Fitness Information

Fitness is an important component of overall health. Staying in shape lets your body's systems accomplish their jobs more efficiently, and you'll look and feel better, too. Find information about diets, exercise and weight management.


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Asian Americans Should Be Screened for Diabetes at Lower Weights

Some U.S. doctors and Asian American health advocates are calling for a lower BMI cutoff for Asian Americans, mainly because of health concerns about Type 2 diabetes.

Bananas Might Be the World's Perfect Workout Food

Compared to sports drinks, bananas might be tops at helping us power through workouts and heal faster on the other end.

Worrying Has Some Benefits After All, Research Shows

Worrying can be detrimental to a person's health, but — in the right amounts — it can also promote well-being.

Climb Stairs Instead of Guzzling Caffeine for an Energy Boost

Take the stairs instead of the elevator on your way to the office, and you might not need that morning cup of joe for energy. (You'll probably still want it, though.)

5 Tips to Finally Achieve Your Fitness Goals

Don't quit! You can accomplish your workout resolutions by taking some simple steps psychologists recommend.

Bigger Muscles Don't Mean Stronger Muscles, Ya Meatheads

It seems intuitive: Getting ripped at the gym increases your strength, right? Some researchers are challenging the link between muscle size and muscle strength.

Working Out Mad Can Cause Some Serious Heart Problems

Being upset isn't good for heart health. But being upset and working out like a fiend can triple your risk of heart attack.

10 Fitness Facts Women Should Know

Need some motivation to get fit? Our fitness facts just for women provide information on the benefits of exercise and tips for adding fitness to your lifestyle.

Fire Up Your Metabolism and Burn More Calories Naturally with Herbs

Forget about diet pills and green your fat burning routine with herbs and spices instead. Learn more about firing up your metabolism.

New Phone App Computes Calories By Taking a Picture of Your Meal

It's Sunday morning and you're out for a delightful brunch. You know that mile high stack of chocolate chip pancakes blanketed with maple syrup is outside of your diet, but you're just not quite sure how much.

9 Fit Tricks for Lazy Chicks

Just because your lazy, or simply not in the mood to "workout" doesn't mean you can't burn calories and even lose weight... the lazy chick way.

How to Assess Your Health

Evaluating the state of your health is a complex issue, rife with approximations, theories, and guesses. Learn about the variables that intertwine to form the mosaic of your health and well-being.

Weight Lifting for Women

For women, weight lifting can be as important as aerobic exercise. Learn valuable women's weight lifting exercises using our illustrated instructions.

USDA Exercise Guidelines

Though the USDA Dietary Guidelines focus on food items, it also stresses daily exercise. The government has put physical activity on par with nutrition for achieving a healthy lifestyle. Learn about the USDA exercise guidelines.

Warm-Up Exercises

Warm-up exercises both prepare you for a workout and promote circulation by loosening up your entire body. Find out how to prevent injuries by following these steps before you begin any intense physical activity.

USDA Strength Training Guidelines

Strength training offers many benefits, including increasing bone density and building muscle. That's why the USDA Dietary Guidelines stress the importance of resistance training. Learn more about the USDA strength training guidelines.

Mind-Body Exercise Connection Research

New research shows that exercise helps keep neurons alive and stimulates cell growth. Learn about some of the studies published that link exercise with increased brain function.

Mind Games: Creating New Brain Cells

It takes work and variety to keep the synaptic connections in the brain alive and growing. Learn how to get out of that rut and exercise your brain with mind games that create new brain cells.

Portion Control

At home or at a restaurant, Americans invariably eat more than their share -- and their growing waistlines show it. Learn how portion control can help you get and stay healthy.

Preventing Fitness Injuries

Overdoing it early on, getting injured or not seeing quick results can all lead to quitting a new fitness regimen. Here are some simple rules to remember to help you prevent fitness injuries.

Tai Chi: Fluid Movements for Health and Happiness

Practiced for centuries in China, tai chi has evolved into a system of about 100 movements to circulate chi, the body's internal energy. Learn how you can incorporate tai chi in your fitness routine.

Water Safety Tips

Swimming is a great way to have fun and get exercise, but be sure to practice water safety whenever you're near a pool. You and your family can have fun and still be safe around water by following the guidelines from Dr. G.

What is an optimal diet?

Find out what constitutes an optimal diet as nutrition expert and cancer-prevention specialist Moshe Shike, M.D. answers common questions about healthy nutrition.

Why are so many Americans obese?

Find out why so many Americans are obese as Michael Cala interviews nutrition expert and cancer-prevention specialist Moshe Shike, M.D., and learn what people can do to reverse the obesity trend.

Getting Strong With Krav Maga

Krav Maga is a self-defense system developed for the Israeli Defense Forces, and it's becoming a popular option for women who want to increase muscle definition and mind/body coordination. Learn about using Krav Maga for fitness.