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  • The brain-boosting benefits of weight training

    The brain-boosting benefits of weight training

    Regular exercise can help fend off heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and even some cancers, but did you know that it can also benefit your brain?

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  • Which is more important for weight loss: sleep or exercise?

    Which is more important for weight loss: sleep or exercise?

    We often think of weight loss as a simple equation: calories burned (exercise) must exceed calories consumed (diet). But there are actually a number of other factors that can contribute to weight loss or weight gain, including existing health problems, how much sleep you get, whether or not you smoke and your stress level, just to name a few.

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  • Reduce your cancer risk with exercise

    Reduce your cancer risk with exercise

    Being overweight or obese can impact your health in numerous ways. According to the Centers for Disease Control, being overweight or obese can lead to heart problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, sleep apnea, arthritis, infertility and even some types of cancer, including breast cancer.

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  • Skip these 7 exercises for a more efficient workout

    Skip these 7 exercises for a more efficient workout

    If you’re like most Americans, you squeeze your workouts into an already-busy day, so it’s important that your workout is effective and efficient. When it comes to some exercises—particularly some weightlifting or strength training exercises—you could be getting more out of your workout by trading your moves for some more effective alternatives.

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  • Signs your exercise pain isn’t just muscle soreness

    Signs your exercise pain isn’t just muscle soreness

    As the saying goes, “no pain, no gain.” But while some aches and pain from exercising can be attributed to muscles soreness—“good” pain, some might say—certain pains should not be ignored.

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  • How much water do you need during exercise?

    How much water do you need during exercise?

    Water is essential to human life. It keeps our organs and systems functioning, flushes out toxins, provides nutrients to cells and so much more. When your body doesn’t get enough water, these essential functions begin to decline.

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  • Should you stretch before or after your workout?

    Should you stretch before or after your workout?

    Stretching improves muscle flexibility and helps to maintain range of motion in your joints. It also lowers your risk of injuries, such as joint and muscle strain. According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), healthy adults should do flexibility exercises, such as stretching, yoga or tai chi, for all major muscle groups at least two to three times a week.

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  • Which is better: walking or running?

    Which is better: walking or running?

    Walking and running are the two most common forms of exercise. Humans have been walking and running since the beginning of our existence—long before we had gyms, yoga studios, weights and fitness equipment.

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  • How Does Exercise Affect Sleep?

    How Does Exercise Affect Sleep?

    Having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep at night? Try exercise—just don’t expect to see improvements overnight.

    Research has long suggested the sleep benefits of exercise, but more recent studies reveal that you won’t see those benefits immediately. In a 16-week study, volunteers didn’t notice much improvement in their sleep patterns until the end of the 16 weeks. In the same way that getting good sleep depends on exercise, getting a good exercise in is often dependent on getting a good night’s sleep the night before.

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  • Top 10 Fitness Trends of 2015

    Top 10 Fitness Trends of 2015

    The American College of Sports Medicine predicted that bodyweight training would top the fitness trends of 2015, and an analysis of data from activity tracking devices and digital fitness apps by HIS Inc. confirms it. Americans are looking for back-to-basics fitness programs that focus on building strength and the importance of recovery.

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