Good news for procrastinators, the overworked and the overbooked—kind of.
We’re not sure if this helps or hurts us in our quest (ok, often a battle) to stay fit, but recent research seems to indicate that you don’t need to grind it out daily to get in shape—if you’re willing to pump up the intensity of your workouts. The magic, according to scientists, is in interval training, where you push yourself to max effort and heart rate for shorter bursts of time. Now, if you use this news as a handy excuse to cut back on your workout schedule but never follow through with the whole interval thing—yeah, that’s a trap we’re also trying to avoid.
Paraplegic skier Josh Dueck amazes and inspires by landing the first-ever sit-ski backflip.
Freeskier Josh Dueck was only 23 years old when he overshot a front flip off a jump at Silver Star, B.C., his home mountain, in 2004. He came to in the hospital to find that he was paralyzed from the waist down, never to ski—traditionally, at least—again. But that wouldn't stop him. Not even close. Nine months later Dueck was back on the slopes in a sit-ski, which he called his freedom chair.
Or why skiing and spicy food have the same effect on your brain.
Since early season snow took the “Turquoise Trail” into New Mexico, those headed in and around the Land of Enchantment this winter should know what else to look for aside from the white stuff: the red and green. Ski areas like Taos might give this state recognition, but its spicy chile peppers are what makes it famous. Let’s take a peek at what makes chiles and their brightly colored sauces so addictive, and the ski town spots to find the tastiest dishes.
The American Journal of Sports Medicine sets the record straight.
We thought that the war between one and two plankers ended long ago, but the American Journal of Sports Medicine opens old wounds with a recent study finding that—drumroll please—snowboarders suffer more injuries on the slopes. Specifically, inexperienced female snowboarders. The Huffington Post breaks it down here.
Working out at home is convenient, and the price is right. But if you’re lucky enough to live in one of those $200,000-a-month Manhattan studios—or if your kids and their junk have oozed into every square foot of your once-spacious home—you may not have room for all the ski-fitness equipment you desire. Fear not. Here are four items that are easy to stash and serve up everything you need to stay in prime ski shape. The first three are also ideal for travel.
Try these five ski-specific exercises that target multiple muscle groups. You'll get a full-body workout, plus you'll have the strength, endurance, balance and coordination you need to make every run count this season.
iPhone app charges you for every workout you skip and pays you for every one you don't.
Think you'll get to the gym every day this week? Willing to put your money where your mouth—and butt—is? A team of Harvard behavioral economists created an iPhone app that lets you do just that. Every week, you can use the GymPact app to log your workout commitment: how many days you'll visit the gym (or yoga studio or tennis court or swimming pool) and how much you'll pay if you flake out. The theory: The only thing harder to resist than a "Mad Men" marathon or happy hour at T.G.I. Fridays is cold hard cash.