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A better You

Staying Home,Staying Fit Many of us are spending more time at home – which probably means less time at the gym. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get in a great workout, says Holly Andersen, a personal trainer and group exercise instructor with the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City. “There are many effective workouts like tabata and HIIT (high intensity interval...

Preventive Maintenance

Like a motor vehicle, train or an airplane, your body must undergo preparation and maintenance before any fitness journey begins, be it a simple, twice-a-week gym routine or grueling, long-term training for a marathon. Proper warmups, hydration and nutrition are all part of any pre-workout plan. “I like to compare it to a car,” says John Jackson, a trainer at Tulsa’s...

On Your Feet … Get Moving

Unless you still have youthful exuberance, you likely experience creaking, groaning joints while extricating yourself from a lengthily occupied chair or couch. This happens to everyone at some point, but, when sedentary periods become extended, it’s time to consider the sobering effects on the body. Jimmy Robinson, director of physical therapy with Oklahoma Sports and Orthopedic Institute in Oklahoma City,...

Find Your Floating Zen

It defies gravity and may seem like training for Cirque du Soleil, but aerial yoga combines the tenants of Pilates and acrobatics to help participants achieve poses they never thought possible. Aerial yoga began in New York City in 2007. Aerial yoga, similar to traditional yoga, has a few bonuses: deeper stretching; strengthening oft-unused muscles; and relaxing into the compression...

Exercise Jargon

Anaerobic … plyometrics … heart-rate zones … HIIT. Whether you’re a fitness junkie or an exercise newbie, it’s important to keep up with fitness terms – not only to look savvy at the gym but to have options for getting fit. This isn’t as difficult as it might sound because two experts in the exercise field clarify the specialized terminology. Rebekah...