instructor and Former Lawyer

  • "The exercises can be done in any park and this is a strength of the program. No matter where we live we can use what we learn here."

    -- Mandy Braun, Software Sales and Services

  • "The sunlight, the clean, clear air, the views of nature from vast river vistas to the details of leaf, rock and twig are a gift to the soul as well as the body. By contrast, in a gym work-out the air is stuffy, the light and visuals are dull and bland, the feeling is enclosed. When physical exercise is perfomed out in nature, the body seems to respond with a deeper level of satisfaction which no gym can offer."

    -- Laura Hembree, 61, Real Estate Agent