Vacations are a great time to take a mental break. But you can't just spend them ... ahem ... lion around. Click on the picture of the Queen of the Bushveld to learn why taking total time off from your exercise routine is a very bad idea.
There's a bit more alphabet soup to add to Mid Age Man. Head trainer Alex Frew McMillan is now a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM-CPT). Here's why that piece of paper shouldn't really matter for those of us looking to get in shape. (Click the image of the NASM textbook for the full story.)
Why do New Year's Resolutions all too often fail? Because we go about them all wrong. You get to the top of the mountain, whatever your fitness goal, one step at a time. (To get the full story about how to fulfil your fitness resolutions, click on the image of Mount Yotei in Hokkaido, Japan).
We do not nurture our inner selves nearly as much as we worry about our body shape or how we feel. Concentrating on your movement is an excellent way to hone your mind. Yoga and tai chi practioners have known this for centuries. But you can apply this concept to any exercise, whether it's snowboarding, working out, or just going for a long walk. (Click on the main image for the full story.)
The mental aspect of exercise is often ignored. But we must prepare mentally to be ready and physically fit. The brain and body are intrinsically linked. Studies in mice show that working out actually makes you smarter, and helps sustain your brain into old age. Click on the image to read the full story.