| Aug 18, 2010
Flat abs and bulging biceps are improvements brought on by exercise. Less visible but more significant are the structural improvements aerobic exercise make to your heart—improvements that can take you from feeling like a junker car to purring...
| Jun 9, 2010
Weight lifting is an effective—if often overlooked—exercise for achieving a number of different fitness objectives. It can help you lose weight, build endurance and strength, or serve as an aerobic workout.
The ideal weight YOU, in...
| May 11, 2010
Even the most robust exercise program won't grant you true fitness if you don't take control of your diet.
Exercise changes virtually every tissue in the body via many different pathways -- metabolic, hormonal, neurological and mechanical—says...
| Mar 18, 2010
Move over, Pilates. Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis classes are expanding in health clubs and studios across the country. Tiger Woods and Shaquille O'Neal have done it. So has Madonna.
Both Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis, which is a sibling of Gyrotonic that uses a...
| Apr 16, 2010
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What are the best exercises for sufferers of knee pain?
ANSWER: While I can recommend some general exercises and activities - walking, for example - the most beneficial regimen will depend on the cause of the knee pain. Work with your...
| Jul 15, 2010
Dr. Nancy Snyderman's new book, "Diet Myths That Keep Us Fat" (Crown, $25), is dedicated to everyone who is still battling that last 5 to 50 pounds.
That's just about everybody, isn't it?
The book sets out to sort through all the myths we've heard...
| Apr 22, 2010
If there is one population subgroup that doesn't need to worry about weight, it's endurance athletes, right?
These dedicated cyclists and runners, swimmers and rowers burn calories like human furnaces. Carbohydrates fuel their fire and, if they worry...
| Apr 14, 2010
Longer days -- at least for me -- mean time for long evening workouts, but I need to be careful. Enthusiasm for exercise is fabulous, but athletes can sabotage their fitness goals if it causes them to hit the sack much later.
While you sleep you are...
| May 5, 2010
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...
| Apr 30, 2010
Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center are testing the medication tadalafil (sold as an erectile dysfunction drug under the brand name Cialis) on men with Becker muscular dystrophy, one of the nine forms of muscular dystrophy, a group of inherited...
| May 11, 2010
Doing curls with dumbbells inflates those biceps. A few weeks of bench presses, and shirts start getting tight across the chest—in a good way. Squats burn, but there is payback—thighs that looked like pencils are transformed into rippling,...