As a Tai Chi teacher, I have met many people who hold their energy in their upper bodies. As we get older, it becomes more and more important to maintain stability in walking and turning by lowering our energy below the waist.
While some progress has been made to reduce tobacco use and alcohol consumption and to promote healthier eating habits, the lack of regular physical activity has not yet been widely recognized as a standalone health threat.
Big news in research: Changes in gait be a signal that the brain is on its way to Alzheimer's disease. Gait? Suddenly, years of my mother's nagging commands swarmed in my head. "Stand up straight!" she'd yell. "Don't drag your feet."
The United States is not a car-dependent country any more. Congress should allocate funding to support public transit, biking, and walking in the same manner it has been supporting driving for decades.
Policies that are good for bicyclists actually benefit everyone on the streets. Good conditions for bicycling also create good conditions for pedestrians. And what makes the streets safer for bikes, also makes them safer for motorists.
Yes, it's pretty cold outside. But before you know it, it will be spring and you will be out and running again. In the event you've taken some time off from running, here are some exercises to get road ready.
My mother passed away from heart disease in 2010 and it was a stark lesson that unless I started to get my heart and body in shape I may be headed down the same path. I dubbed my new personal initiative RIS Walk 60 -- daily 60-minute walks to the heartbeat of DC.