How Not to Die on 4th of July

Happy 4th of July everyone! What better way to celebrate our country than firing up the grill, splashing around in the pool and of course lighting off some fireworks? And, okay maybe the title of this blog is a little dramatic, but there's nothing to end a happy day faster than a trip to the emergency room on a national holiday....
Exercise Playlist

Create a Custom Exercise Playlist That Works

Make your music work for you and create a custom exercise playlist that actually helps. Music while you exercise can work for you or against you. And while running to music is far from a revolutionary idea, music can help you get more out of your workout whatever your activity. So whether you're a swimmer, a biker, a kickboxer, or an...

Tanning: The Good, The Bad and The Dangerous

  The sunny season is starting to peek around the corner. While most of us have forgotten about our long-gone tans from last summer, in the coming weeks there will be flocks of people heading outside to get some sun, and the tanning salons will be busier than ever. We hear conflicting arguments about sun and UV light exp...

Races You Would Never Agree To

On a recent Saturday, I got out of bed relatively early in the morning, got into my car, and drove thirty minutes to the north side of Albany, Oregon, a city of about fifty thousand people. I circled a parking lot for about eight minutes to find a space, pulled into the last one, and headed over to a small crowd of people stan...

The Diet Guide: Gluten-Free

  There's no doubt that you've heard the words "gluten-free" floating around lately. Whether it was from your friend who is always trying the latest diet, your cousin newly diagnosed with celiac, or on that package of yummy-looking muffins at the grocery store that always seem to cost a little extra, it seems like it's e...
Symptoms of SAD

Use Music to Beat the Winter Blues

The Winter Blues: for me, they always seem to hit hardest after the holidays. The decorations are down, the extra lights are off, and the vacation is over, but we're still in the thick of winter. The days are still short, the weather (here, anyway) is still keeping us indoors more often than not, and Spring Break seems so very f...
Bodyweight Squat Position

Winter Workouts: When You’re Stuck Inside

Between holiday travel and inclement weather, it's easy to let Winter become a slack time in our fitness regime. Outdoor pools are shut down in a lot of regions. It's darker and colder, which makes it hard to get up and get going. Even if you make it outside, it can be dangerous. Sometimes you just get stuck inside: you're trave...

Beating the Weight Loss Plateau [With Swimming]

If the words "weight loss" make you groan like an 8th grade history class getting a pop quiz, then you're not alone. This study shows that 50% of American adults wants to lose weight, but only 25% are making serious changes to try to reach that goal. I would venture to say that the percentage of those actually seeing a difference o...

Winter Workouts: Running Safely in the Dark and in the Cold

BRACE YOURSELF The day before I started writing this, the second article in our unofficial series on winter workout tips, the first snowflakes touched down here in northwestern Oregon. They made their arrival in the dark hours of the morning, and had been overpowered by the warmer rain by the time daylight came along, so all that...

Best Running Headphones Compared [2016 Edition]

Whether you run on a treadmill or like to venture out into the rain, the right headphones make a huge difference in the quality of your workout. When searching for the perfect headphones for running, there are a few things to keep in mind:     We've organized the best headphones of 2016 in the categories that m...