Reviews and Blog Posts: exercise

Eat move sleep : how small choices lead to big changes

by Tom Rath

DPL Rating:
3

In this book, Rath recognizes the unhealthy state  of our country and attempts to suggest simple, yet impactful steps toward greater health and happiness.  As the title suggests, everything revolves around eating right, moving more, and sleeping better.  Rath does an excellent job of cutting through the need for fad diets...

Working it Out

mapmyfitness

I like to work out because it's a great way to release stress, to get better sleep and to have more energy. Yada yada yada, right? We all know these things are true. But, like most people, I get into ruts when I don't exercise at all. It's soooooo hard to get back on track. But I've discovered a few fun online tools -- which are available for free -- that might help keep you motivated!

Currently I use MapMyFITNESS to track all the exercise I do, minus my bike commuting (more on that later). I'm not going to claim to understand the psychology of why logging every physical activity works, but it does. There's something extremely satisfying about having a record of what you've done to keep you motivated. MapMyFITNESS is far and away the most comprehensive free app I've used to record workouts.

Make a Date with the Weekend!

Novel Night

With so many Fresh City Life My Branch adult cultural programs happening this weekend, you'll want to make a date with yourself to have fun, learn, and explore!

Start off your Saturday with Bear Valley's Saturday Morning Book Club at 10 a.m. This month's selection is Just Like Us by Helen Thorpe. Join the conversation!

Smiley's Ukulele Cafe is meeting on Saturday at 12:30! Come share some songs!

Plan Your New Year's Resolution!

New Year's Resolutions

New Year's is just around the corner, are you prepared for your New Year's Resolution? Take a look at some places on the web to help you keep some common resolutions, including: Get Into Shape, Quit Smoking, Get a New Job, Learn a Language and Save $$$.

Getting in shape seems to be the most sought after goal of New Year's resolutions.  The only problem is, it's really hard to get started (and we don't want to embarrass ourselves trying new things in a strange gym). So what can we do to get our motivation up and our weight down?
Where can I go to workout? Check out Denver Rec Centers! They are a cheaper option to the larger national gyms.

Grasshopper, it's time to move.

 Wrap up your summer with an outdoor tai chi workshop.

 Mearl Thompson, master tai chi instructor from the Ancient Harmony studio, will be leading our tai chi workshop this August. We'll be meeting every Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. on the north lawn of the library (at the corner of 14th Ave. and Broadway). I've always wanted to experience this aesthetic form of exercise, so I'm really looking forward to this workshop. More info. 

Bicycle Commuting Classes

Commuter Bike

Dust off that bicycle languishing in your garage!

Come learn and share tricks and techniques for commuting to work on your bike! Learn how to be safe, find the best route to take, and have tons of fun, all while becoming healthy, wealthy and wise!

Bicycling improves quality of life. It gets you outside, relieves stress, makes you feel better, and creates a way to spend time with family and friends. Best of all, it’s convenient, flexible and free. Whether for recreation, transportation or competition, bicycling offers a lifetime of health and fun.

Nia, Peeps and Restyling Clothes, Oh My!

Peep Entry by Staff Member

Saturday, April 30th is jam packed full of great library activities! Whether you enjoy Nia at University Hills, Peep contest judging at Schlessman or learning about restyling kids' clothes at Smiley - we would love to have you join us!

Peep Your Book Contest: Viewing and Judging

Introduction to Nia!

This Year I Resolve To...

Once again a new year is upon us. Time to crack out some resolutions. Every year my family would write our resolutions down and burn the paper in the fireplace as a sort of contract by flame or a promise to the heavens, but whatever your tradition is, it is time to start thinking about promises for the New Year!

Some resolutions to get you motivated:

This year I resolve to...

Get in shape!

See our "Staying Healthy" page under the Research tab, there are many good links but particularly the Diets and Nutrition section will have some great pointers.

The Denver Public Library also has many great health and fitness books, DVDs, and even workout music. So come in and checkout our 613.7s.

Some choice items are:

Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred

Music to Move to

Nothing gets me moving more than the song Eye of the Tiger, but these albums provide a motivating soundtrack to get one moving and energized - whether it is cleaning the house, working out at the gym or having a dance party in the living room!

Move for a Healthier Life

Move a Little, Lose a Lot

Discover how to live a longer and healthier life!

As a 40-something librarian who had a great-grandmother live to be 106 years old, I have wondered if there were steps I could take to make all my years healthy ones. I have read several books that explained how important it is to move. The authors take a sensible approach. We will not live forever, but by moving and taking other simple steps, we can live healthier, longer lives. Join me in moving! If you have any concerns about starting an exercise program, please consult with your healthcare provider first.

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