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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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.)

By Shelley Danzy

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

By Michelle Adelman

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

By Kate Kershner

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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.

By Discovery Fit and Health Writers

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.

By Sara Novak

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

By Lottie Olson

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.

By the American Institute for Preventive Medicine

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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.

By Peggy Norwood

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.

By Lisa Faremouth

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.

By the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.

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.

By DiscoveryHealth.com writers

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

By DiscoveryHealth.com writers

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.

By DiscoveryHealth.com writers

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.

You have to do housework, right? So why not get your body in shape at the same time? Try doing these exercises while you're cleaning the house.

By DiscoveryHealth.com writers

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Comfort foods are an effective stress remedy, but can you enjoy them without feeling guilty afterward? Learn about portion control and 'good' fats so you can eat comfort foods without sacrificing your waistline.

By Annette Kornblum

It is essential to take the necessary precautions while exercising during the summer months. Here are some helpful safety tips to follow while exercising during the summer.

By Greg Shealey

Jumper's knee is another name for patellar tendonitis, which is often one of the most painful overuse injuries for recreational athletes. Learn about the causes and symptoms of jumper's knee as well as methods for treatment.

By Greg Shealey

Your body mass index, or BMI, is an important figure that you need to be knowledgeable about. Learn more about your body mass index and what you can do to keep it at a healthy level.

By Bobbie Hasselbring

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Calculating the calories from fat in a food can help you make better food choices to support a healthy diet. Learn more about calculating the calories from fat with the help from this article.

By Elizabeth Scherer

Knowing how many grams of fat you can have in day is important in maintaining a healthy weight? Learn more about how many grams of fat you need and what you don't need in this article.

By Elizabeth Scherer

Find out whether ab machines really work as fitness expert Greg Shealey answers this common question about diet and fitness.

By Greg Shealey

Find out whether creatine really works as medical expert Dr. Mohan S. Palaniswami answers this common question about diet and fitness

By Dr. Mohan S. Palaniswami

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Running is a great way to get exercise, but if you're just getting started, there are a few things you should know to keep your running routine a safe and effective activity. Learn the dos and don'ts of running for exercise.

By Greg Shealey

Find out the differences between refined and unrefined carbohydrates as nutrition expert Dr. Allan Spreen answers this common question about diet and fitness.

By Dr. Allan Spreen