Don't just sit there. That's the obvious lesson learned after reading Gretchen Reynolds's latest column on health and fitness for The New York Times. She cites multiple studies that point to the benefits of getting up and moving around consistently. Even people who sit for a long time and then work out for a long time at night may not benefit as much as those that move consistently during the day. To get her point, it's worth considering her write-up of at least one study.
Before our first daughter was born, I obsessed over what kind of stroller to buy. I coveted the fancy designer Bugaboo with a quilted bassinet attachment for strolling around town during naptime. (I found a used Frog on eBay.) I wanted a knobby-tired jogging stroller for getting back in shape. (A friend lent me hers.) I needed a folding infant car seat stroller for getting through airports without losing my mind. And a cheap umbrella stroller for when she got bigger. Soon we had more strollers in our garage than bikes and cars combined.
A year ago today, Chris Hondros, a New York-based photographer on assignment for Getty Images, and Tim Hetherington were killed while covering battles in Libya between government forces and rebels. Many of the details surrounding the incident are fuzzy, but Hetherington's family immediately released a statement claiming the pair was killed by injuries caused by a rocket-propelled grenade—Hondros from severe brain injuries brought on by shrapnel, and Hetherington from heavy bleeding around the leg.
Just days after Hetherington's funeral in London, long-time friend and celebrated war reporter Sebastian Junger, an Outsidecorrespondent, began thinking about starting an organization that would provide freelance journalists with emergency medical training, according to an early report from the Huffington Post's Michael Calderone. That organization, RISC (short for "Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues"), is now in the middle of hosting its first three-day, 24-hour training session in New York.
Kate Kernerman on her way to a campground. Photo: Ryan Branciforte
It was a brisk and sunny morning, typical for the dry winter we're having in San Francisco. As I locked my bike up to a sturdy fence and started down the escalator to the 24th Street subway station, I realized how odd I looked, in my running tights, fleece, and hat. I looked even more out of place as I sardined into a crowded subway car full of workaday commuters, headed east.
Ryan Branciforte, co-founder of Transit & Trails, joined me a few stops later. Our destination: Joaquin Miller Park, high in the Oakland hills. My goal: to find out whether ditching my car in order to stitch together various modes of public transit to get me from my home in SF to an awesome trail would be as annoying and as tedious as it sounded.