Fitness & Exercise

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10 Small Ways to Burn Calories

How can you find time to fit in more activity into your already busy life? How are some suggestions for adding workouts into your everyday life.

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Don’t Fear Exercise With Ankylosing Spondylitis

Listen to your body, then do something that keeps you moving because you'll generally feel better when you move, versus feeling stiff and painful. Don't "push through" severe pain, but do know that exercise could help minimal pain.

By Stephanie Stephens

10 Best Exercises for Back Pain

As long as your doctor says it’s OK, doing these exercises for back pain may actually help relieve your symptoms — building core strength is the key.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Walking May Lessen Cognitive Decline in Just Six Months

Older adults who participate in aerobic exercise three times per week can rev up their thinking skills and boost their brain health, finds a small study.

By Diane Domina

Remaining an Elite Athlete With Multiple Myeloma

Tips to help you stay the course as the elite, competitive athlete you are while living with cancer.

By Stephanie Stephens

The Mood-Boosting Effects of Exercise for Bipolar Disorder

People who are more physically active throughout the day have more perceived energy and a more positive mood, especially those with bipolar disorder.

By Diane Domina

Pilates With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Emil tried pilates for rheumatoid arthritis. Find out why he thinks it's a good workout option for staying fit while relieving joint stress.

By Emil DeAndreis

Move More, Sit Less Say New Physical Activity Guidelines

Updated Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans have been issued to improve fitness, promote wellness, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

By Diane Domina

Battle Back Pain With These Yoga Poses

It may seem counter-intuitive to “work out” when you have back pain, but doing these light yoga stretches can actually relieve back pain.

By Eileen Bailey

Exercise When You're Feeling Sleepy to Ward Off Narcolepsy

It's a never-ending cycle — you don't work out because you're sleepy, and then you gain weight because your daytime fatigue leads to bad food choices. Breaking this cycle can be as easy as convincing yourself to work out when you're getting sleepy.

By Martin Reed

The Power of Daily Walks for RA

It may seem so basic, but a simple daily walk can make a big difference for your rheumatoid arthritis — physically, mentally, and spiritually.

By Cathy Kramer

Meet the Experts

Stephanie Stephens

M.A., Health Writer

Stephanie Stephens is a digital journalist, audio/video producer and host, specializing in health and celebrities.

Amy Hendel, P.A.

Health Writer

Amy Hendel P.A.,The HealthGal, is a medical/lifestyle reporter, nutrition/fitness expert, Health Coach/brand ambassador.

Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Health Writer

Since 2004, Dr. Davenport has shared her passion for health and knowledge of the psycho-social aspects of chronic diseases with the HealthCentral community.

Stephanie Stephens

M.A., Health Writer

Stephanie Stephens is a digital journalist, audio/video producer and host, specializing in health and celebrities.

Health News

New Findings on Exercise and Dementia

Results of the Dementia and Physical Activity (DAPA) trial, a randomized, controlled study conducted in the United Kingdom, suggest that moderate- to high-intensity aerobic and strength training doesn’t slow cognitive decline and may worsen symptoms ...

Meditation and Exercise Combo for Women With Sexual Violence-Related PTSD

Researchers have developed an effective intervention consisting of 20 minutes of meditation immediately followed by 30 minutes of aerobic exercise for women with sexual violence-based PTSD.

Sleep Health and Yoga Team Up for Better Sleep in Low-Income Communities

New research says that delivering sleep health education and yoga interventions in low-income communities improved both sleep quality and daytime functioning.