The joy of doing trap bar deadlifts. Welcome inside my discomfort zone

I've been working with personal trainer Andy Wight for about two months and feel so much stronger and more motivated. Join me in what I call my discomfort zone. This week we're doing trap bar deadlifts.

By | March 14th, 2017|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments

For people living with Parkinson’s, Rock Steady Boxing offers the chance to be active again

Research shows that intensive exercise can benefit people with Parkinson's disease. A new program in Mid Coast Maine is proving the point. It's called Rock Steady Boxing.

By | March 7th, 2017|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments

What should you do when you miss two weeks of exercise?

After being sick and missing two weeks of exercise I was tempted to give up. Thanks to my trainer's good advice, I'm back on track.

By | March 2nd, 2017|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments

What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?

Got a tingling sensation in your thumb and several fingers? You might have carpal tunnel syndrome. Learn more.

By | March 1st, 2017|Fitness, Q & A|0 Comments

Fitness for life: Maintaining your vitality

If you already follow a fitness program, good for you. But if you don't, it's time to get started. We're here to provide some motivation.

By | February 20th, 2017|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments

How to start and maintain your Seven Days of Love exercise program

Seven Days of Love = seven days of simple exercises. What better way to show yourself some love than to get your body moving. We have some tips for you.

By | February 15th, 2017|Fitness, Q & A|0 Comments

Seven Days of Love. Day seven: Dead bugs!

Every day for the past seven days, Andy Wight from AW Strength & Conditioning has demonstrated a simple exercise. Today he shows us how to do a favorite.

By | February 14th, 2017|Fitness, Q & A|0 Comments

Seven Days of Love. Day six: Romanian deadlift

Day six of Seven Days of Love. If you've been doing Andy's exercises, you must be feeling a lot of love! Today's is a great one for balance and stability.

By | February 13th, 2017|Fitness, Q & A|0 Comments

Seven Days of Love. Day five: Isometric bent over row

Day five of Seven Days of Love. Today, we're going to love our upper backs and improve our posture at the same time. Get ready to do an isometric bent over row. That's a mouthful!

By | February 12th, 2017|Fitness, Q & A|0 Comments

Seven Days of Love. Day Four: Reverse lunge with a slider

Day four of Seven Days of Love. Andy Wight demonstrates how to do a reverse lunge with a slider. Get those legs in shape for summer!

By | February 11th, 2017|Fitness, Q & A|0 Comments

Seven Days of Love. Day Three: Let’s do a plank

Day three of Seven Days of Love. For the seven days leading up to Valentine's Day, Andy Wight from AW Strength & Conditioning will demonstrate a simple exercise. Join us!

By | February 10th, 2017|Fitness, Q & A|0 Comments

Seven Days of Love. Day 2: How to do a push-up

Want to get in shape, but can't get to the gym? Follow Catching Health and AW Strength & Conditioning for Seven Days of Love. Every day a simple exercise.

By | February 9th, 2017|Fitness, Q & A|0 Comments

Seven Days of Love: Learn one easy exercise every day

Every day for the next seven days (ending on Valentine's Day) trainer Andy Wight is going to demonstrate a simple exercise. We call it Seven Days of Love.

By | February 8th, 2017|Fitness, Q & A|0 Comments

Feeling stronger, feeling sore! Join me in my discomfort zone

After four weeks of working with Andy Wight, my personal trainer, I'm sore, but I feel stronger. Follow my progress — in my discomfort zone.

By | January 31st, 2017|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments

You, too, want to be stronger? Join me in my discomfort zone

How working with a personal trainer is taking me inside my discomfort zone. It's also making me stronger. Follow my workouts.

By | January 17th, 2017|Blog, Fitness|1 Comment

Why we lose our motivation to exercise and how to get it back

There are two main reasons why people lose their motivation to exercise. Learn what they are and get some help finding your motivation again.

By | January 6th, 2017|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments

Six ways to boost your metabolism when cold weather cuts into your exercise routine

Have you ever used winter as an excuse not to exercise? John Turrell, Wellness Coordinator for YMCA of Southern Maine, offers some tips on how you can stay warm and still burn some calories.

By | December 16th, 2016|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments

Is walking as good for you as running?

Is walking as good for you as running? I asked physical therapist Mary Kroth-Brunet, from Back in Motion Physical Therapy.

By | December 14th, 2016|Fitness, Q & A|2 Comments

How physical therapy can help people suffering the after effects of a concussion

Bobby Cochrane is a physical therapist who works with people who have post-concussion syndrome. Find out how physical therapy can help someone with a concussion.

By | October 28th, 2016|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments

Being in a wheelchair hasn’t prevented these people from playing an energetic game of tennis

Adaptive sports give new life to many people with a variety of disabilities. That includes wheelchair tennis, a program offered by Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation.

By | August 24th, 2016|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments

Is the 7-minute workout the best exercise?

To solve time and motivation problems, exercise specialists promote the 7-Minute Workout. But, this is May in New England. The best time to get out and walk!

By | May 23rd, 2016|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments

Do not do this before you exercise!

Do you like to exercise hard? Do you need to take ibuprofen before you work out? Here are some reasons why you shouldn't.

By | April 11th, 2016|Blog, Fitness|1 Comment

Seven easy ways to exercise your brain and sharpen your memory

Worried because you forget things? Why you left the room? Where you put your glasses? A name? An appointment? Time to do a little exercise!

By | March 23rd, 2016|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments

Over 65? In agony because of joint pain? Take a look at the advances in joint replacement surgery

This post is sponsored by Spectrum Medical Group.  rudyanderson / Pixabay In 2011, the first baby boomers started turning age 65. On average, they are living longer, more active lives than their parents’ generation. That doesn’t mean they don’t have the same aches and pains and maladies. Arthritis, for instance, is still a significant cause of joint pain and loss of mobility in people 65 and older. […]

By | February 8th, 2016|Blog, Fitness|4 Comments

Sick and tired of, well … everything? Slow down and explore the surprising benefits of t’ai chi

If you look at the research, you'll discover that practicing t'ai chi can do you a world of good. From improving balance to helping to relieve pain.

By | January 29th, 2016|Blog, Fitness|3 Comments

Want to get fit without working out? Step to the tune of these audacious women!

Every week these women strap on their tap shoes and dance, dance, dance! They're all over 60.

By | January 25th, 2016|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments

Put a little fun in your life. Go dancing!

Joan Overton has been dancing nearly all her life. She just turned 82. I don’t know what I expected when I agreed to meet her at her weekly dance class, but when she was pointed out to me I was surprised. I grabbed a quick photo of her practicing the Foxtrot. Looking stylish in a leopard print top and low-heeled, open-toed dancing shoes, she is as graceful and limber as a much younger woman. […]

By | December 30th, 2015|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments

Contemplating while you exercise is good for your body and your mind

Guest post by John Turrell, Wellness Coordinator, Greater Portland Branch, YMCA of Southern Maine. Who didn’t want to exercise outdoors this fall? September and October were beautiful this year. There were so many sunny, cool fall days to spend outside running, walking, or hiking. The fall foliage was colorful and visually stimulating. It was hard to resist spending as much time as possible outside. […]

By | November 30th, 2015|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments

Who says 90 is too old to exercise? Not these men!

Do you have trouble fitting exercise into your life? Join the club. Sometimes, everything else comes first. And yet, being active can be key to feeling young and healthy. I know that. You know that. And so do the three gentlemen I met in the Fit to Live exercise group at the South Portland Recreation Center. All in shape, all active, all in their 90s. […]

By | November 18th, 2015|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments

Decade by decade. How to keep your body strong and agile

Whether you're 20 or 90, it's important to be physically active. Physical therapist Mike Moras has some tips to get you started.

By | November 5th, 2015|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments

You can’t run like you used to, but you may still be able to run!

Source: Pond5 You ran like a gazelle when you were younger, but it’s been years and now, you often feel clunky and stiff. Why, even getting in and out of the car or up from your chair is a challenge. […]

By | September 9th, 2015|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments