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Archive for August, 2011

“All Gain, No Pain”

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

For my tips on how to avoid injury when lifting weights, please see the article “All Gain, No Pain” in the September issue of  Women’s Health magazine.

A new study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that weight training injuries are rising fast among women, partly because more women are lifting weights, but also because of a lack of knowledge about proper lifting techniques.  In the article, I address common mistakes that women make and offer general safety tips.

Joan Salutes Diana Nyad on NPR!

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Listen Here:  The Jim Engster Show, WRKF Baton Rouge/NPR/Public Radio/89.3 FM
(Joan's Salute is in the last five minutes of the broadcast)

Although 61-year old swimmer Diana Nyad ended her quest to swim from Cuba to Florida (103 miles) on August 10, her courageous attempt sends a positive message that athleticism and fitness aren't just for the young. Diana proves it is never too late to challenge yourself physically. As a comment on physical capabilities that can be cultivated with age, Diana has said that although she was faster in her 20's she's stronger now.

Older athletes do well in endurance sports because experience and training can offset the need for speed. Having attempted this swim once before, Diana changed her training regimen to include weight training workouts on alternate days of swimming (12 hours a day!)

This is not our parents old-age.  At 61, Diana considers herself in "the middle of middle age."

Measured Steps

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Some experts recommend accumulating 10,000 steps during the course of your day, which is roughly 5 miles. So when my sister gave me a pedometer, I was curious to see how many steps I log in a typical day walking to all my appointments in New York City. There are some days when I have 8000 by lunch time, but then there are those when I only make 5000 for the whole day.

My husband James and I were lucky enough to spend 10 glorious days in Paris at the end of July. I packed the pedometer as a handy way to make sure we were walking off all the joys of indulging in French cuisine (although I must say that since we had a kitchen where we were staying, we bought fresh fruit, salad, veggies, cheese and bread from the open market to ensure some light, healthy meals).

There's something contagious about counting steps! James became Master of the Pedometer, sometimes insisting that at the end of the day we climb up and down the 4 flights of steps to the apartment to make our total 10,000. Our European friends caught the bug and now want their own pedometers, too. If you're the slightest bit competitive with yourself, it's a fun way to see how much activity you can incorporate into each day, one step at a time.