Wellness

The One-Day-a-Year Fitness Plan

More pain quest than workout, misogi is the secret, punishing ritual that has revolutionized Atlanta Hawks supershooter Kyle Korver's game. You have time for this—if it doesn't kill you first.

Should I Worry about My Irregular Heartbeat?

Unless that flip-flop feeling is accompanied by chest pain, dizziness, or fainting, an occasional heart palpitation is probably nothing to worry about—especially in young, healthy athletes and frequent exercisers.

The Foam Roller Is Your Workout Frenemy

First, some praise for the device that's become a staple of every runner’s self-help/torture plan: It’s very nice. “The bigger problem,” Barb Hoogenboom says, “is that foam rolling is putting a...

How Clean Must My Gym Be, Legally?

When it comes to a fitness club's cleanliness, there are very few rules—at least as far as legal responsibilities go. Here's how to tell if yours is up to snuff, and what you can do to avoid harmful germs.

How Much Should I Care about My Posture?

The athlete with perfect running or lifting form but a terrible slouch is all too common. And it's a problem. Practicing good posture can strengthen your core, protect against injuries, and make you a more powerful and efficient athlete.

How Can Exercise Help Me Stay Focused at Work?

We won't insult your intelligence by rehashing the general cognitive benefits of getting blood pumping to your brain. But we will give you a smart tip: Depending on how and when you do it, your workout can give you the mental boosts you want.

How to Grow a Super-Athlete

As a species, we're living longer and having fewer children. And that's a fantastic development for amateur athletes—and society as a whole.

The Cure for Sore Muscles? More Movement.

Forget RICE. Suppressing the body’s inflammatory response to exercise may actually delay healing. To recover right you need to move, eat, and move some more.

Should I Get a Gait Analysis?

You've probably had your running form critiqued by a coach or a well-meaning jogger in the park. But A true gait analysis is worth considering, even for the healthiest of runners.