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

8 hacks to stop feeling so sore after a workout

The DOMS struggle is real<p>Hitting the gym? Then you've probably experienced DOMS - that's Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, aka the hellish aching and …

Exercise

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 …

Workouts

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 …

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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 …

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. …

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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 …

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 …

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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 …

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 …

Exercise

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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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 …

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

<i>*Courtesy of RunHaven</i><p>Thinking of getting up earlier?<p>Often that thought never becomes action, because ripping yourself from your bed of bliss is like …

7 Beginner Kettlebell Exercises To Work Your Entire Body

Beginner kettlebell exercises are an excellent way to add variety to your workout routine, whether you're new to strength training or you're just …

The Most Effective Interval Workout For Burning Fat

This new take on interval training will do far more damage to your belly fat than the treadmill<p>High-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts are scientifically proven to fry more fat and improve fitness faster than long, slow, and boring cardio.<p>Typical approaches to HIIT revolve around using a …

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This Legs Exercise Does Amazing Things For Your Butt, Thighs, And Abs

Exercises that work two muscle groups? Great. Exercises that work <i>three</i> muscle groups? Even better. The step up with a reverse lunge is a supercharged …

7 things your muscles are trying to tell you

If you've ever spent the day after an intense workout soothing your sore legs with a foam roller, you know your muscles can give you plenty of feedback about how you're feeling. Usually the message is pretty straightforward—if your glutes are sore after doing a million squats, that's a …

Exercise

Got 4 Minutes? That's All You Need for This Upper-Body Tabata Routine

It may be tempting to obsess about your abs before summer. But all you need is a few extra minutes to complete a sculpting routine for your entire …

Short and Sweet: 4 New 6-Minute Workouts for Busy People

<b>Did you know workouts lasting under six minutes can benefit you in more ways than one?</b> Many of you may already know how fabulous snagging a short …

How to Feel More Energized All Week Long - Women's Running

This 'Run Pops' recipe was inspired by Saucony's latest release and is a sweet way to stay hydrated, no matter the weather.<p>No runner is immune to GI …

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