Outdoor Fun and Fitness in the Rochester Area

The Great Outdoors  Summer is officially here so grab your gear and head outdoors for a great workout. Exercising outside can increase your motivation and make your workouts more interesting. Research shows spending time outdoors reduces stress and the fresh air releases serotonin in the brain which can put you in a fantastic mood. The scenery can help exercisers from getting bored and outdoor workouts offer more of a full-body workout that can burn more calories. The Rochester area has lots … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, I’m Bored with my New Year’s Resolution Already

Dear Crabby, I’m already bored with my New Year’s resolution to eat better and workout. How long until I can give it all up? Sincerely, Kimmy A. Burger Dear Ms. Burger, I appreciate your honesty about being bored with the whole resolution thing. You may have noticed I like to be direct and honest too. So my suggestion is to lie. That’s right, mislead everyone. Way back when, before Mrs. Crabby – when history was current events, I dated a girl who smoked. Even though smoking was not … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What about this Couch to 5k business?

Dear Crabby, I was recently made aware of a program called "Couch to 5k."  It is for couch-potatos like myself that want to train to be able to run a 5k race.  Have you heard of things like this?  What do you think about them? Sincerely, Happy Potato Dear Happy Potato, I am actually aware of this program. Mrs. Crabby brought it to my attention a couple years ago. Unfortunately, I have a bad habit of only hearing bits and pieces of what she tells me. So as she went on and on one day … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, I Need To Lose Weight!

Dear Crabby, I need to lose 50 pounds, but I just cannot seem to do it. Can you help me? Sincerely, Bob Beefcake Dear Mr. Beefcake, My battle is not with the fat demons that lurk about - I have other areas that need my attention - but I am very close to people who do battle those issues. Let's just pretend that Mrs. Crabby has battled with being overweight and has tried various weight loss programs through the years - purely for the sake of discussion, of course. I imagine if I were … [Read more...]

Healthy and Effective Ways to Deal with Depression

Depression is a nasty thing, and it will take over your life if you allow it. I’m not just referring to clinical depression, but also the depressed moods that we all experience occasionally. Despite feeling helpless and overwhelmed, there are ways that you can fight depression — you do have a say in what takes place in your mind! Admittedly, it is much more difficult to find the will and energy to do so when you are in its grips, but there are steps you can take that will help keep the situation … [Read more...]

How Do I Start Exercising?

Dear Crabby, I just had my annual physical and the doctor says I'm a little overweight and that my cholesterol is at a dangerous level!  He wants me to go on a diet and start exercising immediately.  How do I do that?  I've never been one to do either! Sincerely, Running for My Lazy Boy Dear Running for My Lazy Boy, I have never been one to exercise on purpose. I personally think it's bad for the body. That being said, I do remember there being a time when the doctor said I needed to … [Read more...]