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  1. Resistance Training Improves Flexibility, Too

    June 4, 2010 -- Preliminary research calls into question the old adage that stretching improves flexibility more than resistance training. "Our results suggest that full-range resistance training regimens can improve flexibility as well as, or perhaps better than, typical static stretching regimens,

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  2. Chocolate Milk Refuels Muscles After Workout

    June 4, 2010 -- Fat-free chocolate milk beat out carbohydrate sports drinks at helping to rebuild and refuel muscles after exercise, researchers report. The combination of carbohydrates and protein in low-fat chocolate milk appears to be "just right" for refueling weary muscles, says William Lunn, P

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  3. Study: Shapewear Garment Burns Calories

    June 3, 2010 -- Women who wear a tight girdle-like “shaper garment” while walking on a treadmill  burn more calories than they would without it, new research shows. The shaper garment, called ShaToBu, is designed to make muscles work harder when walking, University of Virginia researchers say. Fifte

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  4. Fit People Burn Fat Faster

    June 2, 2010 -- Small molecules in the blood not only reveal the "metabolic signature" of fitness, but hint at how new sports drinks or drugs might help people more effectively burn fat. Using new technology, Massachusetts General Hospital researchers Gary Lewis, MD, Robert Gerszten, MD, and colleag

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  5. Washington, D.C., Clings to Title of Fittest City

    May 27, 2010 -- The nation’s capital has claimed the top spot in the American College of Sports Medicine’s list of America’s fittest cities for the third straight year. The ACSM’s American Fitness Index (AFI) for the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas is based on a composite of preventive health

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  6. Wii Games Get Heart Group's Seal of Approval

    May 17, 2010 -- The American Heart Association (AHA) has given its seal of approval to Nintendo's Wii, Wii Fit Plus, and Wii Sports Resort. The AHA's "heart check" logo -- which is normally only seen on healthy foods -- will now appear on these virtual exercise or active game systems. The new partne

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  7. Anabolic Steroids May Weaken the Heart

    April 27, 2010 -- Long-term use of anabolic steroids appears to weaken the heart, and it is not clear if this weakening is reversible, researchers say. In a small but alarming new study, middle-aged weight lifters who took steroids for roughly a decade showed evidence of impaired heart pumping funct

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  8. Sudden Death Risk Looms in Triathlons

    April 6, 2010 -- Triathletes may aptly be called iron men and women, but a new study shows they aren't invincible. Researchers say at least 14 people have died in triathlons between 2006 and 2008. That equates to a sudden death rate of 1.5 deaths per 100,000 participants, double the rate associated

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  9. Exercise 1 Hour a Day to Avoid Weight Gain

    March 23, 2010 -- Weight gain with age is common. But middle-aged women who start out at a healthy weight and get in an hour of moderate activity every day can avoid weight gain, according to a new study. There is plenty of research on how to lose weight and keep it off, but ''there's very little re

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  10. Platelet-Rich Plasma Helps Tennis Elbow

    March 10, 2010 – Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) -- the latest, still-controversial treatment for tendon injuries -- heals tennis elbow better than corticosteroid shots, a new study suggests. Because they get very little blood, injured tendons heal notoriously slowly. Blood platelets attract healing grow

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