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7 Sites for Getting in Shape—and Staying in Shape

June 15, 2010
by Liz Colville
Use the Web to get excited about exercising. These seven sites are guaranteed to provide you with the inspiration you need to get moving, keep track of your exercise regimen, connect with others and discover adventurous ways to keep in shape.

YogaToday features a daily yoga workout streamed in high-definition and set in picturesque Jackson Hole, Wyoming. These workouts are suitable for beginner and intermediate yogis and can be performed anywhere your computer can travel.

Runner’s World magazine features content geared toward a novice/non-elite readership. The inspiring, insightful, authoritative articles cover all aspects of training and fitness, including beginner’s training programs, gear reviews, nutrition ideas, and elite news and race results. Visit the “Tools” section for a training calculator and a pace converter.

Flotrack provides inspiration to the increasing number of distance runners in this country with video coverage of major and minor races; interviews of top athletes and tools for runners to log information about their runs, shoes, cross-training, race results and more. Users can also upload their own videos of workouts, races or interviews.

MapMyRun uses Google Maps to help you figure out how far you’ve run or jogged. A free membership allows you to track your training and gear, connect with training partners, get workout tips and more.

The American Council on Exercise publishes many useful articles on exercise, including safety tips and insights, suggestions for beginning a new training regimen—including tips on golf, skiing, running and cycling—and exercise advice for those with various medical conditions, such as hypertension or diabetes.

The Mayo Clinic’s Fitness Center has instructional videos on weight training, tip sheets on more than a dozen of the most common sports injuries, a section on sports nutrition and useful articles about staying in shape and overcoming obstacles to exercise. You can also submit questions to the site’s resident physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist.

ExRx looks more like a manual than a Web site. It was created by a number of exercise specialists and includes invaluable resources on all aspects of exercise, including strength training (print the site’s free strength training programs), sports psychology, injuries, nutrition and more. Head to the “Beginner’s Page” for an index of all of the site’s offerings.

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