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  1. Aerobic Exercise and Women at Risk for Dementia

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regular aerobic workouts increase the size of the brain's memory area in older women and may help slow the progression of dementia, according to a small new study. It included 86 women, aged 70 to 80, who had mild memor

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  2. Sitting Too Much: How Bad Is It?

    April 7, 2014 -- The studies just keep coming. Sitting our life away, it seems, may be very bad for our health and even our life expectancy. Just since January, researchers have reported that sitting for long hours is linked to: Worse mental health A higher risk of death from heart disease and other

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  3. The Morning Light May Help You Stay Slim

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Spending time in the bright morning light may help you slim down, new research suggests. The small study found that people exposed to more light earlier, rather than later, in the day tended to be leaner than their peer

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  4. Too Much Running Tied to Shorter Life Span

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 1 (HealthDay News) -- Running regularly has long been linked to a host of health benefits, including weight control, stress reduction, better blood pressure and cholesterol. However, recent research suggests there may a point of diminishing return

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  5. Exercise Affects Men's, Women's Hearts Differently

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The formula doctors use to evaluate treadmill stress tests, and thereby assess heart health, doesn't account for important differences between men and women, a new study contends. A revised formula would better determ

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  6. Flat Abs, the Pilates Way

    Looking to sculpt a flat, strong midsection without sit-ups? Pilates exercises can activate and tone your core muscles. Pilates professional Risa Sheppard, creator of The Sheppard Method, owner of the Los Angeles studio of the same name, and trainer to country music star Reba McEntire, shares three

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  7. 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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  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. 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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  10. What Should I Eat Before Exercising?

    Q: What's the best snack before working out? How long before my workout should I eat it? A: First, be sure you really need a snack. Generally, you don't need to eat before exercise unless you tend to run low on energy during your workouts, or it's been more than a couple of hours since your last mea

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