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  1. Exercises to Improve Your Balance

    Balance is key for everything from riding a bike to walking on a slippery sidewalk (not to mention mastering tree pose in yoga class). Joel Harper, personal trainer and owner of Joel Harper Fitness in New York, recommends a series of moves that lower the risk of falls, engage major muscle groups, an

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  2. 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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  3. 5 Signs Your Workout Is Too Easy

    You've been working out for a while, and it's starting to feel comfortable -- too comfortable. It's time to make it more challenging again. Revving things back up is a good idea if you recognize yourself in any of these five scenarios: When you first begin exercising, it can be tough to find an acti

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  4. Stretch Your Limits: Feel-Good Stretching Routine

    Stretching is an important and often overlooked part of a workout. It can help improve your range of motion, lower the risk of injuries, boost blood flow to your muscles, and ease tension -- and it feels great. "Stretching is a good way to make a mind-body connection," says Kira Stokes, a certified

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  5. Tennis: An Ace of a Workout

    Who knew? Tennis is one of the best total-body workouts you can get. "It's a high-intensity interval training workout that burns between 400 and 1,000 calories an hour," says Mark Kovacs, PhD. He's the executive director of the International Tennis Performance Association. It's also an ace for stren

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  6. Dread the Gym? 7 Ways to Get Past That

    Want to hit the gym, but can't quite seem to make it there? Your schedule might not be the only reason. If you're feeling bored or self-conscious, afraid of injury, or just plain uncomfortable, there are solutions for all your workout angst. Maybe you think that people who go to the gym are already

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  7. Hate to Exercise? 6 Fixes

    You know you should work out, since it's good for you. So why is it so hard to stay active? Turns out, the reasons might not be what you think. Here, a look at what’s really preventing you from sticking with an exercise routine -- and advice on how to keep at it. One of the top reasons for starting

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  8. Finding the Types of Exercise You Enjoy

    Committing to an exercise program can be a big change. And like all changes, it can be uncomfortable at first. But you can make exercise more appealing, even more enjoyable, by considering these four simple questions. First, figure out what setting appeals to you most, says New York cardiologist Mer

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  9. Tips for Power Walking

    Every hour you spend walking may add 2 hours to your life, research suggests. Brisk walking can help trim your risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and depression. To reap the benefits of walking and stay injury-free, try these tips. Wear comfy, well-fitting shoes. They should be

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  10. 3 Exercises to Tone Your Butt

    A tush-toning workout will help you look your best in short shorts and boost your confidence when you're walking down the beach in a bathing suit. "It's really sexy to have a great butt," says Kit Rich, a Los Angeles-based certified personal trainer and Pilates instructor who helps celebrity clients

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