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10 Things to Stop Doing if You Want to Start...
Tired of hearing about all the things you're supposed to do to start exercising? Take a look at the things you should actually stop doing if you want to start exercising.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Get Motivated to Exercise
Searching for the motivation to exercise? The good news is, you already have it. The bad news is, it's a little hard to find, but I've got some suggestions.
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.
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.
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.
Total Body Strength for Beginners- Exercises...
Total Body Strength for Beginners from your About Exercise Guide
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 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.
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 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.
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.
Target Heart Rate Calculator
Use this calculator to find your target heart rate zone and learn how to monitor exercise intensity
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.
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.
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.
Should you workout when you're sick?
When my husband saw the title of this blog post, he said, If you have to ask that question, there's something really wrong with you. And, frankly, he's
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.
Exercise and Weight Loss Resources for Women
These exercise and weight loss resources will help women maximize their workouts to lose weight and get fit.
New to Exercise? How to Start a Plan for...
Learn how to get started on your exercise program from your About.com Exercise Guide
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
Back Exercises- Work Your Latissimus Dorsi,...
These exercises target all the muscles of the back, including the lats, upper back and lower back.
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.
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 to Become a Personal Fitness Trainer in 10...
Learn how to become a personal fitness trainer from your About.com Exercise Expert.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
BMR Calculator - Calculate Your Basal Metabolic...
Find our what your Basal Metabolic Rate is with this BMR Calculator.
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
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.
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.
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.
What Is Cardiovascular Fitness?
Get the definition for cardiovascular fitness.
Quiz: Become a Personal Trainer - Do you have...
This quiz helps you learn more about what it takes to become a personal trainer.
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.
Can You Burn More Fat if You Exercise On an...
Some people say that working out on an empty stomach will help you burn more fat, but is that really true? Get the facts about whether you should eat before a workout.
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.
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
10-Minute Low-Impact Home Cardio Workout
Try this challenging 10-minute low impact cardio workout at home with no equipment needed
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.
Cardio Blast Workout - Challenge Yourself!
Challenge yourself with this Cardio Blast Workout from your About Exercise Guide
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
10 Exercise Rules to Live By
These 10 Exercise Rules to live by will help you stay motivated and committed to your workout program.
Why is my belly still flabby?
If you're dieting and exercising and still struggling with flabby abs, you're not alone. Find out why it's so hard to get rid of stubborn belly fat.
Spot Reduction - The Myth That Wouldn't Die
Are you still trying to get flat abs with crunches or thin thighs with leg lifts? Stop wasting your time! It's time to debunk the spot reduction myth for once and for all.
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.
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.
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.
Chest, Shoulders and Triceps Workout - Strength...
This Chest, Shoulders and Triceps Workout will challenge your upper body with tough tri-sets.
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.
Cardio Interval Workouts for Beginners -...
Cardio Interval Workouts for Beginners from your Exercise Guide at About.com
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
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.
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 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.
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.
3 Simple Steps for Beginner Runners
How to start a running program for beginners from About's Exercise Guide
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.
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.
2 Main Reasons Why You Need Cardio Exercise
Learn about cardio exercise and the benefits of cardio exercise from your About 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.
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
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 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
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.
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
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 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.
Is There Any Way to Get Rid of Loose Skin After...
Find out about loose skin after losing weight.
Bicycle Ab Exercise Video
This video shows you how to do the bicycle exercise for the abs, one of the most effective ab exercises.
10 Signs You're an Annoying Fitness Freak
If you're into health and fitness, you probably want everyone in your life to be into it to. That's an honorable goal but, going about it the wrong way may do more harm than good. Learn about the 10 signs that you might be an annoying fitness freak.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Perceived Exertion Scale - Exercise
Find out how hard you're working with this Perceived Exertion Scale 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
Stationary Bike Workout for Beginners -...
This stationary bike workout for beginners is a great way to get started with cardio exercise
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 Stretch - Flexibility Exercises for...
This Total Body Stretch will enhance flexibility in all the muscles of the body. Perfect for after a workout.
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.
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
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
What Is the Karvonen Formula?
Learn all about the Karvonen Formula to figure out your heart rate from your About Exercise Guide
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.
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
Office Workout - Exercises you can do at work
Stay fit at work by trying these office exercise for the entire body
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.
Total Body Strength for Seniors - Exercises for...
Total Body Strength Workout for Seniors from your About Exercise Guide
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
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.
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.
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
Exercises for Your Triceps
Exercises for your Triceps including extensions, presses, dips and triceps pushups
Total Body Resistance Band Workout - Exercises...
Total Body Resistance Band Workout - Exercises for your body from your 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.
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!
High Intensity Interval Training: Sprint...
Burn calories and raise your anaerobic threshhold with this high intensity sprint interval workout.
Beginner Back and Abs-Exercise
Beginner Back & Abs Workout - from your About Exercise Guide
How to Overcome Weight Loss Plateaus
Hitting a weight loss plateau is normal, but that doesn't make it any less frustrating. Learn what you can do to avoid hitting a plateau.
The 11 Best Exercise and Fitness Apps for the...
Find out about the best exercise and fitness apps for iPhone and iPod Touch.
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.
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.
Burn 100 Calories in 10 Minutes
Burn 100 calories in 10 minutes with these cardio and strength workouts from your About Exercise Guide
Seated Stretch for the Back, Shoulders and Neck
Try this short and gentle routine to stretch the muscles of the back, neck and shoulders.
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.
Bicep Exercises - Work Your Biceps with These...
These exercises, including biceps curls, concentration curls and more, work the biceps muscles.
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
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)
Should I Wear Reebok EasyTone Shoes?
Reebok EasyTone Shoes claim to tone your glutes and thighs, but do they really work? Find out in this review of Reebok EasyTone Shoes.
Squat FAQ - Alternative to Squats
If you can't do squats because of your knees, learn how to modify or substitute exercises
The Many Career Options in the Exercise and...
Learn about different careers in exercise and fitness from your About Exercise Guide
Basic Lower Back Strength and Stretch
This Basic Lower Back Strength and Stretch Workout is perfect for a short, simple routine targeting the lower back.
5 Ways to Stick With Your Exercise Goals
If you find it hard to stick to your exercise goals for the long term, you'll find these mental tricks can help you more staying power when it comes to 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.
Is My Fitness Pal Right for You?
My Fitness Pal Calorie Counter, Diet and Exercise Journal Review
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Become a Certified Personal Trainer
Learn how to become a personal trainer and certifying organizations from your About Exercise Guide. Page 2.
Shoulders - Exercises for Your Shoulders
Use these exercises to strenghten your shoulders from your About.com 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
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.
Bootcamp Circuit Workout - Work Your Entire...
Challenge yourself with this Bootcamp Circuit Workout.
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
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.
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.
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.
Upper Body Superset Workout - Tough exercises...
Try this Superset Upper Body Workout to tone the chest, back, shoulders and arms
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
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.
The 5 Most Effective Exercises for Weight Loss...
Including the best exercises for weight loss and fitness into your workouts can help you save time with short, effective workouts. Learn more about the five most effective exercises.
Beginner Kettlebell Workout - Basic Kettlebell...
Learn the basics of kettlebells with this simple, yet challenging beginner kettlebell workout.
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.
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