Fitness

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Exercise

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.

Exercise and Eat Smart to Keep the Weight Off

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.

Exercise for the Ages

While regular physical activity is a cornerstone of wellness at any age, it’s during your 30s, 40s and 50s that exercise becomes especially important.

Exercise Goals for Healthy Living

You know it's important to stay active but still find yourself falling back on old habits. What can you do? Planning for exercise isn't hard if you make it a priority.

Exercise Goals for Kids

How much activity should your child get? What kinds of activity are important? Find out here.

Exercise Ideas for Older Adults

Finding ways to get exercise as you get older is a smart and easy way to stay fit and improve your health.

Exercise Your Way to a Healthy Heart

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.

Exercise: Before Starting an Exercise Program

It is always important to talk with your doctor before starting an exercise program, particularly if you have certain health conditions.

Female Teen Athletes: At Risk for Injury?

Teen girls who are athletes face unique obstacles when it comes to their bodies and how well they perform.

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