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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Do Pools Expose Swimmers to Potentially Harmful Chemicals?

    July 29, 2011 -- Swimmers have detectable levels of a potentially dangerous chlorine by-product called haloacetic acids (HAAs) in their urine within 30 minutes of a swim, a study shows. The Environmental Protection Agency limits HAA levels in drinking water because high amounts may be linked to birt

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  5. Bad Golf Swing Can Be Rough on the Body

    July 29, 2011 -- What's the difference between the way a golf pro swings a club and the way a duffer does it? Many amateurs have swings that can land more than their golf balls in the rough, according to a biomechanical study of 10 professional golfers and five amateurs. Those flawed golf swings can

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  6. Heat Illness Sends Thousands to ER Each Year

    July 28, 2011 -- About 6,000 people a year seek emergency treatment for heat illnesses suffered while playing sports or participating in other recreational activities outdoors, the CDC says in a new report. During the period examined, 2001 through 2009, the CDC says 75% of those treated for heat ill

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  7. Dementia Risk for Retired Football Players?

    July 19, 2011 (Paris) -- One in three retired NFL football players appear to have mild cognitive impairment (MCI), researchers report. "Cognitive impairment seems to be more prevalent in retired American football players than in the general population that age, where you do not see rates anywhere ap

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  8. Older People Must Work Out More to Keep Muscles

    July 8, 2011 -- The older you get, the more you may have to work to maintain your muscles, according to a new study. Researchers report that men and women over the age of 60 have to lift weights more often than younger adults to maintain muscle mass and muscle size. "Our data are the first to sugges

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  9. Drinking Chocolate Milk May Help Your Workout

    July 1, 2011 -- Drinking low-fat chocolate milk after a workout helps endurance, builds muscle, reduces fat, and seems to improve performance, according to new research. The drink seems to have the right combination of carbohydrates and protein, says researcher John L. Ivy, PhD, department chair of

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  10. Job-Related Exercise Helps People Stay Healthy

    May 26, 2011 -- Walking or performing  physically demanding work on the job helps U.S. adults meet minimum physical activity guidelines that could lead to better health, the CDC says in a new report. The report is based on a survey of nearly 386,400 U.S. adults who answered questions about their phy

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