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Oldie Yogi

Good genes aside, journalist Tom Brokaw is pushing 70 and looks incredible! Although he admitted to Conan O’Brien on Jan. 12th’s The Tonight Show that he didn’t know about “abs” before he moved to L.A. (apparently he didn’t mix with the right crowd during his early career while living in middle America) he shared his secrets to keeping healthy, trim and active at his age – bicycling and yoga.

“I like bicycling. Last year I was bicycling in the south of France and also in South Africa. I’m getting ready to go to New Zealand and Australia to do some bicycling,” Tom says. “I do workout with weights to some degree although my wife is pushing me back into yoga again. I wear a pained expression when I’m doing it.”

Yep, this nark does the downward dog, just not in a tie like Conan expected. I realize 70 isn’t that old, (you can’t blame me, the post’s title had such a fun ring to it!) but the only form of exercise my grandfather does is walking up/down the flight of stairs in his house, so it’s great to see Tom staying so active amidst his busy schedule.

How can you make Tom’s workout routine work for you? In Tom’s case, he talks about that “as you go through life you’re much more conscious of trying to stay energetic and trying to stay mentally alert” but in reality, yoga is the perfect complement for biking and cycling. Yoga guru Sadie Nardini (of NYC’s The Fierce Club) put together a great video that demonstrates stretches you should add to your routine. Yoga For Cyclers.

Namaste.

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Weekend Fitness Round-Up : July 10-12

Bike and Run Your Way Around NYC This Weekend!

Friday, July 10th

What: Free Bike Fridays
Where: Governor’s Island
Why: From my brief excursion to pick up lunch I know that the sun is shining and a cool breeze is in the air! There’s no better weather than that for a leisurely NYC bike ride!
More info: click here

What: CrossFit Games 2009
Where: California (sorry!)
Why: An entire weekend of events like a 7.1km run on a steep hill, deadlifts, rowing, sandbag runs and more! I get exhausted just reading about it. Keep up to date with the competition to find the fittest athlete at http://games2009.crossfit.com/

Saturday, July 11th

What: UrbanSchleppers Bike Hunt
Where: Around NYC, Meet at 26th Street and West Side Highway in the park in front of pier 66
When: Arrive at 10:30am to register and receive clues and map. Hunt starts at 11am
Why: Fitness for a cause! Grab a partner and hunt through NYC on bike while raising money ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)! Complete as many clues as you can during the 3 hour cut-off for points and the team that reaches the finish line with the most points gathered wins!  Race ends at a pub so riders can celebrate and swap stories
More info: $20 for solo rider (get matched up) or $35 for 2 person team (deadline 7/10 online registration) or $40 (day of). Click here for more information

Sunday, May 17th

What: Yoga for Athletes with Emilie Smith
Where: Lululemon 1127 3rd Ave. at 66th St.
When: 6:30-7:30pm
Why: Explore how yoga can add to a successful training program. This workshop is designed to explore poses and techniques to help athletes and fitness enthusiasts increase their range of motion and flexibility, particularly in the hip, hamstring and shoulder area. Additionally, a focus on breathing and balancing is designed to improve concentration and mental endurance.
More info: RSVP: east66th-store@lululemon.com

What: ING New York City Marathon Long Training Run #1
Where: Central Park
When: 7am
Why: Gearing up to run a fall marathon? Practice a  long run (6-20 miles) in this “non-competitive run, featuring built-in fuel, pace-setters, and training partners” with the NYRR.
More info: click here