Pilates Becoming Popular with Men

For years Pilates has been popular with women looking to improve their flexibility and strengthen their core. But, a new study out shows that the exercises designed for total body conditioning are now attracting a record number of men. Some 12.5 million people participated in Pilates in 2006, the latest year for which figures are available, up from 9.4 million in 2003, according to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association. What’s more, of those 12.5 million more than a third are men. That’s up more than half from 2003. Experts theorize that the growing number of men who are supplementing their … Continue reading

Big Travel Deals in the Big Apple

Now that the parade watchers, holiday shoppers, and New Year’s Eve revelers have packed up and gone home, hoteliers in New York City are offering incredible rates to fill their rooms. If you have been waiting for an excuse to take in the bright lights of the city that never sleeps (and you don’t mind doing so in chilly temps) then now is the time to book your stay. The following hotels are offering spectacular rates that shouldn’t be passed up. But, don’t procrastinate… the deals are only good through February and are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Algonquin … Continue reading

The Fitness Week in Review for December 9-15

Welcome to the third week in review for December and the end of our second full week. We’ve got just nine days left until Christmas and it’s been busy here in the Fitness Blog and I am assuming it will stay busy and that’s good for those of us trying to maintain our fitness amid the hectic pace that surrounds shopping, decorating, preparing and celebrating. So here is our Fitness Week in Review: Saturday, December 9 In Hoop Dancing – It’s Not Just for Kids Anymore we talked about a growing trend on the fitness circuit that involves aerobics with … Continue reading

Men’s Fitness: Why You Have to Lift Weights

Are you the weight lifting type? Do you look in the mirror and see Atlas? You know the old advertisement that used to be in the back of magazines and comic books of the well-defined musculature on the tall figure and more. We see the weight lifting type when we look Arnold Schwarzenegger and at professional wrestlers like Hulk Hogan and more. It’s important to understand that weight lifting, weight training, resistance training and strength training are interchangeable because they all involve stressing your muscles, tearing your muscle fibers in order to have them repair and become stronger. So let’s … Continue reading

Men’s Fitness: Why Our Men Need Their Workouts

This is another one of those topics that may seem like a no brainer, but it’s important to get into it. When we think of men, we think of strong, physical presences and sports. But there’s more to being a man than just the image, there’s the biological issues including how stress affects men and how it affects their health. Heart Problems Cardiac problems in men often outdistance the same issues in women because men tend to internalize their stress. Problems with ulcers, chronic heartburn or acid reflux and more can really leave a man feeling under the weather. Exercise … Continue reading

Men’s Fitness: How Does He Feel About His Body?

There are a lot of differences between men and women starting with our biology and stretching to our forms of communication and our perspectives. How men feel about their bodies and how women feel about theirs are different in some ways and alike in others. For women, when it comes to their body type and shape – the presence of body fat is a huge thing. But for men, it’s about more than the body fat – it’s about muscle. A man can feel unfit if he has a lack of bulk muscle, even if he is high in lean … Continue reading

The Best of New York

Having placed ourselves in a comfortable hotel and finding our way onto a subway line that ran in the right direction, we spent a couple of hours wandering around what is commonly called “the Village.” The Greenwich Village section of New York has at least one quaint and quiet, street on which we found some of the best pastries I have ever eaten. This shop was not one I had read about or heard about in any travel brochures, but one of those small, storefront shops excellent for a short rest stop that includes coffee and a snack. I wish … Continue reading