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...
Five steps to getting your bike ready for spring
April 26, 2016
There may be no better way to bask in the rejuvenating aura of spring than riding your bike. Cruising along in the open air gives you an intimate view of blooming flowers, blossoming trees, fresh air, and sunshine. It’s also a great way to stay healthy or kick-start a new exercise regimen—biking...
Get strong and healthy in the weight room
April 19, 2016
Want to be toned and fit in time for summer? Take up weight lifting this spring. Here’s how to get started. Resistance training can seem intimidating—some gym newbies take one look at the gleaming rows of dumbbells and confusing weight machines and head straight for the treadmills or exercise bikes...
Hair hacks for exercisers
March 10, 2016
My relationship with my hair is much like my turbulent affair with exercise. Sometimes I love it, sometimes I hate it, and sometimes I just want to get it out of the way so I can do something else. Taking care of your hair can be one more hassle if exercise is a part of your daily routine. Hair...