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Take a Breather With the Merrithew Movement Tour

Written on January 23, 2013 at 2:55 pm , by

Moira Merrithew, program director of Stott Pilates, leads a workshop. (Photo courtesy of Merrithew Corporation 2013)

One smart strategy FITNESS editors rely on to stay on track with fitness goals: signing up for future active events! (Like the MORE/FITNESS Half-Marathon coming up in April. Have you registered?) Doing so inspires us to train to stay in shape, plus the actual race/fundraiser/conference is a fun way to test your limits and maybe even meet some like-minded new friends.

Interested in trying this approach yourself? We found a great option for those who aren’t big on competition: the Merrithew Mindful Movement World Tour. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Merrithew Health & Fitness (founders of Stott Pilates), they are hosting three-day gatherings in New York, California and other locations worldwide. While certified Pilates instructors will be on-hand to learn new techniques, those who have never tried the core-focused fitness method are invited to try something new with master instructors leading the way.

Click here to learn more about the classes and events offered, and register by February 15 to receive an early bird discount.

Now tell us: What get-moving get-togethers are on your to-do list?

Fit Links: #FitBlogNYC Edition

Written on May 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm , by

This week’s fit links from around the web…about the FITNESS Meet & Tweet!

Attendees dropped their tech tools to socialize, too! (Photo by Steven Meyer)

And the #FitBlogNYC tweet beat:

Thank you to all who attended and made the event so fun!

Fit For a Cause: Walking For Healthier Babies

Written on March 5, 2012 at 10:49 am , by

Written by Brittany Vickers, editorial intern

Crowds converge on a recent March starting line. (Photo courtesy of March of Dimes)

Sometimes it’s just too easy to stay planted on the couch during that Real Housewives marathon—especially during the cold winter months. You know you should fit in at least a little activity for the day, but what will inspire you to get up and go? It’s different for everyone, but a sure-fire way to feel a connection to your active side is picking a cause to be fit for!

The perfect motivation this month can be found in the form of March for Babies, the March of Dimes walks which support research to help all women have healthy, full-term pregnancies. The 3-mile events start (appropriately) in March and continue into the summer, taking place at more than 900 locations across the country. Money raised for the cause funds research and programs that promote healthy youngsters from conception to toddlers.

Each year, March for Babies enlists an ambassador family to spread the word. For 2012, it’s the Witstrucks. Now a healthy 5 year old, Kieran Witstruck was born at 31 weeks and spent the first months of his life in the newborn intensive care. Mom Shalini says she never expected Kieran to be born preterm. “Being healthy and fit is very important to me,” she says. “When I found out I was pregnant I made sure to eat healthy and maintain a good level of fitness to stay healthy during my pregnancy.”

The Witstrucks still don’t know what caused Kieran’s birth to come so early. “Forty percent of preterm births are credited to unknown causes and we fall into that category. It’s one of the things March for Babies is trying to help doctors understand,” Shalini says.

Shalini and her husband Shane are both runners, and have finished many races together. But what sets the March for Babies apart from other races and walks is the super family-friendly mentality. “It’s a great thing to bring your kids to,” she says. “They get to be a part of something to help other children and reaching the finish line gives them a real sense of accomplishment.”

Recalling one of the previous Marches she and Kieran have walked in, Shalini tells us, “I’ll never forget, I met this wonderful woman. Her son and Kieran walked together and held hands the whole way. It’s a magical thing.”

Stay tuned tomorrow for five more active events around the country that are inspiring us to keep up with our training all year long.

Fitness Meets Theatre: Run Woman Show

Written on July 20, 2011 at 11:29 am , by

Danielle prepares for the active adventure!

Written by Danielle Paquette, editorial intern

Despite extensive Googling, I had no idea what to expect from Run Woman Show in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park on Saturday. It turned out the “interactive athletic theater” is as conventional as it is searchable.

“We don’t want people to know exactly what they’re getting into,” one crewmember, Suchan, told me. “It’s part of the fun.” Following pre-emailed instructions, I arrived armed with sunscreen and my favorite Nike running shoes. Suchan handed me a marathon-style number bib and an iPod loaded with audio instructions.

“Okay everyone,” he announced to me and a dozen other intrigued participants. “We have to press play at the same time to make the next 75 minutes work. Get ready to hit on three!”

We must’ve looked bizarre silently following Suchan’s brisk-paced lead and a witty female voice in our heads. The voice, which belonged to Canadian playwright Melanie Jones, told us to relax and be present—a marathon begins with a single step.

“Run Woman Show allows you to move while you experience art,” said Jones, who began writing the MP3 script last September. “You’re running with the narrator.”

After completing four marathons and an Ironman, she found creative inspiration in the everything-you’ve-got devotion her training demanded. “I was on the road running for hours at a time, and in my head, I noticed all the human emotions you could possibly imagine: rage, bliss, peace, despair,” she said. “As an artist, that’s incredibly rich dramatic ground to draw from.”

The result (not to give anything away) is an adorable, hilarious and at times emotionally searing story about an embattled young woman’s gateway to peace: running. “I think a marathon is a great metaphor for life,” Jones said. “It can be awesome and it can be awful, but we all have to get through it.”

Along the show’s three-mile stretch, I belly laughed. Among other bits of candid hilarity, Jones relayed a race anecdote about a time when, uh, nature called. And I’ll admit it—I also cried. But in the end, when our audio heroine crossed the finish line, I felt inspired to pick up the pace in my own life. Run Woman Show is about pushing through the pain and taking strides with joy. You don’t have to be an uber-athlete to appreciate that.

Find out if Run Woman Show is happening near you at runwomanshow.com.

More from FITNESS: Running with a buddy makes time fly! Here are seven ways for finding your perfect exercise partner.

Getting Fit for a Cause: Jamie Horn and the Andi Foundation

Written on March 17, 2011 at 2:07 pm , by

Jamie Horn training for the Andi Foundation, Photo by Kevin Coloton

Here at FITNESS, we believe in getting fit for good causes. In the That’s the Spirit! section of our April issue (on newsstands now), we feature runner Jamie Horn, who’s currently training for the Potomac River Run Marathon on May 1. She’s running 26.2 miles to raise money for the Andi Foundation, a nonprofit she started to honor her best friend Andi Parhamovich.

In January 2007, Andi was killed during a terrorist attack in Iraq while working on a democracy-building mission for a nonprofit. Jamie and Andi’s family and friends created the Andi Foundation to help young women pursue careers in politics, humanitarian work and media. Learn more about the Andi Foundation and donate at theandifoundation.org. We wish Jamie the best of luck on her upcoming race!

Want to get fit for a good cause? We put together this list of our favorite fitness charity events to help you find one near you. And if there’s a cause you strongly believe in and are involved with, tell us in the comments below!

Know someone who is sharing her love of fitness with others in a creative and charitable way? Email us at spirit@fitnessmagazine.com.