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|0 Comments

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

Curling. It’s all the rage and you can join the club, too

You don't have to be an Olympian to enjoy a game of curling. In fact, you'll find curling clubs in many places, even right here in Maine. Let's start playing!

By | March 2nd, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

Let’s show our feet a little love

Oh, your aching feet! After all that we ask of them, they deserve a little love. We've got tips from some foot experts.

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

Let’s all work on our hip hinges!

Bending over at the waist is a hip hinge. Do it wrong and you could hurt your back. We've got some demos that show you how to practice doing it the right way.

By | February 16th, 2018|Fitness|2 Comments

Soften a fall with these safe landing strategies

A common question for physical therapist Jason Adour is "Are there ways to fall without hurting myself?” With the help of his kids, he shares some tips.

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

Barre fitness. What’s that all about?

I've been hearing a lot about barre fitness lately. It sounds like a workout for dancers, but you don't need to be a ballerina to do barre.

By | February 3rd, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

Learning how to walk with ease and grace the Feldenkrais way

Feldenkrais uses gentle movements to help people increase their range of motion and improve flexibility and coordination. See how it works.

By | January 26th, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments

Winter running safety tips

Running in the dead of winter isn't easy but it can be done. Before you head out, take a minute to read these important safety tips from a running expert.

By | January 19th, 2018|Fitness|0 Comments