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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Want to Live Longer? Fit Outweighs Fat

    Dec. 5, 2011 -- Fitness trumps fat when it comes to living longer. In a new study of more than 14,000 men, those who maintained or boosted their fitness level were less likely to die from any cause, including heart disease. This was true even if their weight stayed the same or increased compared to

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  8. Heading Soccer Ball Linked to Brain Injury

    Nov. 29, 2011 (Chicago) -- Using your head in soccer may not always be the best thing. Regularly hitting a soccer ball with your head -- even just a few times a day -- has been linked to traumatic brain injuries, researchers report. In a preliminary study, 32 amateur soccer players who "headed" the

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  9. Does Beetroot Improve a Runner's Time?

    Sept. 27, 2011 (San Diego) -- Runners and other exercisers hoping to improve their performance might consider a detour to the produce aisle. Eating beetroot before a workout gave runners a modest edge in speed during a 5K run when they were close to the finish line, new research shows. The baked bee

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  10. Why Cardiac Rehab Saves Lives

    Sept. 26, 2011 -- Cardiac rehabilitation can be extremely effective, yet most people choose to avoid it. New research may make them think twice. Cardiac rehabilitation can improve the ability of the heart to return quickly to a normal rate after exercise, and that in turn can double the chances of s

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