People who've never worked out before often assume that the sole reason for stepping foot into a gym is to "lose weight" or change body composition. While those might be benefits for some (assuming they're also getting enough sleep and eating well) I would argue that the first priority for most people who are new to fitness is to learn how to move. Good movement is the foundation for increasing workload because you'll be able to work harder and longer over time by avoiding injury. Sure, you can walk into the gym today and make yourself sweat, but if you're not also learning how to move … [Read more...] about The Most Important Move You’re Not Doing: The Hinge
"Why do you work so hard when you don't have to?" A child asked me that question recently, curious about why my own strength training sessions are relatively intense compared to the general population. "I like the feeling of being strong," I said. "But you're already strong," she said. "And how did I get this way?" At this point I thought I had her. Surely the logic of a 40-year-old man would trump that of an 11-year old's. "But you keep doing more and more. You don't need to do that, do you?" It was a fair point. She's right. I have certain numbers in my head that I'm … [Read more...] about A Child Asks: Why Get Stronger?
Looking for a great way to get out of the office, get some exercise, and meet new people on your lunch break? Join us each Wednesday this summer for Downtown Walking Wednesdays! These fun, self-guided walks feature a different downtown route each week, taking you past a variety of landmarks and parts of our city while introducing you to other downtown workers who like to walk. Start your walk at one of two locations: Courthouse Square or RiverScape MetroPark. … [Read more...] about Downtown Walking Wednesdays
Learn more about Dayton Regional Rowing, the nation’s only Community Olympic Development Program for the sport, at this inaugural event. A new event, Try Rowing Olympic Day, will be held from 10 am to 4 pm Saturday, June 25, at Eastwood MetroPark Lake, 1401 Harshman Road. The event marks the first time Five Rivers MetroParks has participated in the national Olympic Day. After a brief lesson about rowing, safety and boats used, participants will join experienced rowers and give the sport a try on the lake. On land, participants also can practice rowing on ergometers and learn about the … [Read more...] about Meet Olympians, Try Rowing on June 25
If strength is in numbers, then bocce ball is alive and well in Dayton, Ohio. You may remember we did a story on the Sons of Italy, Bella Villa Hall's men's bocce league. Well move over fellas, it is the ladies' turn! Thursday's in the summer, the bocce courts are ruled by the women. Now, let's get rollin'.... HERE'S THE SKINNY ON THE WOMEN OF DAYTON BOCCE BALL: --- You have to be a member of the Italian club, John Pirelli Lodge (click here to join) to be in the leagues. That means you or your spouse must have some type of Italian lineage in your genealogy. … [Read more...] about The Dayton Women of Bocce Ball
The Dayton Rotary Club will host the Second Annual Dayton Rotary Ride on Saturday, June 11. Anyone is welcome to join Rotary on their ride. They’ll be riding from the Xenia Station bike hub in Xenia, heading out into Greene and Clinton Counties. There are three excellent rides mapped out for you: A 7 mile route to allow kids and newer riders the opportunity to participate. You’ll ride the great bike trails that cross through Xenia Station. A 50k for those with picnics, family gatherings, or those on their first bicycle tour. This route is largely flat to rolling, and takes you … [Read more...] about Ride With Rotary!
False dichotomy is one of those nickel phrases college freshmen toss around to sound smart. I know I've used it before exactly for that purpose (along with paradigm. Paradigm's a good one for that first Thanksgiving visit home from college). But just because the phrase is trite at this point doesn't make it entirely without merit. I can think of no other example than the false dichotomy between yoga and strength training. I've talked to yoga people who have a warped view of what strength training is, and it tracks with the popular view of why one would chalk up one's hands and attempt … [Read more...] about The False Choice Between Yoga and Strength Training
When I trained in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. there was a notable absence of family obligations for many of my clients. These coastal cities tend to be more transient* than a place like Dayton, Ohio, so to the extent that people had social obligations, they were more likely to involve friends and coworkers than family. Here in Dayton many of us are surrounded by sometimes several rings of extended family, so it's not uncommon for a weekend to be consumed by a cousin's wedding or a childhood neighbor's graduation party. I've noticed in recent weeks my own struggle to … [Read more...] about Family Obligations and Fitness
Your friend has never been particularly fit nor particularly interested in nutrition. Maybe she was your old college roommate, and you have distinct memories of late nights, bad decisions, and otherworldly alcohol consumption. But something has gotten into her lately. Maybe she started going to that new yoga studio down the street. Or she hired a personal trainer. Or she started running and has fallen in love with piling up miles. She's not obnoxious about her healthy pursuits. She still talks about literature and movies and books and the occasional reality TV show. It's just, now when … [Read more...] about Judge Not Your Friend Who’s Now Fit
There's a group of people who pride themselves in the frantic nature of their days. When they're in a meeting at work they're also checking their email; when they're checking their email they're also walking to their next appointments, precariously navigating the work hallway or the streets outside; and when they're driving to their next meeting, they're clocking 45 miles per hour on Interstate 75 because they're reading responses to the email they sent during their previous meeting; and on their way home they're tapping out responses to those emails while swinging through the fast food drive … [Read more...] about Are you busy or disorganized?