Working Out

Fitness Trackers Got Your Number?

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Need some extra motivation to keep on target with your workouts? Sometimes a little data is all you need! Fitness trackers are increasingly popular, and take on all sorts of forms, from wristbands and watches, to clip-ons and pocketable devices, to built-in phone features. Is a fitness tracker right for you, and if so, which one? [···]

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Treating Muscle Soreness After a Workout

Do you sometimes feel muscle soreness after a workout? Or the next day? Or the second day after? “No Pain, No Gain!” can be misleading—an effective workout can lead to some achy muscles, but can you tell the difference between the soreness that results from an appropriately intense workout versus the pain that means an injury is imminent (or has already occurred)? Let’s outline the differences, and how you can give your healthy, but sore, muscles some TLC to get you through to the next training session. [···]

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A Fitness Family: Working Out with a Tribe

Group workouts have become increasingly popular over the years because they fulfill many of the social needs that help us reach our fitness goals. Even if you like to throw on some headphones and log a few solo miles on the road, treadmill, or elliptical, there is power in being part of a fitness family. Here’s why you should work out with a tribe. [···]

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Summer Travel Fitness Tips

Does your schedule change a lot in the summer? School’s out, vacations are on the books, and sometimes the beach just beckons more than usual. Even business conferences and client visits can get in on the action. All these seasonal changes can conspire against your workout routine, but it’s possible to stay on track between gym visits with these summer travel fitness tips. [···]

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7 Reasons Kids “Work Out” Better Than You

Most of us spend our days sitting down… at a desk, in a car, or even in a cozy chair. The pace of life is speeding up, but our bodies are slowing down. It’s enough to make you want to be a kid again—and there’s no better way to do that than to integrate child-like “play” into your workout routine. [···]

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Wanna Be Younger? Hit the Gym

For centuries, desperate people have spent their lives searching for an elusive fountain of youth. Everyone wants to look young, but wouldn’t it be even better if we felt that way too? Would you be surprised to know that exercise can not only help your body look great, but also reduces what we consider the usual “effects of aging”? In other words… hitting the gym makes you younger! [···]

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Getting Started Working Out Again After Injury

Many struggles in life (or just the art of procrastination) can draw us away from working out. Getting going again after time away from the gym can be very challenging, but when an injury is the cause, it can be even tougher. The good news is that you can find (and create your own) motivation to get back on track and pick back up where you left off in your fitness journey. [···]

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Try Zumba Fitness and Burn Calories the Easy Way

Try Zumba Fitness and Burn Calories the Easy WayWant to Burn Over 500 Calories an Hour the Easy Way? Try Zumba Fitness!

Treadmills are fine, but why not kick up your heels when you’re burning those calories? A recent study commissioned by the American Council on Exercise conducted by the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, found that Zumba offers a win-win combination of burning an impressive number of calories (typically over 450 per hour) as well as the benefits associated with cardiovascular exercise. [···]

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What’s the history of running?

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Human beings started walking and running some 4-6 million years ago when we evolved and rose from all fours. Ten thousand years ago, hunter-gatherers like the Tarahumara Indians in Mexico, ran 15-75 miles a day on the hunt. But it was Pheidippides (490 BC), an ancient “day-runner,” who put running on the map. Pheidippides is purported to have run 149 miles to carry the news of the Persian landing at Marathon to Sparta in order to enlist help for the battle.  [···]

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Burning Fat: Myths And Facts

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A popular myth is that there is a specific range of heart rates in which you must exercise to burn fat. Many cardio machines display a “fat-burning zone” on their panels, encouraging people to exercise in a specific heart rate range. Have you ever wondered if you really have to exercise in a specific heart rate zone to lose fat? And what happens if you venture out of that zone? Jason R. Karp, PhD, a nationally recognized speaker, writer and exercise physiologist who coaches recreational runners to Olympic hopefuls through his company,, sheds light on this issue. [···]

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