Fitness

"Physical activity has been engineered out of our daily lives," laments an expert on preventing disease. "We used to rake leaves by hand and walk to the market. Now we have leaf blowers and take the car everywhere." So here is a list of 10 reasons why you should make physical activity a part of your everyday life.
Coaches should tell players not to tackle or block with their heads or run head-down with the ball.
More than ever before, Americans older than 65 are turning to yoga for exercise. What is yoga, and why is it so popular? Yoga is a series of stretches and poses done with breathing techniques. It offers the powerful benefits of exercise. And since yoga is gentle, almost anyone can do it, regardless of age or fitness level.
Doctors and physical therapists say people with arthritis can improve their health and fitness through exercise without damaging their joints.
Simply lacing your shoes or sneakers properly, along with choosing a shoe that fits your foot correctly, can add comfort to your stride and prevent foot injuries.
Riding a bicycle can be an excellent fitness activity. Cyclists can burn 400 to 700 calories an hour when they're pedaling at a good pace.
Most youngsters learn the basics of pedaling, steering and braking on a tricycle or "big wheel" cycle, and around age 4 are ready to try a two-wheeler with training wheels.
The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body, but because of this flexibility, it is not very stable and is easily injured.
Invest some time at the gym to get your muscles in peak condition.
Dehydration and heat stroke are two very common heat-related diseases that can be life threatening if left untreated.
Exercise doesn't have to be vigorous to offer health benefits. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity daily, or on most days of the week.
People who keep lost weight off tend to have several habits in common. Here are strategies that can help you be a successful long-term loser.
Finding ways to get exercise as you get older is a smart and easy way to stay fit and improve your health.
Physical inactivity is just as big a risk factor for heart disease as high blood pressure and smoking are. So, be the exception rather than the rule. Here are eight ways to exercise for a healthier heart.
It is always important to talk with your doctor before starting an exercise program, particularly if you have certain health conditions.
Teen girls who are athletes face unique obstacles when it comes to their bodies and how well they perform.
Cold weather doesn't have to put a chill on your fitness routine, even if the treadmill or stair-stepper seems boring compared with jogging or riding your bike outside.
Detailed information on bicycle, in-line skating, skateboarding, and scooter safety
Joining a fitness facility is costly -- from a few hundred dollars to more than $1,000 per year. To make sure your money is well spent, manage your membership the same way you would any other significant investment -- by keeping your eye on your goals.
A training log helps you organize and save information about your exercise routine so you can work toward your important goals.
Knowing about common injuries and how to prevent them can keep you on track toward achieving your fitness goals.
At least some anger is necessary for survival. Frequent or intense episodes of anger, however, aren’t good for you or the people around you. If you find yourself boiling mad more often than not, try some of these tips to keep your temper in check.
If you're not careful, you could wind up with a case of heat exhaustion just as easily as the couch potato next door, no matter how fit you might be.
Snow sports can give you an excellent workout. They are cardio, so they work your heart and lungs, but they also strengthen your bones.
Activity can help prevent heart disease, cancer, and stroke. It can also lessen feelings of depression, and boost confidence. As children get older, they often reduce their physical activity. Because of this, making activity a family priority is key.
A preparticipation exam may be required for any child who wants to take part in a school athletic activity or in an organized sports activity outside of school.
Good preventive steps: Warm up before you work out, alternate days for exercising certain muscle groups, and cool down when you're done.
Playing tennis or racquetball is a fun way to boost the intensity of your fitness program, as well as improve your balance, strength and agility.
It may not be as trendy as Pilates or power yoga, but running still delivers a great fat-burning, stress-reducing aerobic workout.
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