Fitness Basics

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.