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….

Monday ”What Went Well” Report: Bum knee, but not for long!

It had to happen eventually. After a lifetime of running (sometimes at a wildly inappropriate weight for the kind of stress that knees take on a regular basis with all that pounding), I finished my ten-miler last Sunday afternoon and felt…something. No pops, tears, or trauma. Just…something that wasn’t right. So I called the nurse…

Throwback Week: The Most Popular Post of 2014.

I ate badly yesterday, so I don’t want to exercise today. Ha ha ha. Maybe it’s because this post was first published on January 16, so it’s been around for a few months now. Or, maybe it’s because it just hits on one of those universal truths about self-care: Inertia counts…in both directions. Here’s the deal: When…

Keep Workouts Fresh: Do a “Cert”

Otherwise known as an instructor certification. This will be one last love letter to the ACSM Health & Fitness Summit, where I presented last week. I came in a day early because, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I had taken training as a group exercise instructor, personal trainer, BodyPump, and Johnny…

The Workout Toolkit, Part 3: “Go-To” Cardio Workouts

Situation: I need to do cardio and I’m brain-dead. That was me yesterday. I had planned a run, but just didn’t get out there when I should have. By 4 p.m., I was stuck. Tired. And uninspired. In these situations, I use my third workout tool: the no-brainer workout. (In case you’re new to Every48,…

The Workout Toolkit, Part 1

Compare the toolkits of someone just starting out in a handicraft field, and a master craftsman/craftswoman, and you might see this: the longer you do something, the better your toolkit gets. You curate your tools. You choose new ones, or replace old ones. You clean out the things you don’t need anymore. You get very…

The post-workout shower, and giving it your all.

It’s true. This is a rockin’ part of every intense workout I’ve ever done. Maybe it’s kind of counterintuitive that I’m talking about  the end of the workout as being one of my favorite things about the workout, right? But it’s not really counterintuitive. The workout is still happening in our bodies, even after we’ve…

Writer’s Block

It’s 8:17 a.m. on Wednesday, January 22 as I write these words and I can’t think of a single thing to say this morning because my head is already in my workday, which is going to be a big ‘un, as they say. Running workout to come this afternoon when this morning Seattle fog lifts….

I ate badly yesterday, so I don’t want to exercise today. Ha ha ha.

There was a small chocolate and Trader Joe’s vanilla meringue incident at my writing desk yesterday afternoon. You know what I’m talking about. Those incidents (and they are merely that, “incidents” as opposed to “epics” – an epic is when you decide to eat poorly for, say, a few months because you blew an afternoon)…