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  1. Remember This: Exercise Boosts Your Brainpower

    April 6, 2012 -- Your brain isn't a muscle, but as you age exercise can improve your memory and other thinking skills, a new study shows. And the exercise doesn't have to be as rigorous as a marathon, the research suggests. In the new study, middle-aged men and women who cycled or did a stretching a

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  2. Sitting Too Much May Boost Odds of Dying

    March 26, 2012 -- Don't take this sitting down, but spending too much time in a chair is bad for your health -- really, really bad. New research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that people who spend a lot of time sitting may be up to 40% more likely to die from any cause, compar

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  3. Uncomfortable on Bike? Check Handlebars

    March 23, 2012 -- Cycling is great exercise, but if the handlebars are too low, it might be more uncomfortable. People who spend a lot of time on bicycles or in indoor cycling class often complain of genital numbness, and now a new study in women suggests that low handlebars may be at least partly t

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  4. Cool Hands May Help People Exercise Longer

    March 13, 2012 -- Cool hands, healthy heart? A new study shows that cool hands may allow you to exercise for longer periods of time. Obese women who placed their hands in a cooling device while exercising, such as walking on a treadmill, were able to outlast their counterparts whose held a lukewarm

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  5. Ice Baths for Sore Muscles Can Work

    Feb. 14, 2012 -- Can an ice bath really ward off the muscle soreness that can kick in a day or so after an intense workout? According to a new review, it is better than doing nothing and equal to other remedies such as compression stockings or stretching. Ice baths are favored by some elite athletes

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  6. CDC: Doctors Increasingly Prescribe Exercise

    Feb. 9, 2012 -- A new report from the CDC shows that more patients are getting prescriptions for exercise from their doctors. In 2010, 1 in 3 adults who saw a doctor or other health care professional was advised to increase their physical activity as a means of maintaining or improving their health.

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  7. Little Blows to Head Add Up to Big Risk

    Feb. 3, 2012 -- Small hits to the head may add up to injuries for high school football players, according to a new study by the Purdue Neurotrauma Group at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. The researchers suggest that the effects of blows to the head while playing football may last longer t

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  8. Madonna's Fitness After 50

    Madonna, 53, is always fabulously fit. How does she do it, and what does it take to be so fit after 50? WebMD asked celebrity fitness trainer Gunnar Peterson. He hasn't trained Madonna, but he has worked with over-50 and under-50 stars, including Jennifer Lopez, Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone, and

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  9. Managing 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 reinvigorate you. But all of that activity can result in soreness and stiffness that shows up a day

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  10. Cardiac Arrest Risk Low in Marathons, Study Finds

    Jan. 11, 2012 -- When a runner dies during a marathon because their heart stops, it's big news -- and can be scary to the 2 million runners who participate in U.S. long-distance events each year. However, the risk of cardiac arrest during long-distance races is relatively low, according to new resea

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