Yoga in the Snow

Yoga is a gentle exercise perfect for speeding up healing of back issues. Photo Laura Rose

Just as the snowshoe season was getting underway, an old back problem flared up. A trip to the chiropractor reassured me I should continue … Continue reading

10 Lessons Learned from 10,000 Hours of Physical Exertion in 10 Years

December 2, 2006, marks the day I joined The President’s Challenge, a free physical activities site administered by the  President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. Although posting my daily progress there, I only happened upon the fact that my … Continue reading

Snowshoeing: The Ultimate Female Bonding Experience

I have to be honest here, when I first started to snowshoe I did it alone, all the time. It was a chance for me to get away from all the noise and chaos that often fills our house. It … Continue reading

Winter Retreat At Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Snowshoe trail at Devil's Thumb Ranch. Photo by Kim Fuller.

Snowshoe trail at Devil’s Thumb Ranch. Photo by Kim Fuller.

On a clear Sunday morning in late-January, early bird cross-country skiers were gliding on the freshly groomed tracks of Devil’s Thumb Ranch, a resort in Tabernash, Colorado, located 77 … Continue reading

6 Weapons for the Wimpy: Soreness Recovery Post Competition

So you’re no polar bear? Say goodbye to aches and pains including the dread from stepping into, then sitting upon an ice-covered stream or ice-bath. Instead yell hello to the warmth, relief and comfort provided by these weapons for the … Continue reading

Getting Back on Track: Lyme Disease Recovery

It was a typical fall morning in 2011 when, on the last steep hill of my daily hike, I felt like I couldn’t possibly take another step without passing out. The sudden and intense onset of extreme exhaustion made me … Continue reading

Nordic Walking for Warm Weather Training

More than 10 million Europeans of all ages and fitness levels are participating in Nordic walking, an upcoming fitness craze that uses special poles to engage the upper body muscles providing a fantastic, low impact workout, even for those who … Continue reading

Trekkin’ with Toddlers: Passing on the Snowshoeing Tradition

Our toddler grandson, Jack, loves to spend time in the woods behind our house here on the east coast of Canada. He also loves to get out in the snow. Our oft time, six month winter meant we were going … Continue reading

Winter Athleticism Brings A Healthy Outlook, Part 2

Julie Dahl with Shadow

Julie Dahl walks six to seven days a week for three miles. She felt it was time to transition from the physical taxation she’d experienced running to a less strenuous workout. Running provided a cardiovascular challenge, … Continue reading

Up Your Elevation Awareness: The Importance of Acclimation, with Tips and Tools

After visiting his family in North Carolina and Virginia over the holiday season, Christopher Joyner said the transition back to Colorado altitude hit him harder than he expected.

Joyner is the public affairs specialist for the Bureau of Land Management … Continue reading

The Spirit of the Shrine: Hatsugama and Snowshoeing

In the midst of a snowstorm on a snow-covered forested mountain in Japan, my wife and I made and shared a bowl of thick green matcha. On the first day of the New Year, my wife, my dog, and I … Continue reading

Metabolic Inefficiency

“Every man’s disease is his personal property.”
~Alonzo Clark
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The number one nutrition limiter to peak performance is depleted glycogen stores.

Our penchant for immediate energy via sugar-based fuel sources is misaligned. Simple sugars such as dextrose, fructose, glucose, … Continue reading