What it means to move naturally

Some people get plenty of exercise just doing what they need to do. But the majority of people these days are apt to lead rather sedentary lives. Learning how to take advantage of moving naturally could make all the difference.

By | December 4th, 2018|Fitness|2 Comments

Help. My back hurts

Two days of nagging back pain can take its toll. It makes me want to lie around and do nothing! I know that just the opposite is probably what's going to make it feel better. Here are two movements that might help do the trick.

By | November 23rd, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

How to avoid stuffing food and feelings at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to show gratitude for all that we have. To enjoy a feast of food and loved ones. BUT too much food, too much family, and too little activity can make us feel just the opposite. Here's some expert advice for surviving the day and the rest of the holidays.

By | November 16th, 2018|Expert Advice, Fitness, Nosh & Nutrition|2 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. We've got all kinds of tips to get you started and keep you motivated.

By | November 2nd, 2018|Fitness|2 Comments

Boost your memory. Take a walk

Find yourself forgetting more lately? Maybe what you need is a little exercise. Research shows that going for a brisk walk may help improve memory.

By | October 26th, 2018|Fitness|2 Comments

Women. This is what you need to know to defend yourselves

Be confident, be aware, be strong, be prepared. Then go for the vision, wind, and limbs. Self-defense lessons from a police officer that could save your life.

By | October 12th, 2018|Fitness|3 Comments

Squat to stand: A fitness tip from Andy

Looking for a fitness move that doesn't require a lot of hard work or time? Here's a quick one that just might do the trick.

By | October 5th, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

Take a walk, learn some Maine history

Did you know that Maine played a significant role in the production of gunpowder during the Civil War? I discovered this bit of history while walking on a beautiful trail in Gorham.

By | September 21st, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

How to be financially fit no matter what your age

Whether you're a college senior or going to senior college, you can relieve some worry and stress by becoming more financially fit. We have some fitness tips from two experts — one on wellness and the other on money.

By | September 14th, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

Fitness tips courtesy of a toddler

Couldn't make it to the gym but it doesn't matter. That's because I spent the day with my two-year-old granddaughter. No time for sitting still!

By | September 8th, 2018|Fitness|2 Comments

Easy ways to stretch your hip flexors and why you should

Your hip flexors help you walk, run, dance, do all kinds of important things. If you sit a lot, you're not doing them any favors. Here are some simple exercises to give them a good stretch.

By | August 31st, 2018|Fitness|1 Comment

Leg pain after exercise could mean a vein problem

It's not normal for your legs to hurt. If you've just started a new exercise routine they may be sore for a few days. But if your legs hurt even if you just go for a walk, it could be a sign that you have a vein problem.

By | August 24th, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

Benefits of walking in the city (of Portland, Maine)

A good part of my working day is spent sitting in front of a computer. I try to practice what I preach and move around as much as possible. My new workspace has provided me with lots of opportunities. Let's go for a short walk together.

By | August 17th, 2018|Fitness|10 Comments

What it means to recover after exercise and how to do it

Sore after you exercise? A little light activity may help you recover. Learn the difference between good and bad sore and what it means to recover.

By | August 10th, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

If you pee when you sneeze or exert yourself, your hips may be partly to blame

Two physical therapists at the University of New England believe that weak pelvic floor and hip muscles both contribute to a common form of incontinence in women. They've designed a study and are looking for participants. Read more ...

By | August 3rd, 2018|Fitness|2 Comments

Dancing, Zumba, and hoola hoops — all good!

What do dancing, Zumba, and hoola hoops have in common? They all get you moving, which is something we need to do as often as possible. Here is some inspiration

By | July 20th, 2018|Fitness|3 Comments

Tips on how to take good care of your back

Did you know that when your back hurts, it's trying to tell you something? Learn to understand the language of your spine and maybe your days of dealing with back pain will come to an end.

By | July 16th, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

Let’s do the 2018 Dance Mile together!

Have some fun and move your body. That's what Dance Mile is all about. The Portland (Maine) Dance Mile is happening Saturday, July 14. Don't miss the chance to dance joyfully through the streets of Portland with 500 of your neighbors!

By | July 6th, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

Improve your mood with regular exercise

Feeling low? I think we all do from time to time. Research shows that exercise may help — whether you're doing aerobic or resistance training.

By | June 29th, 2018|Fitness|2 Comments

Breaking news: Men are not invincible

Men, on average, are less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than women. Here are some tips that are designed to help level the playing field.

By | June 15th, 2018|Fitness|2 Comments

So many different kinds of yoga — which is best for you?

Look up yoga and you may find yourself overwhelmed by all the different types. Hatha, Iyengar, Vinyasa and more. Yoga instructor Lauren Keiser put together a short tutorial on some of the most popular classes.

By | June 9th, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

Andy’s insomnia stretch

I think everyone has insomnia from time to time. Strength coach Andy Wight takes a break from exercising to show us a move designed to help you relax and hopefully, get a good night's sleep.

By | June 1st, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

Let’s go for a romp with some baby goats

Looking for something to do that will get you and the family outdoors and moving and make you feel happy and relaxed? Join me for a romp with some baby goats.

By | May 25th, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

Being an amputee doesn’t mean you can’t ride a bike

Just five months ago, Terri Anthoine lost both of her legs in an accident. It hasn't stopped her from living life to the fullest. She and several other amputees recently attended an adaptive cycling clinic and took a few out for a spin. It was exhilarating.

By | May 18th, 2018|Fitness|2 Comments

Put on some roller skates and celebrate all the good things in life!

Roller skating is something I've always loved, but I haven't done it lately. Thanks to Jen Boggs, I feel this urge to strap on some skates (and my protective gear). It's fun and the good news is it's also a healthy thing to do.

By | April 27th, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

Over 60? More important than ever to get some exercise!

If you think being over 65 gives you license to slow down, think again. Staying active keeps you young, happy and healthy. If you don't believe me, read what these people say about regular exercise.

By | April 20th, 2018|Fitness|2 Comments

Before you start doing all those outside chores, heed this advice

Here in New England, most of the snow has melted and spring flowers are blossoming. But if your yard looks like mine, there's a lot of raking and pickup to do. Maybe you should read this first.

By | April 14th, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

Why you should walk before you run this time of year

Got spring fever? And the urge to dash outside and go for a run? Hold your hamstrings a minute and read what my strength coach has to say about that.

By | April 7th, 2018|Fitness|2 Comments

Strengthen your core with these two exercises

Strength coach Andy Wight demonstrates two exercises that will help strengthen your core. A strong core helps you do everything better and safer — from bending over to running a race.

By | March 30th, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

Five reasons why some aches and pains won’t go away

Got some chronic aches and pains? We've got some expert advice on what might be the underlying cause and how to turn things around.

By | March 23rd, 2018|Fitness|3 Comments

Are standing desks good for you or not?

Did you see the news that standing desks may be bad for your health? My first reaction was HUH? I took a closer look at the study and also spoke with a spine specialist. Read what I found out.

By | March 16th, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments