Although everyone knows that regular exercise is critical to good health and fitness, many people struggle to adhere to a consistent regimen. They may start and quit, periodically exercise or never workout at all. In fact, very few Americans meet expert recommendations for exercise each week.
Runners who live in parts of the country where winter means cold temps, biting winds, limited daylight, snow and ice have to be highly dedicated (and sometimes a little crazy!) during this challenging season. Depending on conditions in your area, with proper precautions, you can run outside most of the winter. For those diehards who thrive on logging miles outdoors, consider the following: » Read Full Story
Exercise addicts typically donâ€™t let sickness slow them down, still hitting the gym with Kleenex and a steely resolve. That unwavering dedication can be admirable, and these workouts can empower and clear oneâ€™s head, but sometimes exercising when you are sick can be detrimental. Recommendations regarding exercising when sick vary a bit, but some general guidelines exist. The bottom line is to carefully consider how you feel. How will this workout be valuable? Are you looking simply to loosen up and combat sluggishness? Can you limit yourself to an easy/light workout? » Read Full Story
As we end one year and turn the calendar to January, many people take advantage of the fresh start to pledge new life changes. Recent statistics show that almost two-thirds of Americans regularly or sometimes make New Years Resolutions. » Read Full Story
With the holiday season starting at Thanksgiving and going through New Yearâ€™s Day, eating right can be a challenge at this time of year. (For candy-lovers, the holidays may officially begin as early as Halloween!) With so many events and activities centered around or including food, it is easy to overeat. Often, the goodies surrounding the holidays are loaded with sugar, fat and calories, from cheeseballs to Christmas cookies to eggnog.
With the hectic pace of the holiday season, including work obligations, school events, family commitments, parties and travel, workouts often are skipped or reduced in frequency. Obviously, itâ€™s best if you continue to exercise throughout December, rather than forgo your routine entirely. If you are pressed for time, simply shorten your regimen, but crank up the intensity so that you get the most benefit. Even 20 or 30 minutes is helpful and makes a difference, particularly when you may be splurging on holiday treats.
This holiday season, consider giving fitness equipment as a gift for a family member or your entire family. Exercise machines are a wonderful present that everyone in your home can benefit from, with a valuable return on investment, including greater fitness and health. While some premium equipment indeed may cost more than a new TV or another sweater, these items last for many years with quality performance and the ultimate in convenience. » Read Full Story
With the added stress of juggling multiple responsibilities and obligations during the holiday season, itâ€™s no surprise that workout programs often get derailed. Even with the best intentions, it can be challenging to maintain a consistent exercise routine in the face of endless shopping, school concerts, end-of-the-year work commitments and parties. » Read Full Story
Tis the season to give gifts, and rather than offer more calorie-laden treats, why not deliver a unique present that keeps on giving? A fitness gift that encourages your family and friends to exercise is a terrific investment in their health and can help instill lifelong good habits. » Read Full Story
Today, everyone is pressed for time to exercise, with constantly busy schedules and endless demands 24/7/365. Despite good intentions, weâ€™ve all had to skip a workout when something unexpected interrupted our plans. But hopefully that is the exception and doesnâ€™t become a habit. » Read Full Story