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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Few Americans Get Vigorous Activity

    Sept. 17, 2010 --Only 5% of Americans perform vigorous activities on a given day. But sedentary activities such as watching TV and movies were carried out daily by 80% of Americans. Those findings are based on data collected between 2003 and 2008 as part of the American Time Use Survey. Researchers

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  5. Fitness Review: Insanity Program

    Michael Esco, PhD, CSCS, HFS, reviews Beach Body's Insanity DVD workout program.

  6. Pre-Run Stretch May Hurt Endurance

    Sept. 10, 2010 -- Some runners swear by their pre-run stretch as a sure-fire way to run better and stronger and reduce their risk of injury in the process. But according to a new study, distance runners who stretch before a run may not perform as well and may spend more energy than runners who skip

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  7. Lose Weight With Morning Exercise

    There's no getting around it: To lose weight and keep it off, you need to exercise. But some days that hardly seems possible. Our days are overbooked already! Yet experts agree - exercise must become part of your overall daily lifestyle. And starting the morning with exercise is the best habit of al

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  8. Want to Build Muscle? Light Weights Will Do

    Aug. 13, 2010 -- Building muscle doesn’t require a lot of heavy lifting, just a lot of light weight lifting, a new study indicates. Straining to lift very heavy weights isn’t the only way to pump up muscles, say researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Similar results can be achieved

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  9. Big Waist Increases Death Risk

    Aug. 9, 2010 -- Men and women who are very large around the middle are at much greater risk of dying from any cause than people with thinner waists, a new study says. Eric J. Jacobs, PhD, and colleagues at the Atlanta-based American Cancer Society, examined associations between waist circumference a

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  10. Obesity Rates Still Rising, CDC Says

    Aug. 3, 2010 -- More Americans are becoming obese. Obesity rates inched up 1.1% between 2007 and 2009, according to a new report released by the CDC. In just the past two years, 2.4 million people have joined the ranks of the obese. About 72.5 million U.S. adults are now obese, the report found. Tha

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