When you want maximum fitness results with minimum workout time, high intensity interval training (HIIT) may be your answer. Unlike traditional cardio workouts where you typically exercise for a longer time at 50-70% of your capacity, a HIIT routine combines short intervals (about 20 to 90 seconds) of full on activity with periods of rest or lower-intensity exercise.
Bored with your treadmill workout? Tired of breathing in bus fumes on your morning run? Hiking in the great outdoors may be the perfect way to freshen up your exercise routine. In addition to building aerobic stamina and strengthening your leg muscles, spending time in nature is a great opportunity for relaxation and reflection. It can also make for a fun time spent with family or friends.
It’s not hard to increase your daily physical activity. Just take it step by step—literally. Walking at a brisk pace, the average person takes about 100 steps per minute. Depending on your speed and length of stride, you’ll cover a mile in about 20 minutes, and burn 80 to 100 calories in the process.
Eight out of 10 Americans spend their workdays hunched over a computer screen. The cumulative effects of constant sitting, poor posture, and repetitive movements result in daily aches and pains as well as chronic musculoskeletal problems.
When it comes to weight loss, myths about diet and exercise abound. Many exercise myths frame exercise and healthy eating as chores. Some exercise programs imply we can work out a specific area of the body to eliminate the fat, referred to as “spot targeting fat,” or that we can “burn off” junk food.
Even if you don’t consider yourself a runner (or even much of an athlete), the idea of competing in a road race can be tantalizing. If the opening chords of the Chariots of Fire theme sparks even a small twinge of excitement, you may be primed to take on your first 5K run.
Want to workout but don’t have access to a gym? Not a problem. All you really need is your body… or a few pieces of inexpensive equipment, to create a whole-body workout that you can easily do in your house, apartment, or office.
With yoga studios popping up on nearly every street corner and numerous YouTube channels devoted to the practice, it’s clear that Americans have embraced yoga fitness in a big way. For the uninitiated, however, figuring out how to get started can seem daunting.
Experts will tell you creating an exercise habit is a central pillar for getting and staying fit. Traveling for work or vacation can sometimes upend your daily schedule, so sticking to your usual fitness routine can be challenging during these times.