Fitness Guide

Back to Basics Fitness

From the hottest new workouts to must-eat proteins, we fill you in on how to stay fit, happy, and healthy


Maybe we’ve come full circle after spending years using so many fancy gadgets and complicated exercise machines. But the latest “trend” in the fitness world is time-honored body weight training, which incorporates push-ups, planks, pull-ups, squats, lunges, and other gym-class greatest hits. These proven ways to get and stay fit are popping up in a variety of exercise studios and fitness videos. At the same time, people are putting on the gloves — like our fathers and grandfathers — and duking it out with a boxing bag using classic moves. Our love affair with yoga continues, too, although now there are even more options to keep things interesting. We’re sure you’ll find something in this fitness guide to help you think outside the health club. Just remember: the most important thing is to get moving!

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Yoga Diaries: How I Accidentally Fell Asleep In Class

A word from Hudson Valley Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Olivia J. Abel

Meet the Prince of Pull-Ups

This personal trainer spices up classic calisthenics with martial arts and yoga moves

Where (and How) to Practice Parkour

Locals are adopting these French ninja-style street moves by leaps and bounds

Elevate Your Workout: Yoga, Barre, and Meditation

Sweat it out in style at these chic and challenging classes

Dispelling the CrossFit “Cult” Myth

Rock your world with this high-intensity program that’s physically demanding — and emotionally rewarding

Ageless and Moving: Charlotte Michos’ Program For Active Seniors

A guru for the graying helps them stay strong

5 Types of Yoga and Where to Try Them

Find your “ahh” moment at these local studios

Jillian Hargrove’s Method Fitness Offers Programs For All Ages

Build muscle, not bulk, with this local trainer’s personal formula

Pulses: The New Power Food

2016 is the International Year of Pulses. Here’s the scoop on lentils, chickpeas, beans, and more

30-Minute Chicken and Chickpea Skillet Pasta

Prepare chickpeas the day before for a fast — and filling — meal

Beet Chickpea Cakes With Dill Yogurt

Protein-packed chickpeas and colorful beets shine in this pretty party dish

Peanut Butter Chickpea Energy Balls

Trick the kids (or dieting grown-ups) into eating their veggies by swapping cookie dough with this nutritious snack
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