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  1. Fitness Tools for Every Athlete

    Want to see your progress as you get fit? You could write it down, or try a device that will give you data on every step you take, the calories you burn, your heart rate, and even your movements as you sleep. You don't need to -- what matters is that you get out there and exercise. But seeing the nu

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  2. Getting in Shape With Baby on Board

    After having a baby, how soon can you start exercising again? Every woman is different. "Some women take a month to walk normally, while others are back on the hiking trail with their baby within 2 weeks," says Robert O. Atlas, MD, of Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. The type of delivery you've ha

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  3. Turn Your Walk Into a Workout

    Walking is as simple as it gets for exercise. All you need is a good, supportive pair of walking shoes. "Just a few extra steps each day is a simple and easy way to take an active role in maintaining a significantly healthier life," says Timothy Gardner, MD, past president of the American Heart Asso

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  4. Can't Do Yoga? Think Again

    If you think you're not the yoga type, think again. Just about anyone can do it, and it's not about bending yourself into a pretzel. For men and women of all shapes, sizes, and abilities, yoga builds strength and balance. It's also a great way to ease stress. "In a gym, you're really pushing yoursel

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  5. The Trampoline Workout

    Get ready to jump! You can torch 160 calories in half an hour of jumping on your mini-trampoline, and it's low-impact, too. "You get an amazing workout and it’s so much fun," says Basheerah Ahmad, founder of the fitness consulting firm 360 Transformation. She encourages celebrity clients like Carrie

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  6. Fitness Challenge: Abs and Glutes

    If you’d love to feel more toned, but you don't have time to hit the gym, you can do simple exercises on your own to get results. "It only takes a few minutes, three times per week, to keep your abs and glutes looking their best -- no gym membership required," says Joan Pagano, fitness consultant an

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  7. How Mad Men's Christina Hendricks Keeps Fit

    How does the actress keep her famous shape in shape? She works out with her husband! It takes two to tango, and two to hit the treadmill and get the heart rate up -- in actress Christina Hendricks's world anyway. Best known as Joan in the hit AMC series Mad Men, Hendricks also knows the value of slo

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  8. Can You Drink Too Much Water?

    You've heard it a million times. When it's hot outside or you're exercising, drink lots of water. It's how your body stays hydrated. But can there be too much of a good thing? In rare cases, drinking an extreme amount in a short time can be dangerous. It can cause the level of salt, or sodium, in yo

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  9. Can Sleep Improve Your Athletic Performance?

    Athletes work hard to win, from training to diet. There's a simple thing they might overlook: Going to bed an hour early. "Getting enough sleep is crucial for athletic performance," says David Geier, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist in Charleston, SC. Studies show that good s

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  10. 4 Must-Try Cardio Workouts

    You're at the gym, ready to do your cardio. Today, don't do the exact same thing you always do. It's time for a change. Each of the following four workouts uses a different piece of equipment and tells you exactly what to do. Check with your doctor first before starting a new routine, especially if

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