Tag: exercise

What’s Beautiful? Under Armour Launches Online Fitness Competiton for Women


Under Armour What's Beautiful - A competition to redefine the female athlete

Courtesy Citybizlist – Under Armour has launched its third “What’s Beautiful” online fitness competition for women. The top three winners – one of whom will be selected by an online popular vote, and the other two by the sports apparel maker – will win all-expenses-paid visits to fitness retreats in Costa Rica. The eight-week competition will culminate mid-July with the naming of the winners.

The MAC Celebrates National Fitness and Sports Month



catch of the day fish (2)So, apparently, May is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month, and has been for some time. Somehow that got past us until this year. But it is fitting, since May is basically the last possible month to spend hitting the gym (or yoga studio, or running route, or Richard Simmons DVD) before beach season. Doing their part to help us observe National Physical Fitness & Sports Month is the MAC (Maryland Athletic Club & Wellness Center), which will open the doors at all of its locations to the public this month, issuing seven-day passes and hosting several community classes free of charge.

Baltimore Yoga Village and The Ivy Co-Sponsor Wellness Event



Join the author of The Last Best Cure, Donna Jackson Nakazawa, and three remarkable teachers tomorrow night, March 26 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., as they demonstrate mindfulness meditation, mindful movement and yogic breath techniques as featured in The Last Best Cure.

The event, sponsored by Baltimore Yoga Village and The Ivy Bookshop, will also include a reading, book signing and question and answer session with Nakazawa.  It all takes place at the Baltimore Yoga Village, in the Lake Falls Village shopping center, where the Ivy Bookshaop is also located.

Baltimore Bike Party: Hipsters Vs. Lumberjacks


Jan bike party

Back in November, we lauded the wonders of Baltimore Bike Party.  Bike Party has become the largest group ride on the East Coast since its inception in early 2012.  The final Friday of each month, bikers come out to the Washington Monument to go for a 10 to 15 mile spin around the city with hundreds of their closest friends.  A common theme, beyond bicycles, units them all, and varies month to month.  This Friday, the theme is “Hipsters Vs. Lumberjacks.”  

Fitness Q&A with Mario Pompa from the MAC




Many of us are starting off 2013 with a resolution to get healthier. For some, that means being more careful about what we eat, for others it means a strict fitness regimen. For anyone hoping to succeed, it’ll likely include both. To help all of us start off on the right track (and stay there!) we’ll be doing a monthly Q&A column with a variety of personal trainers from the MAC. These pros know what it takes to get in shape and stay motivated long after others have fallen off the wagon (or treadmill for that matter).

Mario Pompa is a personal trainer certified by both National Strength Professionals Association and National Academy of Sports Medicine.  His focus is weight loss,  muscle growth, group training, youth training, and sports performance training. He is also a gravity training specialist who says, “Our health always seems much more valuable after we lose it.” Since many of us are just starting out on our fitness resolutions, we thought we’d ask Mario some basics to get started.

Baltimore Bike Party: Brew Ha Ha!


Each month, the Baltimore Bike Party crew garners support and ramps up enthusiasm in celebration the tandem wonders (pun absolutely intended) of bikes and Baltimore.  Each month, people from all over the city are invited to join at the Washington Monument in Mt. Vernon to do a group ride throughout the city departing at 7:30pm.  Each ride is between 10 and 15 miles and ends in a massive celebration at a new location each month.  Each ride is themed, with the description and details listed on their Facebook page.

This month’s theme is, not surprisingly, Halloween.  Show up in your best costume for both yourself and your two-wheeled wonder to join a battalion of bikers throughout the city, ultimately finding yourself at Union Craft Brewery.  $10 gets you an unlimited drinks wristband, and you should probably bring some cash for the gaggle of food trucks that will make an appearance.  Please be sure to feel zero guilt as you guzzle down some brewskies and munch on food truck fare, because you just biked about 15 miles in a costume and you deserve it!

Last month, over 700 people showed up for the Baltimore Bike Party,and they’re shooting for over 1,000 this time around.  Become a part of this wonderful tradition, and join us at the monument with your steel stallion at 7:00pm this Friday.  Some us will be dressed as a hot dog, potentially judging the costume contest.  This is not an event to be missed!

Good Living – The GORUCK Challenge Comes to Baltimore


The bags found at the Army Navy Surplus store weren’t very sleek, and the gentlemen over at GORUCK decided to do something about that.  They made a bag they claimed to be tough enough to hold up to whatever our armed forces could throw at it, and then they decided to market it to the general public.

It started as a form of product placement, as an advertisement. Over the years, it has grown into so much more.

Image courtesy of www.goruckchallenge.com

This Week in Research: Exercise and Anxiety; A Galaxy is Born

The galaxy in question — unmemorably named MACS 1149-JD — shown at three different levels of detail.

In this series, we look at the newest findings coming out of our area’s top research universities. We’ve got some great minds in Baltimore — let’s learn what they’re learning!
Here’s a trippy thing about space and time:  the young galaxy that Johns Hopkins astronomers and NASA scientists recently spotted (thanks to the Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes) is a baby, relatively speaking (a mere 200 million years old); it’s also one of the oldest things we’ve ever seen in space.

This Week in Research: You’re Not Exercising Enough; Hospitals Send Patients Home Too Early


In this series, we look at the newest findings coming out of our area’s top research universities. We’ve got some great minds in Baltimore — let’s learn what they’re learning!

How much have you exercised this week? If you’re an average American, you can claim about two hours — which isn’t bad! After all, it’s almost three times as much physical activity than was typical forty years ago. That’s the good news. The bad news is that we need to be getting physical more than we typically do — at least 2.5 hours a week of “moderate” exercise (walking, golf, fishing, bowling) plus an hour and fifteen minutes of “vigorous” training (running, muscle strengthening) every week. And, lest you’ve forgotten, the U.S. is still “the fattest country in the world,” according to Penn State professor Geoffrey Godbey.

Godbey teamed up with University of Maryland professor John Robinson to see just how much exercise we’re getting as a nation by looking at data from the American Time Use Survey. They not only looked at how much Americans are moving, but also what our preferred activities are. The answer?  Television. “We are almost addicted to television and computers. Americans ages 18 to 64 average more than 35 hours of free time each week, but they spend half of it watching television,” Godbey says. When we do move our bodies, the most common activity is walking. On an average day, about 5 percent of Americans will go for a walk, for an average time of 53 minutes. The nation’s most popular team sport is basketball, followed by football, soccer, baseball, volleyball, and hockey.

But while teenagers are spending a respectable amount of time on fitness (41 minutes a day), their older counterparts are sadly lacking. The average time spent on fitness activities per day for those 18-64 is a paltry 17 minutes; for those over 65, it’s only 13 minutes. Part of this may be because teens are much more likely to participate in team sports — and team sports take up more time than solo activities, such as walking or running. “Among older adults, team sports are almost invisible in terms of daily time use, with only one in 500 people playing baseball or football, and one in 60 people playing basketball on a given day,” Godbey says. The one exception:  seniors go bowling just as often as their younger counterparts. So there’s room for hope after all.