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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.

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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Living With

What People with Bipolar Disorder Need to Know About Exercise

The relationship between working out and bipolar disorder isn’t straightforward. And sometimes, exercise is the opposite of what’s safe. We’ve got the facts on how to keep your body—and mind—as healthy as possible.

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Alternative Treatment

Staying Fit During Chemo: A New Reason to Get Active With Cancer

Dealing with cancer can cause your mood to plummet. And when your body is already pumped with cancer drugs, you may want an alternative to popping a pill to get through the anxiety and depression—especially if you’re older.

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Fitness

Got Period Pain? This Healthy Habit May Help

Even though your cramps may make you want to curl into a ball and stay far, far away from jogging shoes, this new study recommends you lace up and get moving.

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Prevention

How Many Steps Should You Walk Each Day?

10,000 may not be the magic number after all, according to new research.

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Prevention

Working It! How Exercise Helps Fight Heart Failure

While heart failure patients used to be told to prioritize rest, now experts say physical activity is vital—here’s what you need to know to get started.

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Fitness

The Magic of 20 Minutes of Exercise

We’ve got some especially good news if you’re stuck in a chair all day for work (or if you just really, really like TV).

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Work

Do Workplace Wellness Programs Really Work?

If your employer is pushing you to eat better and exercise more, you’re not alone — workplace wellness programs are hugely popular these days. But a new study aimed to determine whether they’re actually worthwhile.

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Technology

Alexa, Can You Help Me Donate Blood?

Have an Amazon Alexa device? Now you can use it to schedule an appointment at your nearest blood drive, get first aid tips, and more.

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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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Fitness

Want to Try HIIT Workouts? Read This First

HIIT workouts are tempting due to their reputation for being a quick way to see big gains — but before you start, it’s important to understand injury risk.

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Since 2004, Dr. Davenport has shared her passion for health and knowledge of the psycho-social aspects of chronic diseases with the HealthCentral community.

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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.