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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Marathon Running Can Tax the Heart

    Oct. 25, 2010 -- Runners who are less fit may experience temporary but reversible damage to the heart during a marathon, according to a new study. Marathon running can cause temporary increases in swelling and inflammation of the heart muscle, as well as decreases in blood flow, and the less physica

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  4. Baking Soda Boosts Athletic Performance

    Oct. 25, 2010 -- A dose of baking soda may add a little fizz to the performance of tennis players, a new study says. Scientists at the National Taiwan College of Physical Education conducted a small study to test whether a tiny amount of sodium bicarbonate -- more commonly known as baking soda -- he

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  5. New Ideas on Proper Stretching Techniques

    It's a cool, clear Saturday morning and you decide to go out for a little run. You tie on your running shoes, head outside, and do your usual two-minute stretching routine. You prop a foot up and bend forward to stretch your hamstring, then you straighten up for a calf stretch. You jump up and down

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  6. Are Cortisone Shots for Tendon Injuries Worth It?

    Oct. 21, 2010 -- Corticosteroid injections, better known as cortisone shots, provide short-term pain relief for tendon problems such as tennis elbow but may be worse than other treatments later on, according to a new analysis. "We have shown strong evidence that corticosteroid injection is beneficia

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  7. Ryan Reynolds' Workout Secrets

    Arguably the most memorable feature in the third Blade movie was actor Ryan Reynolds’s impossibly sculpted abs, so defined they should have won a special Oscar. Seven years after the movie was released, people are still and in great numbers searching the Internet for Reynolds’ workout.  We talked to

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  8. Why Women Work Harder to Work Up a Sweat

    Oct. 12, 2010 -- Women need to work harder than men to work up a good sweat, which is necessary to keep the body cool during physical exertion, according to a new study. Researchers in Japan enlisted 20 women and 17 men to cycle continuously at various intensities for an hour in a room heated to 86

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  9. Football Players Hurt Brain Without Concussions

    Oct. 12, 2010 -- A small study of high school football players suggests that players who endure multiple impacts to the head may experience brain impairment, even in the absence of a diagnosed concussion. Researchers led by Thomas Talavage, PhD, of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and coll

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  10. How to Get Your Butt in Shape

    You're standing in front of your full-length mirror, struggling to squeeze into last year's swimsuit. You peer at yourself. There's no denying it: Either your suit shrank or your behind grew. And, alas, you're sagging and flabby, too. Panic sets in, as you realize that instead of Buns of Steel, your

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