Category Archives Fitness and Exercise

Compared to many countries in Europe, Sweden is not greatly affected by tick-related problems. However, when involved in any outdoor activity in Sweden during the summer, it is worth keeping in mind that the Swedish forests and grasslands do have ticks, with can carry associated diseases such as Borrelia and TBE (tick-borne encephalitis). Cases of TBE are confined mostly to…

The summer vacation season is in full swing, and that means relaxing and letting loose for a lot of people. And, hey, why not? We could use a break, right? Vacation is a time to sleep in, stay up late, eat and/or drink a little too much, and generally cut yourself some slack. For most people, exercise slips pretty quickly…

Walking is good for you. And as someone who ruptured his Achilles a couple months ago, I look forward to doing it again soon. But for those bipeds who aren’t slowed by injury, walking is not only healthy and environmentally responsible, it’s the best way to really and truly investigate a place you’re visiting. When you’re walking, you pick up…

The island of Tenerife has a lot to offer cyclists, from those who are looking for a way to explore the island at a leisurely pace and take in the sights, to those who want more of an adventure. You can choose from the sensational steep climbs and exhilarating descents of the mountains, or take the flatter, coastal option. When…

Many people use their vacations as a means to relax, escape their day jobs, and enjoy peace of mind for several days out of the year. Unfortunately, the extravagant meals, excessive alcohol consumption, and long days spent on the beach are detrimental to a vacationer's mental and physical well being because they are unhealthy in their own right. Masters degree…

Does talk of the upcoming winter Olympics have you channeling your inner Lindsey Vonn or Shaun White? Skiing and snowboarding are great winter activities -- fun meets fitness.  Regardless of where in the world you decide to visit to participate in these types of winter sports, there are some safety issues to consider:  protect your head and face, keep warm…

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