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  1. Washington, D.C., Clings to Title of Fittest City

    May 27, 2010 -- The nation’s capital has claimed the top spot in the American College of Sports Medicine’s list of America’s fittest cities for the third straight year. The ACSM’s American Fitness Index (AFI) for the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas is based on a composite of preventive health

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  2. Wii Games Get Heart Group's Seal of Approval

    May 17, 2010 -- The American Heart Association (AHA) has given its seal of approval to Nintendo's Wii, Wii Fit Plus, and Wii Sports Resort. The AHA's "heart check" logo -- which is normally only seen on healthy foods -- will now appear on these virtual exercise or active game systems. The new partne

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  3. Top 9 Fitness Myths -- Busted!

    It's easy to fall into the trap: A workout buddy passes along an exercise tip, and then you pass it on to several folks you know. Your kid’s coach gives you advice, and sure enough you hear the same thing from several other parents. So you figure it must be true. But experts say that in the world of

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  4. Expert Q and A: Kathy Smith’s Fitness Secrets

    Fitness icon Kathy Smith says these two questions are your key to losing weight, toning up, and getting healthy: What gets you going? And more importantly, what keeps you coming back for more? "Find a passion ... and attack it," says Smith, whose motto is "Dream it. Believe it. Achieve it." Smith, p

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  5. The Iron Man 2 Workout

    In Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. impressed audiences with a lean, mean, fighting-machine physique. As Tony Stark, an engineering genius with a penchant for women and adventure, the 5 feet 8 inch Downey weighed in at more than 170 pounds, with sinewy arms and rock-hard muscles that came from months of

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  6. Anabolic Steroids May Weaken the Heart

    April 27, 2010 -- Long-term use of anabolic steroids appears to weaken the heart, and it is not clear if this weakening is reversible, researchers say. In a small but alarming new study, middle-aged weight lifters who took steroids for roughly a decade showed evidence of impaired heart pumping funct

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  7. Strains, Sprains, and Other Sports Injuries: 3 Questions

    If you engage in sports or a favorite workout at the gym, you have probably twisted an ankle or pulled a muscle at some point. In many cases, injuries are due to overuse of a part of the body when participating in a certain sport -- runner's knee or tennis elbow, for example. Other types of injuries

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  8. Sudden Death Risk Looms in Triathlons

    April 6, 2010 -- Triathletes may aptly be called iron men and women, but a new study shows they aren't invincible. Researchers say at least 14 people have died in triathlons between 2006 and 2008. That equates to a sudden death rate of 1.5 deaths per 100,000 participants, double the rate associated

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  9. Exercise 1 Hour a Day to Avoid Weight Gain

    March 23, 2010 -- Weight gain with age is common. But middle-aged women who start out at a healthy weight and get in an hour of moderate activity every day can avoid weight gain, according to a new study. There is plenty of research on how to lose weight and keep it off, but ''there's very little re

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  10. Get Stronger and Leaner With Cross Training

    You've faithfully jogged three times a week for years, and think you're in pretty good shape. But when a less athletic friend suggests you go inline skating, you're shocked to discover you can't keep up. Perhaps you've mastered the elliptical machine, and regularly work out on it for 45 minutes at a

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