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Originally designed as toys, exercise balls are now used for everything from building core stability to helping healthcare patients regain mobility.
Walking 10,000 steps a day began as a pedometer marketing ploy, but it’s become a goal worth striving for because of the way it beats back diseases like diabetes and breast cancer.
Athletes in a wide range of sports are finding that natural diets and holistic healing modalities help them achieve their personal best.
Not all stretches are alike, so it helps to know what kind to do for what purpose.
Even in our later years, we can strengthen our bones with the right targeted movements.
The prominent New York yoga teacher counsels us never to berate ourselves about our practice and to set aside time for asanas and exploration of different yoga traditions.
Blissful moments in nature can be found just minutes away from home, if we know where to look.
Pesticide, plastic phthalate, heavy metal and BPA chemicals efficiently exit our body when we perspire during a workout, sauna or sunny walk.
Two fresh new faces on tennis courts these days are pickleball, a fun mixture of tennis, squash and table tennis, and cardio tennis, honing skills amid high-intensity aerobic action.
Effective self-defense comes when we move mindfully through environments and know how to safely redirect an opponent’s energy.
Spring is a fine time to lace up our running shoes and head for the road or trail; maybe even start training for a community race.
Gyrotonic exercise, the latest trend in fitness studios, uses special equipment to enable smooth, circular motions that make the body more fluid and supple.
The human body is designed to wear well at least through age 70, and with the right exercise, diet and activities, we can push that number higher.
Kettlebells are coming of age, delivering a speeded-up, full-body workout that burns as many calories as a six-minute mile.
Guidance from a personal trainer, clear goals and an ability to forgive our own slip-ups are key to staying on track with an exercise program.
As Pilates expands its reach and creative potential, it goes beyond improving people’s posture to enhance coordination and self-confidence and reduce stress.
For those of us that want to meditate but can’t sit still, labyrinths provide an active way to get in touch with our innermost self.
If even touching our toes is too much of a stretch, restorative yoga might be a good first move. It uses pillows, blocks and blankets to support the body in deeply healthful asanas.
The good news about walking keeps mounting: A brisk stroll reduces anxiety and depression, helps us think more clearly and fosters honest shared conversation.
More golfers are turning to meditation, breathing and visualization to keep their minds focused and free of distraction.
Yoga, with its long slow stretches and inner focus, complements and balances the physical iron-pumping and competitive culture of bodybuilding.
Crows’ feet and wrinkles need not mark the passage of years; just follow these easy DIY routines.
More attuned to fit muscles than fat rolls, millennials are remaking the exercise world with workouts that are intense, social and customizable.
Rollers that rub out muscle kinks are the latest fitness trend, offering self-massage relief to everyone from soccer players to stiffening seniors.