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  1. The Best Exercise Equipment You're Not Using

    At the gym, we're often creatures of habit. We walk through the doors and directly to our treadmill -- as if it has our name on it -- without giving another thought to what exercise equipment we're overlooking. But while treadmills and elliptical fitness machines are great, experts say, some of the

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  2. Fitness 101: The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Exercise

    You've decided it's time to start exercising. Congratulations! You've taken the first step on your way to a new and improved body and mind "Exercise is the magic pill," says Michael R. Bracko, EdD, FACSM, chairman of the American College of Sports Medicine's Consumer Information Committee. "Exercise

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  3. 9 Least Effective Exercises

    When you're trying to make the most of limited exercise time, the last thing you want to do is waste effort on exercises that don't pay off. Exercise physiologist and fitness consultant Joseph Warpeha says there are two types of exercises we should avoid: Those that can easily lead to injury, and th

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  4. A New Year, a New Workout

    As anyone who's ever watched a New Year's Day infomercial can tell you, this is the time of year when new workout trends take center stage. And this year, experts say, exploring those new workout trends may be easier than ever. "Many of the most popular new workout trends going forward in 2008 are c

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  5. Top Fitness Stories of 2007: Readers' Choice

    You know that working out is good for you. But can you tell fitness fact from myth? And who couldn't use tips on getting flat abs and better muscles? Those topics are among the 10 most viewed fitness stories on WebMD for 2007. The 300 Workout: Can You Handle It? Top 9 Fitness Myths -- Busted! Strivi

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  6. Passive Exercise: Whole-Body Vibration and More

    You're lying on the sofa, maybe munching a bag of chips, and watching your favorite movie on DVD.  And ... you're toning your abs? That's the picture painted by some proponents of passive exercise, a fitness trend based on the idea that you can pretty much do nothing and still work out, if you have

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  7. New Year's Resolution: Get Fit

    You needed neither that second serving nor the extra round of drinks. Yet you indulged. Aren't the holidays about good times with loved ones, great food, and merrymaking? Anyway, beginning Jan. 1, you will eat healthier and work out. Starting then, you will get fit. This will be your New Year's reso

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  8. 12 Best Exercise Videos for Beginners

    As the cold weather approaches and darkness falls by 5 p.m., thoughts of getting to the gym may give way to thoughts of hibernating. But winter doesn't have to mean giving up exercise. You can start, maintain, or improve a fitness program from the warmth of your own home using exercise videos. If th

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  9. Health Tip: Exercise to Beat the Blues

    Whether you've got the blues or major depression, the sweating and heart pounding from exercise can have real benefits. An exercise program can produce a real decline in depression similar to that seen in antidepressant medications, Irving Kirsch, PhD, tells WebMD. It's no replacement for treatment

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  10. 6 Tips for Flat Abs

    Like the quest for the Holy Grail, most of us are always on a mission to improve our abs. For a while, people coveted the washboard abs gracing runways, the pages of fashion magazines, and billboards in Times Square. Now everyone is after Beyonce's flat, tight stomach. So what does it take to get th

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