Challenge yourself

Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

I stole that quote from my friend Nicole’s Facebook status. She was quoting her kid’s basketball coach. She said it was inspiring for her yoga practice.

Lately I have tried to be more open minded with myself when it comes to exercise. There are yoga poses I know I can’t do–like handstand or headstand. (A bum shoulder keeps me from attempting the full pose.) But I can work toward them. There are other poses I don’t think I can do but instead of just saying to myself, no way, I now will at least try.

Same thing with planks. We do them in yoga and body conditioning and abs classes. Whenever it is announced that we are going to do a 1-minute plank I complain and convince myself that I can’t do it.

In my Friday morning body conditioning class (which is actually called Muscle Blast) the instructor recently had us hold a 1-minute plank. I, of course, announced to him that there was no way I could do that. He, of course, told me I could. We got into position and I asked him to … Continue reading

Biking is fun, healthy, free and gets you where you need to go

Guest post: Cyrus, our second Go Fit Boy!

Over the past few years, I’ve dabbled in various forms of exercise. There was the year of indoor rock climbing, and the year of racketball. There has been intermittant trail running and this past summer, frequent friendly basketball games. But lately, my most regular form of physical activity has been biking.

Maybe it was because my wife and I share a car, or maybe it was because it was springtime, but ever since May, I’ve found myself hopping on my bike to do shopping, errands and even interviews for my work. As a journalist, I’m constantly interviewing other people.

Biking as many places as possible is fun, healthy, free, and a neat way to learn more about my neighborhood. However, the most surprising thing about biking around Oakland and Berkeley is that in many instances it takes roughly the same amount of … Continue reading