Category Archives: Cardio

Q & A: 2 or 4-5 Strength Training Workouts a Week?

Q & A: 2 or 4-5 Strength Training Workouts a Week?

First of all I just discovered your site…it’s just what I’ve been looking for….thank you!!! My question relating to this article is that sometimes I split my weight training into several days during the week…a few weights on mon, maybe a few more on tues, then at least one more day during the week andContinue Reading

Twice-a-Week Strength Training Best for Over-50 Group

Twice-a-Week Strength Training Best for Over-50 Group

I headed up to Fargo, ND this month for the Northland chapter meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine on “Resistance (Strength) Training Across the Lifespan”.  The 10 hour drive was worth it to hear the top people in the field of exercise science speak. Of course, the Strength Training for Older Adults sessionContinue Reading

Q & A: What exercises should we do and when?

Q & A: What exercises should we do and when?

The easy question is when to strength train! Anytime that is convenient for you is the best time to strength train. Do it  2-3 times a week to build muscle and neural-muscular connections to help you stay on your feet with better balance and coordination, on non-consecutive days. At the very least, be out of your chairContinue Reading

Make time for 2 types of exercise!

Make time for 2 types of exercise!

Ever since I wrote that blog post entitled, Time for just 1 kind of exercise? Strength train!, it has been nagging at me that I need to tell you that you MUST find the time to do two types!! Strength training AND cardiovascular exercise are the basis for lifelong fitness.  Besides helping to strengthen bones, strengthContinue Reading

Time for just 1 kind of exercise? Strength Train!

Time for just 1 kind of exercise? Strength Train!

In our busy lives, many want to know what is the least amount of exercise that we need to do to stay healthy. Of all of the exercise options, what is the most effective one?? When it comes to bone health, I heard the answer at the NOF symposium in Las Vegas last week. HereContinue Reading

Excess visceral fat can be a risk factor for low bone mass.

Excess visceral fat can be a risk factor for low bone mass.

Not all fat is created equal! Researchers have found that having excess intra-abdominal fat, also called visceral fat, can be damaging to your bones. Yikes! One more risk factor for osteoporosis. What to do? 1. Strength train 2-3 times a week to build a high level of muscle  strength and slow bone loss. 2. GetContinue Reading

Destination Walks

Destination Walks

Having a destination in mind for your walks or bike rides can make you go farther and longer. Today, my brother Michael and I hiked to Poo-Poo point on Tiger Mountain, near Issaquah, Washington. It is a bare spot on the top of the mountain from where hang gliders take off and the rest of us admireContinue Reading

Adventure Vacationing!

Adventure Vacationing!

No matter where you go this summer, make an adventure out of it by varying your exercise routine. It will help you stay in great shape on your trip. If you’re in town, do something different by heading out to Water Works Park and rent a canoe on a Sunday or Saturday. MUM has  themContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Weight Lifting and Weight Bearing Exercise

Weight Lifting and Weight Bearing Exercise

What's the difference? Weight lifting is strength training, using dumbbells, barbells, or whatever you lift that makes your muscles work harder than to what they are accustomed. Weight bearing exercise is usually considered cardiovascular exercise done on your feet, such as walking, jogging, stepping, dancing, cross-country skiing, elliptical exercise machines, hiking, or aerobic workouts. ThisContinue Reading

Summertime & Aerobic Activities

Summertime & Aerobic Activities

I LOVE summertime! What a beautiful time of year to put those strong muscles (that you've been strength training all winter) to work doing something fun like outdoor aerobic activities. Get out and go for a day hike, head out on a mountain biking trail, or just take a morning walk or swim before theContinue Reading