Melissa Bender

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Fitness Blogger, Occupational Therapist, Optimist, trying to change the world

Melissa & Jesse Bender are a married couple committed to living a fit and healthy lifestyle. They passionately believe that everyone has the right to be healthy. Fitness improves your quality of life and overall well-being. This blog is an expansion of that belief, with the goal of creating an accessible database of exercises to inspire others to pursue a healthy lifestyle at home, without spending a lot of money.

Melissa and Jesse both hold Master’s Degrees in Occupational Therapy, and work full time as Occupational Therapists. Melissa is a certified Yoga Instructor, and both Jesse and Melissa have coached Cross Country. The Benders teach Boot Camp and Yoga classes at a college wellness center.


Jesse is a collegiate level, hall of fame cross country runner. Jesse has been running since high school. Jesse also uses his therapeutic skills to assist runners in maximizing their individual potential.

Health and Fitness means much more than looking good in a bathing suit. Your body is the vehicle that carries you through life. By caring for your body and maintaining a healthy lifestyle you help shape the quality of your future. As therapists, we often see that strength and flexibility can mean the difference between a person returning home to live alone, or requiring long term care. It’s time to stop remediating problems, and start preventing them.



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