I LOVE FOOD. My whole day is planned around what I get to eat at my next meal.I also clean up my diet periodically because it makes me feel stronger, stabilizes my energy and lowers inflammation in my body. I’ve learned over time how much our food system adds in sugar, additives and cheap oils. I want to cut my body some slack and take a break once in a while.
THE LAST TIME Kathie Flood was certified to lifeguard was in 1985.Thirty-plus years later, at 53, she became a lifeguard again.
FOR MUCH OF MY adult life, a pullup seemed unimportant — and unattainable. I didn’t understand why you would do one, nor did I want to do the dull daily strength work to make it happen.
I WAS REALLY focused on my technique — feet under me in a squat-like stance, standing, and then moving my ascenders up the rope — when my climbing guide, Leo Fischer, pointed out we were above the alders.
WHEN I FIRST felt the pulses from electrical muscle stimulation (EMS), I thought this workout was like doing squats while getting a massage. Sure, it was an all-over, intense electrical massage, but still, it felt pleasant.
I PAY CLOSE attention to what I am feeling in my body, whether it’s pain, intensity or minor tweaks. What I don’t do nearly often enough is notice areas where I don’t feel anything.
BEFORE HOOPNOTICA, I did not know how many ways you could hoop.I had hooped once before at a beginner class, but it had been a while, and I wanted to know what else was possible.
WHEN COACH LUCY DOUGALL asked the class to write down our gymnastics goals, I was at a loss.“Do what they’re doing?” I thought to myself, as I watched girls in sparkly leotards flip and tumble on a trampoline and work on the uneven bars.
I HAVE TAKEN more beginner lessons than I care to count, and yet there I was, realizing yet again a fundamental rule when taking up a new sport: Find help.
AS I BALANCED on one foot, tossing a 6-pound medicine ball back and forth with my partner and physical therapist, Laura, I realized the challenge ahead — staying upright.