Snow Angels

by Mary DeLaney, Featured Athlete | I woke up this morning thinking about snow angels. Then my mind quickly went to my “to do” list. This time of year we can get so caught up in doing this, going there, making another something, mailing one more package, that we forget the magic of this season…

The ‘Pause That Can Refresh

by Mary DeLaney, Featured Athlete | When I need inspiration, I browse through our Chi Blog. I have read many of the athletes’ bios several times. Just read about Judy, the 74 year old SUP Ambassador. WOW! It got me wondering about the demographics of our Athleta family. Certainly, most of our Featured Athletes are probably ages 25-40, I am guessing. I am not. I am 57…

Yearly Maintenance (Car and Body!)

by Mary DeLaney, Featured Athlete | It’s officially Fall. Vacations are over. Kids are back in school. Time to get your car in for the long-overdue maintenance. And how about YOUR long-overdue body maintenance? Whether you are living in a 1940’s, ‘50’s, or ‘60’s model, you need to keep up with your annual service to keep your body running smoothly for a long time…

Taking an Honest Look

by Mary DeLaney, Featured Athlete | Sometimes we just have to take two steps back and take a good, honest look at ourselves, whether it is an inner investigation or a good look in the mirror. So, yes, I am an Athleta athlete. I consider it an honor to be able to communicate with the Athleta community…

Active Travel: Rethink Your Vacation

Mary DeLaney | Travel is wonderful! It stimulates your mind and can unleash that adventurous side of you. But, I often hear women say, “I hope I can keep my weight gain under 10 pounds on my vacation.” If you are one of those gals, time to rethink your vacation. When you are browsing the guide books, choose trips where you will be active…

A Slice of Humble Pie

by Mary DeLaney, Featured Athlete | I am a big believer in good nutrition. It is an essential element of fitness. However, I am having a hard time working this new item into my daily food diary. Where exactly does Humble Pie fit in? I know for certain that it isn’t a dessert, as it isn’t at all that tasty…

The Importance of Aches and Pains: Red Light or Green Light?

by Mary DeLaney, Featured Athlete | As athletes we run a 35% probability of injury each year. If you are an elite or top performer the risk is 50%+. During training and racing you will have aches and pains. How do you know which pains you can train through and which should be a cause for concern? We are calling the first type “Green Light” (GL) pain. Performing at your maximum capacity is very uncomfortable, even painful. This generalized discomfort is harmless…

Fueling Your Goals

by Mary DeLaney, Featured Athlete | Spring is starting to make itself seen, little by little. The sun is up a bit earlier and staying out a bit later. In the colder climates we are watching the snow melt and some early flowers push through the ground. We are getting the urge to be outside again and tune up our exercise program, whatever that may be. Time to hop off the stationary bike, jump out of the aerobics studio, step off the treadmill and breathe some fresh air…

Cross Training and Injury Prevention

by Mary DeLaney, Featured Athlete | When people ask me what I do to stay fit, I reply “it depends on the season.” Participating in a variety of sports not only keeps all my muscle groups working, but also it stimulates my mind…