• How to Keep Your Kids Safe on Halloween

    How to Keep Your Kids Safe on Halloween

    Concerned parents may be overlooking the spooky night’s real dangers like traffic, fire hazards and falls.

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  • Job Stress

    Job Stress

    Helen Burnett* starts each workday with 15 minutes of prayer and meditation. In her line of work, every moment of relaxation helps. As a nurse in a Midwestern psychiatric hospital, Burnett faces all of the typical hassles that can make the modern workplace so maddening: office politics, tedious paperwork, long hours, and a pace that

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  • Cardio Kickboxing

    Cardio Kickboxing

    What is cardio kickboxing? All the rage at fitness centers around the country, this workout borrows moves from the Thai sport of kickboxing to make participants work up a sweat. A typical hour-long class will take place in the center’s aerobics studio. With everyone facing the mirror, a teacher leads the group through specific punches

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  • Climbing Gyms

    Climbing Gyms

    Not surprisingly, people living in Boulder, Colorado, have access to some pretty decent rocks. Climbers come from all around to scale the famous Flatirons and other stretches of sandstone or granite in this part of the Rockies. But the mountains aren’t the only game in town. In recent years, many serious — and not so

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  • Exercise and Fatigue

    Exercise and Fatigue

    How can I make myself exercise when I’m so tired all the time? Start out slowly. If you haven’t been active in awhile, see your doctor before starting an exercise program. Then try just walking for a few minutes each day. In the beginning you may find that you’re tired after a workout or that

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  • Exercise and PMS

    Exercise and PMS

    How effective is exercise in relieving PMS symptoms? The jury is still out. A few small studies have found that regular exercise can ease some of the pain and stress that you may have each month during the week or two leading up to your period. In one trial, researchers at the University of British

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  • Heart Disease and Exercise

    Heart Disease and Exercise

    How important is exercise for my heart? You may not care about increasing your strength. “Firm, sexy abs” may be the last thing on your mind. Fine. But even if you don’t know your biceps from your bicuspids, there’s one muscle you should never ignore: your heart. Other muscles just get small and flabby when

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  • Asthma, Sports, and Kids

    Asthma, Sports, and Kids

    When a young soccer player has a wheezing fit on the field, you can bet there’s an extremely worried parent on the sidelines. What can a parent do when a child’s favorite sport sets off asthma attacks? The natural reaction may be to pull him off the team and have him do something safer, like

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  • Lowering Cancer Risk Through Diet and Exercise

    Lowering Cancer Risk Through Diet and Exercise

    Cancer can happen to anyone. Still, a healthy lifestyle can definitely help push the odds in your favor. According to the Institute for Cancer Research, between 30 to 40 percent of all cancers are linked to poor diet and a lack of physical activity. If you’ve already made a pledge to avoid cigarettes, getting the

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  • Preventing Diabetes Through Diet and Exercise

    Preventing Diabetes Through Diet and Exercise

    The good news is that neither your lifestyle nor your risk of developing diabetes is written in stone. You can buck the national trends by exercising regularly, eating a well-balanced diet, and watching your weight.

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  • Exercise and Osteoporosis: How to Strengthen Weak Bones

    Exercise and Osteoporosis: How to Strengthen Weak Bones

    No matter how well you stick to your exercise program, you’ll still need to take your medicine. But medications are no substitute for exercise, either. If you’re not staying active, you’re simply not giving your bones the best protection possible.

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  • Power Yoga

    What is power yoga? Power yoga is essentially yoga with brawn. It’s the American interpretation of ashtanga yoga, a discipline that combines stretching, strength training, and meditative breathing. But power yoga takes ashtanga one step further. Many of the poses (also called postures or their Sanskrit name, asanas) resemble basic calisthenics — push-ups and handstands,

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  • Elliptical Trainers

    Is an elliptical trainer a good choice for getting in shape? Elliptical trainers are a superior choice for many people. An elliptical provides a vigorous, aerobic workout comparable to jogging, but with far less stress on the joints. It works a wide variety of muscle groups, including your back, shoulders, chest, arms, and abdominals. All

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  • Stair Climbers

    Is a stair climber a good choice for getting in shape? Climbing stairs gives you an effective lower-body workout as you lift your weight with every step. For this reason, one of the most common weight-loss tips is to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Working out on a stair machine is even better.

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  • Stationary Bikes

    Is a stationary bicycle a good choice for getting in shape? Riding a stationary bicycle gets your heart pumping, so it’s an excellent option if you’re looking for aerobic conditioning. Pedaling also provides a workout for the large muscles in your legs. And it has an important advantage over regular cycling: Neither rain, nor sleet,

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  • Treadmills

    Is a treadmill a good choice for getting in shape? Treadmills aren’t the most exciting way to get fit, but they can certainly do the job — well enough, in fact, to be the most popular exercise machines in America. Whether you decide to walk, jog, or run, you can get a great cardiovascular and

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  • Exercise and Asthma

    Do you wheeze during a workout? Do you cough after a morning jog? If so, don’t despair. You could be Olympic material. Many athletes at all levels, including about 20 percent of U.S. Olympic athletes, have asthma. Even though exercise can trigger an attack, people with asthma don’t have to stay on the sidelines. With

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  • Iyengar Yoga

    Yoga is a movement technique — a series of poses (called asanas) that emphasize stretching, attentive breathing, and relaxation. The poses are part of a spiritual discipline and belief system from India. The exercises promote physical and mental well-being; some improve flexibility and strength as well. What is Iyengar yoga? Iyengar yoga, developed by yoga

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  • Depression and Exercise

    Can exercise really fight depression? A gym membership and a new pair of walking shoes aren’t magic bullets against depression, but there’s no doubt that your mood is closely tied to your exercise habits. Many studies have found that people who exercise regularly tend to be less anxious and depressed than people who rarely work

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  • Cardio Kickboxing

    What is cardio kickboxing? All the rage at fitness centers around the country, this workout borrows moves from the Thai sport of kickboxing to make participants work up a sweat. A typical hour-long class will take place in the center’s aerobics studio. With everyone facing the mirror, a teacher leads the group through specific punches

    READ MORE
  • Climbing Gyms

    Not surprisingly, people living in Boulder, Colorado, have access to some pretty decent rocks. Climbers come from all around to scale the famous Flatirons and other stretches of sandstone or granite in this part of the Rockies. But the mountains aren’t the only game in town. In recent years, many serious — and not so

    READ MORE
  • Exercise and Fatigue

    How can I make myself exercise when I’m so tired all the time? Start out slowly. If you haven’t been active in awhile, see your doctor before starting an exercise program. Then try just walking for a few minutes each day. In the beginning you may find that you’re tired after a workout or that

    READ MORE
  • Depression and Exercise

    Depression and Exercise

    Whether you’re concerned about your mood, your heart, or your waistline, everyone agrees that any type of exercise is better than none. But when it comes to battling depression, its not easy to say which type of exercise works best.

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  • Smoking and the Heart

    Kicking the addiction can add years to your life

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  • Target Heart Rate and Exercise

    How fast should my heart be beating? If you’re an adult, your heart should beat somewhere between 50 and 90 times per minute when you’re resting, regardless of your age or sex. If you’re a super-fit athlete, your heartbeat may be as low as 40 or 50 beats per minute. If you’re overweight, if you’re

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  • Diabetes: The Exercise Prescription

    Diabetes: The Exercise Prescription

    The American Diabetes Association recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise

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  • Obesity and Heart Disease

    Want to know your vulnerability to heart disease? Like it or not, one of the best ways to know is to get on the scale. If you’re unhappy with what the scale tells you, you’re not alone. Despite our national obsession with thinness, Americans are heavier and less active than ever before. Over half of

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