Author: Tracy Hicks

I live in a city and teach outdoor fitness classes and so I generally get plenty of outside time, but it is not quite the same as time spent outside exercising in nature. And while I love the vibrancy of the city and the outdoor playground it offers, I need to escape from it at least once a week to refuel my soul.
Have you ever noticed that the harder you try to lose weight, the more reluctant it seems to be to come off? And that once the weight does come off, it generally comes back with some extra pounds to boot? There is a good reason for this: Dieting turns off your natural ability to monitor your true hunger.
Psst! Hey you! Want to feel healthier? Here's a little mission I sent my clients on recently to accomplish just that. The impetus for creating Operation Vegetable was to encourage my group fitness clients to eat healthier. In my classes, I often ask clients what they had for dinner the night before. I do this, one, to give them a rest between exercise sets and two, to get recipe ideas for myself and for the group at large. 
The last time you jumped rope, you may have been on the playground singing “Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around. Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground . . .” A lot of us left our jump-roping careers behind at age 9 or 10, but there are plenty of good reasons to resurrect this pastime.