I teach physical education. I advocate for fitness, being fit, leading a healthy lifestyle and enjoying those aspects of being alive. I have a history of movement success from an early age up to now. I have also lived in a body that has largely cooperated with whatever I wanted to do. No significant illnesses… Continue reading Fitness: My New Terms of Engagement
I recently decided to enter some races on the track. A good friend encouraged me to try coming back to sprinting and I did. He’s 55+ and I’m 52. For our respective ages, we’re in pretty good shape. I hadn’t run a track race in about 15 years. So yes, I reactivated my track club… Continue reading Deciding to Race When I Thought I Was Done
When I was 30 I had some very firm ideas about what I wanted to accomplish as an athlete. I had target times I was shooting for, ideal racing distances, and a humane training regimen that left adequate space for family and work commitments. By 36 the bulk of my athletic curiosity was satisfied. I… Continue reading Shifting the Baseline: Thoughts on Mature Fitness
I’m not sure I really want to write this post. Part of me says, “c’mon, get over yourself.” While another part is saying, “it’s bothering you, get it off your chest, move on.” Here’s the deal. I like fun, I like movement and games, I like people from lots of different backgrounds – put all… Continue reading Spikeball for Everyone?
Two essays this week caught me unawares and have left me restless in their wake. The first is “Yes, I Am An Angry Black Woman” by Stacey Patton, published in DAME magazine and the second is “Fitted” by Moira Weigel in The New Inquiry. While it is easier to guess the thrust of the first… Continue reading Woman. Black. Fit. Angry. (In)visible. All of the above.
My 7 year old son and I have been having a great week. We’ve visited several sports spaces around the city and he’s participated in floor hockey, tennis, long jump, gymnastics, climbing, swimming, badminton, table tennis and skittles (similar to bowling). Most of this he has been able to do for free, thanks to a… Continue reading Fully Personalized and Valuable Summer PD
Do something, anything. Do it more than once in a while. Stretch frequently. Find opportunities to wiggle, hang, swing, jump. If you like to be around people, go find some folks who are doing what you like to do and join them. If you don’t like people so much, enjoy working on your own without… Continue reading Mid-Life Fitness