What I Learned About Setting Fitness Goals After Running My First 5K
What #PersonalBest ~ really ~ means
What Happened When Shape Editors Swapped Workouts for a Month
Our editors decided to mix up their fitness to push their limits in new ways. See what they learned about themselves, their bodies, and their commitment along the way.
How to Scare Yourself Into Being Stronger, Healthier, and Happier
IG was right: If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you.
How Giving Up Uber On Vacation Changed the Way I Travel
Ditching set plans (and cars) and exploring a new city by foot was the best decision I could have made.
What I Learned About Celebrating Little Wins After Getting Run Over By a Truck
You won't believe this inspiring story of perseverance.
An Open Letter to Women Who Feel Like They Don't Belong In the Gym
Hey you, hiding in the back row of spin class. Get up here.
Try a New Adventure Sport Even If It Scares the Crap Out of You
Spoiler: Battle wounds are in your future.
Giving Up My Scheduled Workout Regimen Made Me Fitter Than Ever
(And took the stress out of wedding planning!)
Hiking Through Greece with Total Strangers Taught Me How to Be Comfortable with Myself
Traveling alone doesn't have to mean feeling alone.
What It's Like Being the Fat Girl On the Hiking Trail
I love hiking and I love my body—so why did the PCT make me feel so bad about both?
The Playground Boot-Camp Workout That'll Make You Feel Like a Kid Again
Hack the monkey bars, swings, and slide to fit in a total-body workout.
Why Jen Widerstrom Thinks You Should Say Yes to Something You'd Never Do
Trying something new could literally change your life.
The Simplest Way to Make Your Workout Feel Easier, According to Science
It's all about location.
6 Reasons You Should Take Your Yoga Practice Outside
Time to take your Vinyasa from studio to sunshine.
What We Really Mean When We Call People Fat
Why are Americans so obsessed with weight and—worse—so mean to those who are overweight?
How Running a Naked 5K Helped Me Accept My Saggy Skin and Stretch Marks
"I lost 150 pounds and finally embraced all the changes that came with it."
How to Protect Yourself Against Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke
Rising temperatures and uncomfortable humidity can put you at risk for heat stroke.
How I Put Bullying Behind Me and Embraced My Height and Sexuality
"I care so much less about what other people think of me."
Why the 'Fit is the New Skinny' Movement Is Still a Problem
Does it replace one body obsession with another?
How to Diagnose (and Fix) Your Body's Imbalances
Follow these five steps to help your body find its natural balance.
What This Scary Scuba Diving Accident Taught Me About Proper Planning
Shape's editor-in-chief shares some important lessons she learned on the ocean floor.
Why the 80/20 Rule Is the Gold Standard of Dietary Balance
Just eat the damn pizza already.
Here's What a Perfectly Balanced Week of Workouts Looks Like
Experts share exactly how to structure your workouts for optimal results.
4 Sneaky Things Throwing Your Skin Off Balance
And how to fix them.