| Aug 6, 2011
Steps away from the Magnificent Mile sits the Affinia Chicago, but that's not the most attractive trait of this boutique hotel. What's impressive is that the Affinia has all the hot-button amenities you would look for in a downtown hotel — a rooftop...
| Oct 3, 2011
In July 2010, there was an end-of-days-type hailstorm in Calgary, and my little Acura got hammered. Now I drive a car that looks like it has cellulite.
I'm cheap, and I don't need an overpriced and rapidly depreciating midlife-crisis-mobile to boost my...
| Jul 14, 2011
It's always those 10 final pounds that appear to be the hardest to quash.
But if you cut just 100 calories a day from your diet—or burn 100 extra calories—you can lose those 10 pounds in one year.
The best part: You won't have to diet or...
| Sep 19, 2012
| 5:20 PM
To prove a point once, fitness trainer Thomas Holland did a little experiment.
"I had one client who loves weights and body work, jumping jacks and push-ups and all that stuff," says Holland, who works at a Richardson, Texas, gym. "I have another who...
| May 16, 2011
Props like this Pilates ring can help spice up your workout by challenging muscles in new ways. To add intensity to your obliques (side abdominal muscles) and adductors (inner thigh muscles), try this new move.
Sit upright on a mat or a padded, level...
| Apr 27, 2011
| 2:30 PM
Women who crave muscle tone but fear bulging biceps are flocking to The Bar Method, a body-sculpting exercise system that purports to whittle dancer-type forms from nondancing bodies.
Enthusiasts say the workout, which engages a ballet barre and draws...
| Jul 27, 2011
| 11:08 AM
Crunches, curls and sit-ups may be standard workout fare in gyms, basements and living rooms across the land.
But the authors of a new book suggest people get plenty of that movement in their daily lives. They say that to get a really strong midsection,...
| Jul 27, 2011
| 3:02 PM
Go ahead and bang a drum, hang from the curtains and spin that hula hoop. Area gym instructors say it's good for you, even if you don't realize it.
The unconventional workouts are part of a movement to keep the masses focused on their fitness by...
| Mar 16, 2011
| 1:14 PM
Qigong to your health.
Sometimes called Chinese yoga, Qigong ("chee gong") is a mind-body practice that melds slow, graceful movements, mental focus and deep abdominal breathing to boost and balance a person's vital energy, or qi.
| Dec 14, 2011
After a stressful day of seeing sick and sometimes dying patients, Dr. Aaron Michelfelder doesn't reach for a beer to decompress. Instead, this family medicine doctor at Loyola University Medical Center opts for acupuncture or self-hypnosis.
| Oct 19, 2011
| 11:12 AM
Room service? I'd like to order a treadmill.
Hotel chains are delivering everything from yoga videos to recumbent bicycles to guests who prefer to work out their jet lag, or shape up for that business meeting, in the privacy of their rooms.