Milwaukee Health - - CONTENT -

Here’s to your health.

OK, I AD­MIT IT: Since mov­ing to Milwaukee about a year and a half ago, I’ve put on a few pounds. Look­ing back, I have no one to blame but my­self. ▸mbar­rass­ingly, it is a case of too many fish fries, IPAs and Ho­ley Mo­ley dough­nuts. Fac­tor in my com­pul­sive need to try ev­ery new restau­rant in town, then di­vide the sum by my low­ered ac­tiv­ity level (Oops, I for­got to re­place all the walk­ing I did when I lived in New York with some other type of ex­er­cise!). Now I’m left with some too-tight jeans and skirts that serve as an irk­some re­minder that I used to be mea­sur­ably smaller.

The good news is, sum­mer makes it easy – well, eas­ier – to lose weight and get in shape. When it’s nice out­side, I of­ten ride my bike or walk to work, and I en­joy play­ing tennis and swim­ming. I also eat more fruit, veg­eta­bles and lighter foods in gen­eral.

More good news: This spe­cial is­sue is packed with ideas and in­spi­ra­tion for a health­ier you, from great recipes for good-for-you grilling (page 28) to five of the most fun, most chal­leng­ing work­outs in town (page 16) to the per­sonal sto­ries of some very fit folks (page 40), who re­veal their spe­cial mo­ti­va­tions for work­ing out.

But health isn’t just about diet and ex­er­cise. We’ve got the low­down on a num­ber of top­ics, in­clud­ing some great in­for­ma­tion on how to keep your brain and your body in great con­di­tion as you age (page 34). And an­i­mal lovers will def­i­nitely want to read the ar­ti­cle (page 10 ) about us­ing CPR to re­vive a pet. That’s some use­ful in­for­ma­tion, in­deed.

I like to think of our Health is­sue as an owner’s man­ual for your body. Give it a read, and then get mov­ing – and don’t stop un­til you work up a sweat.

Ca­role Nicksin ca­[email protected]­wau­keemag.com @CaroleNicksin

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