In a world that is constantly being rocked with painful events, it’s more important than ever to be kind to and gentle with your body, mind, spirit and, of course, your fellow beings. That’s why I decided to begin this new column. We’re all in this heartbreaking, joyful, angry, confusing, …Read More »
In my Irish clan, we’ll occasionally Irish step dance at weddings and funerals. But, recently, all on my own and a bit tentative-feeling, I went square dancing. I opened the doors to Mobtown Ballroom in Pigtown, and was hit with the power of fun. A bluegrass band was going full …Read More »
Gym with a Mission Missionfit Baltimore gives kids a place to work out, and work out their feelings.
At first glance, this nonprofit’s airy industrial space—located above a body shop in Remington—seems a readymade haven for hip caffeine-seekers, line-editing their newest screenplays and chatting about the new exhibit at the Visionary Arts Museum. It’s a neat surprise to find the walls lined with dumbbells, certified Crossfit coaches playing a …Read More »
Kidding Around A journalist takes her active baby to “Together with toddler” Yoga and learns what it really means to let loose and unwind.
I’M NOT WHAT YOU’D CALL a yogini by any stretch, but I do like to have de-stressing fun with my 18-month-old daughter. So, on a day when we both needed an outing—even her baby dolls were arguing—I dug out some yoga pants and her leggings, and we hit Together with …Read More »
KEEP YOUR RESOLUTION! Make it stick! Heat up with a membership to the brand-new, ultra-artful Under Armour Performance Center at 10 Light Street. The facility combines the building’s historic character and elegance with a state-of-the-art fitness center. It is an unusual pairing: an Art Deco masterpiece, now with treadmills. The …Read More »
Do the Holiday Hustle! How a quick pre-party workout can prevent bloat and halt holiday weight gain.
THE HOLIDAY SEASON is a time for tenderness, family, thankfulness. OK, and overeating. And hollow resolutions. And stretch pants. Personal trainer Kenny Clemons, a former Marine trainer with more than 12 years of experience, says quick, classic exercises are the best way to battle belly bloat around the holidays. And …Read More »
I’M AN ALL-OR-NOTHING kind of girl. When I set my mind on losing weight as my 2014 New Year’s resolution, I didn’t stop—or cheat—until I reached my goal. I credit part of that success to Nick Fry, behavioral specialist at Medifast, the Owings Mills-based company whose low-carb eating plan helped me …Read More »
Put Your Left Foot In Can positivity-fueled Nia activate your authentic inner dancer even if you’re uncoordinated?
Dance steps intimidate me, so I’m apprehensive about taking my first Nia class— Nia stands for Neuromuscular Integrative Action, by the way, which doesn’t exactly ease my (uncoordinated) mind. As I begin the Sunday morning workout with charismatic instructor Lola Manekin, in her flowing gypsy pants—her long black hair tied …Read More »
As someone who loves the idea of yoga but hates the practice, I’m always searching for a shortcut to inner peace. Labyrinths have been touted as “walking meditation” so I decided to give them a try. The way I understand it, you ask yourself a big question—say, “What’s the meaning …Read More »
Leave it to an MIT grad to implement a fitness membership model we’ve been craving for years. (If only we’d invented it first!) Enter ClassPass, founded by dancer and entrepreneur Payal Kadakia. Launched in NYC in 2013, the innovative offering may make gym memberships—or multiple gym memberships (guilty!)—a thing of …Read More »