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  1. Poor Fitness in Middle Age, Early Death Risk?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged people who do poorly on simple tests of physical ability may be at increased risk of early death, according to a new study. Another study found that light-intensity physical activity every day may reduce th

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  2. Pilates and Yoga: Are They Good Exercise?

    Denver therapist Julie Rudiger started doing yoga to stretch. It became her favorite way to work out.  "A lot of people seem to underestimate the physical benefits of yoga," Rudiger says. "But the practice has made me stronger and more flexible, physically and emotionally." Yoga, Pilates, and tai ch

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  3. The Best Running Form

    Good running technique can prevent injury and keep you on track. Anthony Luke, MD, MPH, director of the Human Performance Center at the University of California, San Francisco, weighs in with tips for top-form running. The way your feet strike the ground may determine your odds of getting injured. M

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  4. Strengthen Your Core for Bikini Season

    Before slipping into your bathing suit, consider trying a tummy-toning fitness regimen, recommends Jennifer Cohen, a Los Angeles-based personal trainer. "When we're showing skin, we want to be as toned as possible," says Cohen, co-author of Strong Is the New Skinny: How to Eat, Live, and Move to Max

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  5. Aerobic Exercise and Women at Risk for Dementia

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regular aerobic workouts increase the size of the brain's memory area in older women and may help slow the progression of dementia, according to a small new study. It included 86 women, aged 70 to 80, who had mild memor

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  6. Sitting Too Much: How Bad Is It?

    April 7, 2014 -- The studies just keep coming. Sitting our life away, it seems, may be very bad for our health and even our life expectancy. Just since January, researchers have reported that sitting for long hours is linked to: Worse mental health A higher risk of death from heart disease and other

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  7. The Morning Light May Help You Stay Slim

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Spending time in the bright morning light may help you slim down, new research suggests. The small study found that people exposed to more light earlier, rather than later, in the day tended to be leaner than their peer

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  8. Too Much Running Tied to Shorter Life Span

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 1 (HealthDay News) -- Running regularly has long been linked to a host of health benefits, including weight control, stress reduction, better blood pressure and cholesterol. However, recent research suggests there may a point of diminishing return

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  9. Exercise Affects Men's, Women's Hearts Differently

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The formula doctors use to evaluate treadmill stress tests, and thereby assess heart health, doesn't account for important differences between men and women, a new study contends. A revised formula would better determ

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  10. Have a Ball With Exercise Ball Workouts

    You'll often find exercise balls tucked into a corner at the gym, but few people know how to use them in a workout. Personal trainer Julie Schoen thinks the oversized balls are key tools for working up a sweat and building muscle. "Exercise balls can literally work every muscle in your body and help

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