Health and Fitness

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Doctor’s Warning: These Bikes May be Habit-Forming

In honor of National Bike Month, Antoinette Rose, MD, internal medicine physician and the volunteer captain of the Oshman Family JCC Expresso Bike Team, takes a moment to explain the program’s appeal and why her team is in the lead of the JCC Expresso Bike Challenge. OFJCC: What are Expresso bikes? Dr....

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My First Bike to Work Day

OFJCC Staffer Andrea Longini opens up about overcoming her fear of biking in time for Bike to Work Day. As part of National Bike Month, tomorrow, May 11, is Bay Area Bike to Work Day. Local bicycle advocacy groups are asking folks to dust off their old iron steed and take...

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They Told Me I Couldn’t, That’s Why I Did

OFJCC Specialized Trainer Joe Kelso describes how he trained himself for long distance running with a shift in philosophy. In 2005, I saw a podiatrist for my inflamed Achilles tendon. At the time, I had been running 10ks and half marathons, but my goal was to run full marathons and...

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Why on Earth isn’t Every Day Earth Day?

OFJCC Garden Pedagogista Debbie Togliatti ponders the impact of small actions in the big scheme of things. It’s the eve of Earth Day, and I’m wondering how people will choose to honor the one day out of the year when we devote ourselves to thinking about our planet and/or taking action...

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Instructor Spotlight: Betty S. Says ‘Keep Going’

OFJCC yoga instructor Betty Strain shares her 50 year journey with the practice of yoga and advises us to keep going from her vantage point at 83. My philosophy is to not sit around doing nothing—get out and do something! As my mother used to say with her accent, “You...

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My Success Story: Journey to a Healthier Me

OFJCC member Rose Hagan shares her journey to better health with Specialized Trainer Joe Kelso. When I started working out with Joe Kelso, I was at least 20 pounds overweight and had plantar fasciitis and a bad knee. I couldn’t run for three minutes on the treadmill and had a...

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Three Life Lessons I Learned from Surfing

To be fair, I had no idea what I was getting into when I picked up surfing.  The first time a six foot wave slapped my face, it was enough to make me reconsider my commitment to my new hobby.  After all, getting up at the crack of dawn, paddling...

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How to Beat the Post-Grad Blues at Back-to-School Time

For the past eighteen years, school was all I knew. I realized that being a student had become my identity after someone asked me what I liked to do for fun, and I just stood there trying to come up with an answer. During my time at San Jose State, I pulled all-nighters to cram...

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The Secret to Energizing Your Zumba Workout

Teaching over 200 Zumba® participants per week, I have had every type of student: the professional dancer, the front row diva, the can’t-remember-the-moves-but-giving-it-my-all student, the high-impact guru, the leisurely dancer and more. But I’ve noticed there is one type of Zumba®  participant who gets the most out of every workout. No matter...