Buckle your helmets ladies. Olive Spankins is going to teach you how to skate like a roller derby pro!

Source: Lisa BassettPhoto Credit: Brianne Seekins As far back as she can remember Lisa Bassett loved to roller skate. Her mother Linda Clark was always chauffeuring Lisa and her friends to the local rink. Never an invitation to join them, of course. It was just, “Drop us off and pick us up Mom!” Decades later, it was Lisa who coaxed her mother, now in her sixties, into letting her teach her how to skate — roller derby style! You see, Lisa grew up to be a roller derby jammer. From 2006 to 2010, she played in the Maine Roller Derby League. If you’re a fan, you’ll probably recognize her derby name — Olive Spankins. […]

By | June 2nd, 2014|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments

Feeling too grumpy or stressed out to exercise? Think again!

A little exercise can go a long way in reducing stress and making you feel good, along with its many other health benefits — improving/maintaining physical fitness, preventing disease and treating symptoms.  […]

By | March 19th, 2014|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments

How Yoga Helps People with Parkinson’s Disease

Elizabeth Burd is a Parkinson’s Superstar. Seriously. During Parkinson’s Awareness month in 2012, the National Parkinson’s Foundation honored people from around the country, including Elizabeth, who make a difference in the Parkinson’s community. […]

By | February 23rd, 2014|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments

Phenomenal Fitness in Your 40s and 50s!

If you think that just because you are middle-aged your best years of fitness and fun are behind you ... think again! Here are some stories about people who are finding their “inner athlete.”

By | August 8th, 2013|Fitness|0 Comments

Running in the Rain at the Vermont City Marathon

The weather in Burlington, Vermont Sunday was dreadful. A steady downpour and a chilly wind, but that didn’t deter the thousands of people lined up to run or watch the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon and Relay. About 8000 runners participated in the 25th annual 26.2 mile race — around 3,200 full-course runners and 4,800 relay runners. Courtesy RunVermont […]

By | May 28th, 2013|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments

Derby Lite: Buckle Your Helmets Ladies

Three times in the past three weeks I have fallen hard on my rear end. And yet, I keep going back for more. Am I a masochist? Am I losing my mind? Nope, I’m in a beginner Derby Lite Class with a whole bunch of other women who just want to get some exercise that’s fun and different. Woman in light blue shirt, far left, with circle of light over her heart — that’s me! […]

By | December 17th, 2012|Blog, Fitness|4 Comments

The Benefits of Exercise for People with Parkinson’s Disease

If you’re not familiar with Parkinson’s disease, it’s a chronic and progressive movement disorder that affects about one million people in this country. According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, the cause is unknown, but involves vital neurons in the brain that no longer function properly or have died. There is no cure right now, but symptoms can be managed with medication and/or surgery. […]

By | November 13th, 2012|Blog, Fitness|14 Comments

37 Pushups and Counting

How many pushups can you do in 90 seconds? Cheryl Palmieri can do at least 37. That’s a huge accomplishment, because until a few years ago she had never done one. In her entire life. … 37 … […]

By | November 1st, 2012|Blog, Fitness|1 Comment

Cirque du Soleil: Could you be a performer?

I think it’s safe to say I’ll never be a circus performer. I got to watch Cirque du Soleil performers practice their acts this week, and over and over again my mouth just hung open in amazement. How on earth do they do those flips or catch someone flying in mid-air while standing on the shoulders of a performer who’s standing on the shoulders of another performer? The stamina, the strength, the courage it must take. Practice, practice […]

By | October 10th, 2012|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments

Dance, Dance, Dance

Want to lose some weight? Reduce some stress? Have some fun? Then dance, dance, dance! Seriously. […]

By | October 8th, 2012|Blog, Fitness|2 Comments

The Secret Life of Swimmers

Amazing! I was at the lake for our annual family reunion for just one week and managed to pack on five pounds. Five pounds! Sure, we lounged about in the sunshine and ate well and constantly. But, we also went for kayak rides, swam, and danced. Apparently, not enough to burn off all the extra calories. Indulge me for a moment as I reminisce about morning pancakes, frittata, and bacon; the pork loin we had one night and the lobster feast we had the next; homemade lasagna, spicy chili, and pizzas on the grill; Mexican meatballs and cilantro salsa; gallons of ice cream. What a delicious week! […]

By | August 18th, 2011|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments

Learning How to Walk for Life

I first met Gretchen Langner in the early 90s, when I did a story for WCSH-TV about the Feldenkrais Method. Gretchen is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner who has taught not only in Maine, but around the world. […]

By | June 28th, 2011|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments

Get Up From That Chair!

I am trying something new.  Instead of working at my computer for hours on end I am scheduling regular breaks. My goal is to set the timer on my phone to go off after one hour. I’ll work for an hour, take a break, then sit down at the computer for another hour. I say goal because even though I did great all day yesterday, this morning I screwed up first thing. Yup, even though it’s today’s blog topic, I forgot to set the timer!  It’s on now though — 55:22 minutes left until my next break! […]

By | May 4th, 2011|Blog, Fitness|0 Comments

Boost Your Memory: Take a Walk

Think you could manage a brisk walk 40 minutes a day, three days a week?  If you can, it might improve your memory. A new study backs up earlier research that demonstrated a strong connection between fitness levels and the size of the hippocampus. Huh? […]

By | February 2nd, 2011|Blog, Fitness|2 Comments