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Trending workouts and tips for fitness and exercise, including cardio, HIIT, yoga, group fitness, meditation, and more, to help you lead your healthiest life while living with a chronic condition.

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10 Small Ways to Burn Calories

How can you find time to fit in more activity into your already busy life? How are some suggestions for adding workouts into your everyday life.

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Get Your Steps In—and Lower Your BP—While Social Distancing

Go ahead and lace up. Just because gyms, fitness studios, and some outdoor tracks are shut down because of COVID-19, doesn’t mean you can’t still get your steps in.

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Lifestyle

The Best Workouts With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Whether your RA is moderate or severe, there is a workout option out there for you — and we had our expert RA writers try them, first-hand, just to prove it.

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Fitness

7 Pilates-Inspired Exercises for Menopause

Menopause isn't just a hormone change, it can affect every part of your body and mind. Escaping to your Pilates mat can help ease symptoms from head to toe.

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Lifestyle

9 Proven Ways Exercise Can Help Manage MS

Staying active can start a positive-feedback loop: Fewer symptoms of multiple sclerosis mean more opportunity to do all the things you love to do.

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Brain

Workout Motivation: You’ll Boost Your IQ, Too

Exercise is good for your body—it’s a no-brainer, right? And speaking of brains, yours reaps the benefits of that workout too, new research confirms.

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Living With

The Best Hand Exercises for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Stiffness in your fingers and wrists is a hallmark of RA, but these pro-approved, do-anywhere moves can help manage your symptoms.

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Lifestyle

Exercising With Ulcerative Colitis? Here Are 5 Fixes for Common Problems

Wondering what to do if chronic diarrhea slows you down while exercising, an accident happens while you’re at yoga, or you’re too tired to work out? These tips can help you get in your daily workout even with UC.

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Fitness

5 Best Exercises for Joint Pain

Joint pain can get in the way of people with rheumatologic conditions being able to move around and live normally. The simple exercises described by physical therapists here can be the key to getting relief – and back in the game.

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Complications

Should I Exercise When I'm Sick?

Some people believe in sweating out the sickness — but is it safe?

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Fitness

Stepping to It

Twenty minutes—or less—a day of breaking a sweat is all you need to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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New Findings on Exercise and Dementia

Results of the Dementia and Physical Activity (DAPA) trial, a randomized, controlled study conducted in the United Kingdom, suggest that moderate- to high-intensity aerobic and strength training doesn’t slow cognitive decline and may worsen symptoms ...

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Meditation and Exercise Combo for Women With Sexual Violence-Related PTSD

Researchers have developed an effective intervention consisting of 20 minutes of meditation immediately followed by 30 minutes of aerobic exercise for women with sexual violence-based PTSD.

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Sleep Health and Yoga Team Up for Better Sleep in Low-Income Communities

New research says that delivering sleep health education and yoga interventions in low-income communities improved both sleep quality and daytime functioning.