Take one long walk in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and you'll know why it's always high on the lists of most livable cities. Mile after mile of beautiful, accessible waterfront. Mountain views all around. A huge, forest-like park at the end of town. And good eating all across town.
The 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Mondays of each month bring you new Ways to shake your thang, increase your flexibility, balance and strength, respectively. So what happens when the month has a 5th Monday? We find compelling reasons to keep exercising. Like the good twin. No excuses now.
When you're there, try some or all of this 16-mile trail. Burn 2,000 calories in 8 hours. A great Way to get to know a place and to eat well - the two things I want to do whenever I travel anywhere.
Good news: all you need is frequent exercise to maintain muscle strength and mass. At any age. Like all fourth-Mondays-of-the-month this year, today comes with a simple, one-minute Way to increase your strength. This month: your upper back.
First time I hiked up above Moraine Lake I was a college kid. It was the summer of 1969 or '70. My first mountain hiking. My first glacier viewing. Cool. No training or preparation. Just hit the trail. Now I wondered how the old bones would feel on the same old trail to a a very cool and profoundly beautiful place.
A 2-minute exercise to strengthen the muscles you use to stay on your feet. This one'll strengthen and tone your outer thighs, too. Your abductor muscles. Mission-critical muscles for slippery winter weather and this summer's beach look.
If you live on or near the East Coast of the United States, you're probably not far from the historic Appalachian Trail. From Georgia to Maine, this 2050-mile National Scenic Trail winds along the backbone of the Appalachian Mountain Range. Here in western Massachusetts, they call their section of the range The Berkshires.
Let's start the week loose. Comfortable. Flexible. Because flexible muscles make everything easier and less tiring. Today's Way'll relax and stretch your calves. Make them feel and function better.
Take a 3, 4 or 5-mile walk through The Rose Garden and The Edible Garden at the New York Botanical Garden. Or through a botanical garden near you. Burn a few ice cream cones worth of calories.
Like all first-Mondays-of-the-month, today comes with a simple, gentle one-minute Way to improve your health. Get up! C'mon, you can read standing up. By the time you finish reading this Way, you'll probably finish today's healthy better-posture exercise.