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Movement is a Lifestyle Features 14:20 Mia and Puddin




Moving2Live is a podcast about movement and exercise for professionals and aficionados.  We also have Movement is a Lifestyle Features. Each week, we publish a brief highlight of a 2- or 4-legged mover…someone who understands that movement is a lifestyle…not just an activity.  The questions are lightly edited to allow for easy readability.  Click MIAL Features for more info if you want to be featured/know someone who should be featured.

This Week: Moving2Live’s Mia the Cat and Puddin the Yellow Lab

Where do you consider “Home”? Finleyville, PA…it’s South of Pittsburgh

What are your three favorite movement activities? Mia the White and Black Cat (M): Climbing the stall bars; Chasing the gray cat around the house; running up and down the stairs

Puddin the Yellow Lab (P): Wrestling with Maggie the Black Lab; sprinting laps around the back yard; hiking in the woods with my Staff (especially if there are fallen trees to jump over);

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? P: I’ve got this one. I’ve read about Staycations on the internet…that pretty much describes our lives…every day for the cats is like a day at the spa, and Maggie and I go on hikes, eat healthy food, and the Staff tends to our needs…it’s like living at a resort!

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? M: I’m not picky…I enjoy all of the snacks the Staff provides…if I had to pick a favorite, I’d say the Itty Bitty Pumpkin dog treats

P: I agree with Mia; the dog treats are good, but my favorite snacks are plain Greek yogurt and blueberries

What is your favorite thing to eat? Note: it does not need to be healthy. M: This might sound weird, but I LOVE olive oil…I used to try to lick the bottle, but the Staff caught me, and now they keep it in a stainless-steel container that doesn’t have drips down the sides.

P: I just love food…but I’m going to go with canned pumpkin…

Do you have a movement activity on your “bucket list”? If not, what’s a movement activity/event you’re looking forward to in the next year? M: I’d like to perfect my dismount from the coat rack…I’m really good at climbing to the top, but sometimes I get stuck and have to ask the Staff to help me get down.

P: A winter hike with at least one stream crossing and several fallen trees.

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? M: I’m borrowing Gracie the Cat’s answer from last week. People seem to think movement needs to be scheduled, organized, and/or complicated. They need to learn that all you need to do is get off the bed and move…I get daily cardio and strength sessions, and I don’t ever leave the house.

P: I agree…except that I like to get outside…but movement doesn’t need to be complicated…just go for a walk!

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? M: It’s a tie between the first time I climbed the Stall bars and the time I climbed the highest coat rack and couldn’t figure out how to get down.

P: One of my first hikes with Maggie and the Staff in South Park. There was a huge tree blocking the path and we got to crawl through it!

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? M: I believe I speak for both of us when I say: NAPS…especially naps on the heating pad…naps curled up in a blanket, or naps in a sunny spot are also excellent.

What is your favorite spot within an hour of where you are currently living? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) M: Wrapped up in a fleece blanket that the Staff keeps in a laundry basket on top of the clothes dryer. It’s white and black like my fur, and sometimes the Staff doesn’t even see me when I’m in there.

P: The single-track trails in Mingo Creek Park. Sometimes I walk off to the side of the trail and pretend I’m a lone wolf (a lone wolf on a leash…but still a lone wolf)

Contact information for Mia and Puddin:
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Movement is a Lifestyle Features 13:20 Gracie and Maggie




Moving2Live is a podcast about movement and exercise for professionals and aficionados.  We also have Movement is a Lifestyle Features. Each week, we publish a brief highlight of a 2- or 4-legged mover…someone who understands that movement is a lifestyle…not just an activity.  The questions are lightly edited to allow for easy readability.  Click MIAL Features for more info if you want to be featured/know someone who should be featured.

This Week: Moving2Live’s Gracie the Cat and Maggie the Black Lab

Where do you consider “Home”? Finleyville, PA…it’s South of Pittsburgh

What are your three favorite movement activities? Gracie the Cat (G): Chasing the white and black cat around the house; jumping up to windowsills and bookshelves; pacing while waiting for my staff to serve breakfast and dinner

Maggie the Black Lab (M): Hiking in the woods with my staff (I’m a trail dog); running downhill; wrestling with Puddin the Yellow Lab

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? M: I’ve got this one. Our lives are pretty much a vacation, and I’ve heard the cats don’t like to ride in cars. I did have a road trip with the staff a while ago…we drove to Ohio. On the way, I visited a pet store. People told me I was a good dog. While we were in Ohio, we met Puddin the Yellow Lab and brought her home with us. On the drive home, we stopped at rest stops and a park to stretch our legs. It was great!

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? G: Until recently, I only had an interest in chicken flavored cat food…then I discovered pumpkin…wow…best snack ever!

M: I agree with Gracie about the pumpkin. I’m also a big fan of berries, plain yogurt, and carrots.

What is your favorite thing to eat? Note: it does not need to be healthy. G: Chicken or turkey…I’m not sure why the staff doesn’t make it for me more often…they seem determined to give me chicken-flavored cat food, which is fine, but…real turkey breast is better

M: That’s a tough call…frozen fruit…probably strawberries, but mango is also delicious

Do you have a movement activity on your “bucket list”? If not, what’s a movement activity/event you’re looking forward to in the next year? G: I’d like to jump from the floor to the top shelf in the office in one leap…so far, I’ve had to stop at the desk on the way up

M: I don’t have a bucket list item, but I’d like to do another hiking challenge where we get a medal at the end.

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? G: I’ve got this one. People seem to think movement needs to be scheduled, organized, and/or complicated. They need to learn that all you need to do is get off the bed and move…you don’t even need to leave the house.

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? G: I have explored every shelf in the house…even the ones close to the ceiling.

M: Long single-track hikes in Mingo Creek Park…sometimes we even have to jump over or crawl under fallen trees that are blocking our path.

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? G: I believe I speak for both of us when I say: NAPS. It’s important to get enough rest. Bonus points for varying your napping location throughout the day to maximize the ability to nap in a sun spot.

What is your favorite spot within an hour of where you are currently living? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) G: A folded up comforter in the windowsill of the utility room. It’s usually quiet, and it gets the morning sun.

M: The blacktop outside the Observatory at Mingo Creek Park. When we summit Mt. Mingo, the staff gets on the ground and hangs out with me while I scratch my back on the blacktop.

Contact information for Gracie and Maggie:
Gracie and Maggie do not maintain their own social media accounts, but you can follow them through Moving2Live at:
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Movement is a Lifestyle Features 12:20 Oakley




Moving2Live is a podcast about movement and exercise for professionals and aficionados.  We also have Movement is a Lifestyle Features. Each week, we publish a brief highlight of a 2- or 4-legged mover…someone who understands that movement is a lifestyle…not just an activity.  The questions are lightly edited to allow for easy readability.  Click MIAL Features for more info if you want to be featured/know someone who should be featured.

This Week: Oakley

Where do you consider “Home”? Pittsburgh

What are your three favorite movement activities? Hiking, swimming, and running

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include?

Camping At Pymatuning Lake in Northwestern PA. We had a lake front spot where I could swim, kayak with humans, hike all kinds of trails

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? Dog treats and water

What is your favorite thing to eat? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Human food

Do you have a movement activity on your “bucket list”? If not, what’s a movement activity/event you’re looking forward to in the next year? Hiking at Ohiopyle

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? Just to get up and start is the hardest. Once you’re moving you can go for miles!

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? Kayaking and paddle boarding with the humans!

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Nap time!

What is your favorite spot within an hour of where you are currently living? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) McConnells Mill State Park

Contact information for Oakley:
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Movement is a Lifestyle Features 9:20 We Want Your Story




Moving2Live is a podcast about movement and exercise for professionals and aficionados.  We also have Movement is a Lifestyle Features. Each week, we publish a brief highlight of a 2- or 4-legged mover…someone who understands that movement is a lifestyle…not just an activity.  The questions are lightly edited to allow for easy readability.  Click MIAL Features for more info if you want to be featured/know someone who should be featured.

This Week: We Want Your Story – Scroll down for our Co-Founder Ben’s story for Inspiration…and we’re not just looking for human stories…bring us your cat tales, dog diaries, horse lore…you are only limited by your imagination…read Lisa’s profile…then submit a questionnaire for your yourself or your animal friend…

This Week: Ben Reuter

Where do you consider “Home”? Home is what you make of it/where your safe place is. Currently ChezR, which is located in the Pittsburgh area

What are your three favorite movement activities? Hiking/trail running with my labradors, mtn biking and gravel biking/fire road riding

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? I don’t know if it is the best, but one of the best was a few days in Salida, Colorado to visit a friend/mentor and his wife. We averaged 4-5 hours of movement a day. Probably the highlight was being able to summit my first 14er – Mt. Shavano. The most memorable vacation, or a combination of work as the medical director and “play” – for a number of years I was fortunate enough to go on the Georgia Games Torch Run- 7+ days of running and biking throughout the state of Georgia promoting the Georgia Games- best memory was drafting behind a police car going up over the bridge to Saint Simons Island on a Friday rush-hour when the sheriff closed down one entire lane of traffic 🙂 thumbs up

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? Pre-work out – espresso. Post-workout: ice cold water and something salty if the workout was long

What is your favorite thing to eat? Note: it does not need to be healthy. Pizza; espresso; very, very good quality bread

Do you have a movement activity on your “bucket list”? If not, what’s a movement activity/event you’re looking forward to in the next year? Pittsburgh to DC on the Rails-to-Trails in 3 to 4 days and San Juan hut tour in Colorado

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? Fear…of what other people will think of them or that people will judge them.

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? Probably the first time I went white water rafting. It was the first time I realized that there was something bigger than me that was in control (i.e., the water)

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Sleep

What is your favorite spot within an hour of where you are currently living? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) There is a spot in Mingo Creek Park in Washington County, Pennsylvania that has a section of trails through a group of maple trees… It is absolutely phenomenal in the fall – almost as good as an Aspen Grove in Colorado

Contact information for Ben Reuter:
Ben is the host of the Moving2Live Podcast. Follow his movement activities through Moving2Live on social media.
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Movement is a Lifestyle Features 3:20 Lisa Boksenbaum




Moving2Live is a podcast about movement and exercise for professionals and aficionados.  We also have Movement is a Lifestyle Features. Each week, we publish a brief highlight of a 2- or 4-legged mover…someone who understands that movement is a lifestyle…not just an activity.  The questions are lightly edited to allow for easy readability.  Click FitLabPGH Features for more info if you want to be featured/know someone who should be featured.

This Week: Lisa Boksenbaum

Where do you consider “Home”? I have moved a lot, searching for “Home.” I’m not sure that I’ve found it yet. I think home is where you feel a sense of connection and belonging. I’m currently living in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.

What are your three favorite movement activities? Hiking (or just walking on the rails-to-trails); yoga and/or pilates; suspension trainer/bodyweight workouts…but my goal for this summer is to move cycling in to the top 3

Describe the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Where did you go? What movement activities did you include? Tough choice! I’m going to go with a two week trip to London (part-work, part-vacation). I walked EVERYWHERE for sightseeing, museum visits, shopping…and tried out several local Pilates studios and other fitness facilities.

What is your favorite pre- or post-workout snack? Pre-workout snack: homemade energy bites (adapted from a recipe by Kathryn Budig in her book, Aim True). Post-workout depends on the intensity of the workout…sometimes trail mix, sometimes a piece of homemade biscotti.

What is your favorite thing to eat? Note: it does not need to be healthy. A tie: REALLY good ice cream (like Millie’s, which is made in Pittsburgh) or excellent bread, cheese, and wine

Do you have a movement activity on your “bucket list”? If not, what’s a movement activity/event you’re looking forward to in the next year? I have a few: Hiking tour of Scotland and Ireland; learn to ride a horse; and a Rim-to-Rim hike of the Grand Canyon.

What do you think is the biggest obstacle to getting people to move more? A combination of the misperception that movement needs to be expensive and/or complicated to be effective and a fear of trying something new

What do you feel is the most adventurous movement activity you’ve ever done? Hiking Camelback Mountain in AZ…followed by the Go Ape High Ropes Adventure Course in North Park (North Hills of Pittsburgh)…heights are not my favorite thing…

What is your favorite recovery or self-care practice? Massage (although I rarely do it), acupuncture, and snuggling with the cats and Labradors

What is your favorite spot within an hour of where you are currently living? (Bonus points if it is a “hidden gem”) The Montour Trail…not hidden, but definitely a gem….and the newly-cut MTB trails at FitLabPGH HQ

Contact information for Lisa Boksenbaum:
Lisa is the Co-Founder of the Moving2Live Podcast. Follow her movement activities through Moving2Live on social media.
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