Expect the Start-Up to Feel Strange

The first steps on the road to fitness can be bumpy, but if you know what to expect, you can install some emotional shock...

Fitness Starts with Setting Goals

Would you plan a dinner party without a menu or recipes? Would you begin a woodworking or sewing project without a plan or a...

Fitness: Your Cheapest Health Insurance

The American Heart Association and its affiliated American Stroke Association are worried. Cardiovascular disease, including stroke, is the number-one killer of women over 25-half...

Quick Fix or Fitness Forever?

Sometimes the motivation to lose weight is simply cosmetic because your calendar shows a special occasion coming up for which you want to look...

Options for Enhancing Your Fitness

There are so many options to help you get in shape and stay that way that sorting through the choices becomes a challenge. To...

Drawing Up a Fitness Plan

Would you start on a long trip without a destination or a road map? Probably not. The same is true for the road to...

Flexibility

This crucial fitness factor often is overlooked or ignored by exercisers who want maximum results in minimum time. As dancers and athletes—such as gymnasts,...

Strength and Power

These two are related. Strength is the muscles' ability to exert force, and power is the time it takes to do the work. Generally,...

Body-Mass Index

Body-Mass Index (in percentages): MalesSlightly underweight: <20.7Normal weight: 20.7-26.4Slightly overweight: 26.4-27.8Overweight: 27.8-31.1Very overweight: 31.1-45.4Morbidly obese: >45.5Females Slightly underweight: <19.1 Normal weight: 25.8-27.3 Slightly overweight: 25.8-27.3...

Store-Bought Help

When you begin to work out and participate in sports activities, you'll probably head straight for the nearest discount store for exercise and sports...

Recent Posts

Women Need Weight Work, Too

Women, who are significantly more likely to suffer bone loss, weakness, and fractures later in life, need weight training even more than men. For...

Be Your Body’s Best Friend

Once you set yourself up with a slim-down, shape-up goal and decide to get going, it's tempting to join a health club, buy a...

Rules of the Fitness Road

Being active brings about a different mindset than being the proverbial couch potato. You begin to look at what you consume in terms of...

Reality Check

Changing your inactive lifestyle into an active one is not easy, but it is possible. Because so many New Year's resolution-makers and beginning exercisers...

What are calories?

Calories are units of energy. They provide the fuel we need for our body to function—to keep our heart beating, for breathing, for digestion,...