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Choosing a Health Club

Many people have no choice. If your neighborhood has only one club, that's the club you probably need to join, even if the facilities aren't top-notch. You're more likely to use the mediocre fitness center [more…]

Determining the Intensity of Your Walk

Depending on the style of walking you do, the intensity of your workout can vary widely.

If you're just casually strolling around the neighborhood to improve your overall health, then the total accrual [more…]

Evaluating Your Initial Walking Endurance

Your endurance, stamina, or aerobic fitness can be gauged on a bike, stair climber, or treadmill. The best, most accurate way to assess this fitness parameter is with a test that most closely mirrors your [more…]

Deep Relaxation: Learning the Corpse Posture

The simplest and yet the most difficult of all Yoga postures is the corpse posture, also widely known as the dead pose. This posture is the simplest because you don't have to use any part of your body [more…]

Showing Off Your Martial Arts Skills in Competition

So you belong to a school that allows and even encourages students to enter competitions, but you're not sure if you should do it. Many martial artists shy away from organized competition because they're [more…]

Trying a Group Fitness Class

Try not to pigeonhole yourself as the type who doesn't like — or can't do — fitness classes. Not all classes require coordination. Sculpting, stretching, circuit, and martial arts-based classes usually [more…]

Tuning into Health Issues before Toning Up

When starting a fitness program, it's important to take stock of your general wellness. Addressing medical, health, and safety concerns ensures that you end up doing the appropriate program at the level [more…]

What is Kickboxing?

Kickboxing (sometimes called aeroboxing) is a class that takes the moves of a kickboxer’s training and choreographs them to music. You’ll do some or all of the following: jump rope, shadow-box, forward [more…]

Jazz and Other Dance Workouts

Jazz and other dance workouts involve an aerobic routine with choreography borrowed from dance moves. Classes range from simple moves with a little attitude thrown in, to what seems like a tryout for an [more…]

High/Low-Impact Aerobics

High/low-impact aerobics classes consist of a traditional dance-inspired routine. With low-impact aerobics, you always have one foot on the floor — you don’t do any jumping or hopping. High-impact aerobics [more…]

Studio Cycling and Spinning

Studio cycling and Spinning are group classes taught on stationary bicycles. The most popular studio cycling class is called Spinning, a program invented by ultra-distance cyclist Johnny G. and licensed [more…]

Water Aerobics

Water aerobics classes do traditional workouts in waist- to neck-high water in a swimming pool. The resistance of the water makes the workout feel far more intense, while the water cushions you from the [more…]

How to Find a Qualified Personal Trainer

Qualified personal trainers are in high demand now, and many consumers choose a one-to-one workout over group fitness classes. Personal trainers can be hired to get you in shape in a gym or in the privacy [more…]

How to Warm Up for Cardio Exercise

A warm-up simply means 5 to 15 minutes of aerobic exercise at a very easy pace. The term cardio is often used interchangeably with aerobic. Aerobic exercise is any repetitive activity that you do long [more…]

How to Cool Down after Cardio Exercise

After a cardio workout (aerobic exercise such as brisk walking, jogging, bicycling, swimming, or stair climbing), you should always remember to cool down before resting. Don’t stop suddenly and make a [more…]

Using Cardio Exercise for Good Health

If your goal is to feel better and live a longer and healthier life, a little aerobic exercise goes a remarkably long way. The people in the bottom 20 percent of the population, fitness-wise, are 65 percent [more…]

How to Boost Your Fitness with Special Training Techniques

You can use many training techniques to challenge your body and maximize your fitness, including interval training, Fartlek workouts, uphill training, and tempo workouts. You can try these training techniques [more…]

How to Train for a Specific Event

Thinking of training for a 5K or 10K race, half-marathon, century bike ride, or triathlon? Use the following general guidelines when planning for the event. [more…]

How to Use a Treadmill

Treadmills are the motorized equivalent of walking or running in place. You simply keep up with a belt that’s moving under your feet. Treadmill workouts burn about the same number of calories as walking [more…]

How to Use an Elliptical Trainer

With elliptical trainers, your feet follow a path that’s sort of a stretched-out oval known as an ellipse (hence, the name elliptical trainer). The motion feels like a mix between fast walking, stair-climbing [more…]

How to Use a Stationary Bike

Stationary bicycles come in two varieties: upright and recumbent. Upright bikes simulate a regular bike, only you don’t go anywhere. Recumbent bikes have bucket seats so you pedal out in front of you. [more…]

How to Use a Stair Climber

The most common type of stair climber is the pedal stepper, which many exercisers refer to as the StairMaster. In fact, StairMaster is a specific brand — just one of many excellent makes of stair climbers [more…]

How to Use a Rolling Stair Climber

A rolling stair climber looks like a section of a department-store escalator. A set of stairs rotates in a circle so that you climb continuously, ever upward, but never getting anywhere. You look straight [more…]

How to Use a Rowing Machine

Anyone looking for a great total-body workout will love rowing. Rowing machines (also called rowers) consist of a flywheel, a fan, and a cable with a handle attached to one end. You pull the handle toward [more…]

How to Jump Rope Effectively

Jumping or skipping rope offers some very real fitness benefits. It strengthens your cardiovascular system, improves your agility, burns tons of calories, and tones your thighs, calves, abdominals, back [more…]

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