Staying Fit

Cold Outside? Here’s Your Indoor Workout Guide

When the sun rises after you wake up and sets before you eat dinner, your outdoor-workout habit takes a hit. Instead of an after-work run, you opt for hibernating in front of a fire with a cup of hot chocolate. And it’s not just the cold and dark keeping you …

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Fitness Ideas & Tips
winter exercise

5 Ways to Enjoy Winter (and Burn Calories)

When the cold temperatures and snowy weather hit, many of us may be tempted to crawl under the covers and wait for spring. But there are plenty of activities you can enjoy only when it’s cold outside. In fact, there’s no better time to get moving and enjoy some winter …

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Fitness Trends

6 Reasons to Try a Rowing Workout

First Spin classes took the gym world by storm; then fitness enthusiasts focused their attention on dance-inspired workouts like Zumba and barre. The latest craze hitting the gym circuit: rowing. Technically of course rowing itself isn’t new, but rowing studios and classes are, and these are cropping up across the …

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Staying Active

Goal: Family Fitness

The start of the school year is hectic for parents and kids alike. Between keeping up with school work and maintaining a busy social calendar, it’s easy to put fitness on the back burner. I’ve found that many families have a hard time fitting in fitness when things ramp up …

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Maximizing Workouts

Amp Up Your Workouts with Plyometrics

One of the best ways to amp up your fitness game is by incorporating childhood pastimes—hopping, skipping, jumping—into your weekly routine. Dubbed plyometrics, these activities use explosive motions to build power, strength and performance. Unlike typical strength training exercises designed to build muscle mass, plyometric training involves rapid-fire movements that …

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Fitness Trends

Heart Rate Training: Get in the Zone

Whether you’re just starting an exercise program or you’re an athlete prepping for your next race, heart rate training can help you get in the zone. Using a heart rate monitor (which detects your pulse) tells you how hard—or easy—your heart is working. With a heart rate monitor, you can …

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Fitness Tips

How to Stay Hydrated: 7 Tips for an Active Summer

Not only is H20 an essential nutrient, it literally makes up your entire being: We’re all 40 to 70 percent water, depending on your fitness level and age. And while staying hydrated is always important, it may become more challenging as the weather heats up. Hard-working muscles generate more heat …

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Fitness Tips
muscle soreness

8 Ways to Ease Post-Workout Muscle Soreness

If you’ve ever hiked to the top of a mountain, ran a longer distance than you planned or carried a child around the Detroit Zoo, chances are you’ve experienced post-workout muscle soreness. Muscle soreness is a common consequence of overworking your body. Muscles grow and become stronger when they’re subjected …

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Fitness Tips

Fitness Face-Off: Cardio vs. Strength Training

Gym rats have been duking it out for decades over which is best: cardio or strength training. But whether you want to build muscle, ditch fat or enhance your cardiovascular fitness (or a combination of all three!), the healthiest approach is to do both—sometimes even within the same workout. But …

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Staying Fit

Choosing the Right Personal Trainer to Maximize Workouts

Setting foot in a gym can be as uncomfortable as your first day of high school if you’re unsure what to do. Or maybe you know where to start but struggle with follow through. Hiring a personal trainer not only ensures you’ll quickly learn your way around the gym (and …

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