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 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…

Gratitude Week: Fitness attracts a really cool crowd.

Just about every close friendship I’ve made in the last few years of my life has started because of a shared interest in fitness. One of my running buddies – the one with whom I’m most evenly matched, pace-wise, when we go out for our long runs – came to my wedding in Hawaii two…

Gratitude Week: Fitness makes us flexible.

On this Thanksgiving Day, a few thoughts about another of the many benefits of fitness. It makes us flexible when things don’t always go perfectly. In life, things don’t always go perfectly. (Sometimes, they even go nuts.) What have you learned by working to maintain a consistent exercise program? What I’ve learned is that it…