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  1. Painkillers Before Exercise May Be Bad for the Gut

    Dec. 6, 2012 -- Popping a painkiller such as ibuprofen to ward off exercise pain or anticipated pain is a common practice among athletes of many ability levels. Some think it will also improve performance as it reduces pain. But the practice may be hazardous, according to new research that focused o

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  2. Do You Have Sitting Disease?

    Chances are you're reading this article while perched in a chair. And, if you're like most computer users, you've been there for a while. Consider how much you sit in a day: driving during your morning commute to an 8-hour-a-day desk job, and then unwinding on the couch in front of the television al

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  3. Find the Best Workout for You

    Want to start exercising but hate the gym? Short on time or motivation? Or maybe you're feeling so out of shape that you don't know where to start? There is hope, experts say. All you have to do is focus on exercising in a way that suits your personality, lifestyle, and fitness level. Never fear. Yo

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  4. Should You Shed Your Shoes?

    Running is often touted as the perfect exercise, partly because it's so simple: Lace up your shoes and go. Now, a small but vocal contingent of runners says it can be even simpler and perhaps healthier -- just lose the shoes for an even better workout. Barefoot running divisions are cropping up at o

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  5. 5 Biggest Mistakes When Choosing Workout Shoes

    The single most important piece of equipment in virtually any kind of exercise program -- running, aerobics, hiking, tennis, basketball -- is the right pair of shoes. A good pair of sneakers can make or break your workout. And it’s easy to go wrong. Here are the five biggest shoe mistakes people mak

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  6. 5 Best Winter Sports to Try

    Forget hibernating. As the cold weather sets in each year, we tend to hunker down, turn on the TV, and tuck in for the season. But why not get outside and take part in some wintry fun? These five cold-weather sports provide great exercise. Along with getting you some much-needed fresh air during the

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  7. 6 Gym Health Hazards

    Does your personal trainer have a degree or certificate? Or did he pay a nominal fee, take a brief online test, and, presto, became a fitness instructor? "Yes, that can happen," says Sherri McMillan, spokeswoman for the IDEA Health and Fitness Association. "There are people out there who call themse

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  8. 10 Workout Secrets From the Pros

    Getting and staying fit can be a challenge. For many of us, it's hard just to get up off the couch. So what's the secret of people who have managed to make exercise a way of life? Chase Squires is the first to admit that he's no fitness expert. But he is a guy who used to weigh 205 pounds, more than

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  9. Top 10 Fitness Trends Picked for 2013

    Oct. 29, 2012 -- Forget fancy fitness fads. Your body is the only equipment you need for one of the hottest fitness trends: body-weight workouts. A new survey of fitness trends shows body-weight training, including back-to-basics exercises like push-ups, planks, and pull-ups, is expected to be one o

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  10. Interval Training Burns More Calories in Less Time

    Oct. 12, 2012 -- Don’t have time to exercise? That excuse no longer works. Increasing evidence, including new research presented this week, shows that even short workouts that include surges of very high intensity can boost fitness and potentially shrink the waistline. In the new study, exercise phy

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