After all your Summer Stretches, you should be totally flexible and ready to take on Don't Fall Fall. A season of simple, easy exercises to keep you well balanced. And on your feet. So when you begin to lose your balance - you'll immediately regain it.
I guess that's one way to burn a few extra calories without taking time from our busy daytime schedules. But getting a little more sleep is a much Better Way to maintain or reduce your weight and your Body Mass Index (BMI). Really. Click and consider the evidence.
At the Summer Stretches. They're great for everything. Especially your back. Intense lower back pain got me started on my stretching career twenty years ago. A few simple stretches twice a day cured me. I've never stopped doing them. And I've never looked back. Take a look.
A one-day walking and eating tour through seventeen centuries at the border of Europe and Asia and the Middle East. See and eat the former Constantinople's greatest hits and burn more calories than you consume. A calorie-free taste of the town.
Visceral fat. The fat that deposits itself between and around your abdominal organs. Not the shallow, pinchable "subcutaneous" fat below your skin. The Deep Dangerous Fat. Let's make withdrawals, not deposits. More aerobic exercise time, less couch time.
You have to see and climb it to believe it. Dorr Mountain's East Face Trail: thousands of stairs carved into solid granite. Straight staircases. Switchback staircases. Spiral staircases. Steep ones. Slippery when wet. Build strong bones.
I know it's a holiday, but let's do the math. As I sit at my computer and write this, I'm burning about 40 calories every 30 minutes. Probably the same rate you're expending energy while you read and push your mouse or slide your finger. But now it gets more interesting ...
Make that icebergs, plural. Small ones. Too small for penguins, but otherwise it's a perfect hike. To a small glacial lake filled with miniature icebergs. And, honestly, it's hard to say if you're seeing just the tips. The water's much too cold to dive in for confirmation.
Your place. In front of the TV. While you have a nice 30-minute jog in 3 square feet. Actual aerobic exercise. No track, no field, no treadmill. Real sweat. Real calorie burn. Step on it.
90 degrees in New York. I closed my eyes, strapped on my snowshoes and transported myself to the Athabasca Glacier. Wishing I was back on the Wilcox Pass Trail. I get the shivers just thinking about the view. Which really beats getting the sweats.