Try These 4 Dynamic Exercise Warm-Ups (Video)

Doing a functional warm-up instead of static stretching before exercise offers various benefits, says Daniel Hass, DPT, SCS. The movements increase body temperature, heart rate and blood flow. Hass says he recommends these movements as being more beneficial and effective than static stretches. In this video, Hass will demonstrate how to do these warm-ups, which are … Read More

What Does Moderate Exercise Mean, Anyway?

If you talk to a doctor or read physical fitness guidelines, you’re going to come across the phrase “moderate-intensity exercise.” It’s one of the guiding principles behind fitness recommendations. But patients often are left wondering: What does moderate really mean? Examples — something for everyone In the exercise world, we think of moderate-intensity activity as … Read More

5 Questions to Ask Before You Exercise With Arthritis

If you want to live a better life with arthritis, the benefits of exercise are clear. Healthy movement can help you decrease stiffness, release your body’s natural pain-blocking endorphins and reduce stress on your joints as you lose weight. But there’s a reason I always stress the importance of speaking with a doctor before starting … Read More

5 Great Reasons You Should Take a Walk Today

People who walk regularly swear by the health and psychological benefits of their daily jaunt. Here are five reasons why they’re right. 1. Walking reduces stress, cheers you up and increases self-esteem If you’ve ever gone out for a walk in a huff and come back more calm and collected, you know firsthand that walking … Read More

What a Beginner Should Know About CrossFit

Your friends have been talking about it on Facebook. You saw a commercial or a competition on TV. One of your coworkers swears by it. So now you’re curious about CrossFit™. At its core, CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program with an emphasis on varied exercises, functional movements and a high level of intensity. … Read More

Should You Step Up to the Barre Workout?

Once in a while, a fitness trend takes off. It seems like new gyms spring up overnight. You hear about it from your friends, who say, “You have to try this class.” Barre workouts are one such trend. Barre workouts — probably best known from the fitness franchise Pure Barre™ — have grown rapidly. They … Read More

If You Have Arthritis, Don’t Hibernate This Winter

It’s winter. If you live in a cold climate, the air outside may be frigid enough to make you want to spend the next couple of months hiding under a blanket. But if you have arthritis, avoid the urge to hibernate. Sitting still all winter is the last thing you need to do. Why movement … Read More

Your Guide to the No. 1 Fitness Trend of 2015

What workout requires no gym membership and only 15 minutes of your time three times a week? The answer: body-weight training. This training is a mix of exercises, from push-ups to squats, that you can do on your own using no equipment but your own body. In the eyes of more than 3,400 fitness professionals … Read More

Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail — and How to Succeed

Every year, people make health resolutions for New Year’s — lose weight, drop bad habits such as smoking, exercise more, and so on. Every year, people also abandon those resolutions by mid-January. It’s easy to blame missed goals on human nature, but internal medicine physician Muhammad Ali Syed, MD, offers a few simple ways to … Read More

The 12 Days of Fitness

’Tis the season for celebration, family gatherings and holiday fun, but not for sitting still. If you want to keep your fitness routine going throughout December — or kick off a new healthy habit before the New Year begins — start with these tips. We’ll add a new tip each day leading up to the … Read More