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  1. Is It Time for Physical Therapy?

    You stretch, you run, you lift, you exercise every day, yet something doesn’t feel quite right. Maybe it’s a nagging pain or stiffness in your joints that won’t go away. Whatever the problem, maybe it’s time to see a physical therapist. “We help with motion -- whether that’s in sport, in activities,

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  2. Heart Rate Monitors: Help or Hindrance?

    Fitness buffs have long turned to heart rate monitors -- either ones they own or those found on exercise machines -- as a way of gauging whether they're exercising hard enough. But heart rate monitors aren't as helpful as you might think. The problem? First off, the numbers used to calculate your ma

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  3. Football Concussions: What to Do

    Concussions make headlines when they affect NFL players, and there is growing awareness that they can also affect teen athletes. Every high school and college football program -- as well as those for other high-contact sports -- should have a concussion management program, says Mark Lovell, PhD, who

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  4. Shake Weight: Fitness Expert's Review

    Michael Esco, PhD, CSCS, HFS, reviews the Shake Weight.

  5. Exercising When You’re Overweight

    When you have a lot of weight to lose, it can be hard to work out. Not only is it physically uncomfortable, but there are often emotional challenges, too -- particularly if you feel too out of shape to go to a gym filled with buff bodies and wall-to-wall mirrors. Amy Stevens has been there. The 38-y

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  6. Zumba: Fun Is Secret Ingredient of Latin Dance Workout

    Latin rhythms pulse from Pittsburgh's Club One aerobics studio, where Maria McCalister leads a Zumba class packed with the glistening bodies of nearly 50 people seeking to swivel, pivot, and shake their way to fitness. McCalister coaches her students to feel the music, be it salsa, meringue, or flam

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  7. New Ideas on Proper Stretching Techniques

    It's a cool, clear Saturday morning and you decide to go out for a little run. You tie on your running shoes, head outside, and do your usual two-minute stretching routine. You prop a foot up and bend forward to stretch your hamstring, then you straighten up for a calf stretch. You jump up and down

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  8. Ryan Reynolds' Workout Secrets

    Arguably the most memorable feature in the third Blade movie was actor Ryan Reynolds’s impossibly sculpted abs, so defined they should have won a special Oscar. Seven years after the movie was released, people are still and in great numbers searching the Internet for Reynolds’ workout.  We talked to

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  9. How to Get Your Butt in Shape

    You're standing in front of your full-length mirror, struggling to squeeze into last year's swimsuit. You peer at yourself. There's no denying it: Either your suit shrank or your behind grew. And, alas, you're sagging and flabby, too. Panic sets in, as you realize that instead of Buns of Steel, your

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  10. Fitness Review: Insanity Program

    Michael Esco, PhD, CSCS, HFS, reviews Beach Body's Insanity DVD workout program.

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