John Wooden, the acclaimed UCLA basketball coach who won 10 NCAA championships in a 12-year span, used to start each season by teaching his players the right way to put on their socks and shoes. Now, you’d think that young men would know how to do this by the time they got to college, but the point was actually to drive home a very important fact: Executing the fundamentals makes finding success in all things a lot easier.
My husband and I recently undertook a barn renovation, or a “barnovation,” as we’ve taken to calling it. What was, quite literally, a horse barn – manure and all – was renovated into a 900-square foot live-work studio. While we paid contractors to run the electrical and plumbing, frame and drywall the interior, and lay the first coat of paint, all the finishing work was up to us. And, if you’ve ever walked around on unfinished concrete – oh, the dust – you know that finishing the floors was one of our first items of business.
The last three years have resulted in significant downsizing for my husband and me. We started in a 1,260-square-foot house with significant storage space, a storage shed, an attic, a utility room, and an additional 750-square-foot garage. We then downsized to 1,100 square feet with lots of closet space, and access to a garage and shed for additional storage. We are now moving into a 900-square-foot barn renovation with no closet space, no garage, and no cabinets (yet).
The holidays are always filled with fun, family, and food. However, just because every event comes paired with a decadent seasonal treat, you don’t need to fill your plate with pie, cake, and cookies.
It also doesn’t mean you need to teetotal sweets entirely. Believe it or not, there is a happy medium, and if you show up with some healthy and delicious treats in-hand, you won’t be labeled the “weird holiday dieter.”
Check out a few easy ways to enjoy the holiday season and still avoid holiday weight gain.
Easy Sweet Treat Alternatives That Are Healthy
Boxing is one of those fitness trends that’s almost always in the periphery – never completely fading out of sight, but never taking the world by storm (à la Zumba). And while Billy Blanks helped introduce the world to a more aerobics-friendly version of kickboxing when he developed Tae Bo in the ’90s, cardio kickboxing’s harder, tougher cousin – boxing – remained mostly out of sight.
I’m a long-time sufferer of chronic and acute back pain. The first time I experienced pain was as a 20-year-old college student – I was lifting weights, and an inconsiderate gym-goer bumped into me as I was lifting a barbell over my head. I had to move awkwardly to maintain my balance, and just like that, my back tweaked.
For a long time my pain was relatively low – it was there, but it was never serious enough to seek treatment. Plus I was in good shape, which made the pain more manageable.
Trampolines aren’t just for kids. The repetitive bouncing motion of trampolining actually has many health benefits that make it appropriate for people of all ages and almost all health statuses.
The trick to getting the most out of a trampoline is choosing – and using – a trampoline that’s most appropriate for your needs and living situation. Consider the health benefits of trampolining as well as your goals, budget, and space to find (and get inspired to use) the right one.
Trampolining for Health
Rowing machines, like almost all fitness machines, have developed over time, taking their place in the inevitable cycle of fitness trends. As machinery improves and “new” ways to exercise are introduced, long-standing forms of fitness are brought back into (and out of) view.
Rowing machines are currently on an upswing, drawing in consumers and professionals alike. The idea is simple: An individual or a group of participants each mount their own rowing machine, then sweat through a 30- to 60-minute workout designed to mimic the benefits of true water-based rowing.
If you’re a back pain sufferer, you know exactly how costly your pain can be. Beyond the missed work days, doctors visits, and the expense of ongoing care and treatment, back pain can stop your life in its tracks. Try taking a walk, sitting at a desk, laughing, or even carrying on a conversation during an acute bout of back pain – it can feel almost impossible.
If you’re a chronic pain sufferer, you know your pain never leaves you – you consider your movements every time you stand up or sit down, while you sleep, and when choosing which activities to engage in.
According to a 2007 survey by the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), more than 265 million people worldwide actively compete in soccer each year, solidifying the sport’s position as the most popular sport in the world. But even if you’re not part of the global 4% who partake in the sport, you can still enjoy a good workout using nothing but a soccer ball. Pick up a standard-sized soccer ball for about $20 from any sporting goods store and get to work in your own backyard.