How to prepare physically and mentally for race day
May 9, 2019
You’ve researched and chosen the right race for your first half marathon. Now it’s time to think about your goals for the race and physically and mentally prepare yourself for race day. Many coaches and seasoned runners suggest that the goal for first timers should be to finish the race in one...
Three steps to help you train for your half marathon
March 26, 2019
You’ve been running for a while, three or four days a week, and you love it. Maybe you tried a couple of 5K fun-runs last summer, or a Jingle Bell 5K over the holidays, and discovered that the energy surrounding an organized race felt exciting. You wonder if it’s time to set your sights on another...
How your overall well-being benefits from fitness
March 21, 2019
Fitness is about that wonderful feeling of exhilaration and power after a good workout. Or is it? Many of us equate fitness with the ability to run, swim, or bike a certain distance, make it through a 90-minute yoga or Zumba class, or perhaps bench press a given weight. But true fitness...
The benefits and risks of open-water swimming
March 19, 2019
Shivering on the beach in the lashing wind and rain, I cringe as the 52°F water of San Francisco Bay kisses my toes. Why do I do this? I ask myself, and on winter days like this. Why don’t I wear a wetsuit? Why don’t I take up pool swimming? Why don’t I wait until the water is warmer? I already...
Four tips to pull you out of a workout rut
March 5, 2019
For anyone who exercises regularly, the signs of sliding off track are usually clear: Those kettlebells you so lovingly swung for months suddenly seem to have lost their former charm; the treadmill you once crushed leaves you listless; you’ve gone from high-intensity interval training (HIIT) to...
Keep running all season long with these winter running tips
January 15, 2019
Whether you’re a novice runner or an ultra-marathoner, running in winter nearly always means making some adjustments to your regimen. As the seasons change, so does your gear, your preparation, and your routine. But shifting into the chilly season doesn’t need to be jarring or unpleasant. Whether...
Climb the stairway to wellness with an office fitness challenge
December 20, 2018
A workplace fitness 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 fitness challenge may have a competitive element, the fun and camaraderie it inspires helps foster teamwork and...
A 30-day plank challenge can build core strength and camaraderie at the office
November 20, 2018
You work in an office, so perhaps you’ve joined in an office challenge (maybe reluctantly)—guessing the due date for a coworker’s baby, who’ll win the Superbowl, or which team will come out on top of the Sweet-16 basketball bracket. What if you could participate in a challenge where everyone wins—...
Tips on training for runners of any level
September 7, 2018
In 2016, 8.2 million people finished a 5K race in the U.S., according to Runner’s World. If you’re not one of the die-hards lacing up your running shoes every day, you may be wondering what the attraction is—and whether it’s worth giving the 5K a try. A 5K is a five-kilometer (3.1-mile) race, and...
Use a medicine ball to get in shape for summer racket sports
May 10, 2018
The neon-green tennis ball: it may not be quite as bright as the sun, but for racket-sports enthusiasts, it’s just as enticing. With the French Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open broadcasting in the background, summer draws the weekend-warrior tennis player like no other season can. It also brings...