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How to Do Back Extensions

The back extension exercise both stretches and strengthens your lower back. It’s the perfect complement to crunches to develop a strong, balanced midsection. Use caution if you have a lower-back problem [more…]

How to Set Up Circuit Training Stations

Circuit training combines cardiovascular exercise with strength training. Circuit training includes a warm-up, followed by a succession of strength-building exercises at [more…]

Circuit Training Routines for Arm Workouts

Because the warm-up, cooldown, and movement between circuit training stations work your leg muscles, many people emphasize arm-strength exercises in their circuit routines, focusing as many as half of [more…]

Circuit Training Routines for Leg Workouts

Because the warm-up, cooldown, and travel between circuit training stations is leg-intensive, you don’t need to include a lot of leg-strengthening exercises in your circuit routine. [more…]

Circuit Training Routines for Ab, Butt, and Lower-Back Workouts

Circuit training is a great workout to develop strong abs, butt and lower back muscles. (And who doesn't want great abs, a nice tush, and a healthy lower back?) The following list is not anywhere near [more…]

How to Complete a Circuit Training Workout

Circuit training is a unique method of working out that combines cardiovascular exercise with strength training. A typical circuit training routine includes a warm-up, followed by a succession of strength-building [more…]

How to Choose the Best Walking Shoes for You

Walking requires little more than a good pair of walking shoes. The right pair of shoes helps prevent injury, improve your performance, and keep you comfortable for up to 1,000 miles. [more…]

Socks and Other Walking Gear

In addition to walking shoes, you should consider other gear to enhance your walking experience — socks, water bottle (and other) carriers, and reflective gear. Do you absolutely need a pair of socks designed [more…]

Structuring Your Walking Program

You can modify three different variables to make your walking and fitness program harder or easier: frequency, intensity, and time. Before you can begin manipulating each variable, you need to understand [more…]

Stretches for Walkers

Most fitness experts recommend regular stretching for walkers, to keep muscles loose and limber, ease muscle soreness, and prevent injury. Stretching is the key to maintaining your flexibility. [more…]

How to Set Up a Lifestyle Walking Routine

Casual fitness walking (or lifestyle walking) is the most slow-paced of fitness walking techniques. It is low to moderate intensity. Most casual walkers walk an average of 2.5 to 3.5 miles per hour, which [more…]

How to Set Up a Fitness Walking Routine

Fitness walking is a good way to get in top-notch cardiovascular condition and lose weight. When you fitness walk, you generally move along at a brisk pace of 3.5 to 4.3 miles an hour, covering a mile [more…]

Developing a Walk-Run Fitness Routine

A walk-run routine is exactly what it sounds like: a workout in which you alternate walking and running. By sprinkling running intervals throughout your walking workout, you can spike up exercise intensity [more…]

Climbing Hills during Your Fitness Walks

Does the thought of climbing up a hill during your workout make you want to walk the other way? Relax. The secret to walking hills is not to let them get the upper hand. Instead of treating a hill as the [more…]

Getting Fit by Walking on the Beach

Besides offering beautiful scenery, the beach is a place where you can walk or stroll for miles without obstacles. However, walking on the beach is not without pitfalls. [more…]

Getting Fit by Hiking

If you want to get in shape, hiking can take the boredom out of walking. It gets you out in the fresh air and allows you to commune with nature. Even if you live in an urban area, you’re probably just [more…]

Getting Fit by Water Walking

Water walking is an excellent aerobic and calorie burning workout; you can burn up to 550 calories an hour walking in the water. Water walking is the perfect break from the pounding of everyday training [more…]

How to Pick Running Clothes and Other Running Gear

You don’t really need a lot of the gadgets that are marketed for runners. What you need, truthfully, is a good pair of running shoes and whatever you consider to be comfortable clothing. But some items [more…]

Running Essentials: Warming Up and Cooling Down

Your body needs time to warm up before you hit the road and start running. It's also important to allow some time to cool down after you finish your run. [more…]

How to Treat Common Running Injuries

Five of the most common running injuries are shinsplints, chondromalacia (runner’s knee), Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, and iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome. Stress fractures, which usually occur [more…]

Planning for a Marathon

A mystique surrounds the marathon, a 26.2-mile race that some people view as an exotic journey that only a few runners can take. Any healthy individual can complete a marathon, though — provided that you’ve [more…]

How to Create a Marathon Training Program

If you're ready to start putting together a marathon program, start by running whatever distance you can currently run, and gradually build up your mileage until you’ve reached the point where you can [more…]

Running a Marathon

The start line of a major marathon race is an exciting place to be. Crowds of spectators have gathered, and hundreds, maybe thousands, of runners are buzzing with anticipation. Balloons are released, rock [more…]

How to Find a Yoga Style That's Right for You

Everyone can benefit from adding a mind-body activity — such as yoga — to their fitness routine. You can substitute yoga for your regular workouts once or twice a week. For example, instead of lifting [more…]

Taking Yoga Classes

Most health clubs offer yoga classes at no additional charge. You can find a wider variety of styles and techniques at yoga-only studios, which charge [more…]

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