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  1. Cardiac Arrest Risk Low in Marathons, Study Finds

    Jan. 11, 2012 -- When a runner dies during a marathon because their heart stops, it's big news -- and can be scary to the 2 million runners who participate in U.S. long-distance events each year. However, the risk of cardiac arrest during long-distance races is relatively low, according to new resea

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  2. Want to Live Longer? Fit Outweighs Fat

    Dec. 5, 2011 -- Fitness trumps fat when it comes to living longer. In a new study of more than 14,000 men, those who maintained or boosted their fitness level were less likely to die from any cause, including heart disease. This was true even if their weight stayed the same or increased compared to

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  3. Heading Soccer Ball Linked to Brain Injury

    Nov. 29, 2011 (Chicago) -- Using your head in soccer may not always be the best thing. Regularly hitting a soccer ball with your head -- even just a few times a day -- has been linked to traumatic brain injuries, researchers report. In a preliminary study, 32 amateur soccer players who "headed" the

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  4. Why Cardiac Rehab Saves Lives

    Sept. 26, 2011 -- Cardiac rehabilitation can be extremely effective, yet most people choose to avoid it. New research may make them think twice. Cardiac rehabilitation can improve the ability of the heart to return quickly to a normal rate after exercise, and that in turn can double the chances of s

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  5. Does Beetroot Improve a Runner's Time?

    Sept. 27, 2011 (San Diego) -- Runners and other exercisers hoping to improve their performance might consider a detour to the produce aisle. Eating beetroot before a workout gave runners a modest edge in speed during a 5K run when they were close to the finish line, new research shows. The baked bee

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  6. To Banish Belly Fat, Keep Moving

    Sept. 2, 2011 -- If you want to get rid of your belly fat, vigorous aerobic exercise such as jogging or brisk walking beats weight or resistance training, a new study shows. ''If you are overweight or mildly obese and want to lose fat -- belly fat, visceral fat, liver fat -- vigorous aerobic trainin

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  7. Whey Protein May Beat Casein After Workouts

    Aug. 19, 2011 -- Eating or drinking protein after exercise can help muscle recovery and growth, experts agree. What's still debated is which proteins work best. Whey protein appears to be better than casein protein, according to new research that looked at exercisers doing resistance training. "A wh

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  8. 15 Minutes of Exercise Every Day Reduces Risk of Death

    Aug. 16, 2011 -- A study published by The Lancet shows that if inactive people increased their physical activity by just 15 minutes per day, they could reduce their risk of death by 14% and increase their life expectancy by three years. The study compared inactive people with active people who engag

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  9. New Advice for Keeping Young Athletes Safe in Heat

    Aug. 8, 2011 -- As aspiring football and soccer stars hit the fields for preseason training, there’s new advice on how to keep young athletes safe when exercising in the heat. New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) show that heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and other heat-related

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  10. Love May Boost Athletic Performance

    Aug. 8, 2011 (Washington, D.C.) -- Being in love may enhance your athletic prowess, a survey of about 400 competitive athletes suggests. "Based on our findings, being in a loving relationship is helpful to athletic performance, particularly if it's a long-term committed relationship," says study hea

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