Fitness

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

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

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 your […]

Barre Class Can Sculpt Muscles

Want long, lean muscles? Skip the bar that serves high-calorie cocktails and instead find yourself at another kind of barre—the ballet barre.

Proper Hydration Helps You Go the Distance

Is it best to hydrate before, during, or after your workout? The answer is all of the above. Proper hydration is an important part of your athletic performance—from preparation to recovery.

Keep your cool while exercising in the heat.

The dog days of summer are great if you’re lounging poolside with a magazine, but can present a challenge if you’re trying to maintain your fitness routine. It can be fun to exercise outdoors in the summer, just beware extreme heat and humidity.

Are You Working Out as Hard as You Think?

A heart rate monitor is an excellent tool for monitoring exercise intensity—but it won’t do you any good if you don’t know your maximum heart rate.

Walk to Improve your Heart Health

Most of us can expect to cover two miles or more during 30 minutes of walking. If 30 minutes seems like too much, start with less and gradually work your way up.

The Benefits of PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) Stretching

It’s not enough to simply stretch—it turns out, how you stretch matters. If you’re ready to step up your stretching routine, it might be time to try proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, or PNF stretching.

Build Bone Density with the Right Exercise

If you want healthy, strong bones for life, it might be time to overhaul your exercise program. Weight-bearing exercise has long been known to build bone density—and contrary to popular belief, lifting weights is not enough.