Outdoor Fitness Walking – Refine Your Technique

No matter where you live, springtime is the right time to get outside and ramp up your physical activity. Walking might be the best way to get in mental and physical shape, especially if you prefer to avoid crowded gyms and exhaustive training. Your body was made to move, and with the changing of the … Read More

Muscular Strength & Endurance – Creating a Fun and Effective Program

Building muscle doesn’t have to be tedious or boring. All it takes is a little planning and creativity. Just about everyone understands the basics of muscular strength and muscular endurance training. Many fitness professionals create a plan working the larger muscles before the medium sized muscles, and then the smaller muscles. That’s fine. It’s recommended … Read More

A Simple Exercise to Improve Your Posture

Question: Do you sit at a desk for hours at a time? Drive a lot? Feel like you slouch? It may be affecting your posture (and mood). Answer: There is a simple and effective exercise that you can do to train yourself for better posture. This exercise is great for maintaining the natural “S” curve … Read More

The Benefits of Deep Breathing

There’s a lot of talk these days about the benefits of deep breathing. The conversation is not new. Breathing techniques have been advocated for centuries, especially by ancient religious masters. Scientific studies show that controlled breathing can reduce stress, increase mental focus and enhance immune function. There are a variety of descriptions for breathing practices, … Read More

Exercise and Altitude

No matter what your fitness level, significant changes in altitude pose challenges for your body, because of the reduced oxygen in the air. Traveling above 5,000-6,000 feet can have immediate effects on our bodies. If you take your training to an altitude that you are not used to -for example, if you routinely exercise at … Read More

Winter Outdoor Fitness: What to Wear

We have a saying at Outdoor Fitness: There’s no such thing as inappropriate weather, only inappropriate clothing.” Since 1995, I’ve canceled only two classes because of weather—one due to high winds and the other due to lightning. Outdoor Fitness is made for all seasons. However, all types of weather pose challenges and often hazards. In … Read More

How much Physical Activity Do You Need for Heart Health?

It should come as no surprise that active people have healthier hearts than couch potatoes. A large-scale study by the UK Biobank, a large health database in the United Kingdom, looked the connections between physical activity (PA) and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Researchers found that those who exercised regularly were much less likely to develop CVD … Read More

Winter Sports-specific Stretches

Winter sports recruit mostly leg muscles and incorporating sport-specific stretches will help you help you maintain flexibility and prevent injuries. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends the following guidelines: • Perform stretches a minimum of 3 days per week. • Warm up for 3-5 minutes prior to stretching. • Static stretches should be held … Read More

Pandemic Weight Gain—Walk it off

There’s a lot of chatter about “Quarantine 15” and the weight many have gained during the pandemic and sheltering in place. If you’ve found yourself in this situation, you’re not alone. WebMD surveyed over 1000 readers and found that 22% of men and 47% of women had gained weight due to COVID restrictions. In many … Read More

Seated Hamstring Stretch

For many years this stretch was called the “hurdler’s stretch” because one leg was bent at the knee with the foot positioned behind, away from the body. It was found to put too much strain on the knee and deemed “contraindicated.” The modern version is still called the hurdler stretch, but the difference is the … Read More

Winter Warm up + Core Strengthener

Getting warmed up for your favorite winter sport doesn’t have to be a time consuming exercise. In fact, you can do it right before you head out the door or just before strapping on your equipment. A basic warm up can improve your performance and prevent injuries. That’s because you enhance neuromuscular control and muscular … Read More

Interval Training for Winter Sports

It’s that time of year again and winter snow sports are just around the corner. Here is a simple training program that you can do to prepare your body to be quick and agile and avoid injuries on those slick surfaces. It’s About Connection—Muscles + Mind The goal with pre-season training is to train your … Read More

Autumn Focus Exercise: Lower Back Strengthener

Many people think that abdominal work is enough to help support their backs. Not true. You also need to work the opposing muscle group—the erectors that line the spine to improve posture and prevent back injuries. I call these two back exercises “Aqua” due to the fact that you perform them in the prone position, … Read More

Trail Bounding–Dryland Training for Winter Sports

Why spend time in a gym when everything you need for pre-season downhill snow sports is right outside your door. It’s called Trail Bounding. Pumping iron and sweating on gym equipment may be a fine fitness routine for many, but mountain athletes need more than strong quads and a steady heart. A good off-season training … Read More

Over Training and the “Terrible Toos”

It’s great to be motivated to exercise and train for a sport or to lose weight. Often times, when we begin to see progress in the direction of a goal it can be too tempting to add a little more to the schedule, or go a little harder. The problem is, this type of thinking … Read More

Thirty Minutes to Fitness

Use this 9-step circuit to get in shape for your favorite winter sports. It’s no secret that strength and stamina are the keys to successful winter sports season, and this simple circuit program will give you both. By moving through 10 exercises (called stations) in a short period of time, you’ll maintain an elevated heart … Read More

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