8:00 AM EST, January 3, 2015
The 11th of 13 children, B.K.S. Iyengar was lucky to survive a childhood marked by frequent bouts of malaria, typhoid and tuberculosis. "My head used to hang down, and I had to lift it with great effort," Iyengar wrote in "Light on Life," his first of 14 books. "My poor health was matched, as it often is when one is sick, by my poor mood. At times I asked myself whether life was worth the trouble of living."
May 19, 2012
Forget Angry Birds. Your smartphone can be a powerful tool for improving your overall fitness if you give it half a chance.
3:30 PM EST, December 12, 2014
As a globe-trotting health enthusiast, I know how hard it can be to find a useful gift for me. We're a somewhat picky bunch — when you live out of a suitcase, you don't have much choice.
7:00 PM EST, February 28, 2014
Given the sunny, body-conscious atmosphere of Los Angeles, it's no surprise to find a thriving field of locally based fitness-wear brands; many of the companies design and produce their lines from start to finish in the city. These new or growing collections, fashionable enough to work over time, range from high performance to high style, geared to lower-intensity, California-centric pastimes such as hiking, beach cycling and yoga.
February 27, 2012
On a recent ski trip, my best friend handed me a flask of cinnamon schnapps. He called it "courage in 100-proof form," and I needed it. I was perched at the edge of a cliff, looking at a 20-foot drop into thigh-deep powder.
August 22, 2011
You're so vain. You probably think this column is about you.
January 30, 2012
There is something surreal about a former champion bodybuilder lifting up her shirt to show you her abs in the middle of a coffee shop.
November 28, 2011
I'm an outdoorsy type, and you won't get me on a stationary bike unless there are a few inches of snow on the ground. But I've pedaled my way through enough indoor-cycling classes to know that instructors need to be engaging and entertaining to keep you coming back.
January 2, 2012
There is a word in fitness/health/weight loss marketing that is toxic. Sometimes it is blatant, other times implied. I hate this word. The word is "only."
October 31, 2011
On a recent beautiful and sunny day, I strolled into my local gym to lift some weights. The gym is near Nose Hill Park, which is one of the largest municipal parks in North America. It has majestic views of the city of Calgary and the Rocky Mountains, which can be seen from endless miles of paths and trails.
October 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.
September 19, 2011
I am not a jealous man, so my blood pressure did not skyrocket the other day when my wife told me this: "There was this one guy in high school who used to wear T-shirts that showed off his pipes and I drooled over him."
October 17, 2011
July 25, 2011
Cue Simpsons-Comic-Book-Store-Guy voice: Best. Band. Ever!
September 5, 2011
Welcome to another exciting installment of Fun With Math!
June 27, 2011
Perhaps you've been to the multiplex to see Ryan Reynolds' Green Lantern save the universe from the evil Parallax or to witness Chris Hemsworth's Thor hurl his magical hammer at invading Frost Giants.
July 11, 2011
Most athletic types would rather spend a month watching "Teletubbies" while reading Snooki's blog than suffer an injury. And when it comes to getting hurt, the knee is one of the worst things you can damage.
May 16, 2011
Whenever I hear about some amazing way to boost resting metabolism, my male-bovine-droppings detector goes berserk. Take the perennially popular one stating that 1 pound of muscle burns an extra 50 calories a day while at rest — so if you gain 10 pounds of muscle, your resting metabolic rate (RMR) soars by an extra 500 calories each day.
June 13, 2011
I picked a bad race for a personal best attempt.
December 20, 2010
In-your-face fitness: holistic nutrition
"Holistic nutrition." You may not know the term, but you've surely heard its claims. Among other things, holistic nutritionists (or HNs, as they call themselves) may teach that fluoride and pesticides are lethal, that most diseases and detrimental behaviors are diet-related and that many people would benefit from taking numerous supplements. I've read plenty of articles by HNs in which they assert that they are disparaged by mainstream medicine and warn you not to trust modern medicine.
May 30, 2011
This is all Jack LaLanne's fault.
May 2, 2011
In Your Face Fitness
Forrest Gump discovered his passion for running on the spur of the moment, when a bunch of Alabama bullies were chasing him and his leg braces broke off. But for most of us, developing a commitment to running, cycling or some other form of exercise requires dedication, planning and intention.
April 18, 2011
For the past few weeks, I've been sporting big yellow bruises on my forearms. I blame actor Daniel Baldwin and his enthusiasm for kettlebells.
August 30, 2010
I don't have anything against cosmetic surgery.
November 8, 2010
Poor Gerard Butler.
December 14, 2009
A few people on your gift list probably need relaxation more than anything else.
September 13, 2010
In Your Face Fitness
The people in the Bowflex commercials sure are pretty.
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