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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. How Couples Can Team Up to Get Healthy

    You and your spouse or partner may be best friends, but are you allies when it comes to getting in shape, eating well, and living a healthy lifestyle? For many couples, the answer is no, say psychology professors Thomas Bradbury, PhD, and Benjamin Karney, PhD. They are co-directors of the Relationsh

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  5. Boost Your Workout With These Fun Strategies

    Time flies when you're having fun. It can zoom by when you're exercising, too. Simple tricks can make workouts feel easier so you can last longer, recent studies suggest. Those findings, plus insights from Scott L. Danberg, director of fitness at the Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa in Miami, can hel

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  6. Why Warm-Ups and Cool-Downs Are Key

    Warm-ups and cool-downs take just a few minutes, and they make all the difference for a great workout. Here's how to do both right. A short warm-up stokes your blood flow and preps your body for exercise. Your muscles respond better to challenges if they're loose and warm. Warm-ups should take 5 to

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  7. Barefoot Running: Should You Try It?

    Imagine going running without shoes, and feeling better for it. San Francisco personal trainer Kate Clemens once did that, 6 miles into an 18-mile race along the Pacific Crest Trail. After feeling a sharp pain in her knee, she took off her shoes and ran barefoot.  Without shoes, her knee pain disapp

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  8. Music and Your Workout

    Music could make your workout better by helping you last longer and enjoy it more.  You just have to know what types of tunes to put on your playlist.  Music can motivate you to work longer and harder, says David-Lee Priest, PhD, a psychologist and researcher at University of East Anglia, Norwich, E

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  9. You Bought a Fitness Device. Now What?

    You weighed whether you wanted to wear a fitness tracker on your wrist or arm, you chose a color, you ordered it, you anticipated its arrival, the box arrived, and you opened it with excitement and put it on. Now what? Try it on for size. The first week you have a tracker, don't exercise.It may seem

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  10. What Should I Eat Before Exercising?

    Q: What's the best snack before working out? How long before my workout should I eat it? A: First, be sure you really need a snack. Generally, you don't need to eat before exercise unless you tend to run low on energy during your workouts, or it's been more than a couple of hours since your last mea

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