Linda Eskin

About the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd Edition

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans is a solid resource — a brief-but-comprehensive education in the importance of being active throughout our lives. It’s well organized, readable, and FREE to download (a PDF file) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. If the entire 117-page document … Read more

Fitness Benefits of Practicing Aikido

Participation in martial arts classes offers a constellation of benefits beyond any “just exercise” training. Not only is it physically active, the training develops awareness and in-the-moment presence. Martial arts improve our balance (both physically and emotionally). The continuous attention and learning required in the ongoing pursuit of mastery challenges the mind to stay sharp and focused. Classes are social … Read more

Typography and Colors — Style Guide —TEST POST

Congratulations! You’ve stumbled onto my test post, where I try out all the styles on my site. :-) The post title should be Heading 1, so I don’t use it within the posts. Heading 2 – This is Heading Level Two Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Donec odio. Quisque volutpat mattis eros. … Read more

Simple Standing Exercises You Can Do at Home with No Equipment

Two that I’ve been using consistently in my Zoom workouts are jumping jacks and squats. Both are simple, and infinitely variable. Note that I’m also writing a post discussing these, but you’re welcome to use them, too. Non-Jumping Jacks Jumping jacks are a classic callisthenic exercise. They are simple, and use tons of energy. But … Read more

The Magic of Doing Quick Warmups, Whenever

We all know about warming up before a workout. We get our muscles warmed up (literally – our temperature increases), heart and lungs going, and joints moving a bit more freely. But we usually don’t think of doing warmups on their own, strictly for the benefits they offer during an ordinary day. “I don’t feel … Read more

Don’t Rely on BMI (Body Mass Index)

A few years back my BMI, or “Body Mass Index,” was 26.9 – well into the “overweight” category. It was right there on my medical chart, and every time I visited the doctor they’d be sure to remind me that I was “overweight.” My weight tracking and food logging apps displayed it ominously in red … Read more