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.

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.

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.

The Traveler's Guide to Fitness

Written by 
Meghan Rabbitt
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Darcy Force McCue

When you take a wellness vacation, like visiting us at Canyon Ranch, you enjoy the gift of time to do what you like in an environment that promotes nurturing yourself, eating well and exercising.

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.