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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. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  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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