Getting Started

Grasp the Basics

Designing an Exercise Program
To improve your heart and lung fitness, aim for 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic exercise three to four times a week.
Exercise Goals for Healthy Living
You know it's important to stay active but still find yourself falling back on old habits. What can you do? Planning for exercise isn't hard if you make it a priority.
Ready to Exercise? Take It Inside
Here are some guidelines that can help you make the right choice when shopping for gear.
Putting the 'Fun' Back Into Fitness
Start thinking of fitness as fun. If it's something you want to do, then you'll figure out ways to find time for it.

Get Equipped

Five Fresh Forms of Indoor Fitness
Cold weather doesn't have to put a chill on your fitness routine, even if the treadmill or stair-stepper seems boring compared with jogging or riding your bike outside.
Using Dumbbells for a Fast and Effective Workout
Dumbbells, one of the most underrated and versatile types of exercise equipment, can help you build strength and muscular endurance.
Cardio Workout Equipment Primer
Here are tips to help you get the most out of your workouts when you use cardio equipment.
Think Before Buying a Treadmill
Before you buy a treadmill or any piece of equipment, stop to figure out what kind of exercise you enjoy.
Athletic Shoes: Lace Them to Fit
Simply lacing your shoes or sneakers properly, along with choosing a shoe that fits your foot correctly, can add comfort to your stride and prevent foot injuries.
Strength Training at Home
Getting to the gym for a weight workout isn't always easy. That's why it pays to have weights at home as a backup, or even as a substitute.
Designing an Exercise Program
To improve your heart and lung fitness, aim for 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic exercise three to four times a week.

Avoid Mistakes and Injuries

Dehydration and Heat Stroke
Dehydration and heat stroke are two very common heat-related diseases that can be life threatening if left untreated.
How to Avoid Sports Injuries
Sports injury rates could be reduced by 25 percent if all athletes — professionals and amateurs — followed essential safety, conditioning, and preventive strategies.
An Ounce of Caution Prevents Heat-Related Illness
The four most common heat-related emergencies are cramps, fainting, exhaustion, and heat strokes. These illnesses occur when the body can no longer cool itself properly.
Sprained Ankles Need Attention
When you sprain an ankle, one or more ligaments on the outside of your ankle become stretched or torn.