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  1. Fitness Fights High Blood Pressure Genes

    May 14, 2012 -- Does high blood pressure run in your family? Keeping physically fit may lower your odds of developing high blood pressure by a third. A new study shows that physically fit people with a family history of high blood pressure were up to 34% less likely to develop high blood pressure th

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  2. High Reps With Low Weights Builds Muscle, Too

    April 27, 2012 -- Want to build up your muscles in time for beach season? High reps with low weights may be the way to go, a new study suggests. "There is nothing magical about heavy weights beyond the fact that they make you work hard," says researcher Nicholas Burd, PhD, of Maastricht University M

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  3. Want to Lose Weight? Skip Trendy Diets

    April 10, 2012 -- Here's what doesn't really work well if you want to lose weight: "diet" foods, non-prescription weight loss supplements, and liquid or fad diets. So what does work? Eat less fat, get more exercise, join a weight loss program, and ask your doctor about prescription weight loss pills

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  4. Remember This: Exercise Boosts Your Brainpower

    April 6, 2012 -- Your brain isn't a muscle, but as you age exercise can improve your memory and other thinking skills, a new study shows. And the exercise doesn't have to be as rigorous as a marathon, the research suggests. In the new study, middle-aged men and women who cycled or did a stretching a

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  5. Sitting Too Much May Boost Odds of Dying

    March 26, 2012 -- Don't take this sitting down, but spending too much time in a chair is bad for your health -- really, really bad. New research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that people who spend a lot of time sitting may be up to 40% more likely to die from any cause, compar

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  6. Uncomfortable on Bike? Check Handlebars

    March 23, 2012 -- Cycling is great exercise, but if the handlebars are too low, it might be more uncomfortable. People who spend a lot of time on bicycles or in indoor cycling class often complain of genital numbness, and now a new study in women suggests that low handlebars may be at least partly t

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  7. Cool Hands May Help People Exercise Longer

    March 13, 2012 -- Cool hands, healthy heart? A new study shows that cool hands may allow you to exercise for longer periods of time. Obese women who placed their hands in a cooling device while exercising, such as walking on a treadmill, were able to outlast their counterparts whose held a lukewarm

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  8. Ice Baths for Sore Muscles Can Work

    Feb. 14, 2012 -- Can an ice bath really ward off the muscle soreness that can kick in a day or so after an intense workout? According to a new review, it is better than doing nothing and equal to other remedies such as compression stockings or stretching. Ice baths are favored by some elite athletes

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  9. CDC: Doctors Increasingly Prescribe Exercise

    Feb. 9, 2012 -- A new report from the CDC shows that more patients are getting prescriptions for exercise from their doctors. In 2010, 1 in 3 adults who saw a doctor or other health care professional was advised to increase their physical activity as a means of maintaining or improving their health.

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  10. Little Blows to Head Add Up to Big Risk

    Feb. 3, 2012 -- Small hits to the head may add up to injuries for high school football players, according to a new study by the Purdue Neurotrauma Group at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. The researchers suggest that the effects of blows to the head while playing football may last longer t

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