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  1. Walking for Exercise: Americans Making Strides

    Aug. 7, 2012 -- No exercise is more popular than walking, and more people walk these days than they did five years ago, according to a new CDC report. Nonetheless, the majority of adults still need to increase the amount of exercise they get each week in order to meet federal health guidelines. Near

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  2. Ryan Lochte's Olympic Training Included Beer Kegs

    July 30, 2012 -- Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte credits a beer keg and a giant boat chain with helping him win the United States' first gold medal of the London games. Lochte powered past teammate Michael Phelps and the rest of the field Saturday to easily win the 400-meter individual medley on the fir

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  3. Physical Inactivity May Be as Deadly as Smoking

    July 17, 2012 -- Not moving enough may be as hazardous to your health as smoking, a new study shows. The study, which is published in The Lancet, estimates as many as 5.3 million deaths around the world were caused by physical inactivity in 2008. By comparison, researchers point out that cigarette s

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  4. Playing Multiple Sports Helps Beat Teen Obesity

    July 16, 2012 -- Being a team player may help teens tackle rising childhood obesity rates. A new study shows that teens who play on three or more sports teams are up to 39% less likely to be obese. Ditching the school bus and walking or biking to school may also help teens keep their weight in check

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  5. Doping With Muscle-Building Drugs: FAQ

    July 13, 2012 -- As in previous years, the 2012 Olympics likely will be marred by at least one doping scandal, experts predict. Many athletes abuse human growth hormone and/or steroids to build muscle and strength. While elite athletes are in the spotlight, the problem is much greater in recreationa

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  6. College Football Players' Concussion Rates Double

    July 12, 2012 -- Concussion rates in college football players have doubled since new rules were put in place to help manage the number of head injuries, a new study shows. Researchers found that the number of concussions reported by players at three different Division 1 college football programs wen

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  7. Kinesio Tape for Athletes: A Big Help, or Hype?

    They've been hard to miss at this year's Olympic Games: Strips of brightly colored tape adorning the arms, legs, and torsos of many top athletes. But more than just fashion is driving this trend. The tape is called Kinesio tape. Many athletes believe it has medical benefits. The tape was invented by

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  8. Expert Strategies for Staying Healthy at College

    You're studying for exams, playing sports, socializing on weekends, perhaps even working at a part-time job. Who has time for health? Well, let's put it this way: How do you think it will affect your cramming, working, and relaxation time if you're under the covers with the flu or low energy from ea

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  9. Can Too Much Exercise Be Harmful?

    June 4, 2012 -- Exercisers who train chronically to compete in marathons, triathlons, and other long-distance events may be hurting their heart health, according to a new report. "Chronic extreme endurance efforts, like marathons, ultra-marathons, and long-distance triathlons, can cause cardiovascul

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  10. Barefoot Running Can Be Great, but Tread Carefully

    June 1, 2012 (San Francisco) -- You may be able to run faster if you take off your shoes. But you also risk injury, new studies show. Your legs and feet move differently when you run barefoot. This can make you more efficient. But the unfamiliar movements can strain your muscles and tendons. "If you

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