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  1. 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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  2. The Truth About Stretching

    Do any of these lines sound familiar? You have to hold a stretch to get the benefit. Don't bounce in the stretch -- you'll tear your muscle. If you don't stretch before a workout, you'll hurt yourself. Well, they're all wrong. But first, there's a bigger question to answer. It's a good idea, says th

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  3. Average Obese Woman Gets Just 1 Hour of Exercise a Year: Study

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that obese women get just one hour of vigorous exercise a year, while obese men don't do much better at fewer than four hours. The findings startled the researchers, whose main focus was finding bett

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  4. Scientists Make Artificial Muscles

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fishing line and sewing thread can create powerful artificial muscles that could be used to help disabled people or to build incredibly strong robots, a new study says. Compared to human muscle of the same weight and len

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  5. Too Much Sitting After 60 May Lead to Disability

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Too much sitting has been linked to increased risk for health problems such as heart failure and earlier death. Now, a new study finds older adults who sit too much are more likely to be disabled -- regardless of thei

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  6. Avoid Sports Injuries: Tips From an Olympic Doctor

    Editor's Note: Gloria Beim, MD, is the Team USA chief medical officer (CMO) for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. This is the third Olympics she has served in and her first as CMO. She was the team physician for cycling and tae kwon do in the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics and was venue medica

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  7. Stressed by Work-Life Balance? Just Exercise

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Feeling conflicted by the push-pull of work and family life? New research suggests that regular exercise can help balance out those feelings. Researchers examined the responses of 476 working adults who were surveyed a

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  8. At-Home Workouts

    No time to get to the gym? Signing up for a membership isn't in the budget? Don't sweat it. You can get a good workout without setting foot in a fitness center. "Working out shouldn't be a hassle," says David Kirsch, personal trainer and founder of the Madison Square Club in New York City, whose cel

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  9. Ultramarathoners: How's Their Health?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As ultramarathons become more popular, researchers have launched a long-term study of the runners who participate in these extremely long races. Keeping tabs on the runners' health and psychological makeup could help red

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  10. FDA Issues Warning on Body-Building Supplement

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 27, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Consumers should not use Mass Destruction, a dietary supplement used to stimulate muscle growth, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Monday. The body-building product, available in retail stores, fitness g

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