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8 Kinds of Yoga

With so many styles, studios, and classes out there, how do you know which style of yoga is right for you? We’re here to make that decision a little bit easier. Once you've decided to take advantage of everything yoga can offer—including better physical fitness and reduced stress levels—you still have a big decision to make. With so many styles, studios, and classes out there, how do you know which one is for you? We’re here to make that decision a little bit easier.

6 New Fitness Trends

Suspension training, HIIT, parkour, and more to help your body and mind beat back exercise boredom. Everybody loves a hot trend and when it comes to fitness, trying something new can also help ward off boredom and the dreaded exercise plateau. But new trends can also be dangerous if they’re too extreme, or just plain wrong for your body. What...

10 Foods That Give You Energy

Sure, sleep counts, but so does the food you eat. Here are the foods that will put a spring in your step. Tired of being tired all the time? Skip the second (or third) cup of coffee and start noshing on food. Real food. That’s your ticket to all-day energy: "A combination of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats provides the body with the nutrients and energy it needs," says QualityHealth’s Nutrition expert Alison Massey, RD, CDE, LDN, MS, Director of Diabetes Education at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore.

10 Health Experts Name Their Favorite Workout Songs

What music gives these pros the energy they need to get the job done? Music soothes your soul, helps you unwind, and can even inspire better athletic performance. With so many benefits, you may wonder what type of tunes your health professionals turn to, whether they're working out or just hanging out. We decided to find out! Here is what ten health experts listen to and why: Expert #1: Frank Farrelly, B.

Book Recommendations from 7 Fitness Experts

We asked seven fitness professionals what books they look to for advice on training, nutrition, and motivation. As with most things in life, when it comes to fitness, nutrition, and overall health, knowledge is important to success. You need to know how to exercise, what foods to eat, and what strategies to use to keep yourself motivated. With that in mind, we turned to seven fitness professionals and asked them for recommendations from their personal bookshelves.

Runners High: What are Cannabinoids?

How long-distance exercise triggers the release of naturally-occurring cannabis-like substances. If you regularly run long-distances, you may have experienced the so-called "runner’s high," typically defined by characteristics including euphoria, sedation, and reduced anxiety and pain sensitivity—feelings can make a 10-mile run feel less like a slog and more like a great way to spend your afternoon.

Avoiding Overuse Injuries

Overuse injuries are extremely common, and can be caused by everything from intense athletic training to sitting at a desk. Here's a look at how they occur and how to safeguard your body against them. "Mobility issues, or mobility impairments, are extremely common, whether temporary or permanent," says Kosta Kokolis, M.S., P.T., the founder and clinical director of Theramotion Physical Therapy Studio, which has multiple locations around New York City.

Is It Better to Work Out With Music?

A look at how music can impact athletic performance, with guidelines for safety (no earbuds on busy streets) and choosing the right tune. Forget the energy drinks—if you’re looking for a safe and effective way to enhance your next workout, how about turning on your favorite music to kick off the session? How Music Boosts Performance "The positive benefits of combining music and exercise are blatantly apparent, and have been known about for some time," says Scott Weiss, DPT, ATC, CSCS, FACSM, the co-owner of Bodhizone Physical Therapy &  Wellness, PLLC in New York City.

Favorite Exercises From Five Fitness Experts

Is there a single exercise that could meet all your fitness needs? We asked five athletes, experts, and fitness instructors what their “pick one” choice would be. Is there a single exercise that could meet all your fitness needs? We asked five athletes, experts, and fitness instructors what their “pick one” choice would be. Forearm Plank Megan Bentley Kerr is a Pilates instructor at Pilates Plus OC in California.

8 Fitness Experts Name Their Top Exercise

We asked 8 fitness experts one question: If you could only do one exercise for the rest of your life, what would you pick? We enlisted a few top fitness pros to play the deserted island edition of fitness by asking them: “If you could only do one exercise for the rest of your life to stay fit, which exercise would you choose?” Some of the answers were surprising, but all were inspiring.
 
 

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