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.
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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.
Most of us have marveled at the speed of elite athletes—cyclists, sprinters, swimmers—but what we’re really admiring is their VO2 max—the best indicators of aerobic fitness. It’s what enables them to go so far so fast.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You may have heard the U.S. Surgeon General’s recommendation to take at least 10,000 steps a day. If you were asked today, would you know how many steps you’ve taken? Getting closer to that 10,000 steps a day goal is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your health.
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.