The 12 Gifts of Fitness, 2015 Edition: Day 4 – KEEPING PROMISES

The 12 Gifts of Fitness Day 1: ENERGY Day 2: PATIENCE Day 3: GETTING REAL Day 4: KEEPING PROMISES [Originally published February 19, 2015] 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…

“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…

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…

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…