| Oct 27, 2010
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...
| Dec 24, 2009
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...
| Dec 16, 2009
"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...
| Apr 7, 2010
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...
| Jan 19, 2010
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...
| Dec 30, 2009
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...
| Mar 3, 2010
Growing up, my parents taught us that the best activities are the ones that you can enjoy your entire life. As the senior tennis champion of Madison, Wis., my mother set a good example. According to a meta-analysis published in The British Journal of...
| Jan 12, 2009
When I started skating seriously, we did all of our skating outdoors: on the lake in front of my grandparents' house, at the place near Milwaukee where we trained, even at the ovals where we competed.
Living in Park City, Utah, I still prefer...
| Mar 31, 2010
Folks don't know their full potential until they know their VO2max.
Exercise performance physician Massimo Testa, M.D., is one of the foremost experts on VO2max in the world. He explains that your cardiovascular fitness score tells you how efficiently...
| May 5, 2010
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...