| Sep 18, 2012
| 10:23 AM
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...
| Jun 13, 2011
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...
| May 25, 2011
| 1:33 PM
"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...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 8:48 AM
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....
| Jan 27, 2014
| 10:00 PM
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...
| May 2, 2011
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...
| Jun 22, 2011
| 1:58 PM
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...
| Feb 14, 2011
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...
| Feb 7, 2011
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...
| May 9, 2011
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...
| May 16, 2011
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...
| May 2, 2014
| 6:15 PM
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...