What is polypharmacy? Polypharmacy refers to the use of a large number of medications, commonly considered to be the use of five or more. Polypharmacy is a consequence of having several underlying medical conditions.  As we age, an estimated 30 percent to 40 percent of patients take five or more medications. An analysis of older adult beneficiaries of a large governmental health plan documented the use of multiple medications. Among users of the pharmacy benefit, the average number of medications was six per user. Forty-seven percent used five or more medications, 13 percent used 10 or more, and 3 percent used 15 or more. The term implies an assumption that using one or more of these medications may be questioned or unnecessary.  Polypharmacy also can be defined as the use of more medications than are clinically indicated.

Why the need for polypharmacy? As stated above, a major reason for polypharmacy is that a patient has many co-existing medical conditions receiving treatment. In addition, in the case of diseases such as heart failure and high blood pressure, combinations of two to three different medications are common and recommended. If medications for symptomatic relief are added, it is easy to see why patients end up with a large number of medications. Sometimes a new  medication is prescribed to treat the adverse effects of another drug, often discontinuing or changing the dose of the offending drug would solve the problem. A contributing factor is that patients see different physicians for their medical problems, and being under the care of several specialists is a major reason for polypharmacy. This can be true because specialists often focus on their area of expertise rather than on the patient as a whole. There is often a need for a primary care physician — a general internist, a family practitioner or a pediatrician — to coordinate the use of multiple medications. Another reason for polypharmacy is that the documentation of why a medication was prescribed initially is often missing in the medical record, making decisions to consider termination of a treatment difficult to make later. As a result, there is a tendency for doctors to let patients continue the medications they are taking, especially if the indications are unclear or unknown. In addition to medications lacking an indication, other medications may be of limited value or are therapeutic duplications.

What are the consequences? The major consequence of polypharmacy to a patient is a much higher risk of adverse drug effects. This risk increases based on the number of medications prescribed and taken. These adverse drug effects often require physician contacts and, in some cases, emergency room visits or hospitalizations. Moreover, if an adverse effect emerges, it can be very difficult to figure out which of the many drugs is the cause. Another possible problem is what is referred to as medication or drug interactions, meaning that the effects of one medication, may change if given together with another medication. Thus, taking five or more medications leaves many opportunities for such interactions. The knowledge of medication interactions gained during the drug development phase is often limited due to incomplete testing. Polypharmacy also places a burden on patients to remember when and how to take all prescribed medications. Multiple medications increase the risks of inappropriate medication use, non-adherence, adverse effects and medical cost.

What can be done about polypharmacy?  A medication review for patients prescribed a large number of medications. Regular reviews are recommended to determine the appropriateness of use of all medications.

Information gathered by:  Express Script

Questions about medicine?  ask the Pharmacist.  We are honored to host a panel of four very well respected local community experts in their field of pharmacy.  Meet our panel:

Sean Wimberly, PharmD, BCPS
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, FSU College of Medicine Faculty

Sean has been a clinical pharmacist for eight years.  He received his PharmD from the University of Florida in 2011.  He completed a residency at TMH and is now a preceptor for the TMH residency.  Sean is also a part-time faculty member with the FSU College of Medicine where he teaches pharmacology.  Aside from his professional life, he coaches the Visual Teams for the Marching Chiefs and directs the FSU Winer Guard.  Sean is an undergraduate of FSU where he will always be remembered as one of the renowned FSU feature twirlers at the Seminoles football games.

Angie Williams, RPh
Monticello Winn-Dixie, 20+ years

With over 20 years as a Winn-Dixie pharmacist, Angie is a graduate of Samford University – McWhorter School of Pharmacy.  When she’s not helping the Monticello community with all their pharmacy needs, you’ll find her spending time with her family, especially her two sons – both active athletes.  She is a believer in PURE –  quality products that support nutrition, performance, beauty and life balance.  With any extra time she can slip in, Angie makes the drive into Tallahassee to workout at Just Get Fit!

Charles McArthur, RPh
Retired Registered Pharmacist for over 50 years

Charles McArthur has been a registered pharmacist for over 50 years. After graduating from Samford University, Charles began practicing retail pharmacy in the building currently housed by Uptown Café. After a short detour into chain-store pharmacy, he began his 13 years at Sullivan Drugs, presently the Walgreens across from TMH. Since this store was open 365 days a day, and until midnight every day, Charles crossed paths with multitudes of patients and their families, and became friends with many of the physicians of the time. Next, the opportunity arose for Charles to open a psychiatric hospital pharmacy for Apalachee Human Services. Psychiatric pharmacy was truly a new world, coming from a background in retail pharmacy. From there, Charles was approached about becoming Pharmacy Chief for the State of FL Dept. of Health’s Central Pharmacy. As an administrator, Charles had many assorted duties, including traveling to hurricane sites within the state in order to supply urgently needed medications, supplying vaccines for the smallpox and anthrax scare following 9/11, among other essential public health tasks. This was a fascinating but intense period. Charles was a beloved and well-respected Pharmacy Chief. He was then promoted to Director of Statewide Pharmaceutical Services for the State of FL. Charles retired from full-time practice 12 years ago, and since then has filled in at community pharmacies in Tallahassee and surrounding communities. He continues to be registered as a pharmacist in FL and Georgia.

Faith Maignan, PharmD
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital

Faith Maignan is an energetic, colorful, free-spirited Tallahassee native, wife of JGF’s Coach Chris Maignan. After high school she went on to complete her undergraduate coursework and also obtain her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. It was here in her second year of pharmacy school that she met Coach Chris and fell in love with his skillful cooking. During her time as a pharmacy student Faith also discovered a strong interest in Infectious Disease, specifically HIV and the public health issues surrounding patient care. This interest was pursued by completion of a summer research fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, AIDS Healthcare Foundation Pharmacy internship, and CDC pharmacy rotation in Atlanta, GA.

After receiving her PharmD, she briefly worked at Orlando VA Medical Center, but not soon after decided to relocate back home to Tallahassee to be closer to family. Her pharmacy career in Tallahassee began at Capital Regional Medical Center, where she worked as a clinical pharmacist both in the main pharmacy and on hospital floors, assisting physicians and nurses with drug information questions. After two years at CRMC, Faith decided to pursue a position at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, where she currently works as a clinical pharmacist primarily at TMH’s Outpatient Cancer Center.

Throughout her life, Faith has always strived to balance the studying and intensity of her pharmacy career with dancing, exercising, and overall pushing to maintain emotional and spiritual health. With her husband by her side, she loves to laugh, meet new people, travel, eat great food, and search for new challenges. This past year, with the support of her husband, she decided to fully immerse herself into consistently exercising and pursuing her desire of becoming a Strong by Zumba (SBZ) instructor. She attends Coach Chris’ class Tuesdays and Thursdays and hopes to begin teaching SBZ at JGF very soon!

Join us at Just Get Fit, Thursday, October 17 at 6:30PM.  This event is part of JGF’s complimentary educational series – open to everyone community wide!  Invite your family and friends…

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Get Your Mammogram!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. That means a lot of things too many people. To some it triggers memories of loved ones lost to the disease. To others it inspires the drive to fight and find a cure. And others, like myself, it’s a reminder to take the time to be proactive in care and early detection. According to the American Cancer Society, the 2 greatest factors for breast cancer is being a woman, and growing older. All women, regardless of family history can get breast cancer. There is no discrimination.

Early detection is very important. When the cancer is small and hasn’t spread, those with the diagnosis are more likely to survive. We have been taught to perform self checks every month to detect abnormalities. However, there is a population of women, myself included, that have ‘dense’ breast tissue that makes self detection of masses difficult. Our best defense, and the defense recommended to every woman over 40, is having a yearly mammogram.

I clearly remember my first mammogram. I had just turned 40 when my primary physician informed me I was ‘at the age’ to start getting annual breast exams. I laughed. But in reality, I was scared to death. Oddly not necessarily of the cancer, but of the process itself. I had heard all the horror stories of how awful and painful the process was. But knowing and understanding the importance of early detection, I scheduled my exam anyway. I remember sitting in the waiting room anxious and ready to bolt out the side door. I’m actually quite a modest person when it comes to my body, so too willing let a stranger see and TOUCH my breasts was pretty nerve wracking. The mammogram itself was uncomfortable, but there was no pain. The machine was cold and a bit intimidating, but my technician was comforting. It was nothing like what my imagination had built it up to be.

Statistically, 1 in 8 women will develop Breast Cancer in their lifetime. In 2019 that equated to 268,600 women diagnosed, with 41,760 women dying from the disease. Per the American Cancer Society, you can help to reduce your own chances of developing breast cancer by engaging in regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and limiting alcohol intake. If you have any questions about breast cancer, or any other cancer, I encourage you to visit the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org. I encourage you, if you have not had a screening yet, and you are ‘of age’, to acknowledge that fear and do it anyway. I encourage you to check in with your diet and activity. Are you living your BEST life? If you have concerns about your lifestyle, check in with your Just Get Fit Coach, or schedule a consult with our Just Get Fit Dietitian, Jaqui Griffith,R.D. At Just Get Fit it is our passion- our driving force- to help you life a healthy lifestyle, mind, body, and soul.

– Chef Carmen Rasmussen

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month – What you need to know from JGF Survivor Cathy.

Cathy has been diligent with her workouts and healthy eating long before her diagnosis. After speaking with her she expressed that her doctors attributed her recovery to the fact that she had taken such great care of herself prior to Ovarian Cancer. She also shared what she thought were some of the most important things a woman should know about symptoms of the disease, and what to do if you are diagnosed as well.

” A woman’s risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 78.  It is more common in women over 50, and relatively rare—though not nonexistent—in women younger than that.   It is less common than breast cancer but more deadly because there is no good early detection method or test, and the classic symptoms are subtle, often do not appear until the cancer is advanced, and mimic many other conditions.  The typical symptoms of ovarian cancer are abdominal bloating, constipation, need to urinate more frequently than usual, feeling full more quickly, indigestion/nausea, and unexplained weight loss.  If you have two or more of these symptoms for more than two weeks, you should go to your doctor and ask for the CA 125 blood test, which is a blood test for the ovarian cancer antigen.  The blood test is not perfect and there are fairly frequent false positives, so if your CA 125 is greater than 35, your doctor may order imaging.  It is also important to understand that not everyone has the typical symptoms.  Some women experience autoimmune symptoms which are caused by the tumor and include persistent skin rash, hair loss, under-eye edema, blistered lesions on your knuckles, and hard, itchy bumps on the knee and elbow joints.  The bottom line is that if you have some persistent, unexplained condition, go to your doctor and press for answers.  Don’t take “idiopathic” condition for an answer.  I was diagnosed at stage IV, but if I’d been diagnosed when my symptoms first appeared, it would have been caught 7 or 8 months earlier and perhaps would not have spread as much.  The typical treatment for ovarian cancer consists of debulking surgery—which is basically removal of ovaries, uterus, appendix, and omentum—and chemotherapy.  I can’t overemphasize the importance of having a gynecological oncologist do the surgery.  They are specially trained to do the debulking surgery.  A regular surgeon can’t do the job precisely enough to optimally remove the cancer, increasing the risk of a rapid recurrence, with poor survival outcomes.  I also can’t overemphasize the importance of being healthy going into the surgery and chemo.  It makes a huge difference in how well you tolerate the chemo and how quickly you recover from the surgery.  The five-year survival rate for stage IV ovarian cancer is only around 15%.  But paying attention to your body and getting answers from your doctor if something isn’t right can help catch it earlier, and being healthy going into the treatment and surgery can greatly help in recovering and getting on with your life. “


Goat Yoga: Keeping fitness FUN

Fun AND Fitness?

Not everybody views exercise as being fun. But who says it can’t be?

I take my fitness pretty serious, and if I let it, it consumes many of my thoughts and actions. This past weekend my daughter and I had the opportunity to join in on some Goat Yoga. With a full training schedule, I really didn’t have time to go, but also didn’t want to pass up on some quality time with my daughter or a few cute goats! Being a small farm girl, I love animals, and I knew if nothing else, the antics of the goats would have me laughing!

Goat yoga ended up being so much more than I thought it could be!  I was intrigued by the yoga aspect, and wasn’t sure how the two could be combined. While going through the yoga poses, I got plenty of goat nibbles and did plenty of laughing. I had fingers and toes mistaken for carrots, I had goats crawling under me, and even had a goat fall asleep under my booty! But by being distracted by the goats, I forgot about the discomfort I was feeling as my super tight muscles were being stretched! Not to say I didn’t FEEL the stretches from the poses, but I wasn’t FOCUSED on them. Sadly the yoga session flew by all too fast, but my body felt great, and I felt immensely….happy. My daughter and I laughed all the way home, and again while looking at pictures and videos.

Fitness for thought….do you know how many muscles are worked by laughing? Lol…me neither. However, a good laugh helps tone your abdominal muscles as well as various muscles in your face, jaw and throat! Laughing increases endorphins, increases oxygen intake and gets your heart pumping thereby improving cardio respiratory health. It also produces a sense of well-being to yourself and those around you! So then, is laughing a form of fitness? Heck Yeah!

So again I ask you. Can fitness be fun? Absolutely! Maybe Goat Yoga isn’t the route for you, but don’t be afraid to put your running shoes on the shoe rack for the day and go enjoy something entirely new.

If you’re interested in checking out Goat Yoga in Tallahassee, check out Milk and Honey Acres. They have an amazingly peaceful location and the sweetest little goats.

Keeping it Healthy and Real,

Chef Carmen

#Hydration with Chef Carmen

We have heard time and time again that we need to be drinking our water. But if you are anything like I was a few years ago, I thought drinking water was boring, and my Diet Coke tasted so much better! I seriously went from my half pot of coffee in the mornings to drinking 6 cans of Diet Coke and then back to coffee again. I think it was such a norm for me that I didn’t realize how bad my body really felt. But bad it was. There reached a day where all that soda started to catch up on me and I realized the damage it was doing on my body. The first couple weeks of giving up soda were almost painful. My body CRIED for a good ice cold Diet Coke. After that, things got easier physically, but I went through mental withdrawals for almost a year. On occasion things will still spark a desire in me for a Diet Coke. Which is crazy, because a couple years ago I tried it again and didn’t like the taste of it. All that to be said, if I can go from drinking virtually no water, to drinking nearly 100 ounces a day, so can you. And I’m going to give you some helpful tips to help you get there!

But first, why water? Did you know water helps control body temperature, regulates blood pressure, rids the body of wastes and toxins, transports nutrients, lubricates joints and cushions vital organs, aids in digestion, reduces fatigue, improves skin condition, stabilizes body temperature, and helps to promote a healthier immune system among other responsibilities?* It’s crazy to think of the impact water plays on our minute to minute health and well-being.

So how much water should your drink? At Just Get Fit we recommend drinking half your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 200 lbs, you should be aiming to drink at least 100 oz. /day. If you are highly active or outdoors for long periods of time, you may need even more! Sounds like a lot, and at first it will feel like it! But here are some fun tips to help you along!

  • Try infusing your water. Add berries, cucumbers, mint, and/or herbs. Be creative and combine flavors. I wish I could say I had a favorite, but I enjoy them all!
  • Carry a reusable water bottle with you at all times. Invest in a nice bottle. It may sound silly, but decide how you want the water to come out! Do you drink better with or without a straw? Do you like the feel of glass over plastic? Does the bottle with encouraging words draw you? Or how about the color? Whatever helps you feel connected to that bottle and will help you drink the WATER inside, go for it!
  •  If you’re having a hard time remembering to drink, set an alarm! Yes….SCHEDULE your drinking time! Your body will look forward to it and thank you!
  • Freeze! Try freezing pureed fruits and vegetables in popsicle moulds and enjoy a healthy, hydrating snack! Freeze chunks of fruit and either eat them as a healthy snack, or add them to your water!
  • Speaking of freezing fruits, did you know that a LOT of produce is hydrating? Leafy greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, most fruits (to name a few)….they all contain high levels of water! So while enjoying your salad at lunch or your peach for mid afternoon snack, know that you are not only reaping the nutritional benefits of eating produce, you are also hydrating your body!

Hopefully this will help you on your quest to get and stay hydrated. If you have any tips or tricks that you use, or if you have a favorite flavor for infused water, I would love to hear it!

Keeping it healthy and real,

Chef Carmen

Meet Coach Raegan

We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.

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I am a certified personal trainer by the American College of Sports Medicine and am studying Exercise Physiology on a pre-med track at Florida State University. When I am not studying, I spend my time running, cooking, or hanging out with friends.

Growing up, my parents prioritized their health, so exercise and healthy eating were a regular part of our schedule. I danced for ten years and then began running track and cross-country my junior year of high school. I began running because I wanted a tangible goal—like races to train for—and more structured workouts. I decided to continue running on my own in college, but I quickly realized how easy it was to skip a workout because I was swamped with homework or because I had had a long day.

I knew that my life was only going to get busier, so in order to prioritize my health I needed a plan. I love cooking and baking healthy foods, so I got back into the habit of meal prepping my food every Sunday. Since I enjoy running, I found a half-marathon and made a training plan. The hard work paid off and I felt better physically and mentally. I was able to reach a goal I had set for myself in the half-marathon, and that confidence carried over into my schoolwork and pursuing my future career. This experience taught me that when it is inconvenient, prioritizing physical activity, rest, and healthy eating are always worth it.

I am thankful for the opportunities I have had this past year to shadow physicians from various specialties including orthopedics, dermatology, and family medicine. I also had the opportunity to work in the Human Performance Research Lab at FSU. I learned an incredible amount about the human body and its response to exercise and was blown away by how much potential the human body holds, if we just nourish it and take care of it right. These experiences make me more excited to work with my clients on improving and maintaining their good health through exercise and nutrition and I am seeking additional training through ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine program.

My senior year of high school, I led a group exercise class at Just Get Fit for teen girls called Mahlerfit. This fall, I am re-vamping Mahlerfit for ALL athletes who want to mix up their training. Mahlerfit is designed to challenge you while making fitness FUN. Join me for high energy, full-body workouts that use bodyweight and functional movements for ALL fitness levels. Kickboxing, relays, monkey bars, tire-flipping, etc. you never know what to expect when you come to this class, so grab a workout buddy and come ready to WORK!!

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Training philosophy: Exercise is often the first element of a healthy lifestyle that people add to their lives. I work hard to expose my clients to forms of exercise that are enjoyable to them, so that they begin their health and fitness journey with a positive experience. For my clients who are familiar with exercise, I am always looking for new ways to challenge then and help them grow stronger physically and mentally. It is my hope for all my clients—regardless of their age or fitness level—that they not only reach their goals but also enjoy the process and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle along the way. I have experienced this in my own life, so I encourage you to decide today to take care of your health. Let’s make a plan and do what you love. You won’t regret it!

Meet Jashua

JGF welcomes Jashua Rodriguez as our newest Keiser University Tallahassee Campus extern.

His story…
My name is Jashua Rodriguez in 2016 I suffered injuries from an auto accident. Those injuries progressed to get worse over the course of the year and pushed me into a severely sedentary lifestyle. Depressed because of the amount of weight I gained and the lack of motivation I had, I decided to inquire about Keiser‘s sports medicine and fitness program. In 2017 I decided to take that jump and enroll into Keiser University‘s sports medicine and fitness technology program hoping to help kick me into gear. On top of enrolling into this program, I also made a commitment to surgically correct my injuries to help me get back into my day-to-day routine’s.

November 21, 2017 I had anterior cervical disc fusion and vertebrae‘s C5, C6, and C7. I also had carpal tunnel release and ulnar nerve decompression in the left arm. That entire year of 2018 I spent dedicating myself to the rehab of my physical body and too the athlete in my mind!

While in rehabilitation I learned the importance of what exercise and wellness can do for the body. This process pushed me to jump back into the gym but I still felt like I didn’t look the part to be in a gym. I was intimidated by all the eyes on me, even if they weren’t. So at this point I used that to drive me! How many people feel that same way? You want to get better, you want to eat healthy, you want to change your life but mentally hold yourself back because of fear of judgment and ridicule. One of my goals is to get NASM certified as a Personal Trainer providing the safe and cohesive space where anyone no matter fitness level or physical appearance can come and get the training they need without feeling judged! So I have dubbed myself the #FatTrainer!

Upon achieving my certification and attaining my associates degree in July 2019, I intend on continuing my education. My long-term goals are to receive my bachelor’s degree in Exercises Physiology or Sports Medicine which would allow me to attain my Strength and Conditioning certification. This would allow me too pursue a job as a strength and conditioning coach for the high school level which I have dreamed of doing ever since I volunteered as a football coach at Cobb Middle school for summer training in 2017. Through the process I learned that being a coach and being able to help student athletes reach that next level was so fulfilling. That is one of my many but primary driving reasons for pursuing an education in sports medicine so I could be a better more well rounded coach.

The education that I have received thus far has really helped with remolding the fabric that I and my family live by. Being a father of three, being obese over 300 pounds, being in my mid-30s, and being sedentary couldn’t continue anymore. My wife is also in the medical field so she really has helped pushed for this change. Being able to participate in sporting activities with my kids whether if it’s soccer with my five-year-old, volleyball with my nine-year-old or football with my 11-year-old, eating right and being active and actually gaining the education behind why this is so important for our bodies has really changed my outlook on life. In 9 months I have managed to lose 66 pounds. So I look forward to what comes next with the amazing staff here at Just Get Fit and reaching my goal of 280 by October 17, 2019 my daughters 6th birthday! Wish me luck and remember “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it” ~ Charles R Swindon

Only Natural Energy + 21 Days to JGF

My health and fitness journey with JGF started with a 21 day group 2 years ago. I had goals but felt I was lost and didn’t know which direction to go anymore to reach those goals. I walked in the doors of JGF completely new to attended the informational meeting for the program and knew instantly I had landed in the right place. Everything Jaqui, our Registered Dietitian, Coach Alexis and Coach Jen talked about made complete sense. Eating ONE became a fun ‘challenge’ that I dove into. I enjoyed shopping for ONE foods and modifying my recipes to be ONE. The accountability and support of the coaches and peers helped keep me focused. Something that I had definitely lacked in the past. My first 21 days gradually evolved into where I am today. 

This program has brought such simplicity to my life. No points, no pills, no supplements, shakes or special drinks. Just real food; fun, supported fitness, and the accountability I needed to be successful. 
What started as a 21 day commitment, evolved into me becoming part of the JGF team as Chef Carmen. And now I’m excited to walk beside and support you on YOUR health and fitness journey by sharing ideas and recipes and even bringing samples of ONE recipes to our support group meetings!

Keeping it ONE,
Chef Carmen

Do you experience chronic pain and/or fatigue?  Do you suffer from Type 2 diabetes, overweight, arthritis, hypertension, high cholesterol… or are you finding it difficult to stick to a regular exercise plan, make healthy eating choices, maybe even lack the motivation to get started to a healthier you?  

If you answered, YES, to any of the above, then just eat fit ONE + 21 Days to JGF is for YOU!

Join Jaqui Griffith, our just eat fit Registered Dietician – Monday, July 1 at 5:30pm (Just Get Fit) to learn just why this program is for you.

Local, sustainable, eco-friendly, healthy and fun.  What is it you say?  JGF 21.  Come learn how to be your healthiest YOU.

-Jaqui Griffith, MSRD/LDN

Get to Know Madyson, JGF Marketing Team Leader!

Hi Just Get Fit fam! Today I’m excited to share a little bit more about myself, what I love, and what drives me! I’m so blessed to be a part of the team here at Just Get Fit as the IMG_3984Marketing Team Leader. I hope you enjoy getting to know a little bit more about me. 

Growing up, I always had such a drive to find ideas for businesses. I would set up lemonade stands outside on Saturday afternoons and always look forward to the weekends when my parents had a garage sale and I could bake cookies and cupcakes to sell. As I got a little older, my younger sister Raegan and I started making jewelry and selling it wherever we could. We started setting up a booth once a year at Market Days and came up with different ideas to make money. 

As a kid, we would always visit our sweet elderly neighbors who taught us to crochet. Once Rae and I started, we found so much success selling our items on Etsy, a handmade marketplace online. After another year at Market Days, we had both made enough to buy our first cars and were still looking for ways to expand our business or try something new. In the past few years, I started using my instagram that I had originally created for our Etsy shop as an avenue to share my heart and thoughts about my faith and just life in general. I began a blog and was amazed at how quickly it took off and the connections it allowed me to build with other people online. I moved away from making products and started to produce writing and photo content online. 


The growth of my instagram and blog has allowed me to work with many brands including Victoria Secret Pink, Abercrombie, Outdoor Voices, The Bumble App, Sugar High Clothing, Daniel Wellington Watches, Colgate, and more. I’ve learned how to build a brand and earn money through instagram, all while using my voice and love for writing to reach people and encourage them. It has been an incredible opportunity for me. I have been amazed at the community social media can build. I am passionate about using social media in a positive way, to encourage, inspire, and motivate!

I am currently going into my junior year at Florida State, studying marketing with a minor in communications. Although I’m not 100% sure what I’d like to do with my degree once I graduate, I’m excited to collect as many experiences as I can and hope that eventually those experiences will lead to owning a successful and impactful small business of my own. 

I am so blessed to be able to use my love for social media, marketing, and small business here at Just Get Fit! 


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What small changes can you make?

Improving your health may not be as complicated as you think. In fact, sometimes the smallest changes can make the biggest difference! Today we’re excited to welcome Marney Richards to the blog. 

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I’ve been thinking about how we can all take small steps towards health and happiness in our lives – how making little shifts can be the way to go.

I worked with a Naturpathic physician who had some patients whose diets were really contributing to health problems. She asked one particular patient just to start eating a green salad for lunch. Just that – a green salad. A small step that could lead to bigger changes.

My neighbor wanted to stroll leisurely in the evening with her daughter, but the active teen found that pretty boring. As they walked by last night, the Mom was strolling and bouncing a tennis ball on the street, her daughter jogging and zigzagging after the ball. A little shift – but lots of laughter from both.

I’ve been feeling busy trying to finish some extra projects I agreed to take on. This morning I did yoga with a group of women and moved through a slow, meditative moon salute. A step toward slowing down and feeling a cooling, more relaxed lunar energy.

We can take small steps on the path to health and wellness – a green salad, an evening stroll, or a slow, moon salute.

What small steps are you taking towards improving your health? Sit down and brainstorm for a bit. Think about what these small changes might look like in your own life.

About Marney

RCA_8827My interest in fitness and athletic activity began in college when I started running, working out and joined the FSU Flying High Circus. In graduate school I worked in the University Fitness & Wellness Center helping members design and implement personal exercise programs. I also assisted with testing in the Human Performance Lab and with rehab programs for individuals in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Soon after school I attended the Florida School of Massage and enthusiastically started massage and bodywork. My exercise science background gave me credentials to begin teaching kinesiology at Core Institute of Massage Therapy. For many years I’ve loved and practiced yoga. I studied with a variety of yoga instructors and began teaching under the guidance of my primary teachers. Later I completed a 200-hour instructor program and became a Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor. I teach in hatha yoga in the Kripalu style which emphasizes mindful movement and breath awareness, and I bring my kinesiology expertise and rehab background to my teaching. I especially enjoy teaching yoga to individuals who are new to the practice or think that yoga might be out of their reach.