There are times when the thought of going to the gym makes me want to curl up into a ball and stop time - the kind of toddler-tantrum reluctance of holding onto the legs of a desk and having to be dragged out of the building by someone in charge. Except as an adult, there's nobody to pry your grip away and make you do the thing you don't want to do, except yourself. I just started working out again consistently after a 10-year hiatus, and I've managed to nail down a few tricks for forcing myself to work out when it feels like the last thing I want to do (or am capable of doing).
It seems like everyone has an activity monitor these days. For those who don't want to broadcast the fact, Polar's A300 activity monitor allows you to fly under the radar with a design that looks and functions like a watch - and even accepts interchangeable wristbands in a range of colors (sold separately) to fit any style or mood.
Sometimes at night, Tim Navis lies awake thinking about camping alongside a dirt road in Kazakhstan or, too tired to drive, slumping over the steering wheel of a beat-up Fiat in Russia - just two experiences from a saga-like journey a few years back that began in England and ended in Mongolia.
Stew Pappenfort perused the data on a recent morning and wondered if the Arkansas River was about to reach its peak. After weeks of high water, a single heat wave could melt what's left of Colorado's banner snowpack in the Arkansas River Valley, potentially pushing the churning river into record territory.
We don't know who originally came up with the moniker "love handles," but we know we don't agree with the cutesy nickname for this not-so-cute area. What we can get on board with is an expert-approved plan to eliminate the problem area for good. That's where celeb trainer Patrick Murphy comes in. He not only has the short workout to tone your entire core, but he also shed some light on this trouble spot.
When he goes for a dive, these are the things that Joe Deslauriers worries about: If he goes too deep, his body will contract and his prosthesis may loosen and, because he has no legs and only one arm, he tends to work harder and use more air.
Do you run? Whether you like to take lackadaisical jogs around the block or you're a marathoner training for your next race, here is something you need to know: if you run for your body's greater good, you can take running to a whole new stratosphere of fitness.
There was once a time when people merely exercised. They didn't wear watches. They didn't wear heart-rate monitors. They didn't record every move. Phones were for conversations and tended to stay attached to a wall at home.
If you're active outdoors or a competitive outdoor athlete, you know what that can mean for your vehicle's interior - and upholstery. Plain and simple, things get messy. Mud and dirt falls from shoes and gear. Bibs and pieces of paper get tossed onto the back seat floor and forgotten. If you have a dog or two, fur gets shed everywhere, along with any weed detritus caught in the fur.
Swimming may very well be one of the best workouts there is. Not only does the fluidity of movement provide a total-body workout, but hitting the pool also helps boost mobility. A 2011 study found that adults with hip and knee arthritis received similar boosts in mobility, function and other health outcomes as they did from land-based rehabilitation. Added bonus? It rarely makes you sore.
When it comes to the eating habits, there's always room for improvement. To help us get a handle on what to eat and what not to eat, we consulted Alexandra Samit, Be Well health coach at Dr. Frank Lipman's famed Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, for the most common diet mistakes people make, without realizing it.
Plenty of outdoor speakers tout their ability to resist splashes, but how many can actually float in water? Scosche's boomBOTTLE H2O Bluetooth Wireless Speaker is housed in a rugged IP67 waterproof casing that can handle an accidental dip in the pool (up to 1 meter for 30 minutes) and float until you're able to grab it.