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...
Turn your cubicle into a gym
May 3, 2018
At the gym we push, pull, and lift; in the office we sit, think, and talk. Our gym work adds density to our bones, mass to our muscles, mobility to our movements, and perhaps years to our lives. So I’ve often wondered why, in the act of doing that day job of sitting, thinking, and talking, a person...
Sculpt your lower body with one key move.
April 19, 2018
If you’ve ever set foot in a gym or exercise class, chances are you’ve done a lunge or two. This seemingly simple, go-to exercise has been a fundamental part of getting in shape since well before the age of group classes and boot camps. And for good reason: done properly, lunges give you a lot of...
Strengthen your lower body to improve body balance
April 5, 2018
Millions of people worldwide experience neck and back pain. It’s one of the most common ailments, yet it can be difficult to pinpoint what causes it, and its source is often mistakenly placed in the upper back. Think about it—collectively, we get countless shoulder massages a year, yet the pain...