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A Hard Knock Story
You don't have to have had a concussion to exhibit worrying brain changes; repeated hits will do it, a study of rugby players shows. Read more >

Newbie Exercisers Beware
Don't believe everything, or maybe anything, you read on the Web when it comes to exercise. Few sites reflect current guidelines. Read more >

Learning New Tricks
Don't let self-quarantine lead to a lack of exercise. It could make it harder to learn new physical skills later on. Read more >

Help for Shrinking Brains
It doesn't take much to keep your brain volume from dwindling. Modest exercise, like dancing or doing chores, is protective. Read more >

Before You Buy that Activity Tracker...
As well-meaning as a fitness monitor gift might be, there are some things about the recipient that you need to consider. Read more >

The Nudge You Probably Need
Who doesn't need a nudge when it comes to exercise? There's an app for that. Read more >

Jumping Jack Class, It's a Gas
The quickest way to help kids learn may be to get them to exercise right at their desks. Their gains could put them ahead a semester. Read more >

Little Hits Damage the Brain, Too
Big hits and concussions aren't the only brain injuries football players need to be concerned about. Little hits also harm the brain. Read more >

Baseball Players Lead in Longevity
MLB players tend to live longer than the rest of us. Early fitness and ongoing exercise and diet discipline may be the reason. Read more >

Runners' High: Cannabis and Exercise
Many people who are now able to use pot legally find it's a helpful part of their exercise programs. It seems to increase motivation. Read more >

Protein Shakes Can Bring You Down
Protein supplements often provide only a single type of amino acid, one that interferes with serotonin and can lead to depression. Read more >

Lift Like a Girl
Certain muscle fibers in elite female athletes care not just as good as those of men, they are better. Read more >

Invasion of the Belly Fat
Fat around your middle means fat is overwhelming your organs. Heart and metabolic problems are often the result. There is one cure. Read more >

The Post-Workout Munchies
Working out will make you hungry. What you pick to eat as you leave the gym could erase much of your hard work. Read more >

An Exercise Snack
You don't need the gym. Nibbling at exercise works, too. A few flights of stairs will give you a cardiovascular fitness boost. Read more >

Lift Your Heart
Strength training -- lifting weight in some way or another -- is right up there with aerobic exercise when it comes to your heart. Read more >

Get A Move On
Americans are sitting more. They're also less physically active. Here's how bad the picture is. Read more >

New Physical Activity Guidelines
The 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines make it easier for people to achieve the exercise levels they need for better health. Read more >

Good Sports
Focusing on a sport too soon is bad for kids physically, mentally, and socially. Read more >

Born Fit
Call it trickle-down health: A father's fitness level before conception can make a big difference in his children's weight and metabolism. Read more >

An In-Class Exercise Break
When kids exercise briefly in class a few times a day, their schoolwork and moods improve. They also burn calories. Read more >

Soccer Players' Balance Issues
Soccer headers can cause brain damage in some players. They also appear to affect players' sense of balance. Read more >

Walk Fast to Slow Aging
Walking just a little faster can bring big dividends when it comes to your lifespan and overall health. Read more >

A Protein Boost...to Your Waistline
Protein supplements can help build muscle and give bodies working hard the support they need. But when you take these supplements matters. Read more >

A Fountain of Youth for Your Heart
We all know exercise is good for us, but how much do we really need? Read more >

The Daily Mile
When kids walk, jog or run a mile a day, good things happen to their stamina, attention and weight. Read more >

Fitness Trackers Don't Lie
What's moderate exercise one place may not be seen as moderate somewhere else. Read more >

Spin Class As a Hedge Against Dementia
Women who are highly active in their 40s have a much lower risk of dementia later in life. Read more >

Thrills and Spills on the Hill
Olympic skiers and snowboarders make it look easy. Here are a few tips to keep injuries to a minimum. Read more >

What They Don't Tell You about Activity Trackers
That fitness monitor you got over the holidays can give you a false sense of security. Here's how to get the most out of it. Read more >

Coming to a Health Club Near You
Exercise eases depression and anxiety, so why not include fitness in mental health programs to treat depression and anxiety? Read more >

Running Away from Smoking
A Canadian program combines running and social support to help people quit. The results are impressive. Read more >

Change Your Mind, Improve Your Health
It's not just about exercise. Your sense of how fit you are, or aren't, has a big effect on your health and longevity. Read more >

Is 19 the New 60?
Kids and teens are only about as active as the average 60-year-old, according to a new study. Read more >

Batter Up Too Late?
Baseball players' reaction times improved when they got an extra hour of sleep. Stress and fatigue went down, too. Read more >

Maybe Grandpa Needs a Dog
Not everyone should be a dog owner, but seniors who have dogs get a lot more exercise than those who don't. Read more >

A Pick-Me-Up That's Better Than Caffeine or Soda
Office workers looking for a way to banish afternoon fogginess should try this approach. Read more >

Marathoners' Kidney Damage
Running a marathon is hard on your body, but the toll it takes on your kidneys is just being explored. Read more >

Four Reasons to Join a Gym
If you are struggling with weight loss or fitness goals, check out the nearest gym. It could make all the difference. Read more >

The Revenge of the Weekend Warrior
If your exercise regimen is pretty much confined to weekends, don't feel too bad. You are still getting some major health benefits. Read more >

Find Your Competitive Edge
Want to up your fitness? Get a little more competitive. Read more >

Activity Trackers, Money and Motivation
Tracking your daily steps may not do much good — unless there‚Äôs another incentive. Read more >

Kids' Soccer Injuries Soar
The number of visits to the ER each year among young soccer players rose by 78%. Injuries were even more common for those over 12. Read more >

Standing Desks Go to School
Giving students standing desks to use during the school day makes a big difference in BMIs and obesity. Read more >

Online Programs Improve Health
Programs and apps that set and monitor health goals can be helpful. Of course, you do have to put down your phone to use them. Read more >

Scientific American Takes On Soccer
FIFA, soccer's governing body, thought it had found a way to prevent over-age soccer players from competing. But no. Read more >

Athletes and Concussion
The brain tsunamis that concussions set in motion can change the structure of athletes' brains. Read more >

Good News for Bus Drivers
Some jobs require hours of sitting, and that's bad for your health. Luckily, there's an antidote. Read more >

It's About Turf
Many of the injuries high school football players suffer are the result of the surfaces they play on and could be avoided. Read more >

ADHD: Exercise Helps People Focus
Short periods of exercise can help people with ADHD get motivated and stay focused. Read more >

To Increase Activity, Keep It Local
Teens exercised an hour more a week simply by building mild exercise nearby into their daily routine Read more >

Fitness In Minutes
Getting your heart rate up for intervals of just 20 seconds can offer benefits equaling those of much longer workouts. Read more >

A $.69 Cure for Blisters
Hikers and runners fear them; women in heels invite them. A simple new way to prevent most blisters. Read more >

Exercise Feeds Your Head
Almost any kind of exercise -- including gardening and dancing -- can help fend off cognitive impairment, even after it has begun. Read more >

Not for Elite Athletes Only
The sports nutrition market including supplements posted sales of $6.3 billion in 2014. The question is, do supplements help? Read more >

Couch Potatoes' Shrinking Brains
The brains of people who are fit are bigger than those who aren't. Read more >

Why Mice Don't Play Football
Mice subjected to repeated mild impacts to the head showed long-term brain damage. No, they weren't wearing helmets. Read more >

Trying To Fool Your Activity Tracker?
You can trick your activity tracker, but probably not for long. Read more >

Sixteen Years of Football; Dead at 25
The case of a football player with CTE offers a sobering portrait of what repeated head injury does to a life and a mind. Read more >

Low-Carb Diets — More Good News
Elite athletes who eat a diet low in carbs burn fat at a much higher rate than those who pursue carb-loading. Read more >

Facebook For The Fit
Finding it hard to exercise? An online buddy can really help get you out the door. Read more >

Back to School? Keep Moving
Kids sit for hours and hours a day. Breaking up that time with a little activity can make a big difference. Read more >

Delay of Game?
NFL players who started playing before age 12 brains' show more damage than those who began later. Read more >

A Move Worse than Headers?
When kids play soccer, concussions are a worry. But parents may be looking in the wrong place to protect their kids. Read more >

Fitness Food? Think Again
Protein bars that are branded as “fitness” food are anything but. Read more >

The Case for Treadmill Desks
Office workers kept moving with little loss of productivity. Tell your boss. Read more >

Health Benefits Increase with Exercise Intensity
It pays to exercise as vigorously as you can. Being winded and sweaty is a very good thing. Read more >

Walking The Road to Higher Learning
When a computer science teacher had his classes walk as he lectured, something interesting happened. Read more >

Beet Juice May Not Be So Great for Muscles after All
Beetroot juice may not help muscles during exercise quite as expected. Read more >

Stand Up Routine: Sitting Linked to Cancer, Heart Disease, and Diabetes
Get up on your feet. Sitting is bad for your health, even if you are physically active. Read more >

A Short Walk to A Longer Life
A study has turned up some surprising findings about the quickest route to a healthier life. Read more >

Yoga's Benefits Go Straight to the Heart
Yoga doesn't get enough respect as exercise. It's not just for relaxation -- it's good for your heart. Read more >

Running Keeps the Cellular Engines Purring
Running improves the functioning of mitochondria in our cells, enabling them to use energy far more efficiently. Read more >

Small People Can Carry a Bigger Load
Guess who can carry the heavier backpack: Fullback types or more modestly-sized adults? Read more >

Young Pitchers' Overuse Injuries Can Interfere with Shoulder Development
Too many pitches can permanently injure young shoulders, causing ongoing rotator cuff problems. Read more >

Biceps, Triceps and White Matter: Exercising the Brain
The white matter in the brains of kids who are in good shape is denser and able to process information faster than those who aren't fit. Read more >

Active Commuting Offers Health — and Environmental — Benefits
Commuters who drive themselves to work weigh five to seven pounds more than those who walk or bike. Read more >

No Duping the Anti-Dopers
Athletes using performance-enhancing drugs have been a step ahead of the agencies meant to police them. No more. Read more >

Fitness Declining Among Children and Teens Worldwide
Kids today are slower and less aerobically fit than their parents were. It's a global problem. Read more >

A Meth-Like Substance Is Found in Workout Supplements
The fitness supplement, Craze, appears to have caused certain athletes to fail drug tests. Read more >

Brain Changes Are Seen in More Ex-Football Players
Former football players may have "pronounced" brain abnormalities, even if they do not have dementia. Read more >

Irisin Helps Exercise Boost Body and Brain
Irisin, the magic molecule of the moment, turns bad fat into good and helps exercise boost the brain Read more >

Two Studes Find Exercise as Good or Better Than Drugs for Fighting Disease
Studies find that exercise's effects on disease equal and sometimes surpass those of drugs. Read more >

Even Short Bouts of High-Intensity Exercise Can Affect Weight and BMI
Forget the long hours at the gym. A short bout of intense exercise may be all you need to keep the pounds off. Read more >

Vigorous Exercise a Few Times a Week Reduces the Risk of Stroke
Exercising vigorously enough to sweat a few times a week can help you lower your risk for stroke. Read more >

The Benefits of Community Gardens Go Beyond Good Food
Gardening work is good for your weight. Ask any community gardener. It's truly a hoe-down. Read more >

Barefoot Running Shoes: Go Slowly
Minimalist or barefoot running shoes may be more natural, but switching to them is tricky. Stress fractures are not uncommon. Read more >

Exercise Improves Self Control, Decision-Making
Exercise can help us exert more self control. It enhances the brain's ability to solve problems, plan, and make decisions. Read more >

Exercise Can Help Non-Athletes Live As Long As Olympians
Olympians do seem to live longer, but their advantage is surprisingly easy for us mere mortals to equal. Read more >

Recovering from Head Trauma before Resuming Sports Is Critical
A head injury requires real recovery time. Returning to activity too soon can cause brain damage. Read more >

Sedentary Nation: Too Little Walking, Too Much Sitting
Sitting too much and moving too little can shorten life. They are also easy to remedy. Read more >

Aerobic Exercise the Best Route to Weight, Fat Loss
Aerobic exercise is superior to resistance training for losing weight and body fat. Read more >

Putting Shoes that Promise a Firmer Posterior to the Test
Does my butt look smaller? Can shoes make a difference? Read more >

Exercise Can Add Years to Your Life — Now We Know How Many
The more active you are, the longer you will likely live. Read more >

Alternative Medicine: Does the Research Support the Movement? Part 3: Yoga
Yoga has some proven benefits and unproven claims. What you can, and can't, expect it to do for you. Read more >

Cooler Hands Can Help Increase Exercise
Something as simple as carrying a cold bottle of water can help you exercise longer... Read more >

Massage Boosts the Recovery of Muscles After Exercise
A ten-minute massage can help sore muscles heal after vigorous exercise. Read more >

Achieving Your Goal: a Plan and a Partner Can Help
You are much more likely to stick with an exercise program and a diet if you have a partner and a plan. Read more >

Punch Drunk: Repetitive Brain Injury
Chronic head injuries can cause dementia, violence and death. Helmets may not help. Read more >

How to Cut Down on Chocolate
A short walk, even at work, can reduce the need to nibble at your desk. Read more >

Long Distance Running Is Hard on the Heart
Long distance runners can develop temporary damage to the heart, but it doesn't mean you should quit. Read more >

Soccer Headers Damage the Brain's Axonal Tracts
Soccer heading, especially when done often, can damage cellular connections in the brain. Read more >

Nutrition for Athletes
Elite athletes can teach us all a lot about eating right. Who knew chocolate milk was the perfect recovery drink? Read more >

Bringing Recess to the Workplace
Two quick exercise programs aim to get office workers moving, no matter what their fitness level. Read more >

More Young Athletes Reporting Concussions
The best medicine for concussion is rest. Young children need even more rest after a concussion than teenagers do. Read more >

Practice Makes Perfect: But Only If You Mix It Up
Changing up how you practice a new skill helps your brain learn better. Read more >

Ditch The Car and Hop on The Train If You Want to Shed Pounds
Leaving the car at home and taking the train can help you be more active and lose some weight. Read more >

New Study Outlines Just How Active You Need To Be To Stay Trim
An hour a day of moderate exercise like walking or a half-hour of vigorous exercise like jogging can prevent weight gain. Read more >

A Simple Test for Concussions
A simple measure of reaction time can provide a clue as to whether an athlete has had a concussion. Read more >

Running Shoe Design: Miles to Go
Walking in high heels increases knee torque by 20-26%. Read more >

Toning Down on TV Helps People Tone Up
Simply turning off your TV can cut 120 calories a day, the equivalent of walking a mile. Read more >

If You Want to Eat Less, Work Out in the Heat
Working out in warmer conditions (think non-AC rooms) reduces hunger, thanks to peptide YY, which signals fullness. Read more >

To Keep Weight off, Trade in TVs for Treadmills, Say Researchers
Your home environment is the single most important factor in losing weight and maintaining weight loss. Read more >

Yoga Eases Lower Back Pain
Exercises such as yoga can reduce back pain by strengthening muscles of the midsection. Read more >

Vigorous Daily Exercise May Cut Cancer Risk in Half
Working out with moderate to high intensity for at least 30 minutes per day may cut your overall risk of cancer by half. Read more >

Want to Exercise? Get a Dog
Dogs make good exercise companions -- and motivators. Read more >

Exercise as Mood Enhancer
People feel good after exercising and this feeling can last up to 12 hours. Read more >

Finding Fun Ways to Stay Fit
Think of play (dancing, hiking, tennis) when you think of fitness. It will help keep you motivated. Read more >

Finally, a Simple Exercise Guideline
To get the kind of moderate exercise most of us need, walk at a rate of 100 steps a minute, for 150 minutes a week. Read more >

Exercise is Under-Utilized in Treating Back Pain
Exercise can help reduce back pain, but tends not to be prescribed often enough. Read more >

Winning Warm-up: Soccer Injuries Nearly Halved
Warming up before exercise can greatly reduce the risk of injury. Read more >

Turf Wars: Artificial Surfaces Match Grass for Overall Safety
Injuries during matches played on artificial turf are more likely to be severe than match injuries played on grass. Read more >

Exercise: Every Little Bit Helps
When it comes to exercise, more may be better, but some is much better than none at all. Read more >

Sports-Related Concussions: Risks and Recovery
Concussions can be difficult to spot, especially when young athletes hide their symptoms to keep playing. Read more >

Fatigue Facilitates ACL Injury
Female athletes risk of ACL injury is up to eight times greater than that of men. Fatigue is a big cause. Read more >

Pedometers: Small Changes Make a Big Health Difference
Pedometers that unobtrusively clip on a belt can vastly increased the amount of exercise you get in a day. Read more >

Reality Check: Gymnastics as Dangerous as Hockey
Gymnastics has one of the highest injury rates of all girls' sports, according to a survey of emergency room admissions. Read more >

Harnessing Human Power
Scientists have made an exciting breakthrough in the perennial human search for renewable energy sources by venturing into new and undiscovered territory — the human body. Read more >

Keeping Young Athletes' Shoulders Healthy
A few minutes practice and exercise each day will keep a young athlete in shape, and ready to play. Read more >

Hepatitis B — from Sweat?
You can get hepatitis B from sweat during contact sports, suggests an alarming new study. Read more >

Body Clocks and Sports Performance
The 24-hour rhythmic cycle of our bodies, known as circadian rhythm, significantly affects athletic performance, according to just-published research. Read more >

Do Steroids Leave Tissues Open to Injury?
People who get a steroid injection in their shoulder might be better off waiting a few weeks before returning to regular activities or starting physical therapy, according to a new study. Read more >

Drinking and Running
In recent years, long distance runners have been getting conflicting advice from experts about liquids. Read more >

No Particulate Place to Go
Tips to help urban athletes breathe easier. Read more >

Breaking Up (Exercise) Is Good to Do
Short bursts of intense exercise may be better for the heart than endurance training. Read more >

Where the Rubber Meets the Road
Each day, millions of Americans put on a pair of running shoes and head outside for a brisk run or jog. Read more >

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