Fitness

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

Walk or Run Your Way to a Reduced Risk of Breast Cancer

Women who meet the aerobic exercise guidelines spelled out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are 42 percent less likely to die of breast cancer than their more sedentary counterparts.

Fight the Five Fears of Aging with Exercise

Beginning around age 40, many women notice changes in their bodies that sound an alarm. You may be perplexed by creeping weight gain and stubborn belly fat.

Lift Your Way to Fitness

Lifting weights is a key ingredient of  a good exercise program. By Ann Bloom   Chronic cardio—it’s a common exercise condition among women. The thinking goes like this: if a little cardio is good, a lot of cardio is better. Before you know it, it’s all cardio, all the time. But what about strength? Isn’t […]

Sitting May Erase Benefits of Exercise

f you think your daily workout cancels the negative effects of sitting, think again. In fact, a large Australian study has shown that more sitting is associated with higher mortality—and exercise does little to change that

Build a Home Fitness Tool Kit for Success

Staying fit and strong is not rocket science. It doesn’t require personal trainers or fancy gyms full of equipment. It does require consistency and commitment—and a few simple tools for success.

Starting Healthy Habits Young

The best defense is a good offense. Long-term health is the result of a good offense—proactive, preventive, healthy choices that have an impact on your health today, tomorrow, and beyond. To age well, start young. If you want to be a healthy, vital older person, start by being a healthy, vital younger person. Good health […]

7 Minutes to Fitness

Aerobic exercise and strength training are both important components of physical fitness, but who has the time to spend hours slogging away in the gym? It turns out—you don’t have to. All you need is seven minutes of hard work. Sound too good to be true? Tell that to the researchers at the Human Performance […]

Exercise May Prevent Brain Shrinkage

Worried about the cognitive decline that comes with aging? Get moving. The results of a new study published in Neurology show that people who are physically active show fewer signs of brain shrinkage.

Get a Workout Buddy for Optimal Success

Researchers from Michigan State University have found that an exercise partner—especially one who is a little more fit than you—can boost motivation and performance.

10-Minute Workouts, Three Times a Day for Better Health

Three 10-minute workouts may be even more beneficial for your heart than one 30-minute session. That’s good news for your health and your schedule.

Exercise Increases ‘Good’ Estrogen and Reduces Breast Cancer Risk

Exercise appears to change the way women’s bodies metabolize the hormone, increasing the ratio of ‘good’ to ‘bad’ estrogen metabolites and thereby reducing the risk of breast cancer.

Exercise During Pregnancy

If you’re pregnant, it can be tempting to sit back and relax for nine months, but it’s better to stay active if you can. Maintaining a regular fitness regimen during your pregnancy can help you stay healthy and feel strong.

Exercise Shrinks Abdominal Fat Cells

Exercise can do more than make you feel good and whittle your waist—it can actually reduce the size of fat cells in the abdomen, according to the results of a study.

Boost Your Balance

Balance is the most overlooked element of fitness. We spend a lot of time focusing on strength, cardiovascular fitness, and flexibility—but what about balance?

Tone Those Triceps

The triceps are the most common “complaint area” for women—and they’re actually easy to tone.

The Right Amount of Exercise Can Boost Mental Health

If you want optimal mental health, start exercising—but make sure you get the right amount of exercise. People who exercise too little and people who exercise too much tend to have poorer mental health, according to the results of a new study.