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Cardiovascular Exercise

Cardiovascular ExerciseCardiovascular exercise, also called cardiorespiratory exercise, involves movement that gets your heart rate up to improve oxygen consumption by the body. An essential part of every exercise program, cardio not only helps you lose or maintain weight, it helps you build endurance so you can remain active for a longer period of time.

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High-Intensity Interval Training

Looking for a way to add variety to your exercise plan while taking your fitness to the next level? High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a cardiorespiratory training technique that alternates brief speed and recovery intervals to increase the overall intensity of your workout.

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Couch Potatoes Arise

When most of us think of ways to improve our health and lower our risk for disease, activities like aerobic exercise and resistance training come to mind. But that’s really only part of the story. Recently, scientists have begun to recognize that the time we spend doing sedentary things can also have a significant and direct impact on our health.

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Gearing Up For A Triathlon

With the rising popularity of triathlon racing and the dozens of new sprint races popping up nationwide every year, it is exciting to see so many newcomers giving this swim-bike-run sport a tri.

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How to Train for a Sprint Triathlon

The sprint triathlon distance (0.47-mile swim, a 12.4-mile bike ride and a 3.

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Exercise to Boost Your Job Performance

How would you like to feel more energized at work — to sharpen your brain and enhance your ability to concentrate, learn, and think creatively? Not only would you feel better physically, but you’d be more motivated — and at the top of your game, career-wise.

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Thriving at Work, Loving Your Life

Virtual technology and around-the-clock availability has made the line between work and personal life increasingly fuzzy. Performing optimally on the job while relishing your off-time is a constant juggling act — but with some planning and self-advocacy, you can find a rhythm that works for you.

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Eat Right at Work

The workplace can be a nutritional battlefield with doughnuts in the break room, co-workers’ candy bowls, and afternoon birthday cake. More organizations are coming up with strategies — like healthy meeting guidelines — to help employees make better food choices.

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Step Training Guidelines

Step aerobics, which revolutionized the fitness industry when it was introduced in the late 1980s, is a versatile training modality that can be made more or less intense by simply changing the height of the step, performing movements through different ranges of motion or adjusting the step cadence.

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Jumping Rope: Not Just for Kids Anymore

Remember the song, “Not last night but the night before, twenty-four robbers came knockin’ on my door?” Those were the days when playing hopscotch, jumping rope and hanging on the monkey bars were our primary occupations. While hopscotch and swinging from the jungle gym may no longer be a part of your leisure time, jumping rope could be.

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Be a Savvy Fitness Shopper

The benefits of exercise are well-researched and well-documented. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case with advertising claims for exercise equipment. Some advertisers claim—without evidence—that their exercise products offer a quick, easy way to shape up, keep fit and lose weight.

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Summer Skin

Every sunscreen has a sun protection factor, or SPF, which is a measure of its strength or effectiveness. Each of us needs a different SPF, depending on whether, and to what degree, our skin burns or tans. A tan is the direct result of melanin, a brown pigment found in the epidermis that is produced when skin is exposed to sunlight.

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Test Your Supplement Savvy

Advertised throughout the media, displayed in grocery stores and pharmacies, and promoted widely on the Internet, dietary supplements look like just another consumer product on the shelf. But are they? Take this quiz created by the Federal Trade Commission to find out how much you know about safely  using dietary supplements.1.

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Supplement Specifics

Performance-enhancing substances, also called ergogenic aids, are surrounded by controversy. However, not all of them are banned. There are a few that are legal in athletic competition. But just because they’re legal, doesn’t mean they work or are necessarily safe.

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Off-season Success

Has the long, hard-fought season come to an end? Are you left telling yourself that there is always next season? If so, start preparing for next season today and allow yourself the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you did everything in your power to be all you could be. Creating an off-season training program is not a one-size-fits-all proposition.

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Trail Running Adventure

It’s time to take that same old routine run around the neighborhood and turn it into a wildlife adventure. Wherever you live, there is a good likelihood that accessible trails are nearby. Trail running allows you to enjoy the beautiful scenery nature has to offer while simultaneously getting an excellent workout.

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Training to Run Your First 5K

So you’ve started a walking program and, after a few weeks of consistent improvement, you feel you’re ready to pick up the pace and run your first 5K race. A 5K—a 3.1-mile race—is the perfect length to aim for as a beginner. Begin by setting a realistic training schedule to keep you motivated and give yourself ample time to move to the next level.

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Take Your Workout off the Beaten Path

There’s nothing like getting away from it all. But vacations seem to be too few and far between. One way to escape the pressures and hectic pace of “city” life is to head to the hills. Hiking as a form of fitness is surging in popularity and it isn’t hard to see why—it’s a great mind/body exercise.

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Smooth Skating

The in-line skating industry has come a long way since 1984, when there were only 20,000 skaters in the United States. Today that number stands at almost 11 million. The reasons for its popularity are simple. In-line skating is fun, low-impact and easy to learn. It’s the perfect way to introduce exercise and an ideal activity for any fitness level.

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