Fitness

    Answers to Your Questions About Arthritis and Exercise
    People with arthritis can improve their health and fitness through exercise without damaging their joints.


    Athletic Shoes: Lace Them to Fit
    Simply lacing your shoes or sneakers properly, along with choosing a shoe that fits your foot correctly, can add comfort to your stride and prevent foot injuries.


    Biking Your Way to Better Health
    Riding a bicycle can be an excellent fitness activity. Cyclists can burn 400 to 700 calories an hour when they're pedaling at a good pace.


    Buying a Bike for Your Child
    Most youngsters learn the basics of pedaling, steering and braking on a tricycle or "big wheel" cycle, and around age 4 are ready to try a two-wheeler with training wheels.


    Common Injuries of the Shoulder
    The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body, but because of this flexibility, it is not very stable and is easily injured.


    Conditioning Strategies for Peak Athletic Performance
    Invest some time at the gym to get your muscles in peak condition.


    Dehydration and Heat Stroke
    Dehydration and heat stroke are two very common heat-related diseases that can be life-threatening if left untreated.


    Exercise
    Exercise doesn't have to be vigorous to offer health benefits. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity daily, or on most days of the week.


    Exercise and Eat Smart to Keep the Weight Off
    People who keep lost weight off tend to have several habits in common. Here are strategies that can help you be a successful long-term loser.


    Exercise Ideas for Older Adults
    Finding ways to get exercise as you get older is a smart and easy way to stay fit and improve your health.


    Exercise Your Way to a Healthy Heart
    Physical inactivity is just as big a risk factor for heart disease as high blood pressure and smoking are. So, be the exception rather than the rule. Here are eight ways to exercise for a healthier heart.


    Exercise: Before Starting an Exercise Program
    It is always important to talk with your doctor before starting an exercise program, particularly if you have certain health conditions.


    Female Teen Athletes: At Risk for Injury?
    Teen girls who are athletes face unique obstacles when it comes to their bodies and how well they perform.


    Five Fresh Forms of Indoor Fitness
    Cold weather doesn't have to put a chill on your fitness routine, even if the treadmill or stair-stepper seems boring compared with jogging or riding your bike outside.


    For Parents: Bicycle, In-Line Skating, Skateboard, and Scooter Safety
    Detailed information on bicycle, in-line skating, skateboarding, and scooter safety


    Getting the Most for Your Health Club Dollar
    Joining a fitness facility is costly -- from a few hundred dollars to more than $1,000 per year. To make sure your money is well spent, manage your membership the same way you would any other significant investment -- by keeping your eye on your goals.


    How and Why to Keep a Training Log
    A training log helps you organize and save information about your exercise routine so you can work toward your important goals.


    How to Avoid Common Running Injuries
    Knowing about common injuries and how to prevent them can keep you on track toward achieving your fitness goals.


    How to Control Your Temper
    At least some anger is necessary for survival. Frequent or intense episodes of anger, however, aren’t good for you or the people around you. If you find yourself boiling mad more often than not, try some of these tips to keep your temper in check.


    It’s Snow Fun: Skiing and Snowboarding
    Snow sports can give you an excellent workout. They are cardio, so they work your heart and lungs, but they also strengthen your bones.


    Making Family Fitness Fun
    Activity can help prevent heart disease, cancer, and stroke. It can also lessen feelings of depression, and boost confidence. As children get older, they often reduce their physical activity. Because of this, making activity a family priority is key.


    Preparing for Your Best Year of Fitness


    Preventing Sports Injuries
    Good preventive steps: Warm up before you work out, alternate days for exercising certain muscle groups, and cool down when you're done.


    Racket Sports: Tops in Training
    Playing tennis or racquetball is a fun way to boost the intensity of your fitness program, as well as improve your balance, strength and agility.


    Ready, Set, Run!
    It may not be as trendy as Pilates or power yoga, but running still delivers a great fat-burning, stress-reducing aerobic workout.


    Relaxation Techniques That Really Work
    To keep stress at a minimum and reduce its effects on your life, you need to find and practice healthy ways to manage it.


    Simple Exercises to Make You Limber
    Stretching is an easy thing you can do to improve your health, yet it's often the most neglected part of people's fitness regimens. Stretching can reduce your injury risk and help you become more limber, regardless of your age and physical condition.


    Sports-Related Injuries
    What is a contusion? A sprain? A strain? Find out more about these common sports injuries.


    Staying Fit the Old-fashioned Way
    The major culprit behind the U.S. decline in physical activity may be our own high-tech and increasingly sedentary lifestyle.


    Strength Training and Heart Disease
    If you think that you can’t begin a strength-training program because you have heart disease, think again.


    Strength Training at Home
    Getting to the gym for a weight workout isn't always easy. That's why it pays to have weights at home as a backup, or even as a substitute.


    Strength Training Myths
    Taking time each week to build your strength can help you live a more healthy and independent life. Read on to dispel myths and to get the facts about strength training.


    Stretches for Your Lower Legs
    Stretching can keep your lower legs limber and your joints pain free.


    Treating a Minor Sports Injury
    Here's what you need to know about treating a minor sports injury such as a twisted ankle, shin splint, or strained muscle.


    Using Sports Psychology to Improve Your Fitness
    Fitness has a mental component, in addition to physical challenges. Even if you're in great shape, you can encounter intellectual obstacles that can decrease your motivation and stifle your performance.


    Weight Room No Longer Off-Limits to Kids
    The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Sports Medicine now say that strength training is fine for kids, as long as they are supervised and don't try to lift too much weight.


    Weight Training for Women
    Misconceptions about weight training -- often based on unfounded fears of becoming too muscular -- can keep women from pushing their fitness levels.


    Why You Should Try Yoga
    Yoga is a series of stretches and poses that you do with breathing techniques. It offers the powerful benefits of exercise. And since yoga is gentle, almost anyone can do it, regardless of your age or fitness level.


    Work Out on the Water
    With a sailboat, canoe, kayak, windsurfing outfit or pair of water skis, you can explore a whole new world of activities. Once you've embraced proper training and safety, you'll get a fine, fun workout.


    Working Out in the Cold
    Cold weather doesn't have to put a freeze on your outdoor exercise program. If you take precautions, you can still work out when the weather turns chilly.


    Workouts to Help Prevent Sports Injuries
    It may not always be possible to avoid injury when playing sports, especially physical contact sports, but participants can help protect themselves. Properly preparing before and after a game or practice session by warming up muscles and then stretching can help.