Health Information

  • Working Out in the Cold

    Cold weather doesn't have to put a freeze on your outdoor exercise program. If you take precautions, you can still work out when the weather turns chilly.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • How and Why to Keep a Training Log

    A training log helps you organize and save information about your exercise routine so you can work toward your important goals.

  • Weight Room No Longer Off-Limits to Kids

    The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Sports Medicine now say that strength training is fine for kids, as long as they are supervised and don't try to lift too much weight.

  • How to Avoid Common Running Injuries

    Knowing about common injuries and how to prevent them can keep you on track toward achieving your fitness goals.

  • 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.

  • For Parents: Bicycle, In-Line Skating, Skateboard, and Scooter Safety

    Detailed information on bicycle, in-line skating, skateboarding, and scooter safety

  • Conditioning Strategies for Peak Athletic Performance

    Invest some time at the gym to get your muscles in peak condition.

  • Five Fresh Forms of Indoor Fitness

    Cold weather doesn't have to put a chill on your fitness routine, even if the treadmill or stair-stepper seems boring compared with jogging or riding your bike outside.

  • Preparing for Your Best Year of Fitness
  • Work Out on the Water

    With a sailboat, canoe, kayak, windsurfing outfit or pair of water skis, you can explore a whole new world of activities. Once you've embraced proper training and safety, you'll get a fine, fun workout.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Using Sports Psychology to Improve Your Fitness

    Fitness has a mental component, in addition to physical challenges. Even if you're in great shape, you can encounter intellectual obstacles that can decrease your motivation and stifle your performance.

  • 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.

  • Getting the Most for Your Health Club Dollar

    Joining a fitness facility is costly -- from a few hundred dollars to more than $1,000 per year. To make sure your money is well spent, manage your membership the same way you would any other significant investment -- by keeping your eye on your goals.

  • Dehydration and Heat Stroke

    Dehydration and heat stroke are two very common heat-related diseases that can be life threatening if left untreated.

  • Treating a Minor Sports Injury

    Whether it's a twisted ankle, a shin splint or a strained muscle, when should you see a doctor for a sports injury?

  • 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.

  • Workouts to Help Prevent Sports Injuries

    It may not be always possible to avoid injury when playing sports, especially physical contact sports, but participants can help protect themselves by properly preparing before and after a game or practice session by warming up muscles and then stretching.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The No-Excuse 30-Minute Workout

    Got half an hour? Then you have time to boost your heart health and manage your weight.

  • 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.

  • Why You Should Try Yoga

    Yoga is a series of stretches and poses that you do with breathing techniques. It offers the powerful benefits of exercise. And since yoga is gentle, almost anyone can do it, regardless of your age or fitness level.

  • 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.

  • Sports-Related Injuries

    What is a contusion? A sprain? A strain? Find out more about these common sports injuries.

  • Weight Training for Women

    Misconceptions about weight training -- often based on unfounded fears of becoming too muscular -- can keep women from pushing their fitness levels.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Stretches for Your Lower Legs

    Stretching can keep your lower legs limber and your joints pain free.

  • Strength Training and Heart Disease

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

  • 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.

  • How to Control Your Temper

    At least some anger is necessary for survival. Frequent or intense episodes of anger, however, aren't good for you or the people around you. If you find yourself boiling mad more often than not, try some of these tips to keep your temper in check.

  • 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.

  • It's Snow Fun: Skiing and Snowboarding

    Snow sports can give you an excellent workout. They are cardio, so they work your heart and lungs, but they also strengthen your bones.

  • 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.