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  1. Colorado, California Cities Dominate Slimmest Cities List

    March 5, 2010 -- Finally, a top 10 obese list American cities can be proud to be a part of. A new ranking of America's least obese cities shows that healthy habits make for thinner residents in several Colorado and California cities, which dominate the top 10. Obesity rates in the top 10 least obese

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  2. Exercise Eases Anxiety in Chronically Ill People

    Feb. 22, 2010 -- Regular exercise may provide an unexpected benefit for people who have chronic illnesses like heart disease and arthritis. A new study shows that regular exercise relieves anxiety in chronically ill people and may help improve their quality of life. Researchers say this anxiety reli

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  3. Kettlebell Workouts Burn Calories Fast

    Feb. 12, 2010 -- A centuries-old piece of cast iron exercise equipment may be the latest fitness craze for would-be strongmen, but a new study shows it still delivers the goods. The cannonball-shaped cast iron orbs called kettlebells were originally developed by Russian strongmen in the early 1700s

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  4. When Wii Goes Wrong: Video Game Injuries

    Feb. 3, 2010 -- Nintendo’s Wii interactive video games can cause a wee bit more than soreness and tendinitis. A healthy 14-year-old girl in the United Kingdom suffered a fracture in her right foot when she fell off a Wii Fit balance board, says a letter in the New England Journal of Medicine. Highly

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  5. Helmet a 'Must' for Skier Safety

    Feb.1, 2010 -- Wearing helmets significantly reduces the risk of head injuries among skiers and snowboarders, a new study shows. Reporting in the Feb. 1 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, researchers say helmet use reduces the risk of such injuries by 35%. And contrary to widespread

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  6. What You Eat After Working Out Matters

    Jan. 29, 2010 -- What you eat after working out makes a difference, but it doesn't mean you have to starve yourself to reap the health benefits of exercise. A new study shows that eating a low-carbohydrate meal after aerobic exercise enhances insulin sensitivity. Increased insulin sensitivity makes

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  7. Barefoot Running Laced With Health Benefits

    Jan. 27, 2010 -- Running barefoot causes less collision force to the feet than running in cushioned shoes, a new study says. Researchers reporting in the Jan. 28 issue of the journal Nature show that runners who run without shoes usually land on the balls of their feet, or sometimes flat-footed, com

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  8. Are Americans Backing Off Exercise?

    Jan. 21, 2010 -- There is a lot of talk about exercise this time of year, as out-of-shape Americans turn over new leaves, make New Year’s resolutions, and plunk down cash for gym memberships. But don’t let the talk fool you. Only about half of Americans exercise regularly (at least three sessions a

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  9. Running Boosts Brainpower

    Jan. 19, 2010 -- Running may do more than improve your cardiovascular fitness and overall physique. It might actually make you smarter. Scientists reporting in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences say that running has a profound impact on the hippocampus, the part of the brain respons

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  10. Prolonged Sitting Boosts Bad Health

    Jan. 19, 2010 -- If you are reading this while sitting down, you might want to stand up for moment. A new editorial published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that people who sit still for prolonged periods of time -- such as desk workers or couch potatoes -- have a higher risk of

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