Developing foot strength for functional living
April 25, 2017
While “barefoot running” has become a fad phrase associated with spectacularly unattractive “five-fingered” shoes, it’s actually barefoot strengthening that will bring the greatest benefits to your life. You may not be able to play the piano with your toes, but you’ll find your feet can be very...
One exercise can condition from head to toe
March 25, 2017
“Drop and give me 20!” There’s a reason that drill sergeants (not to mention boot-camp fitness instructors) love to use push-ups to get their recruits’ attention—the push-up is punishing. But it’s also a fabulous way to assess and achieve total-body fitness. That’s because the push-up taxes...
Climb the stairway to wellness with a workplace stair challenge
February 22, 2017
A workplace wellness challenge can do some great things for your team or your company. Yes, it provides exercise and promotes health, but it does more than that, too. Even though a wellness challenge may have a competitive element, the fun and camaraderie it inspires helps foster teamwork and...
Why music boosts your exercise sessions
January 24, 2017
The connection between music and movement is ancient and primal—a good dance song practically forces your body to move. We take it for granted today that music improves an exercise session, yet 50 years ago, American exercise was silent and filled with grim calisthenics. Back then women were not...
Five workouts to try in 2017
December 13, 2016
Stuck in a fitness rut? Tired of the same old bench presses, runs, and sun salutations? The New Year is always a good time to try new things. These five off-the-beaten-track workouts may not be quite as unusual as underwater cycling classes, but they should help shake up your routine—and make your...
Take advantage of the cold and enjoy a new winter sport
November 15, 2016
It’s wintertime, and the living is cozy. Our instincts tell us to hibernate and curl up in front of the fire with some snacks and a hot toddy. For exercise, most people literally get back on the treadmill by moving their outdoor workouts into the gym, with all the bad lighting, bad TV news, and...
Time to bring your workout out of the cold and into a gym
October 26, 2016
As the season tilts toward winter and pleasant weather starts to erode, the hard-core athlete will suck it up, set an alarm for zero dark thirty, and carry on with a rigorous program of outdoor exercise. But for us mere mortals, the winter provides an opportunity to bring exercising indoors, to the...
Keep your workouts outdoors this winter
September 28, 2016
If you exercise or run outdoors, the temptation to hang up your workout shoes for the season is a strong one as the days get shorter and cooler. Curling up with a nice book or a binge-worthy TV show may seem more appealing than going for a run or a bike ride. But there are compelling reasons to...
Swimming in nature offers great benefits for physical and mental health
July 26, 2016
Swimming is a great source of relief from the summer heat and excellent exercise to boot. No matter what your fitness level—or even your mobility level—the gravity-free effects of water can allow you a freedom of movement you might not be able to enjoy on land. To go beyond the physical benefits of...
It's good for your body, good for your brain, and good for the world
May 24, 2016
Bicycle commuting is slowly becoming a mainstream (and healthier) alternative to the grind of the daily drive. In Portland, OR, a full 7 percent of commuters now cycle to work, and bike lane congestion is becoming a problem there and in other cities, including Oxford, England. If bike lane traffic...