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  1. Where Do the Most Active People Live?

    Feb. 16, 2011 -- People in the South and the Appalachian region are the least likely of all Americans to be physically active in their leisure time, the CDC says in a new report. The CDC analyzed all counties in the country and found that in many regions, more than 29% of adults reported getting no

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  2. Sedentary Job? Try Pedaling at Your Desk

    Feb. 14, 2011 -- Portable bicycle-like devices that allow people to pedal at their desks or workstations could counter some of the negative effects of sedentary behavior on the job, a new study says. Researchers reached that conclusion after giving 18 full-time workers a portable pedaling exercise m

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  3. 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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  4. Shake Weight: Fitness Expert's Review

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

  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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