The Drop Bag is stocked with Active Pursuit reading to enjoy at the finish line of your day, or a coffee break serving as the equivalent of a stop at an aid station. Look for it as a mid-week feature on The Active Pursuit.
MPS adds CrossFit: Probably more intense than algebra, MacDowell Montessori School now offers CrossFit classes to students and teachers, a first in the Milwaukee Public School System. Chris Johnston, the teacher behind the effort, says: “I saw the need in terms health and fitness among our students and it was clear to me that they could not only benefit from the program, but that many of them wanted to be involved in fitness or athletics beyond high school sports.” Click here for the full story from OnMilwaukee.com
Jump around, correctly: This post from personal trainer Ambrose WB will serve athletes training with plyometrics and the Badger fans in Camp Randall. One of the main points: “Everyone does too much, too fast. Generally, you’ll find the guidelines ranging from 60 points of contact (or jumps) to 200 points of contact, per individual, per session. As a Coach, I know there are going to varying opinions on volume, but there are standards to work from.”
Exercise for mental health: For years, I’ve been a fan of psychotherapist Phil Chard, and his regular columns in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. This piece, extolling the mental health benefits of exercise, truly resonated: “In fact, there is compelling evidence from multiple studies that exercise is a bona fide mental health treatment in its own right. Simply put, exercise is mental health therapy. If you’re already emotionally balanced, it helps keep you that way. If you’re not, it helps get you that way.”
Hunting in state parks: This story in the Isthmus explains the history of Act 168, the Sporting Heritage Bill that expands hunting and allows trapping in Wisconsin State Parks. Note that the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board is set to vote on the rules covering it’s implementation next month, and will accept comments on the rules through Dec. 7.
Targeting cyclists: Wisconsin native Bob Mionske, who runs a bicycling law practice in Portland, Ore., talks about cyclists as targets of angry motorists in this NBC News piece.