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

6 reasons you're not seeing results from your fitness routine

Not getting the results you want in the gym? Read on<p>You're lacing up trainers regularly, shunning post-work drinks for your scheduled gym session and …

Exercise

10 Weightlifting Exercises for Toned Arms and Shoulders

Get the toned arms you’ve always wanted with this quick and straightforward workout from Andrea Kinsky, a certified personal trainer and professional …

Weightlifting

This Cardio and Ab Workout From Kayla Itsines Can Be Done in Your Living Room

If you've ever used Instagram, you've probably heard of or seen Australian trainer Kayla Itsines at some point. She created the popular workout program BBG, and her profile is chock-full of useful workouts you can do either at the gym or at home. Kayla is back yet again with another fat-burning …

Fitness

The hottest new workouts you can stream from the cozy comfort of your own home

Thanks to the brave new world of on-demand sweat sessions, playing hooky from your IRL workout class is no biggie. And hallelujah for that, since the …

Fitness

5 key marathon diet and nutrition tips

1. You are what you eat<p>There is absolutely no point in pounding the pavements for months on end, if you’re shovelling junk food into your body. …

Weight Loss

Everything you need to run your first 10K race

Getting started<p>Thinking of signing up for a 10K? To get started visit our events hub to find your perfect race!<p>Once you've chosen your event, if …

Fitness

Breathing tips for beginner runners

It will get easier as you get fitter, but there are some things you can do to try and improve your breathing as a new runner, the first being to …

Fitness

How to warm-up before your run

Living in a time-poor society, many of us are guilty of arriving at a training session or race, jumping straight in and wondering why we don’t …

Exercise

7 nutritionist-recommended foods that you should eat pre and post-workout

Consuming the right nutrients before and after exercising is key, to make sure you’re properly fuelling your workouts and also helping your body to replenish following a gruelling session.<p>Here, nutritionists David Wiener from fitness app Freeletics and Liam Mahoney, from leading sports nutrition …

Nutrition

The 5-Minute Warmup Routine You Should Be Doing Before Every Run

Sure, you could just run slow for your first mile. But this routine has way more payoff.<p>It’s hard enough to overcome the lure of a cozy bed for an early a.m. run or to squeeze in a four-miler after work. But on top of it, runners constantly hear that they should tack on a 20-minute warmup too. …

Exercise

Your Guide to Working Out with Resistance Bands

1. Squat with Overhead Press<p>A<p>B<p><b>A.</b><p>Loop a band with handles evenly underneath the middle of your shoes; feet hip-width apart. Lower into a squat and …

Bodyweight Exercise

12 Living Room Workouts the Experts Love

It’s a universal truth: The fewer stumbling blocks on the way to a workout (it’s raining; the class is booked; I’m just a beginner), the more likely …

Tai Chi

6 Exercises to Do At Home (When the Gym Is Crazy Crowded)

Don’t let a jam-packed gym (or lousy weather) keep you from meeting your fitness goals. Try this at-home workout developed by Sadie Lincoln, founder …

Workouts

10 core exercises better for your back (and body) than crunches

The abdominals are a pain point for many a gym goer. We habitually grab a mat, lay down on our backs and start crunching in hopes of finally carving out that six pack. But is this really the most effective way to work towards a toned midsection? The answer is no. "When most people are doing …

Harvard Medical School

Give Your Joints a Break and Try This Muscle-Burning, Low-Impact Workout

Need a breather from plyo or running? Maybe you're injured or just need a little break for your joints. You can still get a great workout in! And …

Exercise

The best weekly exercise routine for healthy, steady weight loss

See results in just a few weeks!<p>Having a weight loss goal can breathe life into your fitness routine, believe it or not. The best routine for weight …

Exercise

A French resolution: How to keep fit like a Parisian

A question asked by many is how come residents of the French capital are so famously trim and toned - (although a few overweight ones have been …

Cheese

How to get fitter (not fatter) on a cruise

It’s an oft-quoted “fact” that cruise passengers put on a pound in weight per day. While those determined to get their money’s worth can eat non-stop – cooked breakfasts, mid-morning snacks, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, late-night nibbles – the image of ships full of overweight cruisers is not …

Cruise Ships

This Old-School Butt Exercise Will Help You Build Your Curves

You don't need to stand to work your butt. In fact, kicking it on the floor is a great way to target your glutes while keeping your legs out of the equation. This side-kick exercise (aka fire hydrant) is great for working the deep glute muscles to help give your butt a lifted look. It might feel …

Jane Fonda

A single workout could save your life

There is plenty of evidence that being physically active can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke, but when do the benefits of exercise start …

Medicine

Try this morning yoga sequence and feel strong all day long

<i>Each week of Well+Good’s ReNew Year Challenge focuses on a different theme. Every Monday, Lauren Ash, founder of Black Girl in Om, will give you a</i> …

Yoga

Injury Prevention and Resilience Through Improper Training

“You will always regret not training the position you got injured.”<p>- Dr. Andreo Spina<p><b>Some injuries are just unavoidable</b>. I do believe a lot of …

Exercise

This Pushup Variation Will Give You Better Results—And A Bigger Kilojoule Burn

<i>By Rachael Schultz</i><p><b>We compared the decline pushup and the foot-elevated pushup to see which would come out on top.</b><p>Cranking out pushups is a great way …

Bodyweight Exercise

10 Ways to Burn Hundreds of Extra Calories This Week

In order to lose weight, you need to burn calories. Getting in exercise is essential, but if you follow these tips, your body will burn even more calories.<p>1. Move in the Morning<p>Here's a little motivation for you: research has shown that morning exercisers tend to work out harder and longer than …

Weight Loss

A 30-Minute Walk-Run Treadmill Workout That Anybody Can Do, Especially Beginners

If getting better at running is one of your goals but you're still new to the game, incorporating more walk-run workouts into your routine will help you build up the endurance and strength needed to run a whole mile without stopping. Luckily, Michael Olzinski, Purplepatch endurance coach and …

Exercise

The No Excuses At-Home Workout You Can Do Every Single Day

Among the many benefits of yoga—increased flexibility, stress reduction, improved sleep—is the fact that you don’t need a whole lot of space in order …

Yoga

6-Point Middle-Shrinking Fitness Plan That Actually Works

No matter what your age or genetic makeup, here are six research-backed fixes to shrink both kinds of belly fat.<p>Make an Effort to Be Mindful.<p>Can you …

Weight Loss

How to Do a Plank

Meet the sit-up’s smarter sibling. Less than 10 minutes of planking a few times a week flattens abdominals more effectively than a thousand crunches …

Fitness

Running Through Winter: How to Stay on Track

<i>This post is in collaboration with Aftershokz.</i><p>12 miles through the snow on Sunday was so much fun…until it wasn’t. And then my feet and hands were …

Fitness