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Don’t let the cold put a freeze on your daily workout schedule

Many people skip workouts in the winter because of the chilly weather. But winter can be a great time to get outside and exercise, provided a person dresses warmly and finds the right strategies. It is also a good time to try a new activity or to join a community center or fitness club. (Locked) More »

If exercise feels like work, make it more like a game

Making exercise more fun by introducing aspects from games may help encourage people to be more physically active. This “gamification” helps motivate people through collaboration, competition, and team spirit. For example, members of families who turned their daily step counts into a competition boosted their daily walking distance by almost one mile, or more than twice as much as families who didn’t gamify their exercise routine. (Locked) More »

The skinny on fatty liver disease

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, is a dangerous and often difficult to detect condition. The disease affects up to 25% of American adults, 60% of whom are men, and raises a person’s risk of heart disease and diabetes. However, adopting a proper exercise routine and making dietary changes can reduce a person’s risk, and, in someone diagnosed with the disease, even reverse its effects. (Locked) More »

What to look for in a home treadmill

Home treadmill options are varied. Harvard experts recommend shopping for a home treadmill with a strong motor, a deck long enough for your stride, a sturdy frame and side rails, an emergency stop button, gauges that are easy to read, and buttons that are easy to use. Other options to consider include a built-in TV screen and compatibility with heart rate monitors. A person should try out a treadmill before buying it and make sure the treadmill comes with a warranty that includes servicing the motor. (Locked) More »

3 simple strategies to get the most from your yoga class

Not all yoga classes are created equal. Participants should find the right class and instructor for their needs. A little diligence in choosing the right class and making sure the instructor is aware in advance of any pain or medical conditions can help ensure a good experience. (Locked) More »

Feel the beat of heart rate training

Guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week. A good way to maintain moderate intensity is with heart rate training, in which a person exercises at 60% to 75% of maximum heart rate. By wearing a heart rate monitor while exercising, a person can have a constant reminder of exercise intensity, so he or she can stay in the moderate-intensity zone as much as possible. (Locked) More »

New motivation to move more

 In people who sit more than 12 or 13 hours per day, sitting for periods of 30 minutes or longer is associated with a greater risk for early death compared with sitting for less than 30 minutes at a time. More »