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  1. New Fitbit Flex Debuts After Skin Issue Complaints

    A new version of the Fitbit Flex activity-tracking wristband is being introduced after consumer complaints that the previous version caused skin problems. The devices will now carry a warning that they contain nickel -- a common allergen -- and have a new sizing guideline to prevent users from weari

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  2. After-School Exercise Yields Brain Gains: Study

    By Tara Haelle HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regular daily exercise appears to improve children's attention and multi-tasking skills, according to a new study. Elementary school-age students who participated in an after-school program with plenty of physical activity

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  3. Nature Walks With Others May Keep Depression at Bay

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Taking nature walks with other people may lower your stress levels and reduce your risk of depression, a new study suggests. The study included nearly 2,000 participants from the Walking for Health program in England, w

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  4. Drinking Alcohol More Common on Exercise Days

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People tend to drink more alcohol on days when they're more physically active, a new study finds. "Monday through Wednesday people batten down the hatches and they cut back on alcohol consumption. But once that 'social w

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  5. How to Manage Sore Muscles and Joint Pain

    You work hard all week, so when the weekend finally rolls around, you want to play just as hard. There's nothing like a few rounds of golf, a hike in the mountains, or an intense workout at the gym to help you feel recharged. But all of that exercise can cause soreness and stiffness that shows up a

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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