Fitness

Features and tips devoted to exercise trends and strategies to maintain overall fitness.

Treadmill Desks Can Be Good For Your Health

By Mia James As research continues to warn us about the health risks of our sedentary lifestyles, we are coming up with more ways to reduce the time we spend seated, even at our desk jobs. We are trying standing desks, kneeling desks, exercise balls for more-active sitting, and even tread­mill desks that allow us […]

Grab a Group: Exercise Trends and Classes

Fitness classes and small group exercise offerings provide challenge and community. By Diana Price Have you browsed your gym’s group workout schedule lately? If you have, you know that the variety of classes offered today truly provides options for every interest and ability level. And if you haven’t considered participating in a class or small […]

Happy Mind, Healthy Body

Five easy ways to achieve mind-body wellness. By Maryann Hammers Long-distance runner Beth Weinstein remembers a particularly grueling 50K trail race last year. “I was undertrained, tired, in tons of pain,” she recalls. “It was muddy and wet from heavy rain—many runners didn’t finish.” But Beth wasn’t about to give up. So, she began repeating […]

Fitness for Real Life

By Maryann Hammers Is fitness measured by how many bicep curls you can do? Fitness experts say, “nope.” Rock-hard abs and sculpted shoulders won’t necessarily help you dig a hole, climb a ladder, or pull weeds. That explains the popularity surge of “functional fitness” — one of this year’s top fitness trends. [1] Real fitness […]

Tales from Another Mother Runner Q&A

Q&A with Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea, authors of Tales from Another Mother Runner Q: For readers not familiar with your website (AnotherMotherRunner.com) or your previous books (Run Like a Mother and Train Like a Mother), can you briefly describe how you two came together to inspire mother runners? Dimity: Back in 2007, when (most) of […]

Working Out With Weights?

Tips for Keeping Your Lower Back Safe By Mia James We hear a lot about the benefits of weight-bearing activity for women, including weightlifting. We are told that add­ing some heft to our exercise routine can help tone our bodies, increase fat burning, and, importantly, slow bone loss and prevent osteoporosis. The secret to effective […]

Should I Workout when I Have a Cold?

We tend to talk a lot about motivation in fitness—tricks and inspiration to get us out for that run or to the gym. But with all this encouragement to exercise, we also need to remember that some days we need a break. Illness, even a touch of a cold, can be one of these occasions.

To Benefit More from Exercise, Pick up Your Pace

If your workouts tend to be more laid back than rigorous, you may want to add some intensity: research shows that running might have certain benefits over walking.

Snowshoe Your Way to Winter Fitness

If winter has forced you to take your walking or running routine indoors to a treadmill or elliptical machine, consider a fun winter alternative: snowshoeing. Snowshoeing provides a great workout along with an opportunity to get outside and enjoy some fresh air.

To Push Harder through Your Workout, Engage Your Mind

We all know that point in a workout where you feel like you can’t run another step or face another set of reps. While we tend to blame our flagging energy and strength on physical limits, our real obstacle is often in our minds.

Keep Your Kids Moving: Health Risks of Inactivity Start Early

Parents today are well aware that children are at risk of being less active than ever, as electronic media threatens to replace physical play. Research is now showing that the health risks of our kids’ increasingly sedentary lifestyles are very real— including type 2 diabetes and vascu­lar disease. You may be shocked to realize that […]

Stay Active to Sleep Better During Menopause

Any woman who has suffered through her fair share of hot flashes knows that sleep doesn’t always come easy during menopause.

Fit Fitness In

It’s the most common excuse for skipping exercise and we’ve all used it at one time or another—no time. But that’s no excuse when it comes to something that is so fundamental to your overall health.

Working Out with Weights?

Tips for Keeping Your Lower Back Safe We hear a lot about the benefits of weight-bearing activity for women, including weightlifting. We are told that add­ing some heft to our exercise routine can help tone our bodies, increase fat burning, and, importantly, slow bone loss and prevent osteoporosis. The secret to effective weightlifting, whatever your […]

Exercise, Yoga Benefit Breast Cancer Survivors

Exercise—whether traditional aerobic or resistance exercise or yoga—provides important benefits to breast cancer survivors.

Toned Muscles May Help Beat Diabetes

New research indicates that the greater an individual’s total muscle mass, the lower the risk of insulin resistance, a precursor to Type 2 diabetes