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Winter Blues

With the outdoors potentially less inviting and the days darker, the stage is set for winter weight gain. But don’t give up hope and dive into a bulky sweater just yet. A few simple shifts in behavior can make it easier to prevent the typical winter weight gain. Problem: It’s cold and miserable outside. Solution … Read More

Super-Short Exercise Bouts (at the Right Intensity) Offer Big Weight-loss Benefits

When it comes to losing weight—or not becoming overweight in the first place—every little bit of exercise can help. New research suggests that micro-bouts of activity—shorter than 10 minutes—can lower one’s risk of obesity as long as the intensity level is sufficiently high. Furthermore, those who focused on shorter bouts were much more likely to … Read More

Is Aquatic Exercise as Effective as Resistance Training for Strength

There were 87 women, 60 years and older, assigned to water-based exercise, land-based resistance training or a control group. After 12 weeks, women in the water-based program improved in dynamic strength similar to those in the resistance training group. People in the water group improved in isometric peak torque (force that causes rotation) around the … Read More

Holiday Workout Tips

Vary your workouts. Continuously doing the same workout can result in eventual burnout no matter how much you love it. Changing the exercise mode not only stimulates you and challenges you mentally, but physically your body is challenged in different ways. Your body can get acclimated to the same workout so that benefits and physical … Read More

Exercising in the Heat

Heat Exhaustion: Heat exhaustion is the body’s response to an excessive loss of the water and salt contained in sweat. Those most prone to heat exhaustion are elderly people, people with high blood pressure and people working or exercising in a hot environment. Warning Signs of Heat Exhaustion: Heavy sweating Paleness Muscle cramps Tiredness and … Read More

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, or DOMS, is a phenomenon that impacts exercisers around the globe. Soreness is extremely common, so it’s a given that there are a lot of misconceptions regarding DOMS. Although there are many aspects of DOMS that are unclear, there is a lot that we do know and much of the information … Read More

Common Mistakes in Fitness Classes

If you love group fitness classes you’re probably already familiar with some of the golden rules of being a good student, such as arriving to class on-time and putting your equipment away when you’re done. However, there are some additional considerations that will help you maximize your results. Four of the country’s top group fitness … Read More