Avery Reekstin

    Avery Reekstin writes an intermittent fitness column for our Health page citing her experiences from going to the gym for many years. Occasionally, a column about unhealthy food is sprinkled in.

    Cardiovascular exercise (cardio) is any movement that increases heart rate and blood flow. Though many people think of running as the main form of cardio, there are many different options for someone like myself — who dislikes running — or maybe someone with knee problems or other injuries t…

    Pilates is a form of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates which improves core strength, flexibility and balance. It promotes circulation, good posture and the reduction of back pain, while increasing overall muscular tone and strength, according to Robin Blais, owner and personal trainer of …

    Sometimes you just can’t make it to the gym, you only have a short time between work and dinner, your kids are sick, or the car is in the shop. Life can certainly get in the way of our normally scheduled exercise, and we have to get creative to keep up with our goals.

    In the gym, consistency isn’t necessarily your best friend. Routine, in many ways, can be an obstacle to gains. So don’t be afraid to switch things up; vary your patterns, your workouts, your miles.