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A few ways to take 20 minutes a day for a better you

Despite the hyperbolic title Scientists recommend 20-minute daily walk to avoid premature death, The Guardian has a good summary on the study that looked at 334,161 European men and women over a mean follow-up time of 12.4 years, and comments from Study leader Prof Ulf Ekelund. 20 minutes is a common time period when it comes to recommendations for better health, from the suggestion to stand up for 2 minutes every 20 minutes for those who are sedentary much of the day, to exercising your eyes by looking 20 feet away for 20 seconds for every 20 minutes you spend reading a book or computer screen. If you're looking for some mental well-being from a cleaner home, Apartment Therapy has a plan for cleaning your house in 20 minutes a day for 30 days. For something more strenuous, there are a number of 20 minute workouts, from Men's Fitness, Fitness Magazine, Shape, and Military.com.
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 17, 2015 - 27 comments

No, not 6 minute abs, 7! Seven is the magic number!

For those of you who wanted to follow the exercise plan featured in the NY Times on the 7 minute workout (previously), they now offer an app to make it easier to follow their program. [more inside]
posted by JiffyQ on Oct 24, 2014 - 14 comments

"For male action heroes, it's an arms race now."

Building A Bigger Action Hero
posted by the man of twists and turns on Apr 23, 2014 - 72 comments

Now drop and give me 12 Wolverines

Neila Rey makes single-page workout routines themed along pop culture ephemera, as well as for in the office and in front of the TV.
posted by Shepherd on Jan 28, 2014 - 18 comments

Prancercise

Prancercise. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on May 29, 2013 - 65 comments

Kitty Work It!

The music video for "I Don't Wanna Dance" by Alex Gaudino ft. Taboo takes the form of an aerobics class for kitty cats.
posted by The Whelk on May 6, 2013 - 11 comments

ABC Funfit with Mary Lou Retton

Mary Lou Retton - "It's Your Move"* [more inside]
posted by Trurl on Jun 2, 2012 - 43 comments

The continuing gamification of life

Fitocracy is a social game that harnesses the power of feedback loops to promote fitness. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Nov 1, 2011 - 41 comments

"I've thrown up many times working out, but it's all worth it." Arnold Schwarzenegger

Why is the Planet Fitness chain of health clubs trying to alienate people who love to work out? [Via Slate.com] "Maybe you've seen the one where a greased up Schwarzenegger-type swaggers through the gym repeating the mantra, "I pick things up and put them down." Or the one where another "lunk"—that's what Planet Fitness calls these sorts of people—struggles to tie his shoes. A third shows a screaming gym buffoon as he fills out a membership application, flexing and making sound effects as if he's maxing out on the squat rack. "Not his planet, yours," reads the tag line."
posted by Fizz on May 9, 2011 - 187 comments

Mark Twight's Gym Jones

Mark Twight, a prominent alpinist, is the founder of Gym Jones. His training of the actors of 300 has inspired "the 300 workout" as well as some detractors. (previously)
posted by Joe Beese on Aug 9, 2010 - 27 comments

Gyminee!

Gyminee is a truly excellent web app that lets you track workouts, nutrition and fitness goals. Prints grocery lists, lets you find workout buddies, etc. Very aesthetically pleasing, too. Considerably easier to use than Fitday, which a lot of people swear by.
posted by jbickers on May 19, 2008 - 15 comments

It's not easy being king.

The "300" workout that turns you into a Greek statue (or homoerotic dreamboat). From Men's Health: Without resting between exercises, Butler performs 25 pullups, 50 deadlifts with 135 pounds, 50 pushups, 50 jumps on a 24-inch box, 50 floor wipers (*3), 50 single-arm clean-and-presses using a 36-pound kettle bell, and 25 more pullups. At least it works, and in only four months! In time for swimsuit season.
posted by geoff. on Mar 11, 2007 - 67 comments

It's the shoes!

It's the shoes. Yeah, another iPod post. And a Nike post. iPod + Nike, guaranteed to inflame millions.
posted by fixedgear on May 23, 2006 - 46 comments

Ever feel like you are on a treadmill?

The treadmill bike. "Take your favorite gym workout outside! Be sure to watch the video.
posted by fixedgear on Nov 23, 2005 - 31 comments

Lift & separate.

Lift & separate. (iTMS link) Then divide and conquer. Don't be a girly man or the terrorists win.
posted by subpixel on Sep 7, 2004 - 21 comments

Pump It Up w/ Governor Schwarzenegger

The Arnold Schwarzenegger Total Body Workout (MP3 clips). You'd think the classic Arnie cover was entertaining enough.
posted by boost ventilator on Jan 20, 2004 - 6 comments

Muscle Gals

Muscle gals The gym culture, protein diets, and Xena have made way for a new fetish.
posted by Dukebloo on Jan 16, 2003 - 38 comments

Slavercise

Slavercise - If you're like me (who am I kidding; you're not) then you have trouble motivating yourself to work out, get to the gym, or ask for low fat milk in your latte. Aside from prizing sleep over mindless physical exertion, the idea of staring at a blank wall while stepping to the oldies drives me to depression. If only I could combine the burn of calories with the burn of a six foot rawhide leather whip cracking against my corpulent behind. < via Salon subscription>
posted by dirtylittlemonkey on Oct 25, 2002 - 8 comments

Gregg Valentino's

Gregg Valentino's Claim to fame is having the biggest arms in the world, and who are we to argue with him? (Link via zFilter.)
posted by h0ney on Jul 30, 2002 - 30 comments

Uncle Sam Sez: Sheesh! Get Some Exercise!!

Uncle Sam Sez: Sheesh! Get Some Exercise!! A new National Center for Health Statistics survey shows that only seven out of 10 Americans get enough exercise every week. About four in 10 get practically no exercise whatsoever. How much do you exercise, and if so, are you one the three in 10 who do so enough? Is the report full of it? Should I go swimming now, or in an hour? Ride the bike there or take the car? Isn't driving a car to a nearby gym kinda stupid? But I digress. (Pauses, gets his bearings.) Isn't this pathetic?
posted by raysmj on Apr 7, 2002 - 71 comments

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