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Pay Attention

July 10, 2014, by

A former chavrusa (study partner) of mine exercises a lot. But he complains to me that no matter what he does, not only isn’t he losing weight, he’s actually putting on. He would describe to me how he eats salad with supper and doesn’t really think he is overeating. Over and over again, for over

The Stress and the Pain

July 2, 2014, by

Right now, all of the members of klal Yisrael are suffering the pain of receiving the awful news that our t’fillot (prayers) were not answered the way we were hoping they would be. If it is any reconciliation, as Rav Asher Weiss pointed out at the beginning of his weekly shiur only an hour after

Anxious or Depressed? How Exercise Plays a Role

June 26, 2014, by

Anxiety Yocheved* came to me last year complaining of sleeping issues along with restlessness while awake. She was having problems socially and was often irritable. After ruling out sleep apnea as a potential cause (overweight people are prone to that), I sent her for psychiatric evaluation. The diagnosis was Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Generalized anxiety disorder

A Little Bit of Sunshine

June 18, 2014, by

One of the big changes brought about by modern day life is being indoors most of the time. A century ago, we spent far more time in the outdoors, as much of our work was as farmers or builders. Walking was our main mode of transportation. Today, we go from the home to the car

Exercising for Two: Fitness in Pregnancy

June 11, 2014, by

Exercise is good for just about everything. We already know that! But what about exercising for two? Yes, when you are pregnant, exercise is even more important. (Sorry men, but this one is for the wives). According to Farel Hruska who is the national fitness director of FIT4MOM, a woman’s body changes more in 9

From the Bottom Up

May 27, 2014, by

Over my 17 years as a trainer, and drawing on my own personal experience (my feet), I can’t give enough emphasis to how important and good pair of shoes are. I still remember when one of my personal training clients came to see me 16 years ago. One of his complaints, soon after he got

In or Out!

May 20, 2014, by

One of the keys to success for people who start exercising is to find the proper mode of exercise for each individual so that they can enjoy what they are doing. I always encourage people to exercise outdoors. Although joining a gym or seeing a trainer in the gym is certainly beneficial, exercising outdoors just

Spring Into Action!

May 12, 2014, by

Winter is finally behind us, and what a winter it was. This past winter was record breaking everywhere. Jerusalem saw its heaviest snowfall in over 100 years. A double-barrel polar vortex brought daytime temperatures in parts of the United States to -30° F twice in December and January. Snows fell well into March on the

How to Fuel Up Properly

May 7, 2014, by

Now that you exercise regularly, you probably have experimented with eating before exercising. Perhaps you have tried not eating at all before your workout but found you didn’t have enough energy to complete your session. Maybe you ate too much right before your session and suffered stomach cramps and felt your legs get heavy. When

Too Tight

April 30, 2014, by

Feeling stiff? Well, you probably are too tight, even if you don’t feel that way. Whether you are sitting all day or doing some motion with any part of your body repeatedly, such as walking, the odds are that your muscles and connective tissue need to be stretched out. People who read my columns or

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