PE- What's That?

You remember way back when… to elementary school… PE (i.e Physical Education) was a daily part of our childhood existence. I remember grudgingly having to participate in the Presidential Physical Fitness Challenge. Sit-ups, pull-ups, running.. it makes me want to puke just thinking about it. Where am I going with this?...more

Water...Where It Begins

Photography 101:  WaterThis is the start of the river where we push off with our kayaks.  Kayaking is one of my favorite things in the summer for relaxation AND exercise-all wrapped into one.  I was inspired to try B&W by @DebraB thank you!...more

Techniques for a positive life

Between work and life issues that never seem to stop, sometimes the walls seem to press in on me. And Justin and I have been juggling so much for the past year with new jobs, preparing to sell two houses, his new degree and professional certification, my health issues and more. Thankfully we are very committed to our relationship so that’s been a priority for us and we’re feeling strong....more

A New Leaf: When It's Time to Make Some Health/Wellness Changes

Last week, I reached my breaking point.Every once in a while, I go through a phase where I’m irritated and/or disgusted (OK, that’s dramatic) with myself and declare I need to start making some changes.I don’t mean to make excuses, but being a New York City commuter is TOUGH.  I wouldn’t trade a thing and happen to LOVE working in Manhattan, but it does make an already difficult work/life balance situation even harder....more

Coasting in the classroom

There are several people in my office who stand while they work. I admire them. Because although I know I need to stand up more in my day, I'm not yet at the point where I am ready to raise my desk. (I'd have to stop wearing heels to the office, for one thing.)...more

Exercise is Fun?

My daughter Michaela asked me the other day "Mommy, what happens if we don't exercise?". I thought about it for a second and before I could answer, she said "do we die?". Michaela has been concerned about death ever since her grandparent's dog died.No, I said, you don't die (she was relieved). If you don't exercise, you can become unhealthy."But Mommy, we don't exercise". At this point, I launched into an explanation about how they do exercise, like when they are at the park or in the back yard, running around - those things are exercise....more

Working out a workout schedule - for dads

Before my husband and I were married, we would go to the gym together. We would get home from work around the same time, change clothes and hit the gym. It was nice to work out together because we could motivate each other and still spend time together....more

Long-term study on exercise improving kids' cognitive skills

There have been quite a few short-term studies on exercise and improved cognitive skills, but these researchers wanted a long-term study that proved causation (not just association). So they went to an elementary school and recruited 220 kids between 8 and 9. (This is thought to be an important age because it's when the brain "experiences a leap" in executive function.)...more

If The Shoe Fits..

 Lately I’ve been frequenting a couple different run club Facebook Group pages, the ‘Run JunkEes Run Club' and 'Trail and Ultra Running’....more

It's 3 pm, and I can't remember what I'm supposed to be doing

For months, I've become interested in my son's memories: What will his first long-term memory be? What memories from this age will he retain?...more