Spring Fitness Tune-Up

Guilty as charged: I’ve grown lax about my workout program in the last few months, leading to a loss in strength and a gain in weight. How can I tell? Because my scale does not lie. Nor, tragically, do my jeans. Last winter seemed to pose a bigger challenge than normal to my (mostly conscientious) exercise habits and (fairly healthy) lifestyle. That long, cold season simply would not die, forcing me to trim my running schedule from three or four …

Work it!

Check out this story from the New York Times today. According to the article, the “graying of the gym” is a phenomenon happening before our very eyes. Get this: gym membership among adults aged 55 and up rose to 10.5 million in 2008 – up from 1.5 million in 1987! That makes this group the fastest growing segment of the gym-goer population, according to annual surveys by the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association. There are classes being offered specifically …

Taking Your New Years Resolutions Seriously (And Realistically)

Let’s face it – too often we make some grand resolution to change big for the new year, and near to nothing comes out of it. Practice an accomplishment or performance in your head–athletes call this “mental rehearsal”–repeatedly until you’ve got it exactly right. The idea of mental rehearsal is to actually create the experience of success in your mind. For example, suppose you’re going to a party where you’ll be faced with lots of unhealthy food and drinks. Rehearse …