Exercise boosts the brain — and mental health

Diana J. Smith

It’s hardly news that exercise is good for your physical health, and has long been extolled as beneficial for mental health, as well. But researchers are now making progress in understanding how exercise works its mental magic. Story continues below advertisement Exercise, they are learning, has profound effects on the […]

Is Walking a Good Exercise?

Diana J. Smith

As a personal trainer and weight-loss coach, I am constantly answering health and fitness questions from my clients, on social media and in our Start TODAY Facebook group. In this column, I address some of the most common questions and roadblocks that trip people up on their journey to establish […]

A fitness magazine apologized for telling people to ‘burn off those Christmas calories’ with exercise

Diana J. Smith

You don’t have to ‘burn off’ food consumed over Christmas. Getty Women’s Fitness magazine apologized for a tweet encouraging people to “burn off those Christmas calories” with exercise. The tweet was condemned by health professionals for promoting the “damaging” notion that movement should be punishment for eating. “Because exercise is […]