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

Stop Looking At Your Watch And Learn To Run By Feel

Your watch is not a dictator. You are the master of your mind and body. Only you can determine how hard or how easy to run, when to speed up or when …

Women's Fitness

4 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Inner Thigh Workouts

Your inner thighs may not be as outwardly visible as, say, your glutes, quads, and hamstrings, but they’re still a big part of overall lower-body …

Fitness

Seven Buzzy Workout Classes For Both Your Mind and Body

Break a sweat and self-reflect with these anything-but-basic workout classes.<p>For some people, simply jogging on the treadmill equates to an entire therapy session-worth of inner peace. We are not those people. Here, seven buzzy workout classes that combine intense body-sculpting with …

Exercise

11 Rules of Running Buddy Etiquette

Photo: Getty Images<p>Over the weekend, I asked a girlfriend to join me for a jog along the Hudson River Park Bikeway. The weather was perfect, so we …

Running

7 Plyometric Exercises to Build Power Quickly

Whether you’re a serious athlete or just want to add some cool new tricks to your repertoire, <b>plyometric exercises are the key to increasing your</b> …

Exercise

How To Exercise With Chronic Fatigue

I have a confession. I used to run and weight train four to five days a week, but when my health began to deteriorate—and I came down with a severe …

Exercise

The Perfect Pushup | Fitness And Wellness

Few exercises are more effective than this old-school bodyweight exercise. Think it’s too tough? Read on to find out how to perfect your pushups<br>The …

Exercise

Tracy Anderson's Top Exercises for Flatter Abs and a Stronger Core

Tracy's core moves<p>This seven-move series, created exclusively for <i>Health</i> readers by Tracy, is part of our <b>30-Day Core Challenge: Transform Your Butt,</b> …

How to Maximize Results from Your Push-Ups, from Beginners to Advanced Routines Push-ups are one of the simplest, least expensive, and yet most effective exercises to build a strong upper body and midsection, provided you do them correctly. By perfecting your technique, you can actually target different muscle groups, including not only your chest muscles but also your abs. Another boon: there are so many ways to vary the intensity and level of difficulty of a push-up – it’s an exercise you can keep in your repertoire more or less indefinitely without hitting a plateau. I personally do 25 pushups twice a day. Time1 recently shared six ways to get the most out of your push-ups, which I’ll summarize below. I’ll also include a wide variety of tips and tricks, from beginners’ to advanced, to help you optimize and grow with this exercise. But first, let’s review the proper form for a basic push-up. If you get this wrong, little else will matter. Proper Push-Up Form Going too fast and using only partial range of motion are two common mistakes people make when doing push-ups. In the video above, fitness trainer Darin Steen reveals how to correct these mistakes and demonstrates proper form. He also demonstrates a number of the modifications I’ll review below that can take this exercise to the next level. But first, here’s a summary of the basics of proper form: Slow down your movement, and use a three-second contraction. Try to really feel the muscle groups you’re targeting. Do a full range of motion. Lower your body all the way down, allowing your sternum to gently touch the floor, and push all the way up. Your arms should be straight, without locking your elbows. Pay attention to the alignment of your elbows. The ideal angle from your sides is about 45 degrees. This allows you to effectively work your chest muscles and prevent injuries from overextension. Keep your body stiff and straight as a plank, including your head. Pay careful attention and make sure you don’t drop your head forward; it needs to be in line with your back. Breathe in on the way down; breathe out on the way up, through your nose, not your mouth. | Fitness And Wellness | Page 3

Pay attention to the alignment of your elbows. The ideal angle from your sides is about 45 degrees. This allows you to effectively work your chest …

Wellness

A Love Letter To Fall Running - Women's Running

On a recent trip, our Marathon Maniac had every intention of running while away from home. Instead, she found a million reasons to not run.<p>Our …

Women's Fitness

10 Exercises That Burn More Calories Than Running

Despite all its reported benefits — burning calories, reducing stress and boosting endurance, among others — running isn’t exactly everyone’s …

You Only Need These 3 Things To Run Through Winter

Wait, what? There are only three things I need to run through the entirety of a cold, blustery, dark winter?Let me explain.I have been running in the …

Women's Fitness

A 10-Minute Bodyweight Cardio Workout That Really Works Your Legs And Butt

If you’ve only got 10 minutes, minimal space, and nothing but your bod to work with, you don’t have to choose between lower-body strength work and …

Workouts

We Know We Have To Taper—But Why Exactly?

Tapering might just be the strangest phenomenon in running. You’ve somehow managed to survive putting your body through a regimen of pain and …

Fitness

Your Brain Could Be The Key To Running Farther And Faster

<i>Illustration by Katy LeMay</i><p><i>Don’t let self-doubt sabotage your running—sports psychologists share how to get your mind in line with your stride.</i><p>How can …

Running

Avoid These 7 Running Hotspot Issues

We’ve all been there. You’re running your usual trail, making great time and coming in on your fourth mile. But then you start to feel a slight ache …

Fitness

Seniors and exercising

Seniors and exercising<p>Staying physically active and exercising regularly can make a big difference in quality of life.<p>Posted on <b>November 10, 2016</b> by , …

The Benefits Of Walking 30 Minutes Every Day

We know that we need to get moving—one of the worst things you can do to your body is sit too much—but how much activity is enough?The good news is, …

Fitness

5 Ab Exercises That Are More Effective Than Crunches

You probably know by now that if you're doing crunches to work your abs, you're not getting the most out of your core routine. After all, crunches …

Exercise

10 ways to wake up and run: the secret to early morning workouts

Sometimes, dragging yourself out of bed for a run can seem like mission impossible. But if you can find a way then the benefits to your health, and …

Mornings

The 30-day leg strength wall challenge

Dramatically improve your running by building on the muscular strength of your calves, glutes and quads. All you need is a wall, some willpower and a …

Fitness

How to warm-up before your run

Warm-up effectively before every run to maximise your performance.<p><b>Words</b>: Tom Craggs<p>Living in a time-poor society, many of us are guilty of arriving …

Running

15 Full-Body Workouts Under 15 Minutes Part 1 – EXTRA JOSS

These short but powerful plans are perfect for a busy schedule<p>The Primal Blueprint Workout<p>Paleo diets are all the rage these days but exercising like …

Fitness

Learn Your Running Shoe Lingo - Women's Running

Running footwear has its own special language. This can be especially tricky when you are looking for your perfect pair. Our glossary can help you …

5 Exercises for Perfect Legs

Legs! Who doesn’t want a pair of perfectly formed and shapely legs? You can show them off almost any time of day or place (hemline will vary!) – …

Exercise

Here’s Why You Should Only Stretch Muscles That Need It

Few training variables have been so misunderstood and misprescribed as stretching. Despite the misinformation and dearth of research, stretching …

Fitness

Is Yoga For You? - Women's Running

<i>*Content courtesy of acefitness.org</i><p>Considering it’s thousands of years old, it might seem silly to say that yoga has come a long way in recent years. …

Health

The Abs Workout That'll Make You A Better Runner

While the best way to become a better runner is to—you guessed it—actually <i>run</i>, the workouts you do when you're not pounding the pavement can aid your …

Exercise

Want to swim like Olympian? Principles based thinking is particularly important in swimming

The core idea of principles-based thinking is to “drill down to the foundations of a problem to view it in an entirely new way” rather than rely on …