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Kick off 2018 with a free, guided hike from NYC's urban park rangers

If your New Year’s resolutions include getting fit and/or getting more fresh air, you’re in luck. Urban park rangers from the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation will host free, guided hikes in all five boroughs on New Year’s Day. Not only will you be able to break...

Sunday, December 31, 2017 - 12:00pm

Is there really such a thing as 'fault-free obesity'? New science says maybe

You eat right, exercise and generally do all the things you’re supposed to do in order to maintain a healthy weight. Yet, you’re still overweight. What gives? It might really be genetics, at least according to a study published in November in the Proceedings of the National Academy of...

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 4:39pm

Group fitness classes are better for your mental health than working out alone

There’s a reason why some people will pay as much as $3,000 a month for SoulCycle: It improves their physical health and their mental health. A new study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association shows that people who participate in group exercise classes (like Zumba...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 4:18pm

Does exercise really cause weight loss? This MD doesn't believe so

Abs are made in the kitchen, but exercise might help you avoid the kitchen altogether. At least according to small study conducted by researchers at Loughborough University in Britain. For the study, researchers recruited 16 fit men and separated them into two groups: one that completed intense...

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 12:41pm

Get a tattoo and your workouts might never be the same again

Tattoos remain one of the most popular ways for people to express themselves — about one in three of us have them — but they might be doing more to your body than showing off your love of flowers, skulls, birds or your ex’s name. A recent study conducted by Maurie Luetkemeier, a...

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 2:41pm

All the different types of yoga — explained

Deciphering a yoga studio schedule can be pretty intimidating with different types of classes — none of which are just called "yoga.” While many beginners assume that yoga is just one-size-fits-all practice, it’s actually a catch-all term for the 5,000-year-old practice of...

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 1:51pm

Stop calling yourself lazy — or else

Pay attention if you think you’re lazier than your pals: A new study by researchers at Stanford University found that laziness can be hazardous to your health — and it has nothing to do with the actual amount of exercise you do. Researchers Octavia Zahry and Alia Crum studied two...

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 1:25pm

Why the mantra 'no pain, no gain' can be deadly

The images and inspirational quotes are all over Instagram and Pinterest. “Excuses don’t burn calories.” “Sore? Tired? Out of Breath? Good, it’s working.” Prominent workout trends like CrossFit, indoor cycling and P90X make the sweaty exhaustion (and often,...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 11:58am

Donald Trump believes that exercise will kill you

The president's lack of a rigorous fitness regimen could be surmised from his fast-food diet, from what is politely called his "body type" and from the fact that his only physical exertion seems to be twisting in the wind. But multiple reports say he actively believes exercise can be...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 4:29pm

Will this fitness class help you sleep your way to skinny?

Finding it difficult to get a mid-day workout? Still can’t wrap your brain around the fact that your smug co-worker runs instead of eating during lunch? If sleeping in a roomful of strangers sounds infinitely better than sweating in a roomful of strangers, you might fall in love with this fad...

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 5:36pm

Bronx running group offers exercise with dash of history

A pack of runners moved along Third Avenue and stopped outside the old Metropolis Theatre in the Bronx, where resident history buff Pedro Rivera reached for his iPad. He turned to his fellow runners and read passages from the history of the theater, which opened in 1893 and was all but...

Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 8:20pm