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

What To Eat Before And After A Workout: A Personal Trainer Explains

T<i>o celebrate Mindful Movement Week here at mindbodygreen, we’re sharing the many ways that fitness enthusiasts practice mind-body exercise.</i><p><i>Todd</i> …

Healthy Eating

How To Make Jumping Rope A Great Workout

The world is changing. Fast.<p>People are demanding more freedom and are steadily putting more emphasis on the desires of the self. By 2020, 40 percent …

Health

7 Reasons Why Your Feet Feel Heavy When You Run—and How to Fix It

Go from pounding the pavement to floating on air.<p>Running is, without a doubt, one of the best forms of cardio. You can do it anywhere and the crazy endorphin release is amazing (hello<i>,</i> it’s called a <i>runner’s</i> high). Yet despite all that, many women still hate running.<p>Among the many reasons people …

Health

These Are the Best Times of Day to Work Out, Based on Your Fitness Goals

Wanna burn fat? Relieve stress? Here's how to schedule your exercise accordingly.<p>Ever feel like you run faster on your a.m. jogs than any other time of the day? Or that you <i>always</i> PR your lifts during evening sessions, as opposed to mornings? Well, when one of our favorite podcasts recently implied …

Health

These Magical Workouts Keep Burning Cals Long After You Hit the Shower

So you can reap rewards all the live-long day.<p>Sure, you're probably blasting a reasonable number of calories during the hour that you spend at the gym. But what about the other 23 hours of the day? Turns out, the fat-blasting doesn't need to end just because your sweat sesh does.<p>Choose the right …

Health

10 Strength Moves That'll Help You Reach Your Ultimate Weight-Loss Goals

You gotta pump iron to burn fat.<p>While it might be tempting to hop on the treadmill to sweat it out next time you're looking to shed a few pounds, you might want to redirect yourself to the weight room, instead. Holly Perkins, C.S.C.S., author of <i>Women's Health</i>'s <i>Lift to Get Lean</i>, credits strength …

Women's Health

5 Cures For Sore Muscles That Really Work

You take a new fitness class like TRX or CrossFit, and it completely demolishes your muscles. You can barely lift your arms to pull a shirt over your …

Apple News

The Best Workout to Tighten Loose Skin

We outlined whether or not you can get rid of loose skin after major weight loss here. But how about what you can do about slightly sagging skin …

Health

Here’s Why You Should Never Take OTC Painkillers Before a Workout

It's just not worth it.<p>When you work out on the reg, you’re bound to have some aches and pains. And it’s only natural to want to keep them at bay. After all, if you’re feeling sore <i>before</i> your sweat session, there’s no way you’re going to be able to perform your best. Right?<p>Ehhh, not so fast. …

Women's Fitness

This Pilates Workout Will Seriously Sculpt Your Core

Practicing Pilates has benefits beyond flexibility (see: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Pilates), and this full-body, ab-blasting Pilates routine is …

Health

7 surprising tips to help you finally conquer the pull-up

If exercise movements were characters in a film about strength training, bicep curls and lat pulls would be one-dimensional supporting cast members. …

Fitness

4 Arm Exercises You're Not Doing But Should Be

Way, way too many women avoid or even fear arm workouts because they think they’re too hard — or worse, they worry about getting “too bulky.” First of all, strong muscles aren’t necessarily big muscles, so that fear is totally misplaced. (And even if that were how it worked, there’s nothing wrong …

Fitness

How To Boost Recovery With Fuel From A Masters Runner

These make-at-home bars are great to take on-the-go for all the nutrition you need!<p>With the Olympic Track and Field Trials underway, runners …

Let's Settle This: Is Spinning Actually A Good Workout?

Over the past few years, it seems like everyone has become completely obsessed with indoor cycling.<p>If it's not SoulCycle they're dragging themselves …

Health

The 15 Most Important Exercises For Men

Every guy who’s into fitness has some methodology, piece of equipment, or program they like over anything else. Some like to circuit train every day, …

Men's Style

The Women Runners Who Broke The Stereotypes Changed My Life

In the market for a new pair of shoes with plenty of cushion, one runner was directed to the Challenger ATR 2.<p>Our editor in chief reflects on what we …

10 Reasons Why It’s Okay To Run Solo

When it comes to running, everyone has their own preference: with a group or solo? We went to our readers to find out what they love about logging …

Women's Fitness

How to choose a fitness tracker when they all sound the same

NEW YORK (AP) — Most fitness trackers can measure a lot: steps taken, heart beats, sleep quality and workout performance.<p>That's a lot of data, but are they useful? It depends on what you're looking for. Those new to fitness might want something that's motivational, while those already active might …

Garmin

How to Lose Belly Fat

Pooch, gut, beer belly, love handles—whatever you want to call it, that cushy area between your pecs and your lower half tends to be the most …

The Gym Equipment You Aren't Using — But Should Be

Normally, we celebrate getting into a fitness groove. It means that we've committed — on a pretty regular basis — to laying out workout clothes the night before, cuing up a high-energy playlist, and trudging through a solid 20 minutes on the treadmill. But as you've perhaps gathered from our use of …

Gym Routines

Make the Most Out of Cardio With These Expert-Recommended Core Exercises

Who better to tell us about creating a strong, sculpted midsection than an ab aficionado? Said expert, NYC Physical Therapist Dr. Karena Wu gave us her five favorite core workouts to do <i>right</i> after cardio.<p>Cardio will burn the calories and fat, but core exercises will create abs, strength, and …

Aerobic exercise

This Shows How Many Calories You Burn In An Hour Per Activity

With perfect summer weather comes more time spent outdoors. Being active is great for our health and fitness, and fueling goes hand-in-hand with …

Calories

7 High-Intensity Workout Methods for Greater Muscle Growth

By now, you're probably pretty comfortable with your weight training routine. Bench on Mondays, leg day on Thursday, and plenty of protein shakes …

Muscle

3 Things To Always Remember When Getting Back Into Shape

Getting back into shape after a long time off can prove to be difficult. You’ve already gotten used to not working out, but eventually, like many of …

Health

Fitness Friday: Get dynamic with your core workout

Over the past two weeks, Golf Digest fitness advisor Ben Shear has unveiled a new and progressive grouping of exercises designed specifically to provide stability to the muscles of the mid-section of a golfer's body. In the first week, he provided three stability moves from a half-kneeling …

Fitness

The 5 Best Swimming Drills to Get Jacked in the Pool

<b></b>The 5 Best Swimming Drills to Get Jacked in the PoolThere will be days this summer when your outdoor workouts are perfect. You'll breeze through a …

Water Sports

The One Running Goal You Can Keep This Year

The new year is fresh with the promise of something better. We wake up on the first of January with the notion that this might finally be our year. …

Women's Fitness

6 Dynamic Stretches That Prep You for Any Workout

When you're trying to squeeze in a post-work sweat sesh, taking a few extra minutes to stretch is probably the last thing on your mind. But skipping …

Running

8 Things I Tell Anyone Who Really Wants Six-Pack Abs

If you’re like me, right after a hard-core ab workout, you feel like you have the tightest midsection ever. You can feel each muscle beneath your …

Health