Category Archives: Dare to Walk

Boot Up Properly To Walk Anywhere

Marc Woodard, April 2018 I’m often ask why I ‘Boot Up’ to walk Tigard’s easily accessible sidewalks, parkway and greenway paved trail systems. That is, I typically wear boots and protective clothing with backpack. My reasoning is basically 5-fold. 1) I often walk through narrow dirt trail systems in publically owned wooded areas with overgrown brush and weeds within City boundaries. You can find these remote trails within and around Dirksen Nature Park, Bull Mountain (more…)

Nature’s Best-In-Class Stair Master on Bull Mountain

Walking to Bull Mountain Trail Head Like most fitness enthusiasts I’m always looking for a variety of exercise activities that’ll keep me motivated to walk daily – If I can find it outdoors all the better. After the Holidays and during the winter months there’s nothing better than a “Mid-Intensity fat burning walking activity,” especially on an uphill grade with multiple switchbacks and preferably in a wooded area. If such a place exists, you’ve just (more…)

Control Diabetes & Lose Weight Naturally

Visit COOL-places that motivate you to walk more. Last Updated:  20 January 2018 A good way to manage diabetes and lose weight safely is to understand the connection between the different types of carbohydrate foods consumed…  And the effects unhealthy food choice has on blood sugar levels can lead to illness and disease. Learn how to select healthier food choices listed in a Glycemic Index (GI).  When applying this knowledge consistently – helps to maintain (more…)

Walkable Cities Motivates Bodies to Move

Weight loss resolutions represent the number one commitment people make each year. Now more people than ever are attracted to walkable communities with recreational amenities to help melt away those pounds. The National Center for Health Statistics show more than one-third (36.5%) of U.S. adults have obesity (NCHS 2015).  Overweight conditions don’t just present a diabetes and heart disease risk for adults.  There is now what some consider a near epidemic of childhood obesity cases (more…)

Walk Tigard with Marc Woodard

Bailey’s Burger Shop in Down Town Tigard If you’d like a more challenging walking exercise experience… MirrorAthlete is looking to begin a monthly and/or quarterly walk activity in the City of Tigard. Our walk loops will be no less than 5 miles.  If you want to participate more information will be provided at MirrorAthlete’s affiliate FB page named DaringToWalk . If there is enough interest in a dedicated chat room at MirrorAthlete home site, we can provide that service for the group (more…)

Back Pain Relief Wisdom

Don’t let back pain prevent you from exploration and activities you enjoy. Last Updated:  24 Jan 2016 The most common muscular skeletal weight bearing pain typically occur within the lower back for many.  Whereas soft tissue and bone, or musculoskeletal tissue becomes compromised.  Which include nerves, cartilage, disc, ligaments and tendons where localized swelling, soreness and aggravating and radiating pain occur. Human studies and statistics have shown low back pain will account for more sick leave and (more…)

How to Exercise Safely and Increase Fitness Levels

  Updated:  19 Feb 2014 There are so many exercise programs one could engage in to increase fitness levels.  How does one know which is right for them? This question is important why?  Increased fitness levels contribute to healthy heart, lungs, metabolism, lean body, body strength, reduced body fat, weight loss, sustainment of body weight and better physical endurance and energy levels.  Not to mention, excellent  pain alleviation benefits for weight bearing arthritic joints. So what you really (more…)