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The Top 10 Best Ab Exercises
If you're doing crunches to work your abs, you're wasting your time. Find out about the 10 best ab exercises, including pictures and instructions.
10 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight
10 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight: Are you having trouble losing weight? There are a number of factors that effect weight loss, many of which you can control. Learn about 10 reasons you're not losing weight and what to do about it
The 10 Best Cardio Exercises for Weight Loss...
What are the best cardio exercises you can do to lose weight and get fit? Well, the best one is the one you like, but there are some activities that are more effective than others. Get the scoop on the best cardio exercises for burning calories and getting in great shape.
Lose Weight and Keep It Off: A Common Sense...
Weight loss seems easy but, if it were, none of us would have a weight problem. Get the basics for how to calculate your BMR and activity calories while finding ways to change your diet for steady, lasting weight loss.
5 Dumb Things We Do When We're Trying to Lose...
Are you unwittingly sabotaging your efforts to lose weight? Learn about some of the dumb things we do when we're trying to lose weight and how to stop doing them.
How Much Protein Do You Really Need?
How much protein do you really need to lose fat and gain muscle? Get the basic formula for how to calculate your protein needs. Page 2.
19 Effective Cardio Exercises You Can Do at Home
No equipment or gym membership? No problem. These cardio exercises are perfect for high intensity home workouts. Get step by step instructions and pictures for 19 great home cardio exercises.
Exercise for Beginners - Setting up a Complete...
Beginner's guide to exercise, health and fitness from your About.com Exercise Guide, from your About.com Guide
How Exercise Can Make You Gain Weight
If you're frustrated that you've started exercising, but seem to be gaining weight instead of losing it, don't panic. You may not be doing anything wrong. There are a few things you can do to make sure you're on the right track.
What Is the FITT Principle?
The F.I.T.T. Principle of Exercise is the basic foundation of any workout routine and each element can be manipulated to help you get fit, lose weight and bust through plateaus. Learn all about the FITT Principle.
How to Get Started with Weight Training
Weight training is important for losing weight, raising your metabolism, strengthening your bones and muscles and improving your fitness. Learn the basics of how to get started with weight training.
The 10 Best Cardio Exercises You Can Do at Home
Exercising at home is a great idea, but how do you get an effective cardio workout if you don't have much equipment? Find out the best home cardio exercises to help you get fit, burn calories and lose weight in the privacy of your own home.
The Best Exercises for Your Butt
We may not see our own butts very often, but there's always somebody looking, right? Might as well make it look as firm and shapely as you can with these butt exercises.
The Complete Beginner's Guide to Getting Stronger
Strength training is crucial when it comes to losing weight and changing your body, even if you're a beginner. Learn the basics of how to get started with strength training no matter what your fitness level or knowledge of exercise and lifting weights.
Target Heart Rate Calculator
Use this calculator to find your target heart rate zone and learn how to monitor exercise intensity
Losing Inches But Not Weight? Focus on Fat Loss...
If you're losing inches but you're not losing weight, you may need a new way to measure and track your weight loss. Learn why the scale isn't always your best weight loss friend.
Supersets: What You Should Know About This...
Learn how to set up superset strength training workouts to lose fat and gain muscles while adding intensity to your workouts.
Calories Burned Calculator - How many calories...
This Calories Burned Calculator tells you how many calories you're burning during a variety of exercises and activities.
6 Weeks to Fitness: A Guide for Absolute...
If you're ready to get started with exercise, this program is for you. This 6 Weeks to Fitness for Absolute Beginners is perfect for starting with a basic cardio, strength and flexibility program.
Simple Ways to Live a Healthier Life
Living healthy isn't just about weight loss, it's about feeling good every day. You can do that with small changes, moving your body and feeding it good things, for example. Learn more about how to live a healthy lifestyle with small, simple changes.
Cardio Interval Workouts for Beginners -...
Cardio Interval Workouts for Beginners from your Exercise Guide at About.com
Total Body Strength for Beginners- Exercises...
Total Body Strength for Beginners from your About Exercise Guide
The Real Truth About Your Fat Burning Zone
Should you work in your fat burning zone for maximum weight loss? Find out the truth about the fat burning zone
How Doing Cardio Can Help Your Weight Loss...
Cardio exercise is a must if your goal is weight loss. Learn how cardio helps you lose weight and get the basics for how to set up your own cardio routine for weight loss.
New to Exercise? How to Start a Plan for...
Learn how to get started on your exercise program from your About.com Exercise Guide
Can We Really Get Flat Abs?
Is it possible to get flat abs? Get the facts about what it takes to get six-pack abs and finally decide if this is really the right goal for you from your About Exercise Guide.
8 Ways to Get Rid of Belly Fat
If you want to get rid of belly fat, forget the ab exercises and pick up some dumbbells. Lifting weights can actually target belly fat. Learn more about how to lift weights to get rid of belly fat.
How to Become a Personal Fitness Trainer in 10...
Learn how to become a personal fitness trainer from your About.com Exercise Expert.
Back Exercises- Work Your Latissimus Dorsi,...
These exercises target all the muscles of the back, including the lats, upper back and lower back.
12 Weeks to Weight Loss: A Guide to Cardio,...
Start your free 12-week program to lose weight that includes workouts, nutritional tips and more from your About Exercise Guide.
Your Body Mass Index Results
Knowing your child's body mass index can help you figure out if they are overweight, underweight or if they have a healthy BMI.
Quiz: Become a Personal Trainer - Do you have...
This quiz helps you learn more about what it takes to become a personal trainer.
Cardio 101 - How Long Should You Exercise?
Learn the facts about cardio exercise, including the benefits, guidelines and how to set up an effective, complete cardio workout routine for weight loss, fitness and health.
Do You Feel Too Overweight to Exercise? You're...
If you're plus size or overweight, you may be confused or even intimidated about how to exercise. If you're overweight, you have special concerns and you want a safe way to workout without feeling self-conscious. Find out about workouts you can try for plus size people.
Obesity and Exercise: What To Do When You Can't...
Learn exercises for obesity and exercise, how exercise can help obese people lose weight and get in shape.
Exercise for Beginners: How to Get Started With...
Beginner's guide to cardio exercise for weight loss and health from your About.com Exercise Guide
The Importance of Doing Cardio Before Your...
Should you do cardio before strength training or after? If your goal is to lose weight, you can maximize your calorie burn by doing cardio first. Learn why cardio before strength training can help you burn more calories.
BMR Calculator - Calculate Your Basal Metabolic...
Find our what your Basal Metabolic Rate is with this BMR Calculator.
Best Ab Workout - Work Your Abs With the Most...
This Best Ab Workout includes effective ab exercises to work your rectus abdominis, obliques and transverse abdominis.
How to Find Your Target Heart Rate
When it comes to exercise, how hard you work can make a big difference in how many calories you burn and your ability to build stamina and endurance.
Here's How to Choose the Right Resistance Bands
Resistance bands are great for strengthening the body in new, dynamic ways. If you're a traveler or just need to spice up your workouts, learn how to choose and use resistance bands for challenging and effective workouts.
3 Ways to Burn More Fat With Exercise
Burn fat by learning how your body uses fat for energy. Design more efficient workouts for fat-burning and weight loss.
10-Minute Low-Impact Home Cardio Workout
Try this challenging 10-minute low impact cardio workout at home with no equipment needed
A Great Workout Move: Doing Squats with Dumbbells
How to do a squat with dumbbells for the glutes, hips and thighs from your About Exercise Guide. Page 3.
How to Get Started Now on Your 30-Day Exercise...
Want to lose weight and don't know where to start? I've got your back with this 30-Day Quick Start Exercise Guide for Beginners.
Hips, Butt and Thighs - Challenging Exercises...
This Hips, Butt and Thigh workout will challenge the muscles in your lower body with a variety of strength training exercises.
Chest, Shoulders and Triceps Workout - Strength...
This Chest, Shoulders and Triceps Workout will challenge your upper body with tough tri-sets.
What Is Muscular Strength?
Strength is an important measure of fitness progress. Learn the definition of strength and how to increase your strength with exercise.
Everything You Need to Know About Interval...
Interval Training is a great way to burn calories and build endurance with short, efficient workouts. Learn how you can incorporate interval training into your workouts.
What Is High Intensity Interval Training
HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training is a great way to burn more calories, improve performance and teach your body how to burn more fat. Learn more in this definition of high intensity interval training.
BMI Calculator - Are You Overweight?
Using our body mass index calculator, you can figure out if you are underweight, at a healthy weight, overweight or obese.
Top 6 Best Overall Heart Rate Monitors
What you need to know before you buy a heart rate monitor for weight loss, reducing body fat, increasing endurance and cardio fitness.
Cardio Blast Workout - Challenge Yourself!
Challenge yourself with this Cardio Blast Workout from your About Exercise Guide
Cardio Workouts That Burn 300 Calories in 30...
If you want to lose weight using cardio machines, you have to work for it. Check out these treadmill, elliptical trainer and cycling workouts that will help you burn 300 calories in 30 minutes.
10 Reasons to Seek a Personal Trainer's Help
Personal trainers cost money, but are they worth the expense? What can you get out of working with a personal trainer? Learn about the reasons to hire a personal trainer to get the most out of your workouts.
Elliptical Workout for Beginners - Beginner...
This elliptical workout for beginners is a great way to get started with cardio exercise
Jump Rope Circuit Workout - Challenge Your Body...
This Jump Rope Circuit Workout is designed to challenge your entire body with both cardio and strength training exercises.
Total Body Stretch - Flexibility Exercises for...
This Total Body Stretch will enhance flexibility in all the muscles of the body. Perfect for after a workout.
Core Exercises on the Ball - Use an exercise...
These core exercises on the ball target the abs, back and help increase stability and balance from your About.com Exercise Guide
Treadmills vs Elliptical Trainers: Which Should...
Learn the difference between treadmills and elliptical trainers so you can choose the right machine for you from your About Exercise Guide
Total Body Strength for Seniors - Exercises for...
Total Body Strength Workout for Seniors from your About Exercise Guide
Watch Your Alcohol Intake to Avoid Weight Gain
If alcohol is a regular part of your diet and you're trying to lose weight, being more aware of what and how much you're drinking can make a big difference.
Body Fat Calculator - Calculate Your Body Fat...
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What Is Your Target Heart Rate Zone?
Working in your target heart rate zone is important for losing weight and getting fit. Learn about target heart rate zones and what each zone means for your cardio exercise workouts.
Bicycle Ab Exercise Video
This video shows you how to do the bicycle exercise for the abs, one of the most effective ab exercises.
Exercise Quiz: What's your fitness level? ...
Take the quiz to find out fitness level and find the right resources for your needs and goals from your About Exercise Guide
Total Body Strength for Beginners: Level 2 -...
This Beginner Total Body Strength Workout will challenge the major muscles of the body for a simple, effective workout
Stationary Bike Workout for Beginners -...
This stationary bike workout for beginners is a great way to get started with cardio exercise
3 Simple Steps for Beginner Runners
How to start a running program for beginners from About's Exercise Guide
Exercises for Your Triceps
Exercises for your Triceps including extensions, presses, dips and triceps pushups
Why Lifting Heavy Is the Key to Weight Loss
Lifting weights can help you lose fat, slim down and get strong...but only if you're lifting enough to challenge your body. Learn how much weight you should be lifting to lose weight. Page 2.
Bicep Exercises - Work Your Biceps with These...
These exercises, including biceps curls, concentration curls and more, work the biceps muscles.
Perceived Exertion Scale - Exercise
Find out how hard you're working with this Perceived Exertion Scale from your About.com Exercise Guide
Burn 100 Calories in 10 Minutes
Burn 100 calories in 10 minutes with these cardio and strength workouts from your About Exercise Guide
The Right Way to Take Your Body Measurements
If you're tracking your weight loss progress, learn the proper way to measure your thigh to find out if you're losing inches and fat. Page 6.
Why You Need to Stop Trying to 'Tone' Your Body
Learn what toning really means and what you need to do to lose fat and see more definition in your body
Upper Body Workout - Exercise Weights Chest...
Get a basic upper body workout targeting the muscles of the chest, back, shoulders and arms from your About.com Exercise Guide
3 Exercises to Do Before You Go Skiing
Prepare your body for skiing by working on endurance, strength and stability before you hit the slopes. Learn what you need to work on to get the most out of ski season while avoiding injury.
Is There Any Way to Get Rid of Loose Skin After...
Find out about loose skin after losing weight.
The 6 Best Butt Exercises
Get instructions and pictures for how to do step ups to target the large muscles of the glutes. Page 3.
The Real Reason You're Not Motivated to Exercise
Are you motivated to exercise or do you avoid it like the plague? If you don't exercise, it may be because of the sedentary lifestyle we're all living. Learn how to get past the mental roadblocks that stop you from exercising.
2 Main Reasons Why You Need Cardio Exercise
Learn about cardio exercise and the benefits of cardio exercise from your About Exercise Guide
12 Weeks to Weight Loss - Progress Chart
Track your progress with weight, body fat and measurements from your About Exercise Guide
9 Steps to a Perfect Abdominal Crunch
Exercise Your Abs - Learn the proper way to perform an abdominal crunch and make your workout more effective. Exercise Your Abs!
What to Know Before You Buy an Elliptical Trainer
Find out what you need to know about buying an elliptical trainer from your About Exercise Guide
The 11 Best Exercise and Fitness Apps for the...
Find out about the best exercise and fitness apps for iPhone and iPod Touch.
What Flexibility Is and How It Benefits You
Flexibility is an important part of your workouts - just as important as cardio and strength training. Get the basics about what flexibility is and how you can improve yours.
Office Workout - Exercises you can do at work
Stay fit at work by trying these office exercise for the entire body
Why All the Hype Over Tabata Training?
Tabata is an advanced, intense interval workout. Get the details about what Tabata is, how the workout is formatted and how to get started.
Total Body Resistance Band Workout - Exercises...
Total Body Resistance Band Workout - Exercises for your body from your Exercise Guide
12 Lunges for the Hips, Glutes and Thighs
Learn a variety of ways to do lunges to target the glutes, hips and thighs. Variations include side lunges, elevated lunges and more.
What Is Cardiovascular Fitness?
Get the definition for cardiovascular fitness.
Still Confused About How Much Exercise You...
Whether your goal is to get healthy or lose weight, you know that exercise is essential. But how much exercise do you need to reach your goals? I explain the ins and outs of the exercise guidelines and how to translate them into real life exercise.
What Is the Karvonen Formula?
Learn all about the Karvonen Formula to figure out your heart rate from your About Exercise Guide
How to Overcome Weight Loss Plateaus
Understand why your body plateaus and how to keep seeing results from your About.com Exercise Guide
Beginner Exercise Ball Workout for Balance,...
Try this Beginner Exercise Ball Workout for Balance, Stability and Strength from your About.com Exercise Guide, from your About.com Guide
5 Common Myths (and Facts) About Your Abs
How do you get flat abs? How often should you work your abs? These are just some of the questions answered, providing the facts about your abs. Get rid of the myths and strengthen your core.
14 Exercises to Strengthen Your Back and Core
The back extension is a classic exercise and perfect for strengthening and working the lower back. Get detailed instructions as well as pictures for how to do a back extension for the lower back. Page 10.
Seated Total Body Workout - Exercises You Can...
Try this seated total body workout for people who want or need to exercise from a seated position.
10 Simple Stretches for Office Workers
If you sit at a desk on a daily basis, these stretches can help you manage stress and tension in the neck, shoulders, back and hips.
Developing a Cardio Workout Program for Weight...
Build a well-rounded and effective cardio workout routine for weight loss with these detailed instructions and examples.
Bored With Your Workouts? Beat Exercise Boredom
Bored with your usual workouts? Learn how to invigorate your cardio workouts and liven up your strength training with these simple tips.
Beginner Back and Abs-Exercise
Beginner Back & Abs Workout - from your About Exercise Guide
Squat FAQ - Alternative to Squats
If you can't do squats because of your knees, learn how to modify or substitute exercises
Exercise Quiz: What's Your Fitness Personality...
What's Your Fitness Personality? This quiz helps you figure out which activities you'll enjoy the most to help you get fit
5 Effective (and Fun!) Low Impact Exercises
Can you burn calories and get a high intensity workout with low impact exercise? My article takes you through a variety of ideas for making the most out of your low impact workouts.
How Long Can an Exercise Break Last Before...
Taking a break from exercise can help your body rest, recovery and rebuild. It can also give your mind a break from the usual routine. Learn about taking a break from exercise and how to avoid losing muscle and endurance.
How to Become a Certified Personal Trainer
Learn how to become a personal trainer and get certified from your About Exercise Guide
Here's What You Need to Know Before Buying a...
What you need to know before you buy a treadmill, from your About.com Exercise Guide
Total Body Workout at Home - Strength training...
Learn a full body workout you can do in about 30 minutes, from your About.com Exercise Guide
Get in Shape by Following Our 30-Day Fitness...
Day 1: This 30-day fitness challenge will help make healthy choices every day with a variety of challenges that focus on exercise, being active and reducing stress. Welcome to Day 1 of your 30-Day Fitness Challenge.
Seated Stretch for the Back, Shoulders and Neck
Try this short and gentle routine to stretch the muscles of the back, neck and shoulders.
Basic Strength and Cardio Circuit Training...
This Basic Strength and Cardio Circuit works your entire body with basic cardio and strength exercises. Great for beginners.
Tabata Cardio Workout - High Intensity Interval...
This challenging Tabata Cardio Workout takes you through a calorie-blasting Tabata-based workout with a focus on high intensity interval training.
Why Stretching Before Exercising Is So Important
The benefits of stretching; when to stretch (after working out, not before), how is the best way to stretch, and why flexibility is important
Shoulders - Exercises for Your Shoulders
Use these exercises to strenghten your shoulders from your About.com Exercise Guide
Top 10 Reasons You Don't Exercise (and How to...
What's your excuse for not working out? Find solutions to your exercise problems.
Seated Upper Body Workout - Upper Body Seated...
Try this Seated : upper body workout light tension good posture resistance band medicine ball
Use This 30-Day Quick Start Exercise Guide to...
This 30-Day Quick Start Exercise Guide for Beginners offers step by step instructions for how to get started with a basic exercise program.
BOSU Ball Body Workout - Challenge Your...
Try this challenging total body workout for the glutes, hips, thighs, upper body, and core on the BOSU ball
High Intensity Interval Training: Sprint...
Burn calories and raise your anaerobic threshhold with this high intensity sprint interval workout.
Setting the Right Goals for Weight Loss Success
If you're trying to lose weight, it's important to set reachable goals. But how do you know how much weight to lose? Learn how to set weight loss goals you can reach from your About Exercise Guide
10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Skip...
Before you skip your workout, ask yourself these 10 questions to find the motivation to stick to your exercise schedule.
The Many Career Options in the Exercise and...
Learn about different careers in exercise and fitness from your About Exercise Guide
What Is the Insanity Workout?
The Insanity Workout series, by the makers of P90X, tests every cardio limit you have with 10 high intensity and self-described insane workouts. Get the details in this review of the Insanity 60-Day Total Body Workout program.
10 Chest Exercises to Build Strength
Get full instructions and pictures of the dumbbell chest press for the muscles of the chest from your About Exercise Guide.
The 8 Most Effective Triceps Exercises
There are a variety of exercises that work your triceps, but which ones are the most effective? Get pictures and detailed descriptions for the most effective triceps exercises.
6 Strength Training Myths Debunked
To get an effective strength workout, should you be sore after every workout? How do you know if you're working hard enough. Learn the truth about muscle soreness from your About.com Guide to Exercise. Page 4.
10 Great Biceps Exercises
Hammer curls work the biceps as well as the forearms. Get detailed instructions and descriptions of a hammer curl for the biceps.
Bootcamp Circuit Workout - Work Your Entire...
Challenge yourself with this Bootcamp Circuit Workout.
How to Tell If Your Heart Rate is Normal
Knowing your target heart rate can help you work at the right intensity for reaching your goals. These step by step instructions explain how to find your target heart rate and how to use that information for better workouts.
Walking Workout for Beginners - Get Started...
This walking workout for beginners is a great way to gets started with cardio exercise.
Is My Fitness Pal Right for You?
My Fitness Pal Calorie Counter, Diet and Exercise Journal Review
Beginner Cardio - This 20-Minute Basic Cardio...
This 20-Minute Basic Cardio Workout is Perfect for Beginners.
Quiz - Are You Ready to Make a Lifestyle Change?
Find out if you're ready to make lifestyle changes to lose weight and get healthy from your About.com Exercise Guide
Chest Exercises
Get strength exercises that work your chest from beginner to advanced from your About.com Exercise Guide
Basic Total Body Strength - This simple workout...
This Basic Total Body Strength routine targets the hips, glutes, thighs, chest, back, shoulders, arms and abs. This is a great workout for beginners.
12 Great Hamstring Exercises
Learn a variation of deadlifts, the One-Legged Deadlift, to target the glutes and hamstrings in a whole new way.
11 Great Exercises for Your Back
Reverse flies target the muscles of the upper back, helping you improve your posture while building strength. Get pictures and detailed instructions for how to do a reverse fly for the upper back. Page 3.
Working Your Lower Body Muscles for Strength...
Learn how cardio can target the muscles of the butt, hips and thighs for weight loss and fitness. Page 2.
What Are the Benefits of Interval Training?
Learn about the definition of interval training to burn more calories and increase your results from your About Exercise Guide
Boot Camp Workout - Challenge your body with...
Try this challenging Boot Camp Workout to burn calories, building endurance and increase your strength.
30-Minute Treadmill Interval Workout - Blast...
This 30-minute interval workout on the treadmill will help you blast calories and lose weight
Everybody Dance for PlayStation 3 Move
Everybody Dance for PlayStation Move offers a great way to have fun while burning extra calories. Get the details in this review of Everybody Dance for PlayStation 3 Move.
10 Effective Triceps Exercises
Tricep kickbacks are great for working the back of the arms and toning the triceps. Get step by step instructions and pictures for how to do a tricep kickback.
Cardio Interval Workouts for Beginners Level 2...
Cardio Interval Workouts for Beginners from your Exercise Guide at About.com
Everything you need to know about MetCon
You may hear the phrase metabolic conditioning to describe a number of high intensity interval-type workouts. Find out what metabolic conditioning means and if you should try it.
Understanding Your Maximum Heart Rate
Maximum heart rate is a number used to help calculate your target heart rate zone. Get the basic definition of maximum heart rate (MHR)
4 Ways to Track Your Weight Loss Progress
Do you know how to track your weight loss progress? Learn four ways to ensure that you're losing fat from your About Exercise Guide. Page 2.
How to Gain Muscle Through Weight Training
If you want to gain muscle, you may have trouble fighting your genetic makeup but, there is something you can do about it.
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