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  • One minute with pushup champ April Calderon

    One minute with pushup champ April Calderon
    April Calderon recently cranked out 61 pushups in one minute while balancing precariously on three medicine balls at Chicago's Millennium Park. The key is “great balance, mental toughness and lots and lots of practice,” said Calderone, a...
  • Good Form: A plank pose that goes further

    Good Form: A plank pose that goes further
    Build muscular endurance with yoga moves like this one, called "plank pose into chaturanga dandasana." Practiced correctly on a regular basis, you will strengthen your chest, shoulders and arms as well as your core muscles. Begin in a straight-arm...
  • Walking counts as exercise

    Walking counts as exercise
    "People try all these insane diets," then give up when they don't lose weight and don't feel any better, says Vik Khanna, executive director of Health and Wellness for Mercy Health Ministry in Chesterfield, Mo. Instead, Khanna recommends baby steps to...
  • The benefits of long, low-intensity exercise

    The benefits of long, low-intensity exercise
    Can an intense, hour-long workout compensate for sitting on your rear all day? A small new study suggests it might not – that you’d be better off walking more and standing up throughout the day, rather than cramming in a vigorous workout....
  • Travel as a health regimen

    Travel as a health regimen
    The report doesn't undertake any added science but simply synthesizes previous studies, and the involvement of an insurance company might be cause for skepticism, but a recently issued white paper reaches a conclusion always worth repeating: Travel is...
  • Good Form: A diamond when you feel rough

    Good Form: A diamond when you feel rough
    After a workout, here's a great way to stretch your back and gluteal muscles. If you have sensitive knees and tight hips, sitting on a yoga block will raise you a few inches off the floor and make it easier to bend forward. Sit upright on the floor or on...
  • Forgot why you went upstairs? Don't worry — it's exercise!

    Forgot why you went upstairs? Don't worry — it's exercise!
    You know the feeling. You trudge up the stairs and can't remember why you're there. So back down the steps. Then . . . you remember. So you retrace your steps, kicking yourself for being such a dope. I was always mad at myself for all this wasted...
  • Good Form: Loosen up your hips and thighs

    Good Form: Loosen up your hips and thighs
    The fronts of your thighs and hips can become very tight if you perform a lot of lunges and squats or if you run or hike. Here's a great way to increase the flexibility in those areas while working on your core strength. Kneel on a padded level surface...
  • Gear: Heart rate monitors, vital sign trackers keep you in the know during workout

    Gear: Heart rate monitors, vital sign trackers keep you in the know during workout
    Whether you're 18 or 80, if you like to run, bike, row, swim, cross-country ski or climb mountains, you have to keep an eye on the old ticker — for training and safety purposes. Those aiming for victory have to know how hard to push it; those out...
  • Good Form: A bicycle built for you

    Good Form: A bicycle built for you
    If you find it difficult to perform the traditional bicycle exercise on the floor because your neck gives out before your abdominal muscles, try doing them against a firm pillow or bolster. Just remember to use your abdominals to press your back against...
  • Good Form: Pilates ring adds intensity to workout

    Good Form: Pilates ring adds intensity to workout
    Props like this Pilates ring can help spice up your workout by challenging muscles in new ways. To add intensity to your obliques (side abdominal muscles) and adductors (inner thigh muscles), try this new move. Sit upright on a mat or a padded, level...
  • Four new products designed to aid workout recovery

    Four new products designed to aid workout recovery
    Coaches and physical therapists call it the RICE protocol: rest, ice, compression, elevation. After a workout, runners and cyclists who want to reduce muscle injury and fatigue, speed recovery and safely get faster and stronger should take it easy the day...