Fitness Basics

10 Bonus Benefits of Exercise

Written by 
Sarah Hutter
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Jeff Dolgan, M.S., C.S.C.S., H.F.I.

If you’re looking for more reasons to feel good about your workouts, or to motivate yourself to get to the gym more often, here are 10 bonuses to exercise that might surprise you.

Aerobic Exercise: For Mind and Body

Written by 
Shawnee Barnes
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Mike Siemens, M.S.

The word “aerobic” may conjure thoughts of leg warmers, leotards and those intense exercise videos from the eighties, but aerobic exercise is really any activity that gets your heart pumping and burns calories. When done regularly, your body reaps benefits that go far beyond just heart health.

At-Home Fitness Equipment: Top Picks from a Canyon Ranch Expert

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Dawn McCrystal, M.S., R.C.E.P., C.S.C.S.

Too little time or motivation to make the trip often gets in the way of getting the most from a gym membership, which is why at-home exercise is the first choice for many people. When choosing among the countless personal fitness gear options out there, consider our favorites.

Exercise Outdoors This Winter

Written by 
Natalie Gingerich Mackenzie
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Jeff Dolgan, M.S., C.S.C.S., H.F.I.

While exercising outdoors in the winter will mean braving the elements, snow and ice offer a range of workout options that burn lots of calories, tone muscles and allow you to take in winter landscapes you only see once a year.

Fast Workouts for Full Days

Written by 
Natalie Gingerich Mackenzie
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Richard Butler, M.S., U.S.P.T.A.

Sometimes squeezing in your usual workout can feel so impossible that you may decide to skip it altogether—but just 20 minutes of exercise can still deliver impressive benefits. Quick workouts can help you tone up, reduce stress and manage weight.

Getting Out of an Exercise Rut

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Richard Butler, M.S., U.S.P.T.A.

There can be something comforting about repeating one cardio workout routine over and over again. You know what to do and how long it will take you. But it can also eventually leave even the most intentioned exerciser feeling uninspired and uninterested in breaking a sweat.

How Exercise Makes Menopause Easier

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Dawn McCrystal, M.S., R.C.E.P., C.S.C.S.

Weight gain is a particular struggle for women as they go through hormonal changes. Aerobic and strength conditioning, while important at every stage of life, become key in helping to keep weight under control and even help ease menopausal difficulties.

How to Keep Your Workout Safe

Written by 
Natalie Gingerich Mackenzie
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Brian Wright

Choosing a gym that is kept clean with well-maintained equipment is a good first step to protecting yourself, and there are plenty of things you can do once you’re there to avoid germs and work out safely.

Inspiring Words on Fitness and Movement

Moving your body with purpose is one of the most important ways you can honor yourself and foster a sense of overall wellbeing. Get motivated to get moving with these wise words.

The Real World Guide to Exercising

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Mike Siemens, M.S.

You don’t have to be perfect at exercise to stay in shape. But it is important to know how to maintain your fitness during less-active periods, because you can lose the gains you’ve made more easily than you may realize.

Three Effective 20-Minute Cardio Exercises

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Brian Wright

Whether your free time—albeit short—falls early in the morning, midday, or later on, make the most of it with one of these three cardio options that offer an effective workout in just 20 minutes.

Unlock Your Hidden Exercise Potential

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Dawn McCrystal, M.S., R.C.E.P., C.S.C.S.

Five elements can influence how energized you feel, how well you perform and how successful you are at achieving your fitness goals. Knowing these will allow you to move your body efficiently and fully benefit from every workout.

What's Your Exercise Personality?

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Mike Siemens, M.S.

Even if a workout is convenient or effective, it’s hard to stick with it if it doesn’t inspire, excite and motivate you. Different things inspire different people. Find exercise that you’ll not only truly enjoy, but stick with.

Your Body’s Energy Crisis

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Dawn McCrystal, M.S., R.C.E.P., C.S.C.S.

Every moment of the day and night our bodies are using (or storing) the energy we get from the food and drinks we take in. While small actions and minimal movement require some calories, we have to move a lot more intensely to burn what we eat and drink to maintain a healthy weight.

Your Guide to Gym Equipment

Written by 
Natalie Gingerich Mackenzie
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Jeff Dolgan, M.S., C.S.C.S., H.F.I.

While it may be tempting to stick with the tools and machines you already know how to use, many of those funny-looking, what-the-heck-is-that gadgets can deliver some powerful body benefits—and they’re not as intimidating as they look.