Category: fitness

  • Endurance

    My friend Sally, a retired nurse practitioner, examined my sprained ankle today. She predicts it may take three months for it to heal. Yikes! I am impatient. However, I have no broken bones. And, my problem is minor. My problem is minor compared to the problems faced by the people in Ukraine, Turkey and Syria,…

  • My brain dried up?

    It’s summer in Dallas. It’s hot. Maybe that’s why I’m a bit lethargic and my brain is a bit foggy. At least, my brain hasn’t dried up completely?! Cervantes writes about Don Quixote: “Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.” –Joy

  • Keep walking

    “I have walked myself into my best thoughts and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it,” Kierkegaard once said. “But, by sitting still, and the more one sits still, the closer one comes to feeling ill.”

  • Strength from the morning

    “Take the breath of the new dawn and make it part of you. It will give you strength.” That’s a quote from the Hopi. I always fill better—stronger—after my early morning walk—especially in the summer when the morning air is still fresh and cool—and I know the heavy heat will blanket the air later in…

  • Fire for the mind

    I miss Ruth Bader Ginsberg, but her wisdom continues to inspire me. (And, my friend Susie recently gave me an RBG mask. It has a lace “collar” across the top!) Here’s another RBG quote I found recently. “A house is no home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as for…

  • Keep walking!

    I’ve been traveling a bunch—which has interfered with my daily walks. But, I’m walking again—every morning. I recently read an article about Kenneth Cooper, age 87, the Father of Aerobics, in The Dallas Morning News. “You don’t stop exercising when you get old,” Cooper says. “You get old when you stop exercising.” –Joy

  • How to succeed in dieting

    Researchers at the National Weight Control Registry conclude that “it’s unlikely that the people they study are somehow genetically endowed or blessed with a personality that makes weight loss easy for them.” The registry includes 10,000 people who have lost at least 30 pounds and kept it off for at least a year. What’s fascinating…

  • A diet that works for some people

    Rena Wing, a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University, has run the National Weight Control Registry for 23 years. The registry includes more than 10,000 people from across the country. All of them have lost at least 30 pounds and maintained that weight loss for at least a year. What’s interesting is…

  • It’s biology, not willpower

    More than 70 percent of American adults are overweight. That’s 155 million Americans. And, about 40 percent of them are clinically obese. Worldwide, 2.2 billion people are overweight. Depressing? Yes, but studies by Kevin Hall, a scientist at the National Institute of Health, and other researchers are showing that it is “biology, not simply a…

  • Keep walking!

    Gaynelle, my friend and neighbor, her dog, Cara, my dog, Ginger, and I have been walking two miles every morning for more than a year now. We talk and walk, and it’s a fun way to start the day. This morning we congratulated ourselves. According to an article in the January 10, 2017, issue of…