• 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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  • Depression and Exercise

    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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  • 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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  • Elliptical Trainers

    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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  • Exercise and Asthma

    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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  • 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 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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  • Iyengar Yoga

    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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  • Obesity and Heart Disease

    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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