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  1. 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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  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. 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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  4. Flat Abs, the Pilates Way

    Looking to sculpt a flat, strong midsection without sit-ups? Pilates exercises can activate and tone your core muscles. Pilates professional Risa Sheppard, creator of The Sheppard Method, owner of the Los Angeles studio of the same name, and trainer to country music star Reba McEntire, shares three

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  5. 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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  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. 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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  10. 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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