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