Fit for Life

How to Stay Healthy, Flexible and Strong  by Aimee Hughes “When thinking about the best forms of exercise as we enter midlife and beyond, we should first clarify some myths and preconceptions,” says Michael Spitzer of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, biochemist, fitness expert and author of Fitness at 40, 50, 60 and Beyond. “In our society, there’s a mindset that once ... Read More »

Fitness 2017

New Year’s Resolutions that Stick by Aimee Hughes Every January, we rally our hopes, vowing that this time our New Year’s resolutions will finally stick. However, “If you don’t have a plan, plan to fail,” says Kansas City, Missouri, personal trainer Jake Albracht. We can make our health and fitness goals for 2017 a reality instead of just wishful thinking. ... Read More »

Fetch, Stretch, Dance

Make Your Dog an Exercise Buddy by Sandra Murphy Man and woman’s best four-legged friend can activate and energize even the most reluctant couch potato or exhausted owner, making the family dog an excellent exercise buddy. Regardless of how lax we may be, everyone feels better after some kind of workout. A study published in the journal Environmental Science & ... Read More »

The Power of Numbers: Group Fitness

When going to the doctor for a yearly checkup, being told to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day is pretty standard advice. When told to do so, the image of endless rows of treadmills at the gym often comes to mind. However, taking fitness from a personal requirement to a group interest proves extreme benefits. Group fitness, whether ... Read More »

The Surface You Choose to Run On Matters

by Rachel Feidelman As summer finally comes to a close, and the unbearable heat becomes a thing of the past, getting cardio in outside of the gym is increasingly appealing. Exercising outdoors often leads people to expend more energy on their workout but feel as though it was less strenuous, in addition to improving overall mood. However, whether you are ... Read More »

A Taste of Tai Chi

POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN FORECAST We are sorry to say that this event on October 8  has been postponed because of the impending rain. Please check back next week for a NEW DATE! Join your neighbors and friends for a free class (or two) in Tai Chi with well-known local teacher, Joanne Chang, at Fairview Park, in Silver Spring. The ... Read More »

Aerial Alchemy

by Nahla Tebcherany and Jessica Snow During an asana in your favorite yoga class, have you ever wondered how much deeper you could go, if your feet could stack differently, or your hips could open more gracefully, or even your shoulders reach back more freely? Gravity plays such a big role in our asana practice, but when our body structure ... Read More »

Free Classes in Doonya, Bollywood-Inspired Dance

Take an hour of your morning on September 17 and  25 to get inspiration from the wonderful and exuberant dance of India. These free classes will be offered from 11 a.m. to noon at the Elm Street Park, in downtown Bethesda. Doonya is an opportunity to celebrate the body as you get your daily cardio. The energy and expressions of ... Read More »

Just Walk

30 Minutes a Day Boosts Well-Being by Randy Kambic Even mainstream media have picked up on the many physical and mental benefits of walking, including weight loss, reduced stress, increased energy and better sleep, and that’s only the beginning. These additional compelling effects may well catalyze us to consistently step out for a daily walk, understanding that cumulative steps count, ... Read More »

Qigong for Veterans: Why Do They Love Getting High

Todd Nichols has actively shared qigong and power breathing at veteran facilities for five years with outstanding results. Anger and alcoholism are the norm for veterans and Nichols is breaking through by getting them high naturally. Additionally, Nichols shares qigong at several drug rehab centers and even with baker acted patients, which refers to military patients who deny treatment and ... Read More »