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|Fitness, Health News|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|Fitness, Health News|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|Fitness, Health News|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|Fitness, Health News|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|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|Fitness, Health News|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|Fitness, Health News|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|Fitness, Health News|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|Fitness, Health News|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|Fitness, Health News|0 Comments

Over 65? In agony because of joint pain? Take a look at the advances in joint replacement surgery

People with severe joint pain have treatment options that weren’t available even 10 years ago. The primary goals are still: relieve pain and increase mobility.

By | February 8th, 2016|Fitness, Health News|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|Fitness, Health News|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|Fitness, Health News|0 Comments

Put a little fun in your life. Go dancing!

Joan Overton has been dancing nearly all her life. She just turned 82. It's just a number she says as she twirls around the dance floor.

By | December 30th, 2015|Fitness, Health News|0 Comments

Who says 90 is too old to exercise? Not these men!

Being active is key to feeling young and healthy. We know that. And so do these three gentlemen, all in their nineties.

By | November 18th, 2015|Fitness, Health News|0 Comments

You can’t run like you used to, but you may still be able to run!

You ran like a gazelle when you were younger, but it's been years and now, you often feel clunky and stiff. How about some good advice and motivation?

By | September 9th, 2015|Fitness, Health News|0 Comments

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

Imagine that you have trudged to the top of your favorite sliding hill. A deep breath and down you fly — sitting or stretched out on your belly. Your choice.

By | May 8th, 2015|Fitness, Health News|0 Comments

What Makes a Healthy Maine Street?

Everywhere you look, people are trying to eat better, lose weight, get rid of stress ... they're tired of feeling tired and overwhelmed and just plain unhealthy.

By | October 8th, 2014|Fitness, Health News|0 Comments

Preventing Falls: What Fran learned about lowering her risk of falling

Hightailing it isn't a good thing to do if you're at risk of falling. Neither is forgetting to take your blood pressure pill or leaving your cane in the car.

By | September 26th, 2014|Fitness, Health News|1 Comment

Preventing falls: It’s a Matter of Balance

Many elderly people limit activities because they're afraid of falling. A Matter of Balance offers practical advice to reduce fear and get people moving again.

By | July 18th, 2014|Fitness, Health News|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|Fitness, Health News|0 Comments

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

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

By | June 2nd, 2014|Fitness, Health News|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.

By | March 19th, 2014|Fitness, Health News|0 Comments

How yoga helps people with Parkinson’s Disease

When you have Parkinson's Disease, it affects how your body moves. Yoga instructor Elizabeth Burd developed and teaches a program that can help.

By | February 23rd, 2014|Fitness, Health News|0 Comments

Running in the rain at the Vermont City Marathon

The 2013 KeyBank Vermont City Marathon and Relay in Burlington in the rain. Vermont and Boston Strong.

By | May 28th, 2013|Fitness, Health News|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?

By | December 17th, 2012|Fitness, Health News|4 Comments

The benefits of exercise for people with Parkinson’s Disease

A leading Parkinson's disease specialist at Mayo Clinic says there's increasing evidence that ongoing vigorous exercise may slow the progression of Parkinson's.

By | November 13th, 2012|Fitness, Health News|16 Comments

Cirque du Soleil: Could you be a performer?

What does it take to be a circus former? It goes without saying that you have to be in great shape!

By | October 10th, 2012|Fitness, Health News|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|Fitness, Health News|0 Comments