Active Living

Let’s Talk About Habits


I gave a talk called “Becoming a Wellness Detective,” on Monday at the Whole Foods Market in Centerville. The idea behind the lecture was to help people figure out why they do what they do, replace bad habits with good ones, and provide a sustainable framework for replicating the process. The impetus behind me focusing so much on habits was unquestionably Charles Duhigg’s “The Power of Habit,” in which he describes something he calls the habit loop: the cue (the thing, person, place, smell, or memory that prompts us to want to do something); the ritual (the action we take, like eating … [Read more...]

The Great Outdoors!


There is something for everyone at this event, and it is one of the largest festivals celebrating the outdoor lifestyle in the Midwest. Over 15,000 people attended last year, let's break that record for 2015! Extra bonus: admission and parking are free, so you have nothing to lose!

Glen Helen Adventures Await!


Daytonians this is the first official weekend of the fall season! One of the most spectacular times of the year in Ohio, you definitely want to get outside and be active while enjoying nature's art. This Saturday, September 26 holds some great opportunities to experience the season. Take a journey to The Glen Helen Nature Preserve for three different hikes all throughout the day. Lace up your hiking boots and get ready for an action packed Saturday!

Five People in Fitness You Ought to be Reading


When I say “fitness writing” to you, what usually comes to mind? For many people it’s the glossy magazines in the grocery checkout featuring sexy abs, impossible tiny bikini bottoms, and provocative poses. I’ll let you in on a little secret. The smartest, strongest people I know in the fitness game hardly ever read those magazines. That’s not to belittle the glossies or dismiss their function: I'll grab the ten sexy tips men's magazine for a long flight just like anyone else. But The general point is that busy people with complicated jobs or lives don’t have time to seek out a broader range … [Read more...]

2nd Annual Twisted Pretzel Tour


The Twisted Pretzel Tour is a mass-start timed event through the beautiful Germantown countryside. The routes (8, 19, or 38 miles) are flat to gently rolling with the longer routes traveling over the scenic Germantown dam (and down, not up, the dam hill).

Dayton’s First Mass Meditation!


I recently saw a Twitter post about a mass meditation happening in New York City, at Central Park. I thought it was such a neat idea, I re-tweeted with the quote: "This would be cool for Dayton to do!" Other Dayton residents thought it was a great idea too. Social media butterfly, Kayla Bradstreet, sent me a private message and encouraged me to organize this event. Knowing the fall equinox was coming up, it felt like a perfect time for such an event. That's how the ball started rolling, and in the process we were introduced to the Natural Path Meditation Center in Beavercreek. Bryan … [Read more...]

It’s PARK(ing) Day


In cities around the globe today, artists, activists and citizens will temporarily transform metered parking spaces into public parks and other social spaces, as part of an annual event called "PARK(ing) Day." Originally invented in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, PARK(ing) Day challenges people to rethink the way streets are used and reinforces the need for broad-based changes to urban infrastructure. “In urban centers around the world, inexpensive curbside parking results in increased traffic, wasted fuel and more pollution,” says Rebar’s Matthew Passmore. “The … [Read more...]

Fall Activity Season Kicks Off!


Daytonians, the upcoming weekend holds some very interesting active events! With the official start of fall next Wednesday, September 23, this is prime time for outdoor activity, cool crisp weather, and beautiful scenery around the greater Dayton area. Kick off the season a little early this weekend with a buddy walk at Fifth Third Field, family farm chores, and a bug hike. Very interesting activities, and a perfect opportunity to try something new in your active life!   Saturday, September 19, the place to be is Fifth Third Field for The National Down Syndrome Society Buddy … [Read more...]

Fitness and Health in Dayton: An Assessment


From a fitness perspective, one would strain to come up with a region better suited to living an active lifestyle. The wide open spaces, hikes, trails, top-notch strength and conditioning facilities, yoga teachers, and affordable YMCA options are diverse and distributed conveniently. The culture in Dayton also seems conducive to lifelong fitness. The slower pace, the emphasis on family—strong and deep social ties can be instrumental to maintaining a healthy lifestyle—and the shorter work days for many people are all assets to be celebrated, as long as we remember always that not everyone can share equally in these attributes.

Sports Galore This Weekend!


Daytonians this weekend is full of sports oriented events! Saturday is a big day for active life this weekend. On tap is a 5/10K run/walk to benefit people with disabilities, a free youth rowing seminar, and a tennis mixer open to everyone. Great variety of activities, definitely something for everyone!   The Abilities Dash 5/10K run/walk will be held on Saturday, September 12 at Eastwood MetroPark. The event supports children and adults with developmental disabilities. Registration is from 7:45 am until 8:45 am, the cost ranges from $20-$25. The event will officially begin at … [Read more...]