Health & Fitness News & Features
- Nearly Half of Americans Don’t Get Enough Physical Activity: CDC
January 27, 2023 — Most American adults are not meeting physical activity guidelines, the CDC said this week.
- Climbing Back: One Woman's Triumph After Near-Fatal Injury
January 26, 2023 — After a near-fatal accident left Melissa Strong's fingers a mangled, charred mess, the climber was told her days on the rock were over. Her story is a testament to determination in the face of grievous injury, and the importance of physical activity and mindset in any recovery.
- Belly Bulge Linked to Being Frail Later in Life: Study
January 24, 2023 — Managing belly bulge earlier in life could help prevent becoming medically frail, which is a major health risk for the elderly, according to a new study from Norway.
- Swimmers Face a Little Known Danger: Fluid on the Lungs
January 10, 2023 — Evidence points to a link between open water swimming and a condition called swimming-induced pulmonary edema (SIPE).
- Little-Used Fitness Measure Could Be Key to Exercise Results
January 6, 2023 — Crafting exercise programs around a long-ignored measure of fitness could help us more accurately predict health outcomes, enabling doctors to prescribe exercise as medicine.
- The Real Reason You’re Not Motivated to Exercise
January 4, 2023 — The difference between an active person and a sedentary one could come down to the microbes that live in our gut.
- NFL Player May Face Neurological Risks After Cardiac Arrest
January 3, 2023 — Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin experienced cardiac arrest and is listed in critical condition at a Cincinnati hospital. After receiving CPR and oxygen assistance for several minutes, experts are sharing what can happen if your brain loses oxygen for an extended period.
- America's Doctors Offer Up Healthy Resolutions for 2023
December 30, 2022 — Here are some suggestions from the American Medical Association (AMA) that pack the most punch.
- Top 9 Benefits of Exercise (and How Much to Do)
December 22, 2022 — Exercise has significant benefits for your body and mind. Here are the top nine benefits of regular physical activity and exercise.
- How Fitness Trackers Will Help Us Keep an Eye on Disease
December 12, 2022 — A new study suggests that Fitbit data – including heart rate and step count – could serve as proxy for important clinical metrics, providing key insights to help treat chronic disease.
- Short Bursts of Physical Activity Could Prolong Your Life: Study
December 9, 2022 — People who exert themselves for 1 or 2 minutes a few times daily while climbing stairs, walking to work, or doing routine tasks around the house can greatly reduce their risk of heart disease and cancer, according to a new study.
- Don’t Lift Weights – Lower Them Instead
December 6, 2022 — New research suggests you can focus on lowering the load, and cheat on the lifting part, without sacrificing results.
- Move Faster, Live Longer? A Little More Effort Goes a Long Way
November 30, 2022 — Boosting the intensity of your workouts even a little may significantly reduce your risk of heart disease and add years to your life.
- Just 8 Minutes of Exercise a Day Is All You Need
November 22, 2022 — Vigorous exercise provides the same benefits as moderate exercise, only faster. Now researchers have found the sweet spot that gives you the most benefit in the least amount of time.
- Dead Man Walking? Smartphone Data May Predict Mortality Risk
November 3, 2022 — Even if you don't have a smartwatch or fitness tracker, your smartphone could provide an indicator of your overall health and projected life span, a new study suggests.
- AI-Powered 'Iron Man' Boots Could Someday Help You Walk Better
October 31, 2022 — Stanford engineers have developed robotic boots that learn how you walk and provide just the right boost for you.
- Want to Tone Your Muscles? Try an ‘Activity Snack’
October 31, 2022 — Healthy snacks can be an important part of a nutritious diet, as small bites between meals can help keep our energy levels high. Turns out, our muscles may benefit from snacks too – "activity snacks," that is.
- Yoga Can Benefit Older Adults, Including Those With Memory Loss
October 4, 2022 — Online yoga became part of the “new normal” during the COVID-19 pandemic, and its use has remained since then. And although some people prefer in-person settings, many continue to prefer the convenience, affordability, and other benefits of online yoga.
- What if You Could Get the Benefits of Exercise Without Working Out?
September 19, 2022 — We all know exercise is good for us. It helps you manage weight and lowers the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even some cancers. Yet nearly half of U.S. adults don’t get the recommended 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity a week.
- Fitness Consumers Want Choices, Just Not Pelotons
September 12, 2022 — Fitness consumers are flipping demands they made 2 years ago in the darkest days of the COVID pandemic.
- Can You Still Be a Runner if You Don’t Look Like One?
September 8, 2022 — A study linked a narrow torso to faster running – but that’s only part of the story. Anyone who runs, regardless of body shape, can excel and reap health benefits.
- How Strength Training Can Help You Live Longer
August 31, 2022 — A growing body of research shows that strength training, even in modest amounts, can lower disease risk and add years to your life.
- Power of the Streak: Could It Be Our Best Motivational Tool?
August 30, 2022 — From word games to workout challenges to staying sober, tracking a streak has never been easier. How can we leverage that motivational power to keep from being totally derailed when a positive streak, inevitably, ends?
- More Athletes Using IV Nutrition With No Evidence it Works
August 17, 2022 — It used to be the treatment of last resort, but for competitive athletes, getting nutrition through an IV is threatening to become the norm, despite no scientific evidence that it works, or is safe, experts warn.
- More Evidence Fitness Trackers Can Boost Your Health
July 26, 2022 — A large research review finds tracking your activity might inspire you to walk up to 40 minutes more a day, about 1,800 more steps, which could translate to the loss of more than two pounds over five months.
- Does Adding Nudity to Your Routine Help Your Health?
July 19, 2022 — Fitness ad features the Law and Order star doing squats and cycling in the buff
- Scientists Create Artificial Muscle That’s Stronger Than Human Muscle
July 14, 2022 — Scientists from UCLA and nonprofit SRI International are experimenting with a strong, stretchy polymer to create an artificial muscle they describe as stronger and more flexible than human muscle.
- What’s the Best Time of Day to Exercise? It Depends on Your Goals
June 20, 2022 — Exercise anytime is good, but more and more research shows the right timing can make it even better.
- Are You Fit for Your Age?
May 12, 2022 — Learn what it means to be fit, how to get there, and what benchmarks you should use to determine if you’re on track for your age.
- Skin Spews Telltale Gases for Health Trackers to Tap Into
May 6, 2022 — Gases excreted by the skin might one day help monitor our health, early lab experiments suggest.
- We Need to Talk about Body Image in Female Athletes
April 22, 2022 — Many female athletes struggle with body image, and it can put their physical and mental health at risk.
- How to Manage Pain vs. Discomfort When Exercising
April 14, 2022 — Know the difference between pain and discomfort when exercising.
- Exercise Is Powerful Medicine for Depression
April 13, 2022 — A new review suggests exercise can make a difference in major depressive disorder.
- How Short Can a ‘Short Workout’ Really Be?
April 4, 2022 — Research says 10 minutes or less of movement can bring health and fitness benefits. We separate what’s true and too good to be true.
- 'Walkable' Neighborhoods Linked to Less Obesity, Diabetes
March 4, 2022 — -- People who live in neighborhoods that are more walkable are much more physically active and less likely to gain weight or get type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure, researchers concluded after reviewing the results of dozens of previous studies.
- Nearly 2 Million Fitbit Ionic Smartwatches Recalled for Burn Hazard
March 2, 2022 — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced that Fitbit has recalled 1.7 million Ionic Smartwatches because the lithium-ion watch batteries can overheat and burn the people wearing them.
- Daily Exercise May Cut Heart Disease Risk in Older People
March 2, 2022 — Increased levels of physical activity and an active lifestyle appear to be linked to a lower risk of heart disease in later life, a new study suggests.
- Virtual Reality Fitness? ‘Yeah, It’s a Workout’
February 23, 2022 — Newcomers to exercise have yet another high-tech option that’s helping some of them off the couch to move their bodies at home, rather than venturing outside the front door.
- Chair Yoga Poses
February 22, 2022 — A chair yoga practice provides many of the benefits of yoga practiced on the mat and may be an option if you have mobility issues or health concerns.
- Be Wary of Influencers Giving Health, Fitness Advice: Experts
February 17, 2022 — Countless social media influencers share weight loss tips and exercise plans, but not all are qualified to give health advice.
- Extra 10 Minutes of Daily Activity Could Save Lives
January 25, 2022 — Adding activity to your day can include walking, cycling for fun or transportation, working out on cardio machines, dancing and playing sports like tennis or golf.
- Will Smith’s Personal Trainer on Getting in the Best Shape of Your Life
January 11, 2022 — Will Smith’s Personal Trainer Aaron Ferguson shares how to get in the best shape of your life as you start off the new year.
- Fitness May Matter More Than Weight Loss for Health and Longevity
December 28, 2021 — Losing weight seems to be everyone’s long-term goal, but more physical activity could make a healthier difference in less time.
- Exercise Gains Traction as a Way to Fight Cancer
December 10, 2021 — A growing pile of research shows that physical activity is one of the best things you can do to fight a cancer diagnosis
- CrossFit Steps Into Primary Health Care Realm
December 6, 2021 — The idea of blending health care with fitness has been intensifying in recent years. CrossFit's announcement is just the latest salvo.
- Americans Move Less Than They Did 2 Centuries Ago
November 2, 2021 — U.S. adults have decreased daily physical activity by almost a half hour compared with activity levels in the early 1800s.
- No-Equipment Workout
September 24, 2021 — No gym? No problem! These no-equipment moves are a great workout.
- Strength Exercises for Tennis
September 24, 2021 — Learn about strength training exercises for tennis players.
- Home Workout: Equipment You Need
September 23, 2021 — Learn about the equipment you need to work out at home, from the affordable to more expensive options.