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101 Greatest Running Tips

Fitspiration for your feet, courtesy of our friends at Runner’s World

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How Do You Know Which Exercise is Best for You?

Cardio, strength, circuits, HIITs, stretching. Each is a key component to good fitness and health, however how do you decide which one to do?<p>Deciding …

Fully Fit

Improve your form and avoid injury with this elite coach's fast head-to-toe workout.<p>I am a marshmallow. After enduring two grueling days of dynamic stretching, strength training, hurdle and sprint drills—all under the exacting eye of Olympic coach John Cook—muscles I didn't know existed ache and …

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If you or someone you know suffers from lower back pain then you must read this brilliant article detailing how these simple exercises can reduce the …

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Back Pain Exercises: 15 Moves For Lower Back Pain

Any type of injury or lower back pain may discourage you to hit the gym, but fitting in a few moves (even at home), will help you stretch your back …

4 Signs That Your Core Muscles Are Weak

If you want to have strength from a functional standpoint, you need a strong core. Your core is a large group of muscles, 29 in total, located smack …

How Anxiety and Depression Make Pain Worse

1. Narita, M., et al. 2005. Chronic pain induces anxiety with concomitant changes in opioidergic function in the amygdala. <i>Neuropsychopharmacology</i>. …

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7 All-Natural Ways to Relieve Lower Back Pain.

Lower back pain is a very common and pervasive health complaint.<p>As someone who suffered from it for several years, I have found many solutions from …

Try something new - Boost your flexibility with aerial fitness

If you've been following our 'Try something new' posts, you'll know we've already been lucky enough to try Tai Chi, Bouldering, Boxing and more – …

Let's put mental health education on the school curriculum

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US, suicide is the third highest cause of death for those between the ages of 15 and 24, and the second-highest for 25- to 34-year-olds. In Great Britain, the charity MentalHealth.org.uk reports that one in 10 children between the …

We are all seriously sleep deprived

A new documentary from National Geographic tells sobering truths about sleep<p>A new two-hour documentary titled "Sleepless in America" delivers a one-two punch of reassurance followed by a truly frightening message: Don't worry, we are all tired ... and this is seriously harming our bodies. The …

Strong, Fast, and Ripped: The Training Plan

Build an athletic body that's primed for peak performance<p>Why do you work out? Better question: Why do you <i>train</i>? Because there is a difference. After all, lots of people work out—to burn calories or relieve stress or just because they like to sweat. But athletes train. They train with the purpose of …

The Best Stretch for Every Body Part

When it comes to getting the most out of your workout, you have to care for the muscles that heave all of those heavy weights, too<p>When you think of flexibility, it's likely that the first things that come to mind are touching your toes, or stretching your hamstrings. Unfortunately, those are often …

Muscle

3 Fat-Destroying Finishers That You Can Do At the End Of Every Workout

Pick one of these options as your workout’s grand finale<p>No one ever tells you to end your workout on a “low” note. That’s because you want to leave the gym feeling better than when you walked in. You want a finale that floods your brain with endorphins and makes you crave more.<p>So we asked Bruce …

Exercise

How to Make Frozen Double as a Workout

Build some muscle—with a little help from Anna and Kristoff.<p><i>Frozen</i> may have come out more than a year ago, but just like the soreness you feel after a super-intense workout class, we don't see <i>Frozen</i> mania going away anytime soon. (Did you see Idina Menzel and Jennifer Nettles' amazing performance …

Exercise

Nine Surprising Ways Running Helps Your Body

You know running is healthy, but do you know all the good it does?<p><b>Grows Cartilage</b><br>Ignore the naysayers—running isn't necessarily bad for your knees. Research from Australia's Monash University suggests that the impact of running can increase cartilage production, which can safeguard your joints from …

Five Essential Strength Training Exercises For Runners

<i>Tone the legs, strengthen the core, engage the whole body and get faster with these five moves.</i><p>We all know the distance runner’s body: lanky and …

Only Wimps Avoid Single-Leg Work

Here's what you need to know...<p>Real single-leg training has nothing to do with standing on a BOSU ball and calling it "functional training."<br>• Some …

Fitness

6 Ways to Fix Your Running Stride

Tweak your form to be more efficient and less injury-prone.<p>As part of a recent run analysis I got at NYSportsMed's Athlete Performance Center a few weeks ago, I had my stride and body mechanics analyzed while I ran on a treadmill. They call it the "Runner's Report Card" and it's an elite-level …

Workouts

Can You Handle the Core-Crushing Trifecta?

Put your core strength to the test with these three abs exercises<p>If you do the same abs routine day in and day out, your gains will grind to a halt. "You need to challenge your core in new ways and with new exercises to strengthen your weaknesses and fill in holes," says Todd Durkin, C.S.C.S., …

Workouts

Depression: It's Not Just in Your Head, It's Also in Your Genes

<i>Depression: It's Not Just in Your Head, It's Also in Your Genes Lloyd I. Sederer, M.D.</i><p>Ninety-seven healthy girls, ages 10 to 14, had saliva DNA samples taken. About half of them had moms with histories of depression, and about half had moms who did not. None of the girls had histories of …

The Butt-Toning Move You Can Do Anywhere

Well, hey there, bootylicious!<p><i>Join the</i> Women's Health <i>Weekend Challenge to help you meet your fitness goals fast and make your weekend workouts count. Thousands of women already have. Join them, and achieve your fitness goals faster!</i><p><b>Marching Glute Bridge:</b> Tired of using the same basic moves to …

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5 Bedtime Snacks That'll Help You Sleep Better

After-dinner noshing might not be such a bad idea after all…<p>If you're constantly groggy but struggling to get the sleep you need, your biological clock could be out of whack. Thankfully, getting your snooze cycle back in sync might be as simple as picking a new bedtime snack, according to a new …

Can Going Out Dancing Count as a Workout?

An expert weighs in on whether cutting loose cuts calories<p><b>The question:</b> Can going out dancing count as a workout?<p><b>The expert:</b> Monica Nelson, American Council on Exercise-certified fitness expert<p><b>The answer:</b> Getting sweaty to some Katy and Bey can definitely burn calories, says Nelson.<p><i>How much</i> of a …

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