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Stay Productive By Breaking Your Day Up With Microbursts of Physical Activity Stay Productive By Breaking Your Day Up With Microbursts of Physical Activity

When I first started working from home, I would sometimes find myself spending 12-14 hours glued to my office chair. While that time was all “work” those days were often my least productive, simply because I stagnated at some point and couldn’t push through that back to a place of productivity.

How to Get Plates On and Off a Deadlift Bar How to Get Plates On and Off a Deadlift Bar

Hope everyone’s enjoying the deadlift challenge! Even if you’re an old hand with free weights, deadlifts can be tricky to set up because the bar is on the ground, not on a rack, and you’ll soon be dealing with weights that are heavy enough to be unwieldy.

How to Switch From Machines to Free Weights How to Switch From Machines to Free Weights

Free weights and machines each have their benefits, but what often keeps us out of the weight room is simple fear of the unknown. So here’s a simple guide on how to pick up weights and put them down again, while looking like you know what you’re doing.

Should You Get an Electric Bike?

When I first heard about electric bikes, they struck me as the ultimate life hack. They allow you to commute relatively speedily without the hassle of public transportation, to get exercise without getting overly sweaty, to get from point A to point B without spending money on gas. As a longtime urban cyclist who’d…

How to Psych Yourself Up for a Deadlift Workout How to Psych Yourself Up for a Deadlift Workout

We’re deadlifting this month, and I’d love to hear how it’s going for everyone so far. (I did one workout already, and will try to get in two next week.) But if you’re new to this, or if you find the move intimidating, we have some suggestions for how to prepare.

October Is for Deadlifts October Is for Deadlifts

Welcome back, friends! We’ve done a lot of bodyweight exercises in our fitness challenges, and last month we got out on the road for some running or walking. This month we head into the gym for some heavy lifting—but don’t worry, even if you don’t have a gym membership we’ll have options for you too.

How to Measure Your Progress in Running How to Measure Your Progress in Running

The month is drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop running. This past month in our fitness challenge, I asked you to walk or to run and if you took even a little bit of my advice, you’ve gone out a few times and probably gotten stronger and faster—even if you haven’t realized it yet.

Try Running Without Music Try Running Without Music

There are two main upsides to running: It’s a great and efficient form of exercise, and it’s also a way to get lost in nature and thought for 45 minutes to an hour (or however long your run is) with few to no distractions.

Run a Mile This Week Run a Mile This Week

It’s time to run (or walk, or otherwise locomote under your own power) one whole mile. Then take a break. And if you still have it in you, do it again. That’s right, we’re doing mile repeats this week in the Lifehacker Fitness Challenge.

How to Use 'Heart Points' in the New Google Fit How to Use 'Heart Points' in the New Google Fit

With its latest redesign, Google Fit no longer makes a big deal about your steps for the day (although the number is still there, in fine print). Instead, you’re supposed to be tracking your Move Minutes and the mysterious Heart Points.

Stop Running the Same Route All the Dang Time Stop Running the Same Route All the Dang Time

It’s surprisingly easy to get stuck in a rut. Choose the same path two or three times when you start a running or walking habit, and suddenly that path becomes an unquestioned part of your workout. Or maybe you vary your location, but you always do a three-miler at “oh my god I’m going to die” pace. Well, stop it.

What to Know When You Become an Athlete as an Adult What to Know When You Become an Athlete as an Adult

I grew up a sedentary nerd, resenting gym class and failing miserably at the few sports I tried. But in my twenties I found some forms of exercise I didn’t hate, and in my thirties I started using the word “athlete” to describe myself.

Do These Prison-Style Exercises at Home

You can get fit by running outdoors, or by exercising at a fancy gym, but in the end all your muscles care about is that they got to contract a bunch of times. Need a workout you can do when you’re stuck in one place with no gear? Ask a former prisoner.

How Many Weightlifting Sets Is Enough? How Many Weightlifting Sets Is Enough?

How much weight do you need to lift to get stronger? A new study suggests it’s not as much as you think—but more is still better when it comes to muscle size.

10,000 Steps Is a Bullshit Goal 10,000 Steps Is a Bullshit Goal

More exercise is better than less, but beyond that, there’s nothing special about taking 10,000 steps each day.

How to Help Kids Who Hate Gym Class  How to Help Kids Who Hate Gym Class 

P.E. class was a rough time for junior high Michelle. There was that day I was picked dead last for some team—I forget which. As the final trickle of names were called, I protested louder and louder in my head. (“What! Aw, come on, I’m at least better than her.”) And then there was that game of dodgeball when I…

Did You Get Upside Down This Month?  Did You Get Upside Down This Month? 

We’ve been trying to get our feet skyward for most of a month now, and it’s time to take stock of what we’ve learned. Did you manage to do a real handstand? (I didn’t.) Did you accomplish something new? (I did!)

How to Learn to Swim as an Adult

If you never learned to swim, it’s not too late. In this video, we follow Terry, 35, who never got around to learning to swim, and JR, 30, who’s been afraid of the water since nearly drowning as a child. They start by learning basic swimming safety in the shallow end of the pool, overcome fears of the water and of…

Try These Upside-Down Exercises That Aren't Handstands Try These Upside-Down Exercises That Aren't Handstands

We’ve talked about handstands in our upside-down challenge, and attempted to balance on our heads yoga-style as well. Today’s focus is less about balance and more about how getting sort of upside-down can help you work on strength.

How to Approach Handstands When You're Still Kinda Scared of Them How to Approach Handstands When You're Still Kinda Scared of Them

When we launched the handstand challenge last week, I confessed that I’m not really comfortable with being upside down—but I hoped to change that. Yesterday I did a handstand against a wall for the first time, and felt strong and stable. I’ll let you in on a few secrets.

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