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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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