Category Archives: Fitness

Fitbit to be Tied, Part 2

{Previous post: Fitbit to be Tied, Part 1} Strapping on a Fitbit activity tracker did indeed make me more active this summer. I’ve worn a pedometer in the past, but the Fitbit offered a new twist in the form of … Continue reading

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Fitbit to be Tied, Part 1

I was only two or three minutes into David Sedaris’s piece about his love for the Fitbit when I knew I had found it — the new gimmick that would motivate me out of my lethargy and get me moving … Continue reading

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The Filipek Tennis Tournament

Photos from the 2014 Wint Filipek Sr. Memorial Tennis Tournament at Copper Valley Club (Scroll to the bottom to see thumbnails of each image) It was my pleasure to be a part of the Filipek tennis tournament this year. The … Continue reading

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Motivational mixing

Every now and then, I get motivated to do some jogging, which I loathe. It’s no surprise that it’s usually in the spring, when it’s time to end my long months of hiding from the cold. Before I think about … Continue reading

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Laughter Yoga, or Laughing When There’s No Joke

“And the forests will echo with laughter. Does anybody remember laughter?” — Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin Supposedly we could laugh in any situation, and we pantomimed laughing while paying the bills, cleaning the house, and talking with a telemarketer. Laughter … Continue reading

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Walk 10,000 Steps a Day for Over 1,000 Days: The Streak is Dead; Long Live the Streak

Doing anything for 1,043 days in a row is sure to bring its challenges, and walking at least 10,000 steps a day had its share: darting out of a basement pub into the New Haven streets before the entrées came … Continue reading

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Hiking the Inca Trail, Day 4: Race to the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu

“Life is a journey, not a destination.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson Day 4–Wiñaywayna to Intipunku (Sun Gate), approx. distance: 2.5 miles (4 km), approx. time: 1.5 hours; plus a walk down to Machu Picchu {See also: Preparation | Day 1 | … Continue reading

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Hiking the Inca Trail, Day 3: The Long and Winding Road

“The long and winding road that leads to your door Will never disappear.” –The Beatles Day 3: Paqaymayo to Wiñaywayna, approx. distance: 11 miles (18 km), approx. time: 8 hours. {See also: Hiking the Inca Trail: Preparation | Day 1 … Continue reading

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Hiking the Inca Trail, Day 2: Nobody Messes with Dead Woman’s Pass

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” –Lao Tzu Day 2: Wayllabamba to Paqaymayo, approx. distance: 7.5 miles (12 km), approx. time: 6-7 hours {See also: Hiking the Inca Trail: Preparation | Day 1 | Day 3 … Continue reading

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Hiking the Inca Trail, Day 1: Peruvian Flatlands

“Put one foot in front of the other And soon you’ll be walking ‘cross the floor.” –Kris Kringle, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town Day 1: Km 82 to Wayllambama, approx. distance: 7 miles (11 km), approx. time: 5-6 hours … Continue reading

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