Posts in category "Fitness"

Does Wearing A Bike Helmet Discourage Anyone from Riding a Bike?

Does Wearing A Bike Helmet Discourage Anyone from Riding a Bike?
There are many out there that would say “you need to have your head examined” if you want to ride a bike in a city like Chicago.  But is it the fear of literally needing one’s head examined that is preventing more people from participating in city cycling? When Dr. David Edelberg posted his opinion... Read more »

Summer Fitness: Cultivating the Six-Mile Smile

Summer Fitness: Cultivating the Six-Mile Smile
Six miles.  Thirty minutes.  Three hundred plus calories. A simple half-hour bike ride at a moderate pace will take you on a trip of six miles and burn over 300 calories.  Half of those calories will be provided by stored body fat. Getting one’s recommended daily allowance of exercise is as easy as riding a... Read more »

Weight of the Nation: Controversy, Confusion and Conflation

In yesterday morning’s post I posed a single question; does anybody care about the “obesity epidemic” highlighted in HBO’s Weight of the Nation documentary. By last night, I was answering nearly a dozen replies to a post that I considered to be merely a fishing expedition.  The majority of commenters were people who really did... Read more »
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Weight of the Nation: Does Anybody Care?

Weight of the Nation: Does Anybody Care?
One week after HBO premiered its documentary, Weight of the Nation, there is a dearth of commentary on this 4-part series.  Has anyone out there taken the time to watch this? I wrote about this last week.  It was my hope to engage readers in a discussion about our country’s obesity epidemic and HBO’s handling... Read more »

Weight of the Nation: Confronting America's Obesity Epidemic

Weight of the Nation: Confronting America's Obesity Epidemic
Last night I had the opportunity to watch HBO’s latest documentary The Weight of the Nation.  I highly recommend it to anyone who is concerned about our nation’s growing obesity epidemic. I don’t envy the documentarians who faced the daunting task of presenting this complex problem to the American people.  Where does one start to... Read more »

Is 2012 the Year You Rediscover Bicycling?

Is 2012 the Year You Rediscover Bicycling?
Think back. Way back.  Back to a time when the toughest decision you needed to make during any given day was which color popsicle you would eat first.  Life was as simple as hopping on your bike and pedaling from one adventure to the next. As long as I was back in time for dinner,... Read more »
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Fall Fitness: Getting To The Core

Fall Fitness: Getting To The Core
What does it really take to go from “fit” to “buff”? If you watch weekend infomercials, somewhere in the neighborhood of three easy payments of $39.95 and as little as ten minutes per day.  Just pick up the phone and call – NOW! Despite the passive-aggressive sales pitch, I’m pretty sure those buff models were... Read more »

Fall Fitness: Taking It Back Inside

Fall Fitness: Taking It Back Inside
Yesterday may very well have been the last sunny day over 60 degrees until April.  That’s a depressing thought… I must admit, I am somewhat of a fair weather cyclist.  I won’t offer any excuse other than laziness and let’s just leave it at that. Unfortunately, my pursuit of fitness doesn’t end when my beloved... Read more »

Getting Fit By Ignoring The Numbers

Getting Fit By Ignoring The Numbers
I hate metrics. I’m not talking about the metric system, that ill-fated national experiment from the 70’s that brought us two-liter soda bottles, new wrench sizes, and not much else.  I’m referring to numbers – recorded measurements of progress that are the source of endless analysis and constant comparison. Most fitness plans are metrics-driven.  Weight... Read more »
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In Defense of Bicycling...

This is a blog that I shouldn’t have to write; defending the health benefits of bicycling against a DOCTOR that is warning against it. Seriously.  A craniofacial surgeon posted a blog on Huffington Post dissuading individuals over 50 from riding bicycles.  If you don’t want to click on the link, allow me to summarize;  he... Read more »