Fitness & Exercise

Trending workouts and tips for fitness and exercise, including cardio, HIIT, yoga, group fitness, meditation, and more, to help you lead your healthiest life while living with a chronic condition.

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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Bicyclists Beware: Drivers Don’t Look For You Before Turning

More than half of all drivers at a busy intersection failed to look for pedestrians or bicyclists before making a right turn, according to a small study.

By Diane Domina

My Surprising Weekend With RA Advocacy and Hardcore Hiking

Sometimes, talking about living with RA and the pain and vulnerabilities that accompany it can be just as daunting as hiking a mountain — literally. Emil takes you on a journey of both, and how he overcame his figurative and literal mountains.

By Emil DeAndreis

Yoga for RA: Yes, Way

If you thought yoga was out of the question, read this interview with a yoga instructor who has RA, and talks you through exactly how it can be done — and even help your stiff joints.

By Emil DeAndreis

Working Out with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Non-small cell lung cancer patients who exercise can improve their breathing, strength and range of motion while reducing side effects, fatigue, and anxiety.

By Sheila M. Eldred

The Exercise Equipment and Workouts You Need to Do to Prevent Falls

As we age, posture, flexibility, and balance are critical to avoiding falls that can lead to fractures. Safely using exercise equipment such as an exercise ball, foam roller, and a yoga strap can help to improve your posture, flexibility, and balance.

By Nancy Monson

It's Like Riding a Bike — Except With RA

If you're itching to get back into a childhood favorite activity like riding a bike (literally), but you’re timid because of your RA, take a note from Cathy who has done it — with success.

By Cathy Kramer

Dive in, Joints First

Your joints will rejoice when you submerge into a heated pool. Add in some aqua aerobics and you have yourself a low-impact, joint-soothing exercise for RA.

By Emil DeAndreis

Exercises for All Levels of RA

More and more it seems like people who live with RA are sharing snaps from their 5k run, or cycling class. But how, when others can barely get out of bed? There’s an exercise for all levels of RA – no matter how long you have or haven’t lived with the condition.

By Cathy Kramer

Just 23 Percent of U.S. Adults Meet Exercise Recommendations

Less than one-quarter of all U.S. adults get enough exercise, according to the CDC. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that people 18 to 64 get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week.

By Diane Domina

Maximal Running Shoes May Raise Injury Risk for Women

Oversized sneakers designed to provide more comfort and stability – maximal running shoes – increase injury risk for female runners, suggests a small study from Oregon State University-Cascades.

By Diane Domina

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

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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.