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  • Dealing with Muscle Soreness, Overuse

    Dealing with Muscle Soreness, Overuse
    Muscle soreness 24 to 48 hours after you exercise is a good sign. It means that you have challenged your muscles and are getting stronger. This is called delayed onset of muscle soreness (DOMS), and everyone experiences it, even elite athletes. Here's how...
  • Sports That Fit Your Type

    Sports That Fit Your Type
    People often mention the size of my thighs back when I was speed-skating competitively, and, gosh, I can't deny it - at one time my thighs measured 27 inches. This feature was an advantage to me in speed skating. Ironically, my long-time professional...
  • It's Hard to Resist Resistance Bands

    It's Hard to Resist Resistance Bands
    In last week's column, I talked about how much I like weight lifting, as an athlete and as a physician. The more scientists study weight-bearing activity, the more value they find in it, not only in building our bones but also in boosting our metabolism...
  • Lift Weights Lose Weight

    Lift Weights Lose Weight
    When I was speed skating, we cross-trained year-round by lifting weights a couple of times a week. I found weight lifting so satisfying that even today, no matter how busy my schedule gets, not a week goes by that you won't find me out in the garage...
  • How much is fat and how much is muscle?

    How much is fat and how much is muscle?
    The vast majority of fitness-seekers, even those who are quite knowledgeable, have no idea how to properly gauge their body composition — how much of their body weight is fat and how much is muscle — which is so important to truly measuring...
  • Inner Goals Insulate Athletes from Failure

    Inner Goals Insulate Athletes from Failure
    Exercise makes us healthier, but the rewards of improved health aren't always sufficient motivation. I know that without other rewards, sure enough, there are days I would come up empty, motivation-wise. For those days, we need other payoffs to put a fire...
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  • Extrinsic Rewards Provide Motivation for Exercise

    Extrinsic Rewards Provide Motivation for Exercise
    "What's the trick for sticking with an exercise program?" That's a question I often get from patients and from folks at book signings and other events. I guess people believe that since I was good at something, I must also know some secret way to make...
  • Determining Your VO2max

    Determining Your VO2max
    Christine Thorburg, also a physician, came to see my colleague Massimo Testa, M.D., and me after she had knee ligament reconstruction. She'd run cross-country in college and had done some recreational cycling at age 30, but that was about it. She asked us...
  • How to Select a Gym You'll Actually Use

    How to Select a Gym You'll Actually Use
    I've always enjoyed exercising outdoors, but I can't deny that working out indoors also contributed a great deal to my best performances. Today, gym workouts are as much a matter of convenience as anything, especially right now, when the days are short...
  • Flexible Approach Best When Stressed

    Flexible Approach Best When Stressed
    Everyone involved with the Winter Games is feeling pressure right now. But you don't need to be competing in - or hosting - the Olympics to feel stressed out. Exercise relieves stress, and, golly, do I look forward to that release after a long day in...