Category: Workout Advice

Frankenstorm Sandy gave east coast Nancercizers a chance to “exercise” our resilience to life’s surprises and find ways to move our bodies outside the park. All of this is totally in keeping with the philosophy of Nancercize—get outdoors and use whatever you find out there! Here’s how to use curbs, scaffolding, street wall, and steps as your exercise equipment so you don’t lose your momentum.

Whether you live in or are visiting the Bay Area, you’ll think about parks in a whole new way. I’ve just begun the national tour to promote “Nancercize: 101 Things to Do on a Park Bench,” and I couldn’t have found a more perfect place to begin than the Bay Area. Join me as I explore a surprisingly large lake near downtown Oakland, a soothing pond in Marin, and a gorgeous reservoir park in Lafayette. There’s never no place to be active.

We’re all lead busy lives these days. You don’t need to decide between taking care of yourself and spending time with your family. Find out about over a dozen ways to get outdoors and get moving together.

If you want to laugh and feel cool at the same time after exercising, nothing works better than an outdoor spray shower. Lucky for us, park and playground designers are including water elements and shower sprays more often in new designs and in re-designs. Go on, reward yourself after a steamy workout and be a kid again!

We’re all short on time and even if we manage to squeeze a workout into our overloaded days, warm ups and cool downs tend to get short shrift. After all, they don’t feel like they’re doing much. “Can’t we just get on with it?” And “”I’m done, gotta go!” In reality, taking the time to warm up and cool down will help you make sure that your workouts are a pleasure, not a pain!

People who want to get fitter and healthier often ask me, “But Nancy, how do I get started? “ This is a great question, and an important one because the last thing you want to do is let an injury discourage you – or stop you dead in your tracks.

Tick tock! Time is a precious commodity, and so you want to make the most of it. That having been said, the short answer to the question of when is the best time to exercise is: in the morning, in the late afternoon, and whenever you have time.