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

How to be a champion like Julia Clukey (No need to ride a luge)

Source: Pond5 Imagine that you have trudged to the top of your favorite sliding hill. You take a deep breath and down you fly — sitting or stretched out on your belly. Your choice. […]

By | May 8th, 2015|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments

What Makes a Healthy Maine Street?

Courtesy Maine Downtown Center Everywhere you look, people are trying to move more, eat better, lose weight, get rid of stress … they’re tired of feeling tired and overwhelmed and just plain unhealthy. Trouble is, when you’re going it alone, like many people do, it can become too much of a challenge and next thing you know you’re back where you started. […]

By | October 8th, 2014|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments

Preventing Falls: What Fran Learned About Lowering Her Risk of Falling

Patti League from MaineHealth helps Fran Paris try out a walking stick. Fran Paris, who is 79, has a balance problem and tries to keep herself steady so that she doesn’t fall. When she noticed that Woodford’s Congregational Church was offering a Fall Risk Screening Event to help people learn more about their risks, she hightailed it over there. […]

By | September 26th, 2014|Blog, Fitness|1 Comment

Preventing Falls: It’s a Matter of Balance

At the age of 89, Barbara Stetson has finally learned to slow down at bit. That doesn’t mean she limits what she does, just that she doesn’t rush around like she used to. “I had seven children,” she explains. “I raised them alone. I played piano in restaurants and a lot of church music on Sundays. That’s how I supported my children.  I was always multi-tasking. I went dashing from one place to another and I got so I always did things fast. I’ve now learned to slow down.” […]

By | July 18th, 2014|Blog, Fitness|3 Comments

Movement therapy helps you become more aware of your body and more in control of your life

USM School of Music and Kate Beever, music therapist at Maine Music and Health showcase music/movement/dance and other creative arts therapies used in healthcare.

By | June 16th, 2014|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments