Fitness & Exercise Topics


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

Progressive Muscle Relaxation Can Improve Sleep

Relaxation techniques are a great way to calm the mind and prepare you for sleep.

By Martin Reed

Helpful Hand Exercises for RA

If your hands hurt from rheumatoid arthritis, hand exercises like curling your fingers and doing jazz hands can help keep your hands flexible and strong.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

How to Maintain Muscle as You Age

Muscle mass begins to decline in your 50s, but there are ways to combat it!

By Ask HealthCentral

Best Protein Powders for Athletes

Protein powders aren’t for everyone—but they are for fitness gurus!

By Alex Eriksson

Strong Glutes Important for Stability

A new study suggests that part of the reason older people fall to is due to a physiological change in the gluteal muscles. Learn how to strengthen these muscles.

By Dorian Martin

Foam Rollers: Are They Really Worth It?

You’ve never seen an expression of such horror as that of one of my co-workers as she exclaimed, “What?! You don’t roll?” Nope—up until a few months ago, I didn’t “roll,” as she called it. Despite the chatter I’d occasionally hear among friends, runn...

By Jacqueline Ho

What Steroids Do to Your Body: A HealthCentral Explainer

On October 22, 2012, cyclist Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles amid doping allegations, despite no positive tests. Numerous baseball players already have been left out of the Hall of Fame for admitting to—or even suspici...

By Chris Regal

Increasing Exercise Can Lead to Muscle Stiffness, Cramps

Last week, I had my monthly massage with Ruth. I love going to see her because (a) she’s become a friend; (b) massages (for the most part) feel really good; and © I get a chance to analyze what’s happening with my body when she hits a pressure point ...

By Dorian Martin

Fitness in Focus: The Abdominal WALL

Some walls are stronger than others. Try to break through a wall built with straw and you are met with very little resistance. Try to break through sticks and the effort required is greater. Encounter a wall built with layers of bricks and you will t...

By Christina Lasich, MD