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  1. Pilates and Yoga: Are They Good Exercise?

    Denver therapist Julie Rudiger started doing yoga to stretch. It became her favorite way to work out.  "A lot of people seem to underestimate the physical benefits of yoga," Rudiger says. "But the practice has made me stronger and more flexible, physically and emotionally." Yoga, Pilates, and tai ch

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  2. The Best Running Form

    Good running technique can prevent injury and keep you on track. Anthony Luke, MD, MPH, director of the Human Performance Center at the University of California, San Francisco, weighs in with tips for top-form running. The way your feet strike the ground may determine your odds of getting injured. M

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  3. Strengthen Your Core for Bikini Season

    Before slipping into your bathing suit, consider trying a tummy-toning fitness regimen, recommends Jennifer Cohen, a Los Angeles-based personal trainer. "When we're showing skin, we want to be as toned as possible," says Cohen, co-author of Strong Is the New Skinny: How to Eat, Live, and Move to Max

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  4. Have a Ball With Exercise Ball Workouts

    You'll often find exercise balls tucked into a corner at the gym, but few people know how to use them in a workout. Personal trainer Julie Schoen thinks the oversized balls are key tools for working up a sweat and building muscle. "Exercise balls can literally work every muscle in your body and help

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  5. How Couples Can Team Up to Get Healthy

    You and your spouse or partner may be best friends, but are you allies when it comes to getting in shape, eating well, and living a healthy lifestyle? For many couples, the answer is no, say psychology professors Thomas Bradbury, PhD, and Benjamin Karney, PhD. They are co-directors of the Relationsh

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  6. Boost Your Workout With These Fun Strategies

    Time flies when you're having fun. It can zoom by when you're exercising, too. Simple tricks can make workouts feel easier so you can last longer, recent studies suggest. Those findings, plus insights from Scott L. Danberg, director of fitness at the Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa in Miami, can hel

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  7. The Truth About Stretching

    Do any of these lines sound familiar? You have to hold a stretch to get the benefit. Don't bounce in the stretch -- you'll tear your muscle. If you don't stretch before a workout, you'll hurt yourself. Well, they're all wrong. But first, there's a bigger question to answer. It's a good idea, says th

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  8. Why Warm-Ups and Cool-Downs Are Key

    Warm-ups and cool-downs take just a few minutes, and they make all the difference for a great workout. Here's how to do both right. A short warm-up stokes your blood flow and preps your body for exercise. Your muscles respond better to challenges if they're loose and warm. Warm-ups should take 5 to

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  9. Music and Your Workout

    Music could make your workout better by helping you last longer and enjoy it more.  You just have to know what types of tunes to put on your playlist.  Music can motivate you to work longer and harder, says David-Lee Priest, PhD, a psychologist and researcher at University of East Anglia, Norwich, E

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  10. You Bought a Fitness Device. Now What?

    You weighed whether you wanted to wear a fitness tracker on your wrist or arm, you chose a color, you ordered it, you anticipated its arrival, the box arrived, and you opened it with excitement and put it on. Now what? Try it on for size. The first week you have a tracker, don't exercise.It may seem

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