Make Mine Local

Carole Nicksin’s letter to our Milwaukee Health readers.

That guy on the cover? He’s Milwaukee’s own Adam Von Rothfelder. Yes, he was on the network television show “STRONG,” but he grew up in Greenfield and owns a gym in Walker’s Point. I met him in the green room at TMJ4, where we were both appearing on “The Morning Blend.” That day, and in our subsequent meetings, I’ve been so bowled over by his energy and passion that I’ve walked away thinking, “Whatever he’s on, I want some.” In the feature, Von Rothfelder shares some of the ways he and his family stay fit, including fun his-and-hers workout exercises that will help you kick your own healthiness quota up a few notches.

Health is something we tend to think about when we’re sick, but we all know it’s something that we’d be better off tending to while we’re healthy. That’s what we here at Milwaukee Magazine had in mind when we developed this, our third Health issue. Our goal was to fill these pages with good advice and inspiration on how to eat right and get in shape (and stay that way), and maintain and improve our health so we can enjoy life more fully. There are plenty of magazines out there with a similar agenda, but what makes this one different is that it is tailored just for you, the people of Milwaukee.

With that in mind, we knew we had to include some strategies to help you make it through the dark, cold days ahead. Like a bad party guest, winter arrives in Milwaukee early and stays late. But the great ideas put forth in our Winter Survival Guide have made me hopeful that with a little planning and discipline, I can use the upcoming months to get in better shape. I was thrilled to learn about all the indoor facilities where you can keep up your summertime sports all year long. But if you’re the type who embraces the cold and wants to burn some calories outdoors, we’ve got some local routes you’re sure to love. When you’re finished with your workout, the Healthy Spa Treatment feature will point you to places you can go to get relief from whatever ails you, in addition to a little “me” time.

If you think about health as a holistic matter, then it only makes sense that your own health and that of your family is intertwined. I think you’ll find a little something for everyone on these pages, from wee ones to parents to grandparents. And it’s all happening right here in Milwaukee.

Carole Nicksin

‘Make Mine Local’ appears in Milwaukee Health, a special issue from Milwaukee Magazine.

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Editor-in-chief Carole Nicksin has worked in publishing for over 20 years. Prior to joining the staff of Milwaukee Magazine, she was the style director at All You, a Time Inc. publication. She also served as decorating editor at Home magazine. Carole has written for the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, InStyle and numerous other publications.