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Wednesday
Oct052005

Start Me Up

Just joined a health club? Here's a primer on getting comfortable with your new surroundings

by Kimberly Dawn Neumann

Joining a gym doesn't automatically mean getting fitter. It takes more than a membership card in your wallet to whittle your waist. You have to actually spend time there working out.

Since you've chosen a club that belongs to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), you have added assurance that the gym engages in fair business practices and abides by a code of ethics established to protect the health and safety of its members. Now, it's up to you to take advantage of the multitude of options the club offers for getting in shape.

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Wednesday
Oct052005

A Step Ahead

High arches, low arches, flat feet, corns, bunions and unsightly dog legs to the left will all derail a good workout when stuffed into the wrong pair of kicks. Rule 1: Know thyself, runner! Are you a mile hog, a heavy-footed neighborhood stroller, a dirt dog? Do your knees bang when you run? Do you run on your heels? Fortunately, today's shoes are veritable living organisms of modern technology, employing crazy high-tech material found in the space shuttle and sophisticated support systems that would shame many bridges. In other words, the 21st-century shoe is made to accommodate the multiple peculiarities of many different feet. Get Active! has corralled seven of the best that should meet most runners' needs.

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Wednesday
Oct052005

Life is Better for Those Who Exercise

Welcome to Get Active!, a new magazine designed specifically for you, the active health club member.

Our goal is simple: to help you maximize your health club experience. Whether you're a beginner or a longtime gymgoer, Get Active! is your owner's manual for the club.

By joining a health club, you've made a life-affirming choice to take control of your own destiny. And by making Get Active! available to you, your gym has made a commitment to you, a promise to provide you with all the tools and resources you need to meet your goals. And whatever your goals - e.g., weight loss, muscle gain, increased energy, greater flexibility, injury rehabilitation, disease prevention, etc. - we are confident that each issue of Get Active! will help you attain the results you crave.

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Tuesday
Oct042005

Scrap the Scale 

Lose the obsession with pounds. Focusing too heavily on the numbers can be a big mistake. Here's why.

by Alexa Joy Sherman

Jen Singer, 38, has always been athletic. She was a soccer player most of her life and, more recently, played tennis at least once a week as a way to stay fit and have fun. In March, 2002, she began strength training 2-3 days a week. After two months of exercising with free weights, the Kinnelon, N.J., writer had dropped from 150 to 145 pounds.

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