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    Hot and heavy

    Hot and heavy

    Two stories collided last week.   First, it was very, very warm, so that the heat map of the United States turned a radiant, stop-sign red—the color of Irish skin after the first day of a beach vacation. So hot, in fact, that the National Park Service had to nag people to stop frying eggs...
    Everyday life and death

    Everyday life and death

    You know how this goes. A bunch of olds get together and go on regular bike rides. Some are 90. Some are disabled. They click off 25 miles and adjourn to the bar, or have a nice salad over lunch. You don’t care and why should you.   Except that the difference between doing this...
    Monitoring fitness monitors: the heart of the matter

    Monitoring fitness monitors: the heart of the matter

    In exercise, the flesh can be weak and the spirit too willing.   You know the stories: someone your age pushed too hard and then keeled over. (In fact, this happens at all ages, but you pay more attention when the deceased is someone your age.) The more often you hear the stories, the more...
    Going on a beer run: the debate continues

    Going on a beer run: the debate continues

    The debate over the health impact of booze, and beer in particular, flows on.   On one hand, as we’ve noted before, there are multiple risks and benefits associated with alcohol. And “a woman might find the risks and benefits shift over time, with the cancer risks of drinking dictating abstinence in a woman’s youth...
    AAA now assisting bikers (!?!)

    AAA now assisting bikers (!?!)

    The American Automobile Association—that venerable proponent of auto safety, auto insurance, auto touring maps and roads-roads-roads (sometimes at the expense of walking and biking trails)—is slowly changing. Over the past six years, a number of chapters have expanded their services to include roadside assistance for bikers.   It wasn’t that many years ago when AAA...
    Why does the South hate cyclists?

    Why does the South hate cyclists?

      Walk Score has published its list of the Most Bikeable Large U.S. cities, based on a methodology  that includes infrastructure, hills, connectivity and “mode share”—meaning how many fellow bikers are on the road.   No surprises here. You know who wins this: Portland, San Francisco, Denver. But dig a little deeper into the site’s...
    Boomers are all about the couch

    Boomers are all about the couch

    A post earlier this week contained a startling public health nugget: most Baby Boomers—52 percent—report zero physical activity. No jogging, no biking, no backpacking. No walking the dog. No wading in shallow water. No golf with a cart.   This is head-swiveling because (one) it’s an intellectual challenge to conceive of zero physical activity and...
    Failure to crunch

    Failure to crunch

     It might not be your fault. If you don’t like to exercise, or if the exercise you do doesn’t seem to count for much, there are reasons that have nothing to do with your discipline, your will, or your moral fiber. You are not a puss. It’s your DNA.   The Wall Street Journal recently...
    Don't know squat about squats?

    Don’t know squat about squats?

      The world falls into four camps: people who have no interest in leg strength and therefore no interest in squats (you are excused), people want leg strength but fear squats because they have seen too many crippled power-lifters, and people who swear by squats and believe the risks of working them into your routine...
    Did Fauja Singh just taunt India's PM?

    Did Fauja Singh just taunt India’s PM?

    Fauja Singh, the world’s only 101-year-old marathoner, has said he’ll hang up his sneakers next month. At this point, some men might start organizing their ribbons and trophies, or writing notes to supporters, or staring out over a brightly lit city from a high balcony. Reflecting. Or, like Singh, they might use that last month...
    Science struggles to grasp your love handles

    Science struggles to grasp your love handles

    You think you know what’s fat, don’t you? It’s defined by pounds, or body-mass index, or how much roly-poly flesh you can pinch between your thumb and forefinger. (Try this only on yourself.) You know fat when you see it. And you can measure it, objectively. Right? And way too many people are way too...
    Afternoon workouts work best. Maybe.

    Afternoon workouts work best. Maybe.

    The popular press has a wealth of information on fitness. But if you are over 50, your reading will often leave you feeling confused or unsure. This is because so many studies focus on younger people and you know better than to generalize. Good health and fitness  guidance for a 12-year-old might not true for...