Getting Started

15 Tips for Exercising More

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

Maybe getting more exercise has been at the top of your to-do list at one time or another—and it’s been sitting there for months (even years) later. That’s not uncommon. Breaking out of a rut or trying to reverse an inactive lifestyle can present some challenging hurdles.

5 Things You Should Ask Your Trainer

Written by 
Natalie Gingerich Mackenzie
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Brian Wright

Personal training can empower you to take your fitness to new levels, provide motivation, accountability and a workout plan designed especially for you. Finding the right trainer comes down to a combination of skills, experience and personality.

Cardio Machines: Get Your Best Workout

Written by 
Natalie Gingerich Mackenzie
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Brian Wright

Cardio machines are an easy go-to at the gym, especially if you feel comfortable on a certain piece of equipment. But it’s easy to get stuck in a rut and make a beeline for the same treadmill, elliptical or stair climber. Sound familiar? Be careful not to shortchange your workout.

Fall in Love With Your Workout, Ladies

Written by 
Natalie Gingerich Mackenzie
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Brian Wright

The right workout should leave you feeling pumped up and energized—not in pain. Read on for how to outwit some common workout mistakes that can sap the joy from your exercise routine and make it needlessly uncomfortable. Get ready to fall in love with your workout.

Getting Started, Getting Stronger

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

There is no time like today to start strength training. Need convincing? Resistance workouts deliver powerful health benefits such as increased bone density and improved balance. Regular strength training can also reduce the symptoms of chronic conditions.

Guy, Yes, You Can Enjoy Exercise

Written by 
Natalie Gingerich Mackenzie
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Brian Wright

A ‘no pain no gain’ approach is actually more likely to land you among the quitters than among the healthy and strong. What will keep you coming back for more is striking a balance between what makes you fit and happy.

Maintain Your Exercise Motivation

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

There are some people who truly enjoy working out, but for others, finding the motivation to exercise can be a little tough. You don’t have to love exercising—but that doesn’t mean that your body doesn’t need it any less.

Men’s Fitness for Every Stage of Life

Written by 
Holly St. Lifer
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Jeff Dolgan, M.S., C.S.C.S., H.F.I.

You can continue to feel your best when you adjust your workouts to fit your body’s changing needs. It’s about listening to your body, considering your lifestyle and finding a balance of exercise techniques that work for you. Learn how to stay fit, safely, through the decades.

Safe Ways to Work Out When You’re Overweight

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

These workouts are safe and effective ways to ease into exercising when you’re overweight. Start at a comfortable pace for you and celebrate small achievements. It won’t be long before you begin to see and feel a change—one that you can build on in the days, months and years ahead.

The Unexpected Benefits of Joining a Gym

Written by 
Natalie Gingerich Mackenzie
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Brian Wright

If you’ve been hesitant to spend money on a membership but are in a need of a positive change for your body and your mind, consider some of these other—possibly surprising—reasons to join your local gym. Discover so much more than barbells and bodybuilders.