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Posts found under "Cardiovascular Exercise" within Fit Life

How can I incorporate some competition into my workouts?

By Julz Arney on Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Looking for some fun ways to add some variety and challenge to your workouts? With or without a partner, you can up the competition factor—and enhance the intensity and effectiveness of your workouts—with these creative techniques.




Train Smarter, Not Longer: 30-Minute Elliptical Workout

By Jessica Matthews on Monday, December 17, 2012


Inspired by a new 10-20-30 training concept developed by researchers at the University of Copenhagen, ACE Exercise Physiologist Jessica Matthews shares a 30-minute elliptical workout she put together as an efficient, effective way to improve running performance and overall health.




How can I physically prepare for a zombie apocalypse?

By Pete McCall on Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Do you have what it takes to survive a zombie apocalypse? Sure, being attacked by zombies, will (probably) never happen, but if it were to occur, what do you think would be the best exercise program to get in shape for escaping and evading hordes of walking corpses yearning for humanflesh? ACE Exercise Physiologist (and admitted zombie enthusiast) Pete McCall explains how the right exercise program can give you the strength, power and endurance necessary to escape and survive almost any attack.




Do Toning Pants Really Work?

By Sabrena Merrill on Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Can you imagine being able to shape and tone your lower body just by wearing a pair of pants? According to Fila USA, their Toning Resistance Tight Capri can do just that. To test the validity of these claims, ACE sponsored a study that found out whether or not these pants actually increase muscle exercise.




You Should Be Dancin!

By Julz Arney on Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Dancing is not only a fun way to release some energy and show off your personality, it’s also a great way to burn calories. Whether you're dancing at home to your favorite Glee episode or showing off your Gangnam-style moves, ACE’s Julz Arney’s dance tips will appeal to everyone from the shyest wallflowers to the hippest dancing divas!




Build Your Own Indoor Cycling Workout

By Julz Arney on Wednesday, September 05, 2012


For many dedicated gym-goers, indoor cycling is more than a workout – it’s an addiction! On days when you can’t make it to your favorite class or when your work days is stretched longer than normal, check out this workout from Julz Arney, an ACE-certified Group Fitness Instructor and Lead Master Trainer for Schwinn® Cycling. You’ll get your heart pumping and your legs racing just like you would in class.




What are some good options to fuel my cardio, strength training and weekend workouts?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, April 25, 2012


To make the most out of your workouts, it’s important that you fuel and refuel right. We asked registered dietitians and sports nutrition experts to share some of their pre- and post-workout meal favorites to help give you the energy you need to get the results that you want.




What are some common mistakes people make with popular fitness trends and how can I avoid them?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Let’s be honest: We all want the most “bang for our buck,” especially when it comes to working out. Many popular workout trends today elicit great results in a short period of time, but without learning the proper mechanics and training protocols first, you may not be getting the most benefit — and may be putting yourself at risk for injury. Here are three easy fixes for plyometric, kettlebells and high-intensity interval training exercises.




What headphones are best for exercising outdoors?

By Todd Galati on Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Selecting the right exercise equipment is important for comfort and function, and it can enhance the overall workout experience. Similar to selecting running shoes or a bicycle helmet, the best headphones for one person might be a poor choice for another. Read on to find out what factors you should consider before purchasing headphones for outdoor exercise.




Are the calorie counts on exercise machines accurate?

By Julia Valentour on Wednesday, July 06, 2011


Should you believe everything that you read? Find out whether the number displayed on the screen of your favorite piece of cardio equipment is the same as the number of calories that you actually burn during exercise.




What is the best way to measure and monitor intensity during exercise?

By Viktoria Brautigam on Wednesday, June 01, 2011


Maximum heart rate? 220-your age? Heart rate zones? 206- 88% of age? Perceived exertion? Do these formulas and measurements have you a bit confused? Let’s talk about some of the traditional methods for measuring and monitoring intensity during exercise and discuss some new ways to ensure that are you are exercising at an intensity that is right for you.




I've been consistently following a walking program and am looking to add strength training to my routine, preferably outdoors. Any suggestion on how I can go about doing so?

By Jessica Matthews on Tuesday, April 12, 2011


I've been consistently following a walking program and am looking to add strength training to my routine, preferably outdoors. Any suggestion on how I can go about doing so?




Fat Burning: Fact vs. Fiction

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, December 01, 2010


When it comes to losing weight, many people find themselves wondering which method is best? From popular workouts to fad diets and fitness products, we often hear of different "fat burning" strategies, but how do you separate fact from fiction? Let's explore this topic and discuss what you need to know to help you reach your weight loss goals.




Is it better to do my cardio workout before or after my strength training exercises?

By Patricia Schwartz on Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Much like the chicken and the egg debate, many of us often wonder when it comes to exercising which comes first- cardio or strength training? Read on to find out what's right for you.




What’s the best piece of cardio equipment to use?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, April 07, 2010


In a sea of cardio machines, have you ever found yourself wondering what the best option is? Let’s discuss the pros and cons of some popular pieces of cardio equipment and identify ways in which you can maximize your time and your results.




Does exercising in shorter bouts throughout the day really provide the same benefit as exercising in one continuous bout?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Struggling to find 30 minutes each day to devote to exercise? Wondering if several 10-minute bouts of exercise throughout the day really provides the same health benefits as 30-minutes of continuous exercise? Let's review the research and discuss simple ways to make your days more physically active.




When is the best time to stretch?

By Cedric Bryant on Tuesday, January 05, 2010


Is it best to stretch before or after exercising? Available research is inconclusive regarding the optimal time to stretch. In addition, strong evidence is lacking with regard to the beneficial effects associated with pre-exercise stretching (e.g., injury prevention or enhanced athletic performance).




How do I fight boredom with my current cardio workout?

By Jessica Matthews on Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Experiencing boredom while exercising may be a sign that your current workout program is need of a facelift. To combat boredom, the first thing to do is evaluate what exactly it is about your program (e.g. running on a treadmill) that you find to be boring. Once you’ve pinpointed exactly what it is that is a bit lackluster, try adding some variety to the activity at hand.




Why would I start getting shin splints 6 months after I began running?

By Fabio Comana on Tuesday, December 08, 2009


Have you started a running program? Are you having any problems with pain in your shins? It might be shin splints. Find out what causes this common problem to occur and what you can do to alleviate it.




What is High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and what are the benefits?

By Pete McCall on Wednesday, November 18, 2009


High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a system of organizing cardiorespiratory training which calls for repeated bouts of short duration, high-intensity exercise intervals intermingled with periods of lower intensity intervals of active recovery.




I recently found out that I’m pregnant. Are there guidelines for cardio exercise during pregnancy?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Learn how to safely and effectively engage in aerobic exercise with a little one on the way.




Can you offer some basic guidelines for avoiding overuse injuries associated with running?

By Jessica Matthews on Wednesday, September 16, 2009


If you’re like me (or Forrest Gump) you love to run. Let’s discuss ways to keep your mileage up while keeping your risk for overuse injuries down.




What causes muscle soreness and how is it best relieved?

By Jessica Matthews on Friday, September 04, 2009


You've heard the phrase "feel the burn"...now find out how and why it happens.




I’ve heard that performing aerobic workouts at a low intensity is best for losing body fat - is that true?

By Jessica Matthews on Thursday, September 03, 2009


Let’s separate fact from fiction about the so called “fat-burning zone.”