Fit For You

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"The first time someone hears the word 'Ayurveda,' they say, 'Ayuer-what?'" jokes Carol Nace, Ayurveda practitioner and founder of Bodhi Ayurveda.

Ayurveda is a wellness system that originated in India thousands of years ago, well before modern medicine supplied evidence for the mind-body connection, Nace says.

Mitch Teich

For centuries, humans have used boats for work and transportation. However, rowing boats for sport didn’t start until the early and mid-eighteen hundreds, at English universities like Oxford and Cambridge.

It caught on later in the United States, though the annual rowing match between Harvard and Yale has been held for more than 150 years.

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The battle of the sexes has been long documented - especially in sports. Women have made tremendous strides in both novice and professional competitions, but the question of attaining a truly even playing field remains uncertain.

When it comes to sports performance, things are not equal. Men are generally stronger and faster than women thanks to their physiology. However there have been claims made over the years that the longer an event goes -- think ultra-marathon or even longer -- the more advantages women have over men.

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You might have noticed in your gym that some floor space remains clear except for some straps hanging from the ceiling, a frame, or even attached to the wall. They're yellow and gold, with handles, and are called TRX suspension trainers. Although they look pretty simple, they can be confusing if you've never used them before.

Audrey Nowakowski

A typical group exercise class is lead by an instructor in a studio or gym. However one Milwaukee start up has partnered with a local gym to bring participants an immersive virtual reality experience that does not require a instructor to lead the class.

Fit For You: PiYo

Apr 29, 2017
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You may have heard of or even taken a yoga or Pilates class, but have you ever tried PiYo? PiYo is a fitness format created by Chalene Johnson that takes the strength and flexibility of yoga and combines it with the sculpting and core strengthening advantages of Pilates. This results in an effective, low impact workout.

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Humans have always been in search of a fountain of youth. We enjoy the wisdom age brings, but are not so enamored with the physical breakdowns that come along with it. And, many have come up ways to try to reverse, or at least stall, the ageing process.

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It takes a special relationship with biking - and yourself - to embark on a solo bike tour from Seattle, Washington all the way to Milwaukee. That’s exactly what Milwaukee native David Howell did, and his journaling during that experience spawned a book, The Descent Into Happiness: A Bicycling Journey over the Cascades and Rockies and across the Great Plains.

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Many people set New Year’s resolutions regarding weight loss, exercise and health. From Atkins to Paleo to cleanses, there is never a shortage of diet fads and trends.  Yet, every January people make the same resolution - over and over again.

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The old saying goes that nothing is certain but death and taxes. We can add another certainty to that list: our muscles will weaken and even atrophy as we age, unless we take care of them by strength building and exercise. In other words, you really do need to move it, or you will lose it.

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Perhaps it’s an obvious point, but pregnancy is a taxing time on a woman’s body.  The cliché is that during those nine months, a woman is doing everything for two – eating, sleeping, and exercising.

And if you’re used to doing all of those things for one, understanding what’s best for you and your baby can be a daunting task.  Megan Shemanske, a local fitness team leader and pre/post-natal fitness certified by the American Council of Exercise,  stresses that the old cliché is not exactly true.

POUND Fitness

If you enjoy blaring your music while you workout but have yet to step into a group class session, there may just be a new fitness format for you.

POUND utilizes elements of music and drumming into a full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning and strength training with low impact movements. Created by recreational drummers and former athletes, this new format has grown from its first class in a Los Angeles basement into a global network.

Audrey Nowakowski

Just because the weather is getting colder, doesn’t mean you can't keep cycling. Whether you’re facing the cold or in a room on a stationary bike, cycling is an effective cardiovascular workout for any time of year.

If you’re not into facing the cold and don’t just want to ride the stationary bike, most gyms and fitness centers offer cycling, or spinning class.

Fit For You: Yoga

Oct 31, 2016
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When yoga comes to mind, perhaps you can imagine a warmly lit room with incense and calm music playing while people sit cross-legged on a mat, or a public TV show with women stretching on a beach. But did you know you can easily do yoga on a walk or sitting in the car?

"(Yoga) is very accessible for anyone and to do those pretzel poses is not even necessary, honestly," says local certified yoga instructor Heather Eiden. She explains that at the practice's core is centered the body and mind and working towards balance - not just physically, but also spiritually.

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Have you ever gone to a group exercise class? Your answer may well depend on whether you’re a man or a woman.  It turns out the majority of people in group exercise classes - including the instructors - are female.

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