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.
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
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
In some popular workouts, the legs get all the glory. Think running, cycling, inline skating, stair climbing and barre sessions. Here, the arms pretty much go along for the ride. While these modalities certainly are great ways to shape up, they really miss one-half of the body. Why skip your entire upper body when you exercise? » Read Full Story
Anyone over age 40 knows that the body experiences multiple changes as you age. While you may become wiser and more content upon getting older, physical changes arenâ€™t quite as welcome. Although genetics and lifestyle play a role what happens as you advance in years, Web MD lists common changes of aging as: