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Julie M.

San Francisco, California
I have been into fitness ever since college, where I took a swimming class to reduce stress and then started running. I moved on to weight training and Jazzercise--I know, that dates me!--and now I do a little of everything, including gym workouts, outdoor boot camp, walking, ballet class and other fitness classes. I believe in moderation when it comes to food, so I eat pretty much everything, trying to keep my portions small and stop when I feel full. As a longtime writer, I read... Full Bio
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Curbing Cravings? What Really Works by Julie M. Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Eating Every afternoon right around 4:30 or 5:00, I get the munchies. Well, not really the munchies, but unless I've had a really big or late lunch, I start anticipating dinner whi ... Read on »
Keep Your Cool During Summertime Workouts by Julie M. Posted in: General Discussion in Exercise Although it sometimes feels as though summer never comes to San Francisco what with all the wind and the fog, there are those blessed days when the sun shines and the temp ... Read on »
Wanna Give Zumba a Try? by Julie M. Posted in: Questions & Answers in Dance Those of us who cut out fitness teeth on aerobics and Jazzercise classes are always looking for the next big thing in group fitness. Turns out for many it is Zumba, a high-en ... Read on »
Snack Hearty! by Julie M. Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Eating A couple of months ago I share on Wellsphere that I enjoyed Trader Joe’s peanut butter-filled pretzels. I eat them almost every day around 5:00, about an hour or so before di ... Read on »
More on H2O by Julie M. 1 Comment Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Eating I just reported that water is the best sports drink around, and drinking more of it can even help you lose weight. But what if you crave a little flavor with your H2O? Well, ... Read on »
The Perfect Diet Drink by Julie M. 1 Comment Posted in: General Discussion in Exercise It should come as no surprise. If you’re trying to lose or maintain a healthy weight, water is the best beverage around. Research from a study of the water-drinking habits of ... Read on »
Walk This Way by Julie M. 2 Comments Posted in: General Discussion in Strength Training Did you know that walking on sand burns almost twice as many calories as walking on a trail or road? If you have access to a beach, take your walks there as plodding across a ... Read on »
More On Healthy Breakfasts by Julie M. Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Eating Don’t like eggs and spinach? I have another combo for you: oatmeal and strawberries. There’s something in oatmeal, especially the steel-cut kind, or coarse oats, called oat ... Read on »
Interval Training Beats Boredom, Builds Stamina by Julie M. Posted in: General Discussion in Exercise I don’t know about you, but the thought of spending 30-plus minutes running, using the StairMaster, elliptical trainer, or exercise bike straight bores me silly. The only thi ... Read on »
Two Percent Milk is NOT Low Fat by Julie M. 1 Comment Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Eating Recently the fact that Starbucks switched from whole milk to 2 percent milk in its espresso drinks made news. And many of us reach for the 2 percent when we’re trying to lowe ... Read on »
Skip the Sunscreen for Five? by Julie M. 3 Comments Posted in: Questions & Answers in Recreation We’re all so conditioned to slather on the SPF 15 or higher that we may be shortchanging ourselves on vitamin D! Although we do get vitamin D from food—fortified cereals an ... Read on »
To Stretch or Not to Stretch? by Julie M. 1 Comment Posted in: Questions & Answers in Exercise For a long time, stretching has been considered a mandatory part of any warm up. Many runners, bikers, and aerobics junkies stretch before they start out, and stretching is ... Read on »
Getting Kids to Get Fit by Julie M. 1 Comment Posted in: General Discussion in Exercise My son, like his dad, is a serial team sports player. Since he started tee-ball in preschool and moved on to basketball, baseball, soccer, and golf, and lacrosse, it's never ... Read on »
Exercise for Your Health (Physical and Mental) by Julie M. Posted in: General Discussion in Stress Management Runners know the feeling: you've made it halfway through, and those endorphins kick in, and you feel like you could go forever. What began as something you had to push yours ... Read on »
Some like it Hot! And That's Good for Your Diet by Julie M. Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Eating Of all the spices nesting in my spice drawer, my favorite has to be the red pepper flakes. I sprinkle them in everything from scrambled eggs to pasta. And it turns out I mig ... Read on »
Spray Away Germs While You're on the Run by Julie M. Posted in: General Discussion in Exercise Most gyms now provide anti-bacterial gel dispensers in the weight and aerobics rooms so members can avoid sharing and passing along germs via equipment and free weights. And ... Read on »
If You're New to Yoga, Take it Easy at the Start by Julie M. Posted in: General Discussion in Yoga In San Francisco, it's literally hard to drive down a city block and not see a sign for a yoga studio. Bikram, Ashtanga, power yoga - they're all available and not just in ... Read on »
Lay It On Thick! (The Sunscreen That Is) by Julie M. Posted in: General Discussion in Recreation We all know that we're supposed to wear sunscreen, not just at the beach or when we're outdoors for long periods but every day. While it's okay to just rub on a light laye ... Read on »
Heard of ChiRunning? Now You Have by Julie M. 1 Comment Posted in: General Discussion in General Medicine Most of us just head out the door in our running shoes, racking up the miles until it's time to stop, giving little thought to form. And, many of us get injured; knees, hips ... Read on »
Back On Your Bike? Make Sure You Warm Up to Avoid Injury by Julie M. 1 Comment Posted in: General Discussion in Biking Maybe you took the winter off from cycling, or maybe you were focusing on another activity such as running or gym workouts. But if you're just getting back into cycling, be ... Read on »