Category Archives: Fitness

Pilates stretches me to my meager limits

I don’t like going to my Pilates classes. Flexibility isn’t my thing. Never has been. When I was a first-grader at Our Lady of Lourdes, Sister Philomena saw fit to call me “grandpa” because I couldn’t bounce around like a … Continue reading

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With dieting, good genes may beat self-discipline

When it comes to weight control, I am feeling more humble these days. I used to think I was a paragon of self-control, but maybe I was just fortunate to inherit my father’s good genes. As I wrote in Monday’s … Continue reading

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For many dieters, biology is destiny

Here’s some discouraging news from the New York Times: for many dieters, regaining lost weight is a common fate. A recent story looked at a follow-up study of contestants who had participated in the 2009 season of “The Biggest Loser.” … Continue reading

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With sports injuries, hope beats despair

My early Christmas present is the gift of hope. I won’t knock it. Hope is better than despair at my age. I’m hearing too many stories about disabling pain and incurable illnesses. I should be grateful for an ache and … Continue reading

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Sculling mishap takes an ominous turn

When my single scull capsized and I was thrown into Lake Natoma Saturday morning, I felt a split-second of relief. The splash of cold water felt good on my sweaty body. I had feared going over from the moment I … Continue reading

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