The 12 Gifts of Fitness, Day 12: Waking Up…To Everything

The 12th gift of fitness is that it gives us the ability to wake up in our lives. Fitness gives us the physical and mental fortitude to pay attention to the right things. It gives us the ability to know which things are the right things to be paying attention to, and which noisy distractions aren’t…

The 12 Gifts of Fitness, Day 4: Keeping Promises

Otherwise known, variously, as “self-discipline,” “self-efficacy,” and a whole host of other terms, all of which basically mean one thing: we do what we say we are going to do. I will be writing this post rather quickly, because it is 8:20 a.m. and by 8:45 a.m. I’m going to be heading out the door…

“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…

Tuesday Workout(s) of the Week: Comeback Kids

You’ve been injured. Or you’ve been away from exercise for a while (work, school, a pregnancy, family stress…). Whatever it is, your body isn’t 100% quite yet. But it isn’t 0% anymore, either. You’re ready to get back into the game. Slowly. Today’s post is for you. It’s all about getting back on the horsie….

Tuesday Workout of the Week: Land and Sea!

Swim? Strength train? Why choose? Especially if you’re not a natural swimmer and you want to mix it up a bit so that you can still do some solid non-impact cardio while you’re waiting for the green light to start running again. This is a workout inspired by my awesome running coaches – I call…

Monday “What Went Well” Report: Setbacks can be a gift

At least, that’s what I’m telling myself today. Here’s one of the little secrets of weight loss: it really, really helps when your primary exercise is long-distance running. That sport burns energy like nobody’s business. I’ve been at my leanest when I was in the throes of major-league race training. And today, I can’t run…

Swimming: Not just for fish.

It’s been almost a month since I’ve been in a pool (I had this little race to run in, ahem, New England). But today’s New York Times features a great article by Jane Brody on the importance of learning how to swim. Even if you can’t, even if you flunked summer camp, even if you’re…

Swimming Conundrum #1: I can’t breathe.

Dolphins have a convenient blowhole. Fish don’t need to worry about all of that breathing-oxygen silliness. But evidently, I don’t know how to breathe properly while I’m swimming. Chalk this one up under “Lessons learned while getting active.” Yesterday, after a lifetime of sort-of knowing how to swim freestyle – at least enough to get…

In defense of swimming

…Or, how a runner got in the pool and didn’t drown, get eaten by sharks, or turn into a prune. Tried a new thing last July at my schmancy fitness club that offers everything from A to Z: a triathlon swim class. With a bunch of serious athletes who looked at me in their TYR…