There's the lightness of good health and peace of mind. And there's the lightness that's, well, the opposite of heaviness. The one that's about your healthy weight. Let's shed some light on the relative benefits of walking, jogging and running.
Now here's some good news for everyone over 30. All you need is some frequent exercise to maintain muscle strength. At any age. Maintain higher functional capacity and quality of life with a little exercise. So 10-pound grocery bags don't feel like 20-pounders.
If you're in Italy this weekend, you get to celebrate Cantina Aperta. Translation: the wineries are open, come party. Sadly, nothing like that here in the States. So I made up a day-long Walking & Drinking Extravaganza in Napa, CA. Good for any day.
Get loose. Comfortable. Flexible. This is one big stretch. Stretches everything. Your hips. Your hamstrings and calves. Your shoulders and chest. It'll improve your flexibility everywhere.
Time to head to the beach. Eat your way through Miami and burn more calories than you consume. Here's an all-day culinary tour that leaves you with a serious calorie deficit. And a big Vitamin D boost.
A 3-minute exercise to strengthen and train the muscles you use to stay on your feet. A dynamic balance exercise. It's not as goofy or easy as it looks. A little like tightrope-walking. No rope, no net. You can do it right on the floor.
More than 100 miles of walking and biking trails. Along Lake Michigan on the east side, the Milwaukee River on the west. Two to three hours in the morning; two to three more in the afternoon. In between tasting stops. Burn 1,500 calories along the Way.
Even if you exercise vigorously for an hour daily, too much sitting the rest of the day significantly increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity. So when you're in front of your TV or computer, do this for a minute, every hour or two.
Chilaquiles for breakfast at the century-old Cafe Tacuba. Six or seven hours of sightseeing. A big, long, slow, late lunch at the even older Bar Alfonso. A siesta. A one-mile stroll around the 16th-century Zocalo, the city's central square. And time to contemplate dinner.
That's Sanskrit for the good old Reverse Plank exercise. Actually, Reverse Plank's probably Modern Gym Class for this age-old yoga pose. That's great for maintaining muscle strength when you start to approach old age. Stronger arm, back and core muscles.