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  1. Simple Tip May Ease Athletes' Performance Anxiety

    Sept. 20, 2012 -- Researchers have revealed a simple trick that may help athletes keep their cool during a game's high-pressure moments. Their advice to avoid choking under pressure: Clench the fist of your non-dominant hand. The findings appear in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. In

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  2. Fitness Challenge: Home for the Holidays Workout

    Although holiday shopping can feel like a workout, you don't have to rely on it as your sole form of exercise this busy holiday season. Simply make some space in your living room and try these three moves from Kathy Kaehler, author of Fit and Sexy for Life and a celebrity fitness trainer whose clien

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  3. Healthy Living in Old Age Can Add Years to Life

    Aug. 30, 2012 -- Following a healthy lifestyle can lead to a longer life, even among people who are already well into their 70s, new research shows. Getting regular exercise, staying engaged with friends and family, and abstaining from smoking were all associated with longer life in a study that fol

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  4. 30 Minutes of Daily Exercise Enough to Shed Pounds

    Aug. 24, 2012 -- Thirty minutes of exercise a day may be the magic number to lose weight. A new study shows 30 minutes of exercise a day works just as well as an hour in helping overweight adults lose weight. Researchers found moderately overweight men who exercised hard enough to sweat for 30 minut

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  5. Walking for Exercise: Americans Making Strides

    Aug. 7, 2012 -- No exercise is more popular than walking, and more people walk these days than they did five years ago, according to a new CDC report. Nonetheless, the majority of adults still need to increase the amount of exercise they get each week in order to meet federal health guidelines. Near

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  6. Ryan Lochte's Olympic Training Included Beer Kegs

    July 30, 2012 -- Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte credits a beer keg and a giant boat chain with helping him win the United States' first gold medal of the London games. Lochte powered past teammate Michael Phelps and the rest of the field Saturday to easily win the 400-meter individual medley on the fir

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  7. Physical Inactivity May Be as Deadly as Smoking

    July 17, 2012 -- Not moving enough may be as hazardous to your health as smoking, a new study shows. The study, which is published in The Lancet, estimates as many as 5.3 million deaths around the world were caused by physical inactivity in 2008. By comparison, researchers point out that cigarette s

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  8. Fitness Challenge: Abs and Glutes

    In each issue of WebMD the Magazine we feature a reader's fitness question and then find an expert to answer. In our September, 2012 issue, Deb Moore, 52, a college professor in Little Rock, Ark. asked, "I'd love to feel more toned, but I don't have time to hit the gym. Are there simple exercises I

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  9. Doping With Muscle-Building Drugs: FAQ

    July 13, 2012 -- As in previous years, the 2012 Olympics likely will be marred by at least one doping scandal, experts predict. Many athletes abuse human growth hormone and/or steroids to build muscle and strength. While elite athletes are in the spotlight, the problem is much greater in recreationa

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  10. Playing Multiple Sports Helps Beat Teen Obesity

    July 16, 2012 -- Being a team player may help teens tackle rising childhood obesity rates. A new study shows that teens who play on three or more sports teams are up to 39% less likely to be obese. Ditching the school bus and walking or biking to school may also help teens keep their weight in check

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