As someone who has taught fitness classes since I was 25 (and I’m now 59), I wished an older, wiser athlete had taken me aside when I was 30 and given me the fitness advice that I am slowly learning and would like to tell the young’uns today. Read the full story
As someone who has taught fitness classes since I was 25 (and I’m now 59), I wished an older, wiser athlete had taken me aside when I was 30 and given me the fitness advice that I am slowly learning and would like to tell the young’uns today.
One of the not-so-wonderful things that can happen to us as we age (face it, there is a long list) is brittle bones or weakening of the bones. This is called osteoporosis.
Happy Father’s Day to all our dads out there. What would we do without our dads? Who would we borrow money from, or get to fix that running toilet?
If you are a fitness class junkie, you have probably already seen how the trend toward pre-choreographed classes has really grown over the last 20 years. (Choreographed, that is, by someone other than yourself.)
If you are already fitness-minded, you probably know there are several different ways to monitor your heart rate (HR, ie., the number of times your heart beats per minute) during your fitness activity of choice.
My fitness column today has nothing to do with physical fitness, but with mental fitness. It is based on observations from 30-plus years in the fitness industry.
The other day, I was shopping at a local grocery store when I saw a man with the biggest protruding belly I had ever seen. His arms, legs and the rest of his body looked normal-sized for his height, but his belly protruded out as far as a full-term mom carrying six babies.
Everyone has a little bit of a He-Man or a She-Ra in them: someone who is strong, fierce, ready to get down and dirty in order to cross the finish line.
In my opinion our society places way too much emphasis on how many years we have been in the world. Yes the truth is we all have years in the rearview mirror, some few and some many. But instead of focusing on the amount of years that have passed, we should be focusing on the now and beyond years.
I recently had an “aha!” moment. At the end of December, I took two weeks off from teaching my classes (eight a week), mostly to give my older-than-57 knees a little break. I was still working out, but not as much and not at the level I am used to.
Tiffany Thompson is a fitness instructor at the YMCA’s Oxford location. The Oxford native joined the Y in 2003 after being invited to a fitness class by a friend.
Maybe lately you have been thinking back over 2015 and trying to figure out where it went. I’m not sure I can answer that, but I know it is almost gone, and now we have to look forward and try to do our very best to get healthy and make health and wellness a priority in 2016.