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  1. Minneapolis-St. Paul Nabs 'Fittest City' Title

    May 24, 2011 -- Minneapolis-St. Paul has plenty of parks and recreational facilities, an increasing number of farmers markets, and low smoking rates. Those attributes helped the Twin Cities garner the No. 1 spot in the American College of Sports Medicine’s 2011 list of America’s fittest cities. Wash

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  2. Americans Walk and Bike More, but Just a Little

    May 6, 2011 -- Despite repeated calls over the years by public health officials for people to increase exercise and physical activity, Americans are walking and cycling only a little more now than they were a decade ago, a new study shows. The average American made 17 more "walk trips" in 2009 than

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  3. Whey Protein May Help Build Muscles

    March 15, 2011 -- Eating whey protein may help build muscle mass even if the dairy substance is taken a day after a workout session, a new study indicates. Researchers at McMaster University in Canada and the University of Nottingham in England recruited 15 young men, all experienced in performing r

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  4. Exercise Good for Knees, Study Finds

    March 3, 2011 -- Despite some previous research casting doubt on the value of physical activity for the knees, a new study says it’s beneficial for knee joint health. Researchers in Australia say although it’s true that exercise has been linked to bony spurs called osteophytes, physical activity in

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  5. Stretch Before Running? New Twist on Old Debate

    Feb. 17, 2011 (San Diego) -- Stretching before a run won't prevent injury, but it won't cause it, either, according to a new study that has a surprising twist. The surprise finding? Runners in the study who switched routines for the sake of research were at a higher risk of injury, says Daniel Perel

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  6. Where Do the Most Active People Live?

    Feb. 16, 2011 -- People in the South and the Appalachian region are the least likely of all Americans to be physically active in their leisure time, the CDC says in a new report. The CDC analyzed all counties in the country and found that in many regions, more than 29% of adults reported getting no

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  7. Sedentary Job? Try Pedaling at Your Desk

    Feb. 14, 2011 -- Portable bicycle-like devices that allow people to pedal at their desks or workstations could counter some of the negative effects of sedentary behavior on the job, a new study says. Researchers reached that conclusion after giving 18 full-time workers a portable pedaling exercise m

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  8. Hula Hoop Workouts Burn Calories

    Feb. 11, 2011 -- Working out with a hula hoop burns about as many calories per minute as step aerobics, boot camp, or very brisk walking, a new study shows. For the study, researchers recruited 16 women between the ages of 16 and 59 and had them learn a 30-minute aerobics routine that uses weighted

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  9. Exercise May Slow Age-Related Memory Loss

    Jan. 31, 2011 -- Staying active as an older adult may keep both the body and the brain in shape. A new study suggests moderate aerobic exercise may slow or even reverse age-related memory loss in older adults by increasing the size of the hippocampus, a part of the brain that assists in forming memo

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  10. Obesity Rates Weigh Down Cities' Budgets

    Jan. 28, 2011 -- Cities searching for ways to trim the fat and stretch their budget dollars may want to start looking at residents’ waistlines. A new study suggests that trimming high obesity rates in the nation’s most overweight cities could help local governments save more than $32 billion annuall

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