Exercise & Fitness
The human body is meant for movement. A wide variety of modern epidemics, from heart disease to diabetes to osteoporosis, are rooted in our sedentary lifestyles. Lifelong physical activity is crucial to optimum health, but running marathons is not required. For a sensible perspective, explore here.
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Related Exercise & Fitness Articles
A Pill to Replace Exercise?
Can you tell me anything about this so-called “exercise pill” I’ve been hearing about? It sounds far-fetched to me.Read more
Best Time for Exercise?
I am not a morning person so exercising before work is out of the question. This leaves only the evening for my workout, but I’m wondering if exercising at that time of day is okay? I sometimes find it hard to fall asleep after a vigorous workout.Read more
Can Exercise Make You Sick?
My husband has been diagnosed with respiratory reactive disease. He has always been very active hiking and biking but was ill for most of last fall and winter. What do you recommend he do to stay healthy and fit?Read more
Do You Have Exercise Genes?
People often claim obesity is genetic, so could the same be said for motivation to exercise? My parents are active, and I get anxious if I don’t exercise frequently.Read more
Does Exercise Really Build Bone?
I always understood that regular exercise could improve bone density and prevent osteoporosis. I’ve been walking daily for exercise, but I recently read that it won’t actually help my bones. If not, what will?Read more
Does Weight Lifting Protect The Brain?
I’ve heard that weight training can prevent age-related changes in parts of the brain having to do with thinking and memory. If this is true, I would like to know how much weight training is enough.Read more
Exercise For Fatty Liver Disease?
Can exercise help overcome fatty liver disease? I know I should lose some weight, but I’m not sure of the effect of exercise on this condition. What do you recommend?Read more
Exercise for a Better Microbiome?
I understand that exercise can result in a bigger, better microbiome. Can you tell me how much exercise would be needed and what kind is best?Read more
How Dangerous Are Treadmills?
The recent death of SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg has me worried about working out on treadmills. Do you see any danger in using treadmills, or was Goldberg’s death an unfortunate accident?Read more
How Much Exercise for Longer Life?
I heard recently about a study showing that even a little bit of exercise can extend your life, but I’m not sure what “a little bit” amounts to. Are you familiar with the study?Read more
The Gentle Salvation of Walking
Putting in 45 brisk minutes of walking daily is quite simply the best practice for a lifetime of health.Read more
Walking to Shed Stress?
I have a pretty stressful job and, as a single parent, responsibilities at home that often add to the stress. I know that exercise can help, but between work, commute and home, my day is full with no window for exercise. Any stress-busting advice?Read more
Yoga For Arthritis?
I’m wondering if yoga is an appropriate type of exercise for people with arthritis. I know it is important to stay active, but I’m leery of stressing my joints and making matters worse.Read more
Can you tell me anything about this so-called “exercise pill” I’ve been hearing about? It sounds far-fetched to me.
I've run a couple of marathons, and found that I enjoy the challenge. I'm thinking about training for an ultramarathon - a 100-mile race. Do you think this is healthy?
What can you tell me about using arnica to relieve muscle strain?
What can you tell me about the use of a rocking balance board? Do you think it is a safe exercise device for improving balance and muscle tone?
I am not a morning person so exercising before work is out of the question. This leaves only the evening for my workout, but I'm wondering if exercising at that time of day is okay? I sometimes find it hard to fall asleep after a vigorous workout.
Has there been any new research that settles the issue of whether it is better to wear shoes for running or learn to run barefoot? I'm interested in whether barefoot running really does result in fewer injuries as some runners claim.
What can you tell me about Bikram yoga that's done in an extremely hot room? It is supposed to warm and stretch muscles and ligaments. Do you think it is safe?
I'm a runner (female), and I have a problem with breast pain when I run. I wear a sports bra, but it doesn't help much. Is there anything else I can do to avoid the pain or at least to minimize it?
My husband has been diagnosed with respiratory reactive disease. He has always been very active hiking and biking but was ill for most of last fall and winter. What do you recommend he do to stay healthy and fit?
Exercise is recommended to help alleviate depression, but I find that frequently after (and sometimes during) exercise I become extremely depressed or extremely angry. It makes me want to avoid exercising at all. What is happening? What can I do to prevent feeling so terrible after exercising?
I'm a middle-aged man in good health. What machines at the gym will benefit me most?