Whether we’re at home, at work or on the go, distractions abound. Smartphones, email, text messaging and social media are always within reach. We listen for the buzz, ding or ring, notifying us of a new message.In a society where busyness is the norm, intentionally taking time to be mindfully aware of ourselves and our surroundings can feel foreign or selfish.
Photos by JOSH BACHMAN
On a nearly cloudless Central Texas spring day, a group of mothers and mothers-to-be meet up at the basketball court in Lions Club Park in Killeen.
Whether starting a new exercise regimen or returning to the gym after a long absence, there are steps to take to get the most out of your workout. The most important first step — commitment.
One month after giving birth to a baby boy, Jess Zimmerman of Killeen hit the wall. A blind couple last summer hit the wall. Two Fort Hood soldiers in their twenties, Brian Calandra and Cameron Prince, hit the wall often.
By CATHERINE HOSMAN
By CATHERINE HOSMAN
Relax your body. Slow, lengthen, and deepen your breathing. Clear your mind. These are the gentle, calming directives Simone Tucker typically gives students at the beginning of every yoga class she teaches.
“It’s noodle time” is not a common phrase heard in a swimming pool, but when Kathleen McDonald says it, all of her water divas, and a few divos, know what she means — more fun and challenging exercises in the water. Five times a week, McDonald, a certified water instructor, takes her students through work-out routines in the Water Spin or Water Fitness classes at Central Texas College’s swimming pool.
Story by Gail Dillon
At any grocery store checkout stand, magazine covers tout fit-looking models with stories promising new weight loss secrets and workout plans. TV ads hawk fitness equipment and nutritional supplements.
Personal fitness trainers Tom Maher and Nicole Fox felt an instant connection when they met. As they exercised together building muscles, a new romance also started to take shape.
In this 21st century of high technology where everything is expected in a nanosecond, how do you avoid the pitfalls of overprocessed, pre-packaged and fast food most likely laden with pesticides, antibiotics and whatever other chemicals deemed safe for use in our foods?
On a day better suited for sailing than bicycle riding, heavy winds pushed 16 bikers into a low crouch. Heads down. Elbows in. Feet, calves and thighs pumping up and down. Calls of “car up” echoed down the line of riders pushing along Sparta Road.
Story by Catherine Hosman
Stocking your kitchen with the essential tools is the key to making cooking enjoyable, fast, and fun. Many people claim they “hate to cook” or that they “can’t cook,” and you would understand why if you stepped into their kitchens. Even a short, 30-minute recipe that requires only a couple chopped ingredients becomes very laborious when using a dull knife; and then cooking with a cheap, thin pan that causes foods to stick or burn only escalates the problem. No wonder people choose to eat out or warm up a pre-made convenience meal from the freezer.