Category Archives: Fitness

Marathon Training and Your Feet

Put on those shoes, tie up the laces and hit the pavement.  You’ve spent all of this money on expensive shoes.  Paid your entrance fee, joined a training group and now your off.  Slowly building up your mileage so that … Continue reading

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Making Resolutions Work

No doubt you’ve been bombarded with New Year’s messages of losing weight, exercise and healthy eating.  You start strong, but after a couple of weeks, things change. Gyms get less crowded, food choices aren’t as good, resolve fails.  Pretty standard … Continue reading

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Chicago Marathon Tips – Your Feet

It’s 11 days before the marathon and who needs new tips now?? You’ve been training, working up your miles, figuring out your food, learning from either your own or others past experiences. Trying something new this close to the marathon … Continue reading

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Preventing Repetitive Stress Injuries

Recently the L.A. Times  had a story about classical musicians and repetitive stress injuries, sometimes leading to pain so severe it ended their careers. Repetitive stress doesn’t just affect musicians. It can strike office workers with carpal tunnel injuries, inflamed … Continue reading

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Hiking and Havasu Falls

I just got back from hiking Havasu Canyon.  It is located in the Grand Canyon, on the Havasupai Reservation.  The area is beautiful, hiking down with jaw dropping views, finally climbing down to waterfalls and amazing blue-green colored water. It … Continue reading

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Urban Walking

Last weekend I met some friends for lunch. We’d talked earlier, and they’d mentioned they’d found a new hobby: walking the city. Everywhere. They live west of downtown, and if they wanted ice cream at Water Tower Place, they walked. … Continue reading

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No Skinny People Allowed

Is this a good or bad idea?  A Canadian gym called Body Exchange thinks it is.  Personally I like to see a variety of people working out, those who are in shape and want to stay that way and those … Continue reading

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Gardening Without Back Pain Video

My last blog was about gardening and not hurting your back, check it out here if you missed it. Then I thought that it would be even more helpful if I showed how to do things right. So with the … Continue reading

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Exercise can make you smarter and your brain younger, at least that’s what some research is showing.  A recent article in the NY Times Magazine by Gretchen Reynolds discusses this idea. It used to be thought that you only have … Continue reading

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Saving Your Back Gardening

It’s spring, and Mike Nowak has a new gardening show on channel 102 Comcast, Dig In Chicago. In honor of the new beginnings, we’ll talk about putting in a garden without hurting yourself. Let’s say you’re ready to dig up … Continue reading

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