Couch to Active with Lyn Lindbergh

Episode 80
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In episode 80, Jill and Chris interview Lyn Lindbergh, an expert at creating real change in people’s lives. Lyn deals with three chronic health issues, but still she gets out and exercises every day. Those health issues fuel her compassion for people and her understanding of what it really takes to get moving when life gets in the way. Even with her physical challenges, she has completed the Seattle to Portland 200-mile ride six times, and has completed multiple half-marathons, 10 triathlons, and countless 5K runs.

Lyn Lindbergh is the author of the book COUCH to ACTIVE: The Missing Link that Takes You from Sedentary to Active. She is the host of the Health and Fitness Motivation podcast. Lyn is also a Blogger, Speaker, Coach, Fitness Influencer, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Pilates Instructor, Certified Group Fitness Instructor, and President of COUCH to ACTIVE. She provides healthy coaching and motivation with one mission in mind — to get us exercising in a way that helps us smile.

During today’s podcast we discussed:

  • Her advice for women over 50 about starting out again
  • What to do if you have a chronic injury
  • What’s the right amount of cardio
  • How to get motivated (Do what makes you smile. Even a small amount of movement helps.)
  • Her “camera-off” Zoom classes for people who are blind and are popular with sighted people as well
  • How she helps people who are active but want to do more or try something entirely different without injury.

We asked her “What is Active?”

1) Cardio – Get your blood pumping
2) Weight bearing – Work your muscles and skeletal system
3) Movement – Keep your lymphatic system functioning
4) Flexibility – Helps your spine and your joints

She encourages women starting out to do so by doing a little bit to start. “When you try something new, do less than you think you can and give it 48 hours. Listen to your body. Your fastest path to fitness is to stay injury free.” Lyn recognizes the fact that most of us have been in and out of fitness throughout our entire lives. She created her program to help others find a space where doing your best doesn’t feel like a failure. Lyn feels that we need a place to help us get jazzed about our progress.

In this motivational episode, Lyn says “Have compassion for yourself. Compassion is where it starts. Find your joy. Find the type of exercise that works for you. Think about what you enjoy and do that.”

If you are just starting out or starting back, Lyn suggests trying to work up to 150 minutes a week cardio and two times a week strength training. She says it’s okay to break it down to what you are comfortable with, like 30 minutes five times a week. If you’re looking to go from Couch to Active with Lyn Lindbergh, you’ll want to check out her online exercise classes.

Links:
Lyn Lindbergh’s book Couch to Active: The missing link that takes you from sedentary to active.
Lyn mentioned the book “No Sweat” by Michelle Segar
Lyn Lindbergh’s Health and Fitness Motivation Podcast
Lyn’s online group exercise classes and personal training

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