On hiatus…back very soon!

It’s not your imagination, or your email account losing notifications of blog posts. It’s me, your intrepid Every48 author, who’s been down with a fun little holiday illness for the last week with very little energy to write…blech. Back very soon with the remainder of the 12 Gifts of Fitness! Until then, get out there…

The 12 Gifts of Fitness, Day 2: Patience.

The 12 Gifts of Fitness Day 1: ENERGY Day 2: PATIENCE Patience, young Jedi. That is what fitness gives us when we make a long-term commitment to doing what we can, as often as we can, and not over-thinking the whole situation when we can’t. We do our best, and over time, our bodies talk…

The 12 Gifts of Fitness, Day 1: Energy.

The 12 Gifts of Fitness Day 1: ENERGY With only thirteen weekdays left in 2014 (where did the time go???), it’s time to start looking at the big picture. Or pictures, as the case may be. This blog got its start in January 2014 as a commitment from me to exercise at least once every…

Fitness Meme of the Week: Run the Day

From a collection of quotes by author Jim Rohn: Yes. This. Now get out there. Even if it’s hard. Even if you’re epically exhausted. And especially if you don’t “feel like it.” And get your workout on.  

“Fitness when it’s hard” week: Rediscovering swimming

Working out right now, for me, is hard. Let me rephrase that. It’s Hard, with a capital “H.” My right shoulder is still funky and my energy level is a little low for a few reasons (I’m sure the seasonal funk of suddenly having it be nighttime at 4:30 p.m. in Seattle is  a part…

Quotables Week: Rachel McLish on how fitness builds self-confidence

Hitting the bookshelf once again for Quotables Week, here’s an excerpt from one of my first—and to this day, one of my favorite—fitness books: Flex Appeal by Rachel McLish. McLish was the first-ever women’s national bodybuilding champion back in 1979. This book, written in 1984, is probably the single best book for women in fitness that I’ve…

Quotables Week: Marty Seligman on the real power of exercise

Today’s notable quote comes courtesy of University of Pennsylvania psychology professor and the founder of the field of study known as positive psychology, Martin Seligman. This quote is from Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being. From p. 218 of the paperback edition: Just as optimism is a subjective health asset for cardiovascular…

Quotables Week: John Medina on exercise as the first “Brain Rule”

If you’re looking for a gleefully lively, eminently readable, thoroughly engaging book to give as a gift this holiday season, I’m going to jump right out there and tell you which one to buy: John Medina’s fabulous Brain Rules (Updated and Expanded): 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School. Medina is a…

Quotables Week: Bill Pearl on aging well through weight training

If there’s a picture of an athlete next to the words “old school” in the dictionary, it’s a picture of Bill Pearl. The 1986 (!) edition of his classic Getting Stronger: Weight Training for Men and Women still sits on my bookshelf, and for good reason. It holds an encyclopedic level of information on weight-training workouts for…