Ask anyone who’s ever felt better after a workout, and they’ll tell you that exercise and mental health are related. Science backs up that gut feeling. Many studies have found that physical activity is linked to a lower risk of developing depression, and better outcomes for people who have it.
But does exercise actually prevent depression, or are people who don’t have depression ...

If you have access to a gym, there’s nothing wrong with using exercise machines. But it’s also a good idea to sometimes forgo equipment and use the weight of your own body to work out.
Here’s why: While machines tend to isolate specific muscle groups, “a lot of body-weight exercises force you to control your movements and stabilize yourself, and to do that you need to recruit and...

A stability ball is a versatile and dynamic workout tool that you should seriously consider including in your workout routine.
You can incorporate a stability ball in nearly any type of workout to challenge your body and take your fitness, particularly your core stability, to the next level.
Stability balls can be a bit tricky to start with as you...

Now that you’ve got your own shiny, new kettlebell, what (besides the kettlebell swing) are you supposed to do with it? Try the kettlebell row! The kettlebell row is a challenging upper-body exercise that will fire up your core and test your balance as it works your back. The kettlebell row looks like a simple movement, but it requires practice to master, so use a lighter weight until you learn the proper form.<...

Lunges are one of the best exercises for your lower body. They're one of those staple moves, like squats or deadlifts, that are included in most people's leg day routine — and for good reason.
When it comes to strengthening your glutes and hamstrings, lunges are more effective than squats, according to the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Plus, this power move also works your ...

Ellipticals are widely used both in homes and in health clubs. Ellipticals offer the benefit of a low-impact workout while exercising both your upper and lower body.
Elliptical trainers are particularly appealing to the aging baby boomer generation. Not only are they forgiving to aging joints, but they also give you a good aerobic workout, helping you burn calories for weight los...

Cardio is short for cardiovascular, which refers to the heart. Cardiovascular exercise is exercise that raises your heart rate and keeps it elevated for a period of time. Another name for it is aerobic exercise. The kinds of exercise that are associated with cardiovascular workouts are things like jogging, fast walking, and swimming where there is no break in the routine. Exercises that emphasize stretch and str...

These muscles help bend your torso to the side, help rotate your torso to the left and right, and perhaps most important, actually act to resist your torso from rotating, which helps to stabilise and protect your spine.
The following 5 exercises train your obliques in all the ways they function, by using uneven loads, instability or rotation. The result: you’ll challenge your obl...

The Benefits Of Spinning

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The Benefits Of Spinning

Spinning exercise offers a great cardiovascular workout for the body and is also good for optimizing fat burning. Here's a quick guide on why starting out in spinning could be right for you, and what a typical class might involve.
1. Builds Leg Strength Using a bike can help tone your quad, calf and gluteal (buttocks) muscles as...

Seniors can build fitness and health on the treadmill Walking on the treadmill is an excellent way for seniors to stay active. With 30 minutes a day of brisk treadmill walking, you can be well on your way to meeting the recommended daily physical activity to reduce your health risks and maintain fitness. Regular brisk walking...

Let's face it: one thing that's so appealing about the machines in a gym is that you can effectively hide on them. Nobody's going to give you a puzzled look or come over and ask, "What body part does that work?" After all, it's written right there on the machine!
But the arena of unique free-weight exercises can be a little intimidating for the self-conscious trainee. T...

Before we dive deep into why cardio is actually vital for muscle building, lets understand the basics of energy. Our body's energy currency/source is ATP. 
I'm sure you have heard this word countless number of times, starting from school's science lecture. This ATP can be generated without oxygen (anaerobic) and using oxygen (aerobic) systems. 

About 58 million Americans have a gym membership, but almost two thirds of this number claim they never use their membership. An average monthly cost of a gym membership is about $60/month but of course this can vary depending on the gym and what area you are in.
Getting a gym membership can be motivational for trying to lose weight or gain muscle tone, but over time motivation f...

We know that, if we want to change our bodies, we have to overload the muscles. This is called functional overreaching—which leads to super compensation. The body's response is an adaptation, which refers to your body's physiological response to training.
When you do new exercises or load your body in a different way, your body reacts by increasing its ability to cope with that n...

10 Easy Workouts for Beginners

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10 Easy Workouts for Beginners

You don't need sweaty, hard exercise sessions to gain the benefits of physical activity. In fact, easy workouts for beginners are better choices when you're just starting out. And you can do them at home or outdoors, whichever is better or more convenient for you.
Workouts for beginners—especially those who have failed to maintain an exercise program—are specifically designed to ...

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