Category Archives: Cardio

Wind Trainer for Winter Indoor Biking

Wind Trainer for Winter Indoor Biking

A few nights ago, I set up my trail bike on my wind trainer, a marvelous contraption that holds the bike’s back wheel and puts pressure on it, creating resistance. When I got up the next morning and saw that it was 17 degrees, I headed downstairs to ride in my cozy basement. Wind trainersContinue Reading

6 Tips-How to Stay Safe on Fitness Machines

6 Tips-How to Stay Safe on Fitness Machines

Whether you’re using the fitness center in a motel or joining a gym this summer, here are tips on how to stay safe on fitness machines with osteoporosis or if you’re over fifty. 1. Check the Machine Out Before Getting On! I recently returned from California to celebrate my daughter’s college graduation. (Yay!) Our motelContinue Reading

Snowbirds! 10 Tips to Stay Fit on Your Trip

Snowbirds! 10 Tips to Stay Fit on Your Trip

Heading south for the winter and want to stay fit on your trip? Long car ride ahead with visions of your fitness fading and stiffness increasing? Take heart! Here are 10 Tips to Stay Fit on Your Trips that I do on long trips—as a passenger! I do my best to keep excellent upright postureContinue Reading

Keep Your Bones Strong All Year Long! How to Plan for Winter Outdoor Exercise

Keep Your Bones Strong All Year Long! How to Plan for Winter Outdoor Exercise

Keep your bones healthy in all seasons! Bone density can drop in the winter because we’re making less of the “sunshine vitamin”, Vitamin D, which is necessary for calcium absorption. It might also have something to do with not getting as much exercise. As the long Indian summer fades into late fall, with one snow storm alreadyContinue Reading

Holiday Exercise – 5 Tips to Get It Done!

Holiday Exercise – 5 Tips to Get It Done!

“HELP! I’m backsliding, big time, and not getting my exercise in!” say my class participants. Does this sound familiar right about this time of year? Here are my 5 tips on how to get your exercise done between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Schedule it the night before. Don’t just wait for a break in your dayContinue Reading

Swimming Good for Bones?

Swimming Good for Bones?

Swimming is a WONDERFUL exercise for muscles throughout your whole body, but usually isn’t advised as a bone strengthening exercise to prevent osteoporosis. This is because it’s not weight bearing with the beneficial effect that gravity produces on our skeleton. In water we lose around 5/6 of the body weight that we have on land.Continue Reading

How Often Should We Exercise?

How Often Should We Exercise?

In a recent NY Times article, physiologist Dr. Michael Joyner of the Mayo Clinic suggests not missing more than two days in a row and that the best would be to only skip one day.Continue Reading

Q & A: Weight training for osteoporosis, toned body after 60, “batwings”, and elliptical trainers.

Q & A: Weight training for osteoporosis, toned body after 60, “batwings”, and elliptical trainers.

Just how tight everything gets depends a lot on genetics, skin tone, and body composition (fat to lean body mass ratio). Yes! You can achieve a very, very strong, body. The point is to strengthen your muscles, building a nice solid base underneath your skin. It does make a visible difference. But, honestly? We need to work with what we can control, our exercise and healthy diet, and let go of the unrealistic expectation that gravity and years won’t have an effect on our skin. Our bodies work and they’re beautiful!
My advice? Go for health. Don’t be too hard on yourself, do your strength training regularly, read Younger Next Year for Women, and have fun being active!! ….and keep your arm muscles flexed when you wave! 🙂Continue Reading

Keep Strength Training for a FUN 2nd Half of Your Life!

Keep Strength Training for a FUN 2nd Half of Your Life!

As a kid, I didn’t really expect at age 62 to be strength training to prevent osteoporosis OR doing a few of the FUN activities that came my way this summer. Learning to surf behind my brother’s boat tops the list! I had thought that those kind of days were behind me. But, when IContinue Reading

Summer Reading: The First 20 Minutes and Younger Next Year for Women

Summer Reading: The First 20 Minutes and Younger Next Year for Women

If you’re looking for a couple of good books to take on a road trip or to the beach, a new book, The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer, by Gretchen Reynolds is a great choice. And if you haven’t yet picked up the classic YoungerContinue ReadingContinue Reading