Posts on Exercising
Everyone has had negative thoughts about his or her body at some point. Male or female, young or old, short or tall, we’ve all felt the occasional insecurities. Society tends to emphasize the number on a scale rather than how we feel. However, a healthy (or unhealthy) weight is unique to every person and can involve many factors.
First, let’s look at a few key components of healthy weight. This trio, when we make them habits, can effect gradual, lasting change:
Easy fixes can promote your comfort and help you avoid injury
Hunching over your laptop in a poorly lit work space won’t just make you irritable and less productive. It can also be bad for your health. Follow these practical tips to create a more comfortable working environment.
Not just child’s play, hula hooping is a workout worth considering—according to researchers and hoopers
Anyone who thinks that exercise has to be drudgery hasn’t tried hula hooping. When a brightly colored hoop is swiveling around your hips to the rhythms of upbeat music, it’s easy to forget that you’re doing something that’s good for your body.
Slow and dancelike, tai chi is a graceful way to relax, exercise and improve physical balance. To find out more about this Chinese martial art, we spoke to Jan Diepersloot, Bay Area tai chi teacher and author of Masters of Perception (www.warriorsofstillness.com), for a firsthand account of his development as a serious tai chi practitioner.
These local training groups, which are open to runners of all levels, will help you get ready this spring or summer — and introduce you to new friends.
Steps to take for your health — and your pleasure
There are hundreds of outdoor stairways in San Francisco and more just outside the city. Some take you through lush forests, others past historic architecture, and many to lovely views — all while giving you a pretty good cardio workout. Here are just a few worth scaling.
Baby boomers should work out to boost their health—and take steps to avoid injury
If you’re a baby boomer, be proud that your generation is fitter than folks your age have ever been and can reap the many benefits of exercise—healthier hearts, stronger bones, reduced risk for diabetes and certain cancers, a boost in mental outlook, and more. The trouble is, today’s seniors and late middle-agers are also more prone to exercise-related injuries, which orthopedic surgeons have aptly dubbed “boomeritis.”
Minimize your carbon footprint — and your waist size — with a BART-bike adventure to one of these Bay Area beauty spots
Alameda Creek Trail and Coyote Hills Regional Park
Staying active is easy in the Bay Area—no matter your age or physical inclination
It's time for the whole family to get active: you'll build healthier bodies, bond and have some fun along the way. Following are a few good-for-you options in your vicinity that can keep your crew—from tots to grandparents—healthy and fit.