Fitness

Make Variety a Goal in Kids' Sports

Children should avoid specializing in a sport until they reach adolescence, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends. Reason: for every prodigy who becomes a successful athlete, thousands of youths suffer physically or psychologically from being pushed to compete at a young age.

Making Family Fitness Fun

Activity can help prevent heart disease, cancer, and stroke. It can also lessen feelings of depression, and boost confidence. As children get older, they often reduce their physical activity. Because of this, making activity a family priority is key.

Martial Arts: Something for Everyone

Move to the Music: Dancing as Exercise

The benefits of dancing go well beyond heart health and physical fitness. Dancing, especially group dance activities, provides opportunities for people of all ages to be socially and mentally engaged, as well.

Organized Sports for Kids

Picking the best sport for your child and providing the right level of encouragement can be a challenge, but with a little research, you will find the sports program that best fits your youngster and your family’s budget and schedule.

Pilates: A Core Conditioning Program

Pilates is a conditioning program that strengthens the joints and muscles used in everyday actions such as walking, sitting, twisting, bending and lifting.

Preparing for Your Best Year of Fitness

Preparticipation Physical Exams

A preparticipation exam may be required for any child who wants to take part in a school athletic activity or in an organized sports activity outside of school.

Preventing Sports Injuries

Good preventive steps: Warm up before you work out, alternate days for exercising certain muscle groups, and cool down when you're done.

Putting the 'Fun' Back Into Fitness

Start thinking of fitness as fun. If it's something you want to do, then you'll figure out ways to find time for it.

Racket Sports: Tops in Training

Playing tennis or racquetball is a fun way to boost the intensity of your fitness program, as well as improve your balance, strength and agility.

Ready to Exercise? Take It Inside

Here are some guidelines that can help you make the right choice when shopping for gear.

Ready, Set, Run!

It may not be as trendy as Pilates or power yoga, but running still delivers a great fat-burning, stress-reducing aerobic workout.

Relaxation Techniques That Really Work

To keep stress at a minimum and reduce its effects on your life, you need to find and practice healthy ways to manage it.

Rev Up Your Walking Workout

To make walking something you can look forward to each day, add the ingredients that appeal to you personally.

Shape Up to Hit the Slopes

Ideally, you should start to prepare your muscles two months before you go skiing or snowboarding. But as little as an hour of training a week for four weeks can get you ready.

Simple Exercises to Make You Limber

Stretching is an easy thing you can do to improve your health, yet it's often the most neglected part of people's fitness regimens. Stretching can reduce your injury risk and help you become more limber, regardless of your age and physical condition.

Spice Up Your Workouts with a Little Variety

Stay Fit When You Have a Health Challenge

Working out when you have a serious illness or health problem can be challenging. But for most people who have health issues, exercising can improve their prognosis and well-being. In fact, exercise can play an important role in helping you cope with or recover from a health challenge or accident.

Staying Fit the Old-fashioned Way

The major culprit behind the U.S. decline in physical activity may be our own high-tech and increasingly sedentary lifestyle.

Strength Training and Heart Disease

If you think that you can’t begin a strength-training program because you have heart disease, think again.

Strength Training at Home

Getting to the gym for a weight workout isn't always easy. That's why it pays to have weights at home as a backup, or even as a substitute.

Strength Training Myths

Taking time each week to build your strength can help you live a more healthy and independent life. Read on to dispel myths and to get the facts about strength training.

Strengthening Exercises for Kids

. Stronger muscles can help prevent injury or make it easier to recover from injury. They can help a person keep a good level of body fat. Activities that build bone are especially important for children.

Strength-Train with Yoga

Yoga is more than a stretching regimen. It can help you build stronger muscles, as well as help you relax and focus.

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