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  1. Hula Hoop Workouts Burn Calories

    Feb. 11, 2011 -- Working out with a hula hoop burns about as many calories per minute as step aerobics, boot camp, or very brisk walking, a new study shows. For the study, researchers recruited 16 women between the ages of 16 and 59 and had them learn a 30-minute aerobics routine that uses weighted

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  2. Shake Weight: Fitness Expert's Review

    Michael Esco, PhD, CSCS, HFS, reviews the Shake Weight.

  3. Exercise May Slow Age-Related Memory Loss

    Jan. 31, 2011 -- Staying active as an older adult may keep both the body and the brain in shape. A new study suggests moderate aerobic exercise may slow or even reverse age-related memory loss in older adults by increasing the size of the hippocampus, a part of the brain that assists in forming memo

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  4. Obesity Rates Weigh Down Cities' Budgets

    Jan. 28, 2011 -- Cities searching for ways to trim the fat and stretch their budget dollars may want to start looking at residents’ waistlines. A new study suggests that trimming high obesity rates in the nation’s most overweight cities could help local governments save more than $32 billion annuall

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  5. Weight Lifters Turning to Human Growth Hormone

    Jan. 21, 2011 -- Growing numbers of male weight lifters may be taking human growth hormone (HGH) to bulk up and enhance performance, a study suggests. The study, published in the American Journal on Addictions, also suggests that HGH abuse is linked to use of steroids and other illicit drugs, includ

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  6. Weight Loss During Marathon Improves Running Time

    Dec. 20, 2010 -- Marathoners who lost the most body weight during a race finished more quickly, even though their weight loss exceeded the amount typically recommended for best running performance, according to a new study. The weight loss reflects a lower level of fluid intake or a faster rate of f

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  7. Regular Exercise May Ward Off Dozens of Health Problems

    Nov. 17, 2010 -- People who exercise on a regular basis not only can reduce their odds of becoming obese, but also cut their risk of developing about two dozen physical and mental health problems, a new review of more than 40 studies indicates. Exercise reduces the risk of some cancers, dementia, se

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  8. Exercising When You’re Overweight

    When you have a lot of weight to lose, it can be hard to work out. Not only is it physically uncomfortable, but there are often emotional challenges, too -- particularly if you feel too out of shape to go to a gym filled with buff bodies and wall-to-wall mirrors. Amy Stevens has been there. The 38-y

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  9. Zumba: Fun Is Secret Ingredient of Latin Dance Workout

    Latin rhythms pulse from Pittsburgh's Club One aerobics studio, where Maria McCalister leads a Zumba class packed with the glistening bodies of nearly 50 people seeking to swivel, pivot, and shake their way to fitness. McCalister coaches her students to feel the music, be it salsa, meringue, or flam

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  10. Top 20 Fitness Trends for 2011

    Oct. 29, 2010 -- Pilates may have become passé. That type of mind-body physical training activity has fallen out of the American College of Sports Medicine’s top 20 predicted fitness trends for the first time in years. One reason may be economic, says fitness expert Walter R. Thompson, PHD, Regent’s

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