Fitness & Exercise

By Flora Spink | Articles, videos and advice on how to enjoy exercise and get fit. Includes features on running, working out at the gym, yoga, skiing, cross-fit, hiking and more

How Much Exercise Do You Really Need?

When it comes to exercise, people have a tendency to take an all-or-nothing approach. Fitness has become associated with panting, standing doubled …

Exercise

Get Insanely Ripped Abs With This 10-Minute CrossFit Workout

Abs are mostly made in the kitchen, but you can help speed the process along by doing high-intensity workouts that burn calories and build muscle. …

HIIT

The Speedy Workout That Changes Your Brain

You probably don’t need to read another article extolling the virtues of regular exercise. If you, like the vast majority of people in the U.S., …

A Cardio Core Workout Way Better Than the Treadmill + Sit-Ups

Cardio is good. Cardio that incorporates core strength at the same time is better. This workout lets you check off both without stepping foot on a treadmill or attempting a few lazy sit-ups on the mat.<p>The 25-minute routine features nontraditional core and cardio exercises to prevent boredom. You'll …

Workouts

5 Moves That Will Sculpt Your Booty

There's just something so satisfying about butt exercises. If you're doing them right, you'll be reminded of your hard work with every step you take …

Workouts

This Easy Yoga Routine Burns More Calories Than a 20-Minute Jog

While yoga isn't exactly thought of as a high-intensity workout (unless you're dabbling in Bikram or power yoga), you'd be surprised how many poses …

Yoga

A Science-Backed 7-Minute Workout That Hits All the Muscles You Forget About

Don't get us wrong—we're all about bodyweight exercises. And quick, high-intensity routines like the scientific 7-minute workout (plus the research that inspired it) prove you can get in a great workout with very little time and equipment.<p>But one issue with relying on body weight as resistance is …

Workouts

8 hacks to stop feeling so sore after a workout

Hitting the gym? Then you've probably experienced DOMS - that's Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, aka the hellish aching and pains you get after a tough …

Mobility: It's All In the Hips - Or Is It?

<b>Flexibility is one of the foundational aspects of fitness and performance.</b> It belongs in the upper echelon of fitness variables along with strength, …

3 stretches to alleviate knee pain

According to the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies, nearly 100 million Americans live with chronic pain. And according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many U.S. adults report pain in multiple parts of the body — and nearly 20 percent struggle with knee pain.<p>One …

The 20-Minute Low Impact, High Intensity Workout For Everyone

Torchin' calories, takin' names.<p>Personal trainers Justin Norris and Taylor Gainor have co-opted the word “lit” once again. And this time, the definition is far healthier.<p>Low impact training, also known as the LIT Method, is a boutique fitness program founded by Norris and Gainor in Los Angeles. And …

20 Ways to Do a Plank

Shore up your core<p>The plank is one of the best exercises you can do for your core because it builds isometric strength to help sculpt your waistline …

Workouts

Should You Be Doing Race Pace Long Runs? - Women's Running

A Fan Question from OCRunner via twitter: <i>Some say long runs should be done slower than race pace, while others say race pace. Which is it?</i><p>Marathon …

Marathons

5 Stretches You're Probably Doing Wrong

Whether it was Jane Fonda or the grade school gym teacher who taught us to sit and reach, from a young age we’ve been conditioned to associate …

6 GIFs For A Crunch-Free Core Workout - Women's Running

Are you tired of doing hundreds of crunches? Do they hurt your back? Are they just boring and you’re sick of them? Do they even work?<p>You could do …

Workouts

The best back exercises to do at home without weights

In the video above, personal trainer and founder of That Girl London, Christina Howells, runs through a series of quick exercises aimed at working your back and strengthening the surrounding muscles.<p>Each exercise has a variation for beginners and a more advanced version, with this episode …

Workouts

Neck Exercises for a Herniated Disk

Herniated disk, bulging disk, slipped disk: Whatever you want to call it, this condition is extremely painful.<p>Herniated disks are most common in …

Yoga

The class junkie’s guide to doing a full-body workout at the gym

For some people, the gym is their special place, where navigating the machines, the weights, even the attached TV sets is second nature. But if …

Fitness

3 ab-blasting exercises you can do anywhere

Having a strong core can help ease lower back pain, improve posture and reduce the risk of injuries. This is a simple workout you can do in your living room — all you need is a yoga mat!<p>Watch the video below and follow the step-by-step instructions below to learn how to master these exercises.<p>1. …

14 Essential Rules For Running - Women's Running

Over the years I have come up with a list of my personal running rules. Some of them are silly, some of them are legit and some of them are …

Marathons

5 Ways To Get Moving When You Want To Sit All Day

It is always easier to say, “I’ll work out tomorrow,” but research shows that as little as a one- or two-week break from regular exercise, combined …

Exercise

A Half Marathon Training Plan That Works For Every Runners

Life can be chaotic. Juggling work, friends, kids, chores and any other number of unforeseen surprises makes sticking to a strict half-marathon …

Marathons

The 30 Minute Workout You Can Do Anywhere

Fact of life: working out is never easy. But there are a couple things you can do to make it easier. One: keep your session to an efficient, effective 30 minutes. Two: find a routine that doesn't require any equipment, so you can do it anywhere. Three: did we mention it only takes 30 minutes? We're …

Workouts

Proof That It Doesn’t Matter How Slow You Go

It doesn’t matter how slow you go…Really—it doesn’t! Research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology examined the habits of …

Marathons

10-minute total-body toning workout

Why wait until January 1 to start your fitness routine? There's no day like today to get healthy and active. This workout is short, effective and can be done anywhere. Repeat the entire sequence below on a loop, three times for a full-body, calorie-scorching workout!<p>1. Switch jumps<p>Place hands …

The top 20 fitness trends for 2017

A new year symbolizes a fresh start—and the perfect chance to reboot your stale workouts with one of 2017's top fitness trends.<p>In the upcoming year, wearable tech, body weight training, and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) will be huge, according to an annual report published by the American …

4 Tips That Work For Both New Moms And New Runners

Pregnancy is full of uncomfortable moments, but running while pregnant doesn't have to be one of them thanks to these tips.<p>Mother runners are tough, …

Fitness

This Is How Running Makes You A Better Everything

To evolve as a runner, one must overcome challenges and be strong in the face of adversity. As an accomplished marathoner, Dell Miller knew<p>Sponsored …

Marathons

Wake Up Early: How You Can Do It - Women's Running

Don't give yourself an easy 'out' for reaching your goals—instead, see why many coaches recommend working toward one thing.<p>Here are a few simple ways …

Women's Fitness