10 Reasons to Keep Fit as You Age
"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.
A Heads-Up for Football Safety
Coaches should tell players not to tackle or block with their heads or run head-down with the ball.
A Positive Step Toward Fitness
The way you think about exercise can be the crucial factor in sticking with your fitness program.
A Rational Diet for Bodybuilders
Many of today's generation of musclemen are told by nutritionists and bodybuilding experts that well-balanced meals will offer enough protein for all but the most intense exercisers.
Aerobic Exercises for Kids
Aerobic exercise is important for kids. It helps keep their heart, lungs, and blood vessels healthy. It can also help them keep or get to a healthy weight.
Age Doesn't Matter for Yoga
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.
An Ounce of Caution Prevents Heat-Related Illness
The four most common heat-related emergencies are cramps, fainting, exhaustion, and heat strokes. These illnesses occur when the body can no longer cool itself properly.
Arthritis and Exercise: Q and A
Doctors and physical therapists say people with arthritis can improve their health and fitness through exercise without damaging their joints.
Asthma: Exercising Indoors
When the weather turns cold, it's a good idea to move your workout indoors.
Asthma: Out of Breath at a Meal
Try to breathe evenly while chewing. If you begin feeling short of breath, take a break between bites.
Athletic Shoes: Lace Them to Fit
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.
Avoiding Joint Injuries
Common injuries include a twisted ankle, sprained wrist, overextended elbow and damaged knee ligaments. Fortunately, you can take steps to help prevent joint damage.
Basic Training: Build Your Own Boot-Camp Workout
The secret to the trendy "boot-camp" workout is mixing calorie-burning cardio intervals with moves that build strength using the weight of your own body.
Basketball: Make Safety a Point
Experts say players can avoid injury by strengthening muscles through a supervised weight-training program before the season. That helps prevent injuries to knees and ankles, the most common court injuries.
Benefits of Strong Abdominal Muscles
Strong abdominal muscles do more for you than just giving you a trim profile. They help stabilize your torso, which reduces aches and pains in your lower back.
Biking Your Way to Better Health
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.
Build Your Bones with Exercise
You can help prevent osteoporosis by including enough calcium in your diet and exercising regularly.
Buying a Bike for Your Child
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.
Cardio Workout Equipment Primer
Here are tips to help you get the most out of your workouts when you use cardio equipment.
Common Injuries of the Shoulder
The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body, but because of this flexibility, it is not very stable and is easily injured.
Conditioning Strategies for Peak Athletic Performance
Invest some time at the gym to get your muscles in peak condition.
Dancing Is the Star
Besides being fun, dance offers a range of benefits—physical, mental, and social—that other activities can't match.
Dehydration and Heat Stroke
Dehydration and heat stroke are two very common heat-related diseases that can be life threatening if left untreated.
Deskercise for the Office Bound
Many office workers are doing simple exercises at their desks, with surprisingly healthy benefits.