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  • How much is fat and how much is muscle?

    How much is fat and how much is muscle?
    The vast majority of fitness-seekers, even those who are quite knowledgeable, have no idea how to properly gauge their body composition — how much of their body weight is fat and how much is muscle — which is so important to truly measuring...
  • Inner Goals Insulate Athletes from Failure

    Inner Goals Insulate Athletes from Failure
    Exercise makes us healthier, but the rewards of improved health aren't always sufficient motivation. I know that without other rewards, sure enough, there are days I would come up empty, motivation-wise. For those days, we need other payoffs to put a fire...
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  • Extrinsic Rewards Provide Motivation for Exercise

    Extrinsic Rewards Provide Motivation for Exercise
    "What's the trick for sticking with an exercise program?" That's a question I often get from patients and from folks at book signings and other events. I guess people believe that since I was good at something, I must also know some secret way to make...
  • Determining Your VO2max

    Determining Your VO2max
    Christine Thorburg, also a physician, came to see my colleague Massimo Testa, M.D., and me after she had knee ligament reconstruction. She'd run cross-country in college and had done some recreational cycling at age 30, but that was about it. She asked us...
  • How to Select a Gym You'll Actually Use

    How to Select a Gym You'll Actually Use
    I've always enjoyed exercising outdoors, but I can't deny that working out indoors also contributed a great deal to my best performances. Today, gym workouts are as much a matter of convenience as anything, especially right now, when the days are short...
  • Flexible Approach Best When Stressed

    Flexible Approach Best When Stressed
    Everyone involved with the Winter Games is feeling pressure right now. But you don't need to be competing in - or hosting - the Olympics to feel stressed out. Exercise relieves stress, and, golly, do I look forward to that release after a long day in...
  • Tennis May Serve Up the Perfect Workout

    Tennis May Serve Up the Perfect Workout
    Growing up, my parents taught us that the best activities are the ones that you can enjoy your entire life. As the senior tennis champion of Madison, Wis., my mother set a good example. According to a meta-analysis published in The British Journal of...
  • Braving the Cold

    Braving the Cold
    When I started skating seriously, we did all of our skating outdoors: on the lake in front of my grandparents' house, at the place near Milwaukee where we trained, even at the ovals where we competed. Living in Park City, Utah, I still prefer...
  • Fitness by the Numbers

    Fitness by the Numbers
    Folks don't know their full potential until they know their VO2max. Exercise performance physician Massimo Testa, M.D., is one of the foremost experts on VO2max in the world. He explains that your cardiovascular fitness score tells you how efficiently...
  • Dealing with Muscle Soreness, Overuse

    Dealing with Muscle Soreness, Overuse
    Muscle soreness 24 to 48 hours after you exercise is a good sign. It means that you have challenged your muscles and are getting stronger. This is called delayed onset of muscle soreness (DOMS), and everyone experiences it, even elite athletes. Here's how...