With the World Wide Web
by Laura Emery, Field Editor
The holidays have come and gone —
but what will probably linger a while longer are the extra pounds from
The Internet is one of the fitness world’s
underutilized resources, with its never-ending supply of fitness-focused
websites. There are many websites that feature workout routines people can
do in the privacy of their own homes. So, if your crunches are crooked or
your weightlifting a little wobbly, then nobody will be the wiser. Or, if
you’re not motivated enough to venture out in chilly winter temperatures to
make it to the gym, throw down a blanket and do a few exercises in front of
the television set for as long as you feel comfortable.
If you have access to the Internet, then you have a
membership to the “World Wide gym,” where you can access a wide assortment
of dieting secrets, fitness tips and workout routines, and read informative
articles on everything from conquering crunches to cutting carbohydrates.
Following is a compilation of must-visit websites to
get started on putting together your own personal World Wide Web workout.
The First in Fitness
eDiets.com is a hugely popular website that focuses on
fitness and dieting. One of its greatest services is the email newsletter,
where you can sign up to get a daily dose of fitness and diet techniques and
tips, as well as entertaining articles and columns.
Brain Up Before You Bulk
MSNBC’s fitness page (www.msnbc.msn.
com/id/3034511/ns/health-fitness) is a great resource for articles and
fitness-related news. Find out about new advancements and studies in the
areas of fitness and health before you hit the gym or start a new workout or
The Mayo Clinic site (www.mayoclinic.com) is owned by
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, and is based on
information provided by doctors, scientists, nurses and other professionals.
Get specific info about diseases, conditions, illnesses, injuries and
The official website of the American Heart Association
(www.heart.org/heartorg) covers all aspects of heart disease, stroke and
general health and fitness.
About.com’s exercise section has it all. Visit
http://exercise.about.com for everything from the 10-minute vacation workout
to the pyramid upper body workout.
Freetrainers.com (www.freetrainers.com) provides custom
exercise programs and weight-loss diet plans to aid and guide you through
your health and fitness goals fast. The website offers free fitness plans,
nutritional plans, and health resources, including workouts for cardiac
health, strength training, stamina training, weight loss, sports performance
training, post-natal health, and much more.
Yearning for Yoga
More and more athletes and average exercisers are
turning to yoga, the ancient Indian meditative technique of twists,
stretches and poses in order to slim their shape and relax the mind, body,
Do Yoga With Me (www.doyogawithme. com) is a free,
constantly expanding resource of free online yoga videos created by
experienced instructors. Learn poses, breathing techniques, and more in the
comfort of your own home. You can even check out the website’s guided audio
meditations or read the blog and learn how to maintain optimal health and
prevent common physical issues.
Another highly rated yoga website is The Yoga Site
(www.yogasite.com/postures.html). This general guide outlines the various
forms of yoga, helps users find a yoga teacher, and offers yoga books for
Nutrition and Weight Loss
The American Dietetic Association (www.eatright.org)
should be the first place you go for reliable nutrition information. Brush
up on your food pyramid knowledge, or check out their healthy lifestyle
A Guy Thing
Men’s Health (www.menshealth.com) is an all-around
great resource for men of all ages, but it’s also a good place to go for
men’s fitness information. Currently featured: the three-point push-up to
develop your chest; The Home Workout Bible; and how to bust off the beer
belly in just four weeks.
Mostly For the Ladies
Shape Magazine (www.shape.com) is a great place for
step-by-step exercise instructions. Get weight-loss advice, beauty secrets
and exercise tips from this health and fitness magazine.
Weight Watchers (www.weightwatchers.com) has
informative articles, and you can also choose from a large selection of
toning and strength-building routines designed for both women and men.