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The 10 Best Cardio Exercises for Weight Loss...
What are the best cardio workouts you can do to lose weight and get fit? Well, the best one is the one you like, but there are some workouts that are more effective than others. Check out my list of most effective cardio workouts, from treadmill interval training to low impact cardio circuit.
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.
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.
8 Ways to Get Rid of Belly Fat
Diet and exercise can help you reduce belly fat more than dieting or exercising alone. Learn how you can change your diet and add exercise to reduce abdominal fat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Target Heart Rate Calculator
Use this calculator to find your target heart rate zone and learn how to monitor exercise intensity
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.
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.
Back Exercises- Work Your Latissimus Dorsi,...
These exercises target all the muscles of the back, including the lats, upper back and lower back.
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.
Obesity and Exercise: What To Do When You Can't...
Being overweight or obese can make some exercises tough and others impossible. Learn some of the issues you face at typical health clubs and what you can do to work you body without these obstacles in your path.
Total Body Strength for Beginners- Exercises...
Total Body Strength for Beginners from your About Exercise Guide
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.
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.
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.
New to Exercise? How to Start a Plan for...
Learn how to get started on your exercise program from your About.com Exercise Guide
5 Legit Excuses for Skipping Your Workout
If you hate feeling guilty about skipping your exercise routine, check out these 5 great excuses for nixing the workout and staying in bed.
10 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight
Learn 10 Reasons it's Hard to Lose Weight and how to find out if you're really committed to permanent and healthy weight loss from your About.com Exercise Expert.
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.
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.
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.
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
Quiz: Become a Personal Trainer - Do you have...
This quiz helps you learn more about what it takes to become a personal trainer.
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.
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.
19 Effective Cardio Exercises You Can Do at Home
Mountain climbers are a great way to burn calories, get the heart rate up and add intensity to your cardio workouts. Get pictures and descriptions of mountain climbers cardio exercise.
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.
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 to Become a Personal Trainer in 10 Easy Steps
Thinking about becoming a personal trainer? It's not an easy job to do and it takes some work to get started. Get the bare bones about the steps you need take to become a personal trainer.
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
3 Ways to Burn More Fat With Exercise
What's the best way to burn fat? Your first step is understanding how your body uses fat for energy and how you can design more efficient workouts for fat-burning and weight loss.
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.
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.
30-60-90 - Mixed Cardio Interval Workout With...
Burn calories and raise your anaerobic threshhold with this 30-60-90 mixed interval workout.
2 Main Reasons Why You Need Cardio Exercise
Learn about cardio exercise and the benefits of cardio exercise from your About Exercise Guide
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 Can I Get Rid of the Fat Around My Abs?
Learn how to lose fat over the abs and get rid of the spare tire or the lower belly pooch from your About Exercise Guide
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.
Body Fat Calculator - Calculate Your Body Fat...
Calculate Your Body Fat: target heart rate calculator target heart rate heart rate calculator bmi calculator stephen chapman
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
How to Lift Weights When You Have Arthritis In...
If you have arthritis of the hands, you may have trouble gripping weights during strength training workouts. Learn how you can work around the pain of arthritis of the hands and get a great strength training workout.
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.
Elliptical Workout for Beginners - Beginner...
This elliptical workout for beginners is a great way to get started with cardio exercise
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.
All the Ways to Monitor Your Exercise Intensity
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 6 Best Butt Exercises
Four-Way Hip Extensions target the muscles of the glutes and hamstrings. Learn more about how to do them from your About Exercise Guide.
Stationary Bike Workout for Beginners -...
This stationary bike workout for beginners is a great way to get started with cardio exercise
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
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
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.
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.
Top 10 Reasons You Don't Exercise (and How to...
What's your excuse for not working out? Find solutions to your exercise problems.
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.
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
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.
Office Workout - Exercises you can do at work
Stay fit at work by trying these office exercise for the entire body
Cardio Interval Workouts for Beginners -...
Cardio Interval Workouts for Beginners from your Exercise Guide at About.com
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 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.
12 Great Hamstring Exercises
Learn a variation of deadlifts, the One-Legged Deadlift, to target the glutes and hamstrings in a whole new way.
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.
10-Minute Low-Impact Home Cardio Workout
Try this challenging 10-minute low impact cardio workout at home with no equipment needed
Do Free Weights or Machines Give You a Better...
If you're starting a weight training program, you may wonder - Are machines better or should you try free weights? The answer depends on a number of factors. Find out the best place to start with your strength training workouts.
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
How to Avoid Overdoing it With Exercise
Are you exercising too much? Learn about the signs that you're overdoing it and how you can get past overtraining.
Perceived Exertion Scale - Exercise
Find out how hard you're working with this Perceived Exertion Scale from your About.com Exercise 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.
How You Can Finally Be Successful at Losing...
Successful weight loss may happen in your body, but it starts with your mind. Learn some important ingredients for success such as commitment, honesty, flexibility, consistency and more to reach your weight loss and fitness goals.
Glute, Hip and Thigh Exercises
Leg lifts work the outer thighs and the glutes. Get detailed pictures and descriptions for how to do standing leg lifts.
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
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.
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
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
What Is Cardiovascular Fitness?
Get the definition for cardiovascular fitness.
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.
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.
Total Body Strength for Seniors - Exercises for...
Total Body Strength Workout for Seniors from your About Exercise Guide
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.
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.
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
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.
Is There Any Way to Get Rid of Loose Skin After...
Find out about loose skin after losing weight.
What Is the Karvonen Formula?
Learn all about the Karvonen Formula to figure out your heart rate 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!
HIIT 40-20 Menopause Cardio Workout
This challenging HIIT workout is perfect if you're trying to work off those stubborn menopause pounds.
Is it Safe to Exercise When You're Sore?
Soreness is often part of any exercise routine, but should you exercise when you're sore? Find out what you need to know about exercising when you're sore.
3 Simple Steps for Beginner Runners
Want to start running? It's tempting to go out for a long run your first time out, but you'll find it's much better to start slowly and ease into running. Learn how to get started.
Total Body Resistance Band Workout - Exercises...
Total Body Resistance Band Workout - Exercises for your body from your Exercise Guide
Cardio Blast Workout - Challenge Yourself!
Challenge yourself with this Cardio Blast Workout from your About Exercise Guide
90 Days to Fitness and Weight Loss - Week 12...
I've got tons of new workouts for Week 12, the last week of your 90 Days to Fitness and Weight Loss. Are you ready to finish up with a bang? Let's get started!
Don't let intimidation stop you from going to...
Are you afraid you're not in shape enough to join a gym? Learn about your exercise options and how to deal with gym intimidation
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
Squat FAQ - Alternative to Squats
If you can't do squats because of your knees, learn how to modify or substitute exercises
The Dos, Don'ts, and Variations for Lunges
If lunges cause knee pain, these modifications may help you keep lunges in your routine and build strength in the lower body.
Seated Upper Body Workout - Upper Body Seated...
Try this Seated : upper body workout light tension good posture resistance band medicine ball
10 Effective Triceps Exercises
Work the triceps with modified dips to strengthen and tone the back of the arms. Get detailed instructions for how to do a modified dip for the triceps.
The 5 Most Effective Exercises for Weight Loss...
There are tons of great strength training exercises out there, but there are a few that should be a staple in any strength program. Learn about the 5 best exercises for total body strength, fitness and weight loss.
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.
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.
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.
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.
High Intensity Interval Training: Sprint...
Burn calories and raise your anaerobic threshhold with this high intensity sprint interval workout.
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)
Finding Your Target Heart Rate Zones
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.
Beginner Kettlebell Workout - Basic Kettlebell...
Learn the basics of kettlebells with this simple, yet challenging beginner kettlebell workout.
The 4 Best Ways to Track Your Weight Loss...
There are other ways to track your progress than using that silly old scale. My two favorite methods are taking measurements and tracking how your clothes fit. Learn more about other ways to track your progress. Page 2.
10 Chest Exercises to Build Strength
Get pictures and descriptions of how to do a dumbbell chest fly for the chest from your About Exercise Guide.
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.
Seated Stretch for the Back, Shoulders and Neck
Try this short and gentle routine to stretch the muscles of the back, neck and shoulders.
Lower Body Stretch - Stretches for the Lower...
These lower body stretches are great for enhancing flexibility in the hips, quads, hamstrings and calves
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
It's almost time for shorts, y'all. Get ready...
Before you jump back into a killer workout routine that your body may not be ready for, get organized and set up a plan to ease into exercise while getting you ready for the springtime fun to come.
Beginner Back and Abs-Exercise
Beginner Back & Abs Workout - from your About Exercise Guide
Getting a Six-Pack Takes More Than Just Ab...
How to get a six-pack and flatten your abs from your About Exercise Guide
Total Stretch with Resistance Bands
This Total Stretch with Resistance Bands helps you improve flexibility with support from the resistance band from your About Exercise Guide
Full Body Workout at Home - Exercise
Learn a full body workout you can do in about 30 minutes, from your About.com Exercise Guide
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.
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.
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.
A Beginner's Guide to Exercise
Find the exercise guidelines for cardio, strength training and flexibility and learn how to get started with exercise the right way, to lose weight, get fit and improve your quality of life. Page 2.
Exercises for Your Triceps
Exercises for your Triceps including extensions, presses, dips and triceps pushups
The 11 Best Exercise and Fitness Apps for the...
Find out about the best exercise and fitness apps for iPhone and iPod Touch.
Healthy Weight Loss Options for Teens
Learn how to exercise and eat healthy to lose weight. Page 2.
Exercising With Knee Osteoarthritis
Learn about different exercises you can do to help reduce pain and discomfort of knee osteoarthritis.
Spring Fitness Essentials for Men and Women
Spring is the best time to updated your workout wardrobe with the latest clothes and gear and you'll want the cutest sweat-wicking gear out there. Check out my top picks for spring fitness gear for men and women.
Is My Fitness Pal Right for You?
My Fitness Pal Calorie Counter, Diet and Exercise Journal Review
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
Beginner Cardio - This 20-Minute Basic Cardio...
This 20-Minute Basic Cardio Workout is Perfect for Beginners.
Bicep Exercises - Work Your Biceps with These...
These exercises, including biceps curls, concentration curls and more, work the biceps muscles.
Your Best Shoulders - Strength Exercises for...
Use these exercises to strenghten your shoulders from your About.com Exercise Guide
Low-Impact Cardio Blast Workout - Challenge...
Challenge yourself without pounding your joints with this Low-Impact Cardio Blast Workout from your About Exercise Guide
Walking Workout for Beginners - Get Started...
This walking workout for beginners is a great way to gets started with cardio exercise.
The Many Career Options in the Exercise and...
Learn about different careers in exercise and fitness from your About Exercise Guide
Total Body Resistance Band Workout - Beginners
This Total Body Resistance Band Workout is great for beginners from your About.com Exercise Guide
5 Reasons You Regain Weight
If you've ever regained weight after weight loss, you're not alone. What causes us to regain the weight? Find out 5 reasons for weight regain.
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
Tabata Strength Workout - High Intensity...
This challenging Tabata Strength Training involves high intensity interval training using advanced strength training moves.
Burn 100 Calories in 10 Minutes
Burn 100 calories in 10 minutes with these cardio and strength workouts from your About Exercise Guide

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