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  1. Adults Over 45 Fall Short On Muscle Strengthening

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although there is mounting evidence that muscle-strength training provides key health benefits, most middle-aged and older adults in the United States don't engage in this type of exercise, according to new resear

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  2. Walking, Biking to Work May Benefit Mental Health

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Trading the gas pedal for foot power or bike power to get to your job can also improve your mental health, British researchers report. Daily commuters who stopping driving to work and started walking or riding a b

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  3. Physical Activity May Boost School Performance

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children might do better in school if they're more physically active, a new study suggests. Researchers assessed the activity levels and reading and math skills of 186 Finnish children in grades 1 to 3. The study author

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  4. Sit Less, Protect Your DNA and Live Longer?

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Spending less time sitting might increase your lifespan by keeping your DNA young, Swedish researchers say. More time spent on your feet appears to lengthen bits of DNA called telomeres. Telomeres, which protect the e

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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