Prevent injuries, increase your fitness level, and avoid getting stuck in an exercise rut. Just because you have a workout regimen, it doesn't have to be routine. The more different kinds of activity you do, the greater the odds you'll find a way to exercise and not get bored. Switching between exercises may also reduce the risk of injuries from repeated stress on the same parts of the body. And, variety means that regardless of changing seasons, locales, availability of exercise buddies, etc., you're more likely always to find a way to keep exercising.

Cycling: Either indoor or out, cycling is great for overall health. Tones your lower body, enhances circulation, and strengthens your heart. Overall health benefits: lowers blood pressure, helps maintain desirable weight, improves cholesterol profile, reduces the risk of heart disease and colon cancer, tones thighs, calves, and buttocks. Ideal for: Anyone who wants a cardio workout with less impact on the knees and ankles.

Golf: Strengthens your hands, stomach, and back muscles; tones your legs, waist, and arms; increases range of motion in your shoulders and hips; improves overall flexibility; sharpens hand-eye coordination. Ideal for: Working out with a group and being social.

Hiking: A great way to get back to nature, tone your body, and clear your mind. Tones leg, buttocks, and back muscles; reduces stress; promotes relaxation and enhances creativity; lowers risk of heart disease, colon cancer, and high blood pressure. Ideal for: Anyone near a safe, scenic state park; buddy workouts.

Horseback Riding: For a great workout and a change of pace. Riding improves strength and balance, reduces stress, helps reduce body fat by burning extra calories, enhances mental focus, and boosts confidence. Ideal for: Working out with a group and being social, animal lovers, people with lower-body joint problems unable to withstand running.

Pa Kua: A posture-correcting martial art that prevents and relieves back, neck and joint problems. Ideal for: Older people, anyone with physical limitations, or anyone who is recovering from an injury.

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Tennis: A fun way to get all-around muscle conditioning. Tennis builds quickness, agility, and speed, improves coordination, and enhances brain function. Ideal for: Athletes who enjoy high impact cardio and social workouts.

Strength Training: Increase strength and muscle tone without bulking up. Lower your race times, run stronger, with fewer injuries, lower your percentage body fat...all from the comfort of your own home. More...

Yoga: Although yoga and running lie on opposite ends of the exercise spectrum, the two need not be mutually exclusive. Runners often experience bad backs and knees, tight hamstrings, and sore feet. It's not surprising, during the course of an average mile run, your foot will strike the ground 1,000 times. The force of impact on each foot is about three to four times your weight. All sports injuries are caused by imbalances. The pain most runners feel is not from the running in and of itself, but from imbalances that running causes and exacerbates. If you bring your body into balance through the practice of yoga, you can run long and hard for years to come. Increase range of motion, agility, flexibility, lung capacity, endurance, and strength. More...

Energize any workout by taking it outdoors.

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Cross Training    |    Massage    |    Strengthening    |    Stretching    |    Yoga




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