Fitness only seems simple. In truth, it's anything but . . . The ripped go-getter, the weekend athlete, the generally active, the not-quite-idle and the bona fide couch potato all have very specific needs. And those needs (the latest gear, targeted exercises, training regimens, etc.) can vary by activity of choice, age and sometimes injury. Don't be daunted. Check out this gallery of the latest fitness news and advice. You're likely to find something here for you. And, if not, check back. The news is always changing — just like the advice you get from trainers, friends and the occasional well-meaning if misguided co-worker.
12:06 PM EDT, May 10, 2013
Adriana Martin is a fitness expert on Lifetime Channel's "Mission Makeover," in which she trains three South Florida women and helps structure their diet. The season finale is May 20.
4:44 PM EDT, May 20, 2013
Having childhood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder could lead to a life of obesity, even if ADHD symptoms disappear in adulthood, a new study shows.
May 11, 2013
Here's a new way to use that medicine ball and challenge your muscles all the way from calves to shoulders.
7:48 AM EDT, May 16, 2013
Right from the start, I knew we would have problems in our relationship. We were too much alike, he and I. Type A. Achievers. The kind who love lists and checking things off. The kind who love control.
8:20 AM EDT, May 10, 2013
Swing, batter, batter! In less time than it takes to say that phrase, Major League Baseball sluggers have their bat across the plate, and the best of them are golfing the shot over the outfield wall.
3:08 AM EDT, May 9, 2013
Have you ever been hungry before you workout or even hungrier after you're done? BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois gives tips on what to eat before, during and after workouts.
8:08 PM EDT, May 8, 2013
"There is a huge difference in swinging a kettlebell and performing a kettlebell swing," says Brett Jones, a kettlebell master and one my most important mentors on this topic. Brett said it all: There is a huge difference between what you mostly see in gyms (just swinging a kettlebell around) and performing an actual kettlebell swing. If you do these exercises right they are wonderful — safe, effective, convenient and efficient.
6:46 PM EDT, May 7, 2013
There's a fair amount of circumstantial evidence that regular exercise reduces a woman's risk of developing breast cancer. But contradictory findings, and lingering questions as to how physical activity would work to ward off breast cancer, have clouded the picture, apparently leaving some women on the couch, waiting for that scientific fog to lift.
7:04 PM EDT, May 1, 2013
Jennifer Aniston has "cheat days." You know, the day you don't think about diet or exercise and just eat what ever you want.
8:18 PM EDT, May 1, 2013
Until recently, I didn't know that I could use stem cells to help heal my bum shoulder. Perhaps that's because I don't use said shoulder for hurling baseballs or footballs at speeds approaching the sound barrier for obscene amounts of money.
12:56 AM EDT, April 29, 2013
If you're a fan of yoga, you might want to check these cities out, which Forbes says are the top 10.
April 27, 2013
What was once a dance that was synonymous with strip clubs, pole art has become an underground community that is finding its way into mainstream dance, fitness, art and culture.
7:59 PM EDT, April 24, 2013
Lisa Harrison weighed 527 pounds on the day she was fired from her job at a Louisiana drug addiction treatment center. The 5-foot-2-inch Harrison, who believed her employer considered her "disabled" due to her weight, filed a discrimination charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
8:02 PM EDT, April 24, 2013
Sometimes treadmills may be the only practical option for those who are hampered by weather or trying to squeeze in a workout.
7:28 PM EDT, April 23, 2013
Diners confronted with the sweat equivalents of food offerings on a restaurant menu get a good, hard look at what they are in for -- and order a lower-calorie meal -- than do those who see actual calorie counts or no nutritional data at all, new research says.
April 18, 2013
South Florida action star Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, plays a bodybuilding criminal in the motion picture, "Pain and Gain." The meathead fest, featuring a trio of steroid-using personal trainers in Miami during the 1990s, is a truthy tragicomedy that's often disturbing and sometimes hilarious. (Co-star Mark Wahlberg seems to be in "roid rage" throughout the movie.)
April 20, 2013
OK, you've had nearly a third of the year. Lost that weight? Smoking a thing of the past? Nicer to your husband? If you are like many people, such resolutions have disappeared as completely as the bubbles in your Champagne toast. But you can start again.
April 12, 2013
Physical therapist Craig Marks mixes boxing techniques into his training sessions for people with Parkinson's disease. It's a concept that has been catching on in recent years, with former boxers and gym trainers throughout the country.
8:18 PM EDT, April 17, 2013
When the alarm goes off at 6 a.m., getting out of bed and heading to the gym may seem like an impossible task. Good news! Recent studies have found that exercising with a partner boosts motivation — and it's more fun than doing it alone.
8:36 PM EDT, April 17, 2013
Who says women can't do pullups? Certainly not Neghar Fonooni, a Baltimore personal trainer who, in the span of a year, went from doing assisted pullups to hoisting her own body weight plus a 36-pound kettlebell over the bar.
5:15 PM EDT, April 16, 2013
We all know that smoking is bad for us, that exercise is good for us, and that we should eat vegetables, whole grains and other nutritious foods. All of this advice is even more true for people who have had serious health scares due to heart disease or stroke.
5:52 PM EDT, April 16, 2013
Talking about excess weight can be awkward. But talking about it with your health-care provider can also be lifesaving.
April 13, 2013
As you stretch into warrior pose and inhale and exhale, you're not just stretching those hamstrings and lungs; you're also doing good for your brain with a practice that can stave off or relieve problems such as stress, depression and anxiety.
7:32 PM EDT, April 10, 2013
Next to the popular treadmills and the busy elliptical machines, just steps away from the weight machines at most gyms, there's usually a large pile of ropes.
April 10, 2013
Being labeled the biggest loser in junior high is generally not a good thing.
April 6, 2013
Former track and field Olympic champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee is no stranger to the benefits of daily workouts and a healthful lifestyle. As a six-time medal winner, she lived her life always in her own best shape.
7:45 PM EDT, April 3, 2013
In her 20s, Lori Popkewitz Alper loved the intense cardio workouts at her Boston gym. But, as her life and her body changed, so did her fitness repertoire.
2:15 PM EDT, March 28, 2013
As Madonna’s primary personal trainer, Nicole Winhoffer always has five backup plans ready – just in case her original idea doesn’t fly with the famously fit Madge.
3:37 PM EDT, March 27, 2013
Weight-loss programs at work can help people shave pounds and keep them off, researchers said in a new report.
8:58 PM EDT, March 27, 2013
I didn't play football growing up. Never got to date a cheerleader. But, as a consolation prize, I have had an ambulatory adulthood.
10:50 AM EDT, March 21, 2013
Elisabetta Fantone is a model and actress who shot to fame in 2006 on "Loft Story," a French-Canadian version of "Big Brother."
March 27, 2013
Internist Sheree Lipkis, of Northbrook, installed a treadmill desk in her office so she can walk while she checks emails and lab results between patients.
March 23, 2013
They call him Dr. Steelhammer, because not only could he punch you into a parallel universe, he also has a doctorate in sports sciences. Of his 62 boxing bouts, Olympic and world heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko has lost only three. For the 59 who faced him and lost, all but eight were knocked out. I just got a sympathy headache.
2:08 PM EDT, April 17, 2013
When 11-year-old Benjamin Lausch competes in triathlons, his eye is on beating a boy from Pennsylvania named Daniel.
9:06 PM EDT, March 20, 2013
Since opening her first studio in San Francisco in 2000, Jill Dailey McIntosh has been spreading The Dailey Method across the country and beyond, combining ballet barre work, core conditioning, muscle strengthening, yoga and orthopedic exercise.
8:20 PM EDT, March 20, 2013
By the time people come to see Lisa Walker, they're usually desperate.
March 6, 2013
A group of Latino seniors soon will be stepping out on the dance floor in the name of medical research.
March 1, 2013
First lady Michelle Obama rolled out her latest health and fitness initiative in Chicago on Thursday, just as city heath officials released new data showing 1 in 4 of the city's public school students are obese.
7:19 PM EST, February 27, 2013
Two weeks later and the muscles in my neck are still sore.
9:00 AM EST, February 26, 2013
Many American parents can't see that their kids are overweight, according to a poll released Monday.
5:30 PM EST, February 20, 2013
A new study suggests an intriguing explanation for the rise in obesity rates — the growing number of only children.
February 16, 2013
Nothing ruins a skiing or snowboarding weekend like having to hitchhike down the hill in a ski patroller's sled — or in an ambulance. Fortunately, the overall rate of skiing injuries has declined by 50% since the 1970s, according to the National Ski Areas Assn., a trade organization. (Snowboarding injuries are a different story: They've nearly doubled in the last decade — partly because the sport itself is relatively new.)
8:06 PM EST, February 13, 2013
Long ago I had one of those "choose-your-own adventure" books based on a James Bond movie, and I made bad choices; the poor British spy kept getting consumed in a vat of molten lava, impaled on a bunch of spiky things or became an appetizer for saltwater crocodiles.
8:36 PM EST, February 13, 2013
Overweight and obese patients might not be the only ones who dread the number on the scale each time they visit the doctor's office.
February 9, 2013
The old home gym isn't what it used to be. It's more creative, often combining traditional fixed-path movements with self-balancing "functional" movements that force you to use more muscle groups to stabilize the load. Despite very different designs, the four models reviewed below share key attributes most people will love: compact, room-friendly footprints, a wide variety of exercises that can work you hard from head to toe, and retail and online sales prices of less than $2,600.
9:42 PM EST, January 30, 2013
Most people who exercise find a way to work it into their lives. Robert Silvers of Marshfield, Mass., organizes his life around his exercise.
7:35 PM EST, February 6, 2013
With buffets available nearly 24 hours a day, it's no surprise that the average cruise-goer gains a pound a day, according to a poll of 1,281 people by independent cruise travel agents. Of those polled, 6 percent said they gained up to 18 pounds during their two-week cruise.
1:43 PM EST, January 28, 2013
Dear Pharmacist: I'm going through a lot right now. This year, my New Years' resolution is to exercise more, hoping to take my mind off everything. My schedule only allows me to go to the gym twice per week. Will this help me feel better, in terms of anxiety or mood? — F.A., New York
6:00 PM EST, February 4, 2013
For those men who are looking to boost their sperm count, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health have some simple advice: drop the TV remote control and get to the gym.
February 2, 2013
Of all of the muscles in the body, the ones in the midsection get an outsized share of attention. They even have their own brand name: "the core." As in core workouts, core training and core strength.
January 26, 2013
How many times did you go to the gym last year? If the answer is somewhere in the low double digits or fewer, maybe you're better off getting your workouts from the Web.
1:08 PM EST, January 24, 2013
Men and women, particularly those categorized as obese, have grown increasingly likely over the years to underestimate their true weight, according to a recent study.
11:49 AM EST, January 16, 2013
Jeffrey Donovan plays Michael Westen on USA's "Burn Notice," a series in which he's an ex-CIA agent now working private missions from Miami. To fit the role, Donovan works out regularly by boxing and circuit training. But he still finds time to scuba dive, especially off Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.
8:26 PM EST, January 23, 2013
For a disease that affects 50 million adults in the United States, or about 1 in 5 people, arthritis is remarkably misunderstood.
7:55 PM EST, January 11, 2013
If you're pear-shaped and smug, a new study's findings may take you down a peg: For those at slightly increased risk of developing diabetes, fat stored in the buttocks pumps out abnormal levels of two proteins associated with inflammation and insulin resistance. (And that's not good.)
7:42 PM EST, January 9, 2013
Creating a home gym can be intimidating and expensive. But it doesn't have to be. Forget about the bulky treadmills, the weight areas and the gigantic stair-stepper. You can create an entire home gym that's small enough to fit into a desk drawer or into a carry-on suitcase. And research backs up the effectiveness of these tools. Read on to see what good comes in these small packages.
January 9, 2013
In this era of high-stakes testing, recess has taken a back seat to more scholarly pursuits. But don't be so quick to dismiss the value of downtime, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
4:36 PM EST, January 2, 2013
If only our collective memories worked a little better, we might recall that facing the new year with a little extra weight is what we did a year ago. And the year before that. Were those extra helpings of whatever it was – can you even remember? – worth it?
January 2, 2013
What is it about the New Year that motivates us to take control of our health and our lives?
December 29, 2012
This is the year you will resolve to ditch the diets, the "all or nothing" mentality and the "no-pain, no-gain" fitness goals. This is the year you will resolve to use common sense to eat less junk food, move more — and have fun doing it.
8:25 PM EST, December 26, 2012
The fitness wake-up call can be a powerful catalyst for change. For Matthew Richter-Sand, it came during a flight home to see his family.
3:44 PM EST, December 20, 2012
Why are our hands the shape that they are? Compared with those of other apes, the thumb is longer and the palms and fingers are short. Scientist have a variety of ideas as to why they evolved to be that way:
1:52 PM EST, December 19, 2012
People who want to lose weight are better off running than lifting weights -- or even than doing both, researchers at Duke University say.
12:15 PM EST, December 19, 2012
Pop star Beyonce Knowles-Carter should make her $50-million endorsement deal with soda maker PepsiCo the best thing she never had, according to a health advocacy group.