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