Exercise

In China, The Kids Are Not Alright

In China, The Kids Are Not Alright

There’s a clever English language play on words, “assuming makes an ass out of you and me.” As an American expat straddling two cultures, I confess that it’s all too easy to make sweeping generalizations about differences, usually defaulting to […]

A 7 Minute Workout That Really Works

A 7 Minute Workout That Really Works

“Maximum Results With Minimal Investment”. It sounds like a shady late night infomercial, but it’s actually the subtitle of a well publicized review article from the May-June issue of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal. Titled High Intensity […]

Are Chinese Healthier Than Americans?

Are Chinese Healthier Than Americans?

During these hot summer evenings, my wife and I love to bike around Beijing’s hutongs. On every street corner and in every park, generations of families, friends and neighbors dance en masse, sing along to a classic tune, and chat away […]

Are You Ready For Winter?

Are You Ready For Winter?

Winter’s chill is upon us already, and the months ahead can feel very long — but you can fight off the winter blues with a few health tips. One major problem with Beijing’s winters is the dry air. Beijing’s extremely […]

Do You Know Your Target Exercise Heart Rate?

Do You Know Your Target Exercise Heart Rate?

I often lecture people on exercise, and I frequently mention how 150 minutes a week of “moderate” exercise can be just as healthy as 90 minutes of heavier exercise. But what’s the difference between light, moderate and heavy? The American […]

The Evidence For Exercise

Since this is a wellness blog, I feel a constant urge to get readers more enthusiastic about one of life’s pleasures — exercise. Here’s yet another article from the New York Times (Personal Health – Studies Show Further Health Benefits […]

Does Exercise Make You Sleep Better?

Does Exercise Make You Sleep Better?

This week I already mentioned how exercise can relieve anxiety; now there’s even more good news on exercise (like we needed any). This latest New York Times article examines a recent study that examined children and assessed whether more exercise […]

Exercise Makes You Less Anxious

Exercise Makes You Less Anxious

We all know that exercise is crucial for long-term health, and most of us realize that we feel mentally healthier and more relaxed as well. But is there evidence that exercise helps your mental health and relaxes you? Yes, there […]