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  1. Optimal Pace Solves Runners' Riddle

    March 31, 2009 -- When your gym teacher told you to run a mile, you wondered whether it was better to go fast and get it over with or go slow and try to conserve energy. Which approach would make you more tired? The answer to this riddle, according to a new study, is that each person has an optimal

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  2. What Is Moderate Exercise?

    March 17, 2009 -- What exactly is moderate exercise? A new study suggests the much-touted moderate-intensity walk should translate to about 100 steps per minute, or 3,000 steps in 30 minutes. Federal exercise recommendations call for Americans to get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercis

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  3. Live Longer With Midlife Exercise

    March 5, 2009 -- It ain't over till it's over, Yogi Berra would say. Scientists might put it this way, though: In terms of your life span, it really does matter that you start exercising, quit the couch-potato habit, and give up smoking. But even if you don't get started until middle age or later, y

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  4. Weight Loss May Take 250 Minutes of Exercise

    Feb. 27, 2009 -- You may need to block out more time for the gym. Adults need at least 250 minutes per week -- equal to 50 minutes of exercise five days a week -- to lose significant weight, according to the latest recommendations from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). “In the midst of

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  5. Mental Fatigue Can Make Exercise Harder

    Feb. 27, 2009 -- If you have a hard time getting through your exercise routine after a stressful day at the office, you are not alone. A new study shows that people feel exhausted sooner during exercise if they have performed a mentally taxing task beforehand. While the mental fatigue doesn't affect

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  6. Desire, Confidence Are Keys to Fitness

    Jan. 16, 2009 -- People who have a desire to exercise and who are confident that they can are more likely to engage in physical fitness activities than those who lack motivation or have poor self-perception, a new Canadian study shows. The study, published in the journal BMC Public Health, shows tha

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  7. Hot Fitness Trends for 2009

    Dec. 12, 2008 – Ready to adopt a new workout program in the new year? A survey by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) predicts that fitness programs that are easy on the pocketbook will shine in 2009. The group is out with its top 10 fitness trends for the upcoming year, after surveying personal

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  8. Who Gets Enough Exercise, Who Doesn't?

    Dec. 4, 2008 - Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults get at least minimum physical activity, according to new, less strict guidelines announced last October. Under the older guidelines, fewer than half of adult Americans would have been "physically active," the CDC calculates. Under both sets of guidelin

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  9. Exercise: The Brain’s Fountain of Youth

    Nov. 19, 2008 -- Daily physical exercise keeps the brain young, mouse studies suggest. But don't wait too long to start. The brain-boosting effects of exercise diminish rapidly after early middle age, say researchers working in the lab of Yu-Min Kuo, PhD, of Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University M

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  10. Healthiest U.S. City: Lincoln, Nebraska

    Nov. 17, 2008 - Lincoln, Neb. is the healthiest city in the U.S., and Huntington, W.V. is the least healthy, 2007 CDC data reveal. The CDC's city-by-city report is based on annual health surveys. Residents were asked to rate their health as excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor. Topping the list

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