Stories about exercise


To stay fit during the holidays, bend but don’t break workout routines

By Dorene Internicola, Reuters on Dec. 10, 2012, at 9:33 a.m.
NEW YORK — Sticking to a fitness routine is not always easy, but holiday feasting, drinking and family can make it even harder. ‘Tis the season, experts say, to bend your fitness routine so it does not break. “Consider the holidays a time to maintain fitness, not a time to …

Fitness gifts from DVDs to a $4,000 treadmill

By Dorene Internicola, Reuters on Dec. 03, 2012, at 9:15 a.m.
NEW YORK — Looking for the perfect holiday present for a fitness fan? Gift offerings this year range from apps that can store a run in the country to be viewed later to gadgets so sophisticated they measure quality of sleep as well as calories burned. There is also the …

Skinny jeans workout: Tips for a bodacious lower body

By Editors, Women's Health magazine (MCT) on Nov. 19, 2012, at 10:52 a.m.
Slim and tone your lower body and wear your skinny jeans with confidence! It’s the region most of us love to hate — our hips, thighs, and backsides. For a lower body you’ll love, you need to do two things: burn fat, and lift and firm your tush. Women’s Health …

What’s the best time of day to exercise?

By Josef Brandenburg, McClatchy-Tribune on Oct. 26, 2012, at 9:06 a.m.
“Josef, what is the best time of day to exercise?” is one of the top 20 most frequently asked questions I get at parties. The real answer to this question occurs on two levels: practicality and physiology. Practicality is about what you can do – do today, do tomorrow and …

P90X: The fitness program behind Paul Ryan’s abs

By Matt Townsend, Bloomberg News on Sept. 02, 2012, at 9:42 a.m.
NEW YORK — Paul Ryan’s abs have helped sell a bunch of P90X workout DVDs. Yet while orders of Beachbody’s exercise program doubled in the week after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney chose him as his running mate, the company isn’t counting on the Ryan bounce to last. “I don’t …

Exercisers more likely to survive cardiac arrest, study finds

By Allison Connolly, Bloomberg News on Aug. 27, 2012, at 9:01 a.m.
People whose hearts stop functioning during or shortly after exercising are three times more likely to survive than those who have cardiac arrest unrelated to working out, researchers said. The Amsterdam Resuscitation Study looked at 2,517 cardiac- arrest cases in the Dutch capital’s greater metropolitan area over a three-year period. …
From left, SweatHawg ($20), a moisture-absorbing bike helment created by Oregon cyclist John Rahm, and ViewSPORT shirts ($25 and up) that display hidden messages when you soak through them.

What the cool people are wearing

By Vicky Hallett, The Washington Post on Aug. 16, 2012, at 8:01 a.m.
Thomas Alva Edison never donned an Under Armour HeatGear fitted short-sleeve crew. But the inventor, who famously said, “Genius is 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration,” might as well have been talking about the Baltimore brand that started 16 years ago because founder Kevin Plank was sick of sweaty tees. …

Couch to 5K: The popular workout that’s cheap, easy and totally inspiring

By Andrea Pyros, on Aug. 02, 2012, at 9:12 a.m.
Noticed a huge surge of fitness updates on Facebook? I have. First, it was a few of my friends, and then suddenly everyone was posting news about runs, races and miles covered. The reason? They’d inspired one another to try the popular Couch to 5K program. Even Jimmy Fallon has …
A Zumba class in suburban Washington draws a crowd.

Overdo it at Zumba? You’re not alone

By Monica Hesse, The Washington Post on Dec. 09, 2011, at 4:42 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The patient was a healthy young woman who came into a Washington area emergency room this year because of severe heel pain, which turned out to be a potentially serious injury known as “compartment syndrome.” The syndrome is typically caused by high-impact accidents, like something involving a motor …

Marathons, triathlons can damage heart, study finds

By Marthe Fourcade, Bloomberg News on Dec. 07, 2011, at 4:40 p.m.
Marathon runners and others engaging in extreme endurance exercise may temporarily damage the right ventricle of their hearts, researchers found. The impact on the ventricle, one of the four chambers involved in pumping blood around the body, was reversed after a week in most of the 40 athletes who took …
From left, Alyssa Adams, Reina Offutt Pratt and Mary Farber demonstrate ballet moves used in a barre fitness class at Potomac Pilates in Potomac, Md. Adams is doing a plie, which tones calves, and the resistance band around her ankles works the outer thighs. Pratt is modifying the teaser Pilates move by holding the barre. Farber’s tendu position strengthens the leg and builds flexibility.

Ballet is the new jazzercise

By Vicky Hallett, The Washington Post on Nov. 10, 2011, at 6:20 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Ever heard the one about the woman who walks into a barre? If not, that’s about to change as fitness programs nationwide make room for ballet-inspired exercise classes. That doesn’t mean it’s time to dust off your old tutu. These lessons aren’t designed to land you a starring …

‘A Running Start’ favorite run: Eagle Lake in Acadia National Park

on Nov. 03, 2011, at 12:38 p.m.
Louie Luchini, an 11-time All-American at Stanford and former professional runner for Nike in Oregon, has had run in exotic places across America and around the world. Luchini, an Ellsworth High graduate, still lists Eagle Lake and the connected carriage trails in Acadia National Park as his favorite spot to …

How to exercise in style, without working up a sweat

By Carolyn Butler, Special to The Washington Post on Aug. 31, 2011, at 5:35 a.m.
Until recently, my favorite workout wear consisted of a ratty U.S. Open T-shirt from 1993 (the year I graduated from high school) and a pair of worn, cut-off cotton bicycle shorts from roughly the same era. I am flinching just describing this ensemble in type, but it never really bothered …

Combating youth obesity begins in the backyard and at the dinner table

By Kevin DiDonato on May 16, 2011, at 11:19 a.m.
Becoming a personal trainer and fitness enthusiast has helped me help others of all ages to develop more active lifestyles to support good health. My interest in working with young people has grown out of my experience with the Youth Obesity Collaborative and Intensive Weight Loss clinic in Ellsworth. Seeing …
Aging in Maine

So, what’s next in your activity plan?

By Bethany Lawrence. Aging Excellence on Feb. 26, 2011, at 4:03 p.m.
We live in an aging world.  With a U.S. life expectancy of 77.9 years and medical costs steadily increasing, it has become more important than ever to plan for a healthy future. It is an opportune time to consider new definitions of “healthy aging,” including rethinking what older adults do …
Eat This

A few easy ways to cut sodium out of your diet

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Feb. 07, 2011, at 6:59 p.m.
The long-awaited 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans has finally arrived — only 13 months late. I’ve read and reread the recommendations and, for the life of me, I can’t figure out what took so long for these revisions to come forward. There isn’t any significant change from the 2005 Dietary …

Tips to stay safe on the slopes

By Mark Shea on Feb. 07, 2011, at 6:46 p.m.
It’s a question I hear fairly regularly: Are skiing and snowboarding really safe? The answer is yes. In fact, these exciting winter activities are safer than you might think, and there are several steps you can take to make your next trip to the slopes as safe as possible. Skiing …
Breast cancer survivor Jeff Bennett of Bangor (second row left), helped to organize a fundraiser Saturday at the Bangor Mall to benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Bennett, who was diagnosed with cancer seven years ago, did three spin classes at center court and during a break said "cancer doesn't have to control your life." Several local celebrities, including WABI meteorologist Todd Simcox (back row left), participated.

Cyclists put mettle to the pedal for cancer fund

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 29, 2011, at 5:40 p.m.
BANGOR | There are three reasons that about 75 local residents got onto stationary bikes in the center of the Bangor Mall on Saturday: to raise awareness of cancer, to raise funds to fight the deadly disease, and to promote health and wellness, organizers said. Among the pack of …

DNA diet: science or fad?

By Georgia Clark-Albert on Jan. 17, 2011, at 4:57 p.m.
Using DNA to decide what type of a diet you should follow — it sounds like something you would hear about on “CSI.” Low-carb, no-carb, counting points, counting calories — that is so old-school. The 21st century answer to all of your dieting woes may just be in your genes. …
Gerry Wright is measured by Susan Nile as he was going through the process of signing up for the Biggest Winner weight loss competition at the Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield Friday.  Wright, 76, is the choral director and piano teacher at the school entered because he is hoping to loose 50 lbs.  "This probably means I have to give up everything I like." he said.  About 60 people registered for the competition that is originated at MCI, but is open to the public community.

Pittsfield’s Biggest Winner contest kicks off

By Christopher Cousins on Jan. 14, 2011, at 10:02 p.m.
Bodies of many shapes and sizes belonging to people with a range of motivations gathered Friday to begin the four-month Pittsfield’s Biggest Winner competition. Between now and April 15, the 60 or so participants will change their diets, exercise and coax each other along to see who …