My work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Runner’s World, and other publications. I have written four books about fitness, and I now develop sponsored content for corporate clients.
When Nick Symmonds won silver at the 2013 World Outdoor Track and Field Championships, he immediately started eyeing his next conquest: the World Indoor Championships. "As soon as I crossed that finish line, I wanted more," says Symmonds, an 800-meter specialist. "I was coming off a season where I was ranked second in the world. I hadn't been injured for five years. I had this huge burst of confidence. And I had this idea that I was invincible."
He kept hammering through workouts, despite ach...
It's almost the New Year, which means millions of people are recommitting to fitness goals. But before beginning that training group or gym membership, it's best to first check your closet. Running shoes play an important role in keeping you moving toward your goals. A bad shoe fit can be way more than a nuisance; ill-fitting shoes can leave you with aches, pains, and injuries that can sideline you for weeks. Even worse? Nagging pain can discourage you from staying active full-time, making th...
Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) has exploded in popularity, and for good reason: It develops balance, strength, and endurance, without overtaxing a particular muscle or part of the body. According to the Sports and Fitness Industry Association, participation has swelled by nearly 24 percent in the United States in the past five years. “SUP can be a serious sport and an excellent way to exercise,” says Zack Anchors, co-founder of Portland Paddle in Maine. If you’ve been curious about SUP, these tips will help you get started.
Newfoundland and Labrador, located on the northeast corner of Canada and looking out on the Atlantic Ocean toward Ireland, can feel like the end of the earth. Though it’s only a three-hour flight from Boston, it defines the word “escape.” Here are 10 spots you won’t soon forget, even if you see them only once.
During the 12 summers she spent as a camper, then counselor, in Maine’s Belgrade Lakes region, DeDe Lahman became enthralled by Wild Blueberries. “We picked them wild, ate blueberry ice cream, visited Blueberry Hill (in Rome, Maine) on days off, and just enjoyed all things Wild Blueberry,” she recalls. So when Lahman and her husband Chef Neil Kleinberg opened the Clinton St. Baking Company and Restaurant in 2001 on New York’s Lower East Side, the first muffin they made was blueberry crumble.
Kevin Hancock, chief executive of his family’s lumber company, thought things could not possibly get worse: The housing market was sputtering, hundreds of lumberyards had shut down & his company had to resort to painful cuts, hiring freezes, & layoffs at sawmills & stores. The future of Hancock Lumber, started in 1848, and the livelihoods of hundreds of workers weighed heavily. Then, he lost his voice. Today he considers the loss of his voice a positive turning point. And in the five years since, company has hit record levels of productivity & efficiency, & sales of $140 million in 2015.
Running delivers many of the same physical and mental benefits to dogs as it does to humans. It he It helps ward off obesity — a growing issue — and related health problems such as osteoarthritis and Diabetes. (Some 54 percent of dogs are overweight or obese, studies show). What's more, studies show that canines get the same “runner’s high” after intense exercise that people experience. But running with a dog isn’t as easy as lacing up and getting out the leash. These guidelines will help you establish a safe, healthy, lasting routine that boosts you both.
Running is proven to be one of the most effective, cost-efficient, and accessible weight-loss strategies. But trying to build fitness while shedding pounds is not simple or easy. Run to Lose provides everything you need to customize a unique diet and running program that works for you.
In 2013, Tim Tollefson finished the California International Marathon in 2:18:29. It was the second-fastest race of his life, but still 30 seconds shy of the Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier he’d been chasing. “I walked away disappointed, full of self-doubt, and depressed,” says Tollefson, an exercise physiologist and physical therapist based in Mammoth Lakes, California. “I was losing joy in a sport that is a huge part of who I am. I needed to reinvest in my passion for running and liberate...
Teaming up with friends to conquer 200 miles in the Reebok Ragnar Relay is an adventure you’ll savor long after you cross the finish line. Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or an occasional runner, a long distance, overnight relay is a unique physical challenge. Follow these tips from Reebok Trainer Nate Helming to get to the starting line and the finish feeling strong, fit, and ready to run your best.
Doing too much too soon is the most common cause of chronic running injuries. While the prescription for each ailment is unique, there are common mistakes runners make that often prolong recovery time, or make their injuries worse. Here are some of the common ways that runners exacerbate their injuries, and how to avoid them.
This time of year, many runners have registered for fall races, and are eager to get started, but you can’t just start from ground zero. There are a variety of steps you can take in the weeks and months before you officially start your training to ensure that you unleash your potential on race day. Here are some tips from coach and exercise physiologist Tara Whiton on how to get a smart start to your marathon training.
When Maple Hill Creamery debuted its line of 100% Grass Fed Cream on Top Yogurts in 2010, Wild Blueberries emerged as an obvious choice for the flavor lineup, along with plain, vanilla, maple, lemon, and orange creme varieties. Having enjoyed the intense flavor of Wild Blueberries fresh from the field and prepared in jams and pies, Maple Hill’s founders knew that the indigenous superfruits would perfectly fit into the company’s commitment to use real, organic ingredients—and avoid processed f...
Want to ski faster and help your gear last longer? Wax your skis and snowboard on a regular basis. “You’re enhancing performance today and preserving your investment,” says Nate Harvey, retail manager of Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center in Gorham, N.H. Wax creates a buffer between your skis and the snow, reducing friction so you can glide faster. What’s more, waxing—or “tuning,” as it’s also called—doesn’t have to be doesn’t have to be complicated. You can do it yourself in as little as 30 minutes. Here’s how.
Every day, people are reaching their get-up-or-give-up moments and resolving to change. And they're realizing that running is the simplest, cheapest, and most effective way to lose weight, gain confidence, and relieve stress. For newcomers, the obstacles are fierce. There are fears of pain and embarrassment. There are schedules jam-packed with stressful jobs, long commutes, endless meetings, and sticky-fingered toddlers. The Runner's World Big Book of Running for Beginners provides all the information neophytes need to take their first steps, as well as inspiration for staying motivated.