Christina Mancuso, a mother of 3, has traveled to well over 70 cities on various Broadway National Tours. She is now residing in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio after spending a year in NYC to support her daughter's Broadway debut. Besides writing, traveling, and mothering, she is a 10-time marathon runner, freelance artist, classical violinist, and a previous Paralegal with over 20 years of writing and research experience. A former Theatre Critic for both Columbus and NYC, Christina is currently the Regional Managing Editor of BroadwayWorld.com and Editor-in-Chief of BWWFitnessWorld.com.
Fitness Tip of the Day: Don't Exercise on an Empty Stomach
May 21, 2013
You may FEEL like an elite runner when just starting out, but your body will not require the same nutrition as that of a competitive athlete.
Fitness Tip of the Day: Rise Above the Negative
May 20, 2013
Kobe Bryant said, Everything negative - pressure, challenges - is all an opportunity for me to rise.
BWW Reviews: GO CADDY - The Perfect Companion for Active Lifestyles
May 19, 2013
As a very overwhelmed mother of 3 who also has an incredibly busy full-time job and leads a very active lifestyle as a marathon runner, I'm always looking for ways to streamline and organize my life. It seems that I'm frequently hauling soccer balls, dance bags, baseball equipment, musical instruments, backpacks, lawn chairs, water bottles, and anything and everything I can stuff into my purse at any given moment.
Fitness Tip of the Day: Eat Superfoods
May 17, 2013
There are plenty of superfoods on the market which are jam-packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
Fitness Tip of the Day: Log Your Progress
May 16, 2013
Always chart your workouts so you can visually see your fitness progress.
Fitness Tip of the Day: Beat the Summer Heat
May 15, 2013
Don't let the summer heat stop you from getting outside to get your workout on.
Fitness Tip of the Day: Watch the Clock
May 14, 2013
Your internal body clock, that is.
Fitness Tip of the Day: Motivational Monday
May 13, 2013
Nadia Comaneci, Romanian gymnast, and one of the best-known gymnasts in the world, is the winner of three Olympic gold medals at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and the first female gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic gymnastic event.
DUDE, THAT'S RUDE: Race Day Etiquette (Runners Edition)
May 11, 2013
The greatest part of running a race is knowing that anyone can do it. You can be among the elite, the celebs, the disabled, the very young, the very old, and the very average. You are all running the same race, on the same day, and under the same conditions.
Fitness Tip of the Day: Strength Train
May 10, 2013
Once you turn 30, you lose about a quarter pound of muscle mass each year
Fitness Tip of the Day: Rest Without Guilt
May 9, 2013
Like a lot of devoted runners, I absolutely hate taking a day off of exercise.
Fitness Tip of the Day: Don't Be Scared of the Weather
May 8, 2013
I've never known anyone to melt in the rain besides the fictional "Wicked Witch of the West."
Fitness Tip of the Day: See Your Strength
May 7, 2013
"Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second."
Fitness Tip of the Day: Don't Skip Breakfast
May 6, 2013
One of the biggest mistakes people make is to head out for a morning run without first eating anything.
Fitness Tip of the Day: Listen to Your Body
May 3, 2013
Do you continue to workout when you're sick?
Fitness Tip of the Day: Take the First Step
May 2, 2013
Mark Twain said, 'The secret of getting ahead is getting started.'
Fitness Tip of the Day: Failure Leads to Success
May 1, 2013
Professional basketball legend, Michael Jordan said, 'I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.'
Fitness Tip of the Day: Take an Ice Bath
April 30, 2013
Do you have sore muscles? After a long run or grueling workout, the first thing your mind tells you is to relax in a nice, hot bathtub.
Fitness Tip of the Day: Try Speedwork
April 29, 2013
Speedwork is a faster way to burn more calories while improving running performance.
Fitness Tip of the Day: Be Your Best
April 26, 2013
'To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.'
Fitness Tip of the Day: Be Courageous!
April 25, 2013
Muhammad Ali said, "He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life."
Fitness Tip of the Day: Race Day Checklist
April 24, 2013
So, you've trained for the big race and it's finally here. Now what? Should you power up with a new energy bar? Test out your new shoes that you just got the night before? Get to the start line just in time for the race? Read below my Must-Do Checklist for Race Day:
BWW Reviews: WAR HORSE - A Brilliant Spectacle of Puppet Mastery
April 24, 2013
Every once in a great while, the stars align just right where a story is beautiful, the music is gorgeous, the acting is spot-on, the sets are astounding, the lighting is impeccable, and everything comes together for the magic that is theatre. Such is the case with Nick Stafford's magnificent adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's children's book, WAR HORSE, now playing at the Ohio Theatre through April 28, 2013.
Fitness Tip of the Day: Have Fun!
April 23, 2013
There's no need to drag yourself to a crowded gym every day in order to get a good workout. There are so many ways to squeeze in exercise while having fun at the same time. Here are a few non-traditional ways to get a kick out of fitness:
Fitness Tip of the Day: Recycle
April 22, 2013
Experts say you should replace running shoes between 300 and 500 miles, or depending on how hard you wear them in.
Fitness Tip of the Day: Show Appreciation
April 19, 2013
Goucher says, 'Watching the world's best compete fires you up to achieve your own feats of greatness. When it comes to running, participation and spectating go hand in hand.'
Fitness Tip of the Day: FEAR NOT!
April 18, 2013
I had the amazing opportunity to review New York Flyers President and Ironman, Alan Gardner, who had this to say about the Boston Marathon and its impact on future runs:
BWW EXCLUSIVE: Ironman, NY Flyers President, Alan Gardner Talks In the Line of Fire at the Boston Marathon
April 18, 2013
I caught up with Alan Gardner, NYC Attorney, Ironman, President of the New York Flyers, former running mate and dear friend, who ran the Boston Marathon with his girlfriend, and witnessed the tragic events of April 15, 2013. Read some of his thoughts below, outlining the day's horrific events, parellels to 9/11, his views on the impact of future races, and his incredible, indomitable spirit.
Fitness Tip of the Day: Find Inspiration
April 17, 2013
Sometimes it's good to get inspiration when feeling down, or in a rut, or just plain bored. Especially coming off the Boston bombings and to continue with the Fitness Tip of the Day yesterday, I want to post another one of my favorite quotes from Sir Roger Bannister, first runner to run a sub-4 minute mile:
Fitness Tip of the Day: Never Give Up!
April 16, 2013
On the wake of the horrific Boston Marathon bombings, it's important to reflect on our purpose. WHY do we run? Should we KEEP running after this tragic event?
Fitness Tip of the Day: Take the Kids With You
April 15, 2013
Summer time is a great opportunity to get the whole family involved in an exercise routine.
BWW Reviews: CCT's WILLY WONKA Wins the Golden Ticket
April 13, 2013
Dahl's classic novel comes to life on stage at the Lincoln Theatre in CCT's delightful production of WILLY WONKA. Adapted for stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonald with music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, this timeless story reminds us of the magic of theatre and obsession of chocolate.
Fitness Tip of the Day: Run/Walk to Increase Mileage
April 12, 2013
When training for any race, you can't expect to go out and immediately log 10 miles a day. With any length of race, whether it's a 5K or full Marathon, the best way to increase mileage is to do a run/walk combination.
Fitness Tip of the Day: Take a Vacation, But Not From Working Out
April 11, 2013
As the weather heats up and we are in the middle of spring breaks and travel season, it's important NOT to take a vacation from your workout.
Fitness Tip of the Day: Follow the 3 S's
April 10, 2013
The key to wellness is to make sure you have the 3 S's in your daily routine.
Fitness Tip of the Day: Set Realistic Goals
April 9, 2013
When beginning any exercise or fitness program, it's easy to get overwhelmed. There is a plethora of programs out there and everyone seems to be an expert in getting you that 'perfect' body.
Fitness Tip of the Day: Cross-Train
April 8, 2013
Spice up your workouts with variation. Cross-training has many benefits which will keep you mentally and physically challenged.
Fitness Tip of the Day: Use the Buddy System
April 7, 2013
Exercising with a partner not only keeps things fun, but also keeps you in check.