Stop Fit Shaming!

The Internet was all aflutter this week with controversy about Fit Mom Maria Kang who posted a photo of herself looking toned and fit with her 3 young boys and the tag line “What’s your excuse?” Of course, the photo went viral and then the criticism started pouring in, calling her a bully and saying she was ‘fat shaming.’ She made the rounds on the talk show circuit to defend herself and explain that she wasn’t attacking anyone with her photo—she was showing off her hard work. Continue reading

Do you live in a walkable neighborhood?

If you’re like 40% of Americans, you don’t. According to a survey by Kaiser Permanente, nearly 40% of Americans don’t walk their neighborhoods because they don’t have shops, schools or other services nearby. What else is hampering their ability to walk places? While crime ranked in the middle among the options, speeding and distracted drivers and a lack of sidewalks were tops. Continue reading

3 Fitness Advantages of Working from Home

I’ve just begun working from home this week. In addition to saving money on gas and car maintenance (ideally), I’m hoping that I’ll be able to eat better, too. Even though I know I can always pack a lunch when I’m working from the office, it’s all too tempting to dash out during my lunch hour to grab a sandwich (after all, that salad I packed last night before bed doesn’t look nearly as appetizing the next day). Here are some advantages that I see working from home: Continue reading

Creating a New Fitness Routine

A dream that my hubby and I had devised a few years ago is finally coming to fruition: We’re moving back up to Northern California next week (true NoCal, several hours north of the Bay Area). We’re super stoked—the outdoor lifestyle has been calling us for a sometime now, especially since the arrival of the wee man last year. We want our son to grow up with trees and outdoor adventures, not freeways and video games. This also means that next May, I’ll be completing another century ride—this time the Tour of the Unknown Coast, a century ride that I’ve had on my goal spreadsheet for the last two years.
When I lived in Northern California before, I wasn’t a cyclist, so I’m not sure what the cycling scene is like up there. And since the winter is defined by rain, rain and more rain, my training will probably involve me pedaling away in the garage. This may be the time to work on improving my running technique and speed. Either way, I’ll need to create a new routine and stick to it.
How to Create a New Fitness Routine
1. Work out at different times to see what works. 
2. When you find what works, do it for 30 days to make sure the habit sticks.
3. For additional motivation, sign up for a race or other event in your area.
Moving is never easy, but it doesn’t give you an excuse to stop working out. Just adjust your routine and keep on keeping on.

Genetic Testing: Unlocking the Secrets of Your Genes

If you had the opportunity to find out if you are genetically predisposed to certain conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, mental disorders, etc., would you do it? What if you had the opportunity to learn more about your ancestral past through your genetics? What used to be a pipe dream is now within our grasp. For around $100, 23andMe will use your saliva to unlock the secrets of your genes. Continue reading

The Benefits of Staying Active During Pregnancy

My son will be one year old this weekend. The time flew by; I can only imagine how fast the next 17 years will go. I found out I was pregnant with him two days after Christmas 2011. After celebrating the news, I began scouring the Internet for advice on exercise. I was already commuting to work by bicycle three to four days a week; my concern was that I would have to stop. In fact, during my first visit with the nurse/midwife, she quipped “We’ll see if you’re still doing that at eight months.” Even my yoga instructor expressed concern when I told her I was 10 weeks pregnant. “By the end of the semester, I’ll probably just have you stand there,” she said. Wow, I didn’t realize that pregnancy was going to have so many limitations. Continue reading

Which Do You Prefer? Fitness for a Cause or ‘Just Because’?

Last weekend, I participated in my first virtual 10k for charity. A good friend from college is raising money to run the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in September and sweetened the deal to donate by sending race bibs and medals to everyone who donated more than $25. Although I had planned to donate anyway, the chance to participate was too good to pass up. Continue reading

The Benefits and Challenges of Being Fit After 30

Is it just me or do we seem to grow rounder as we age? While we may feel more confident, our pants seem to fit a bit snugger. For many people, keeping in shape after turning 30 can be a struggle, especially after having kids, but there are some benefits to getting in shape at this time, too. Continue reading