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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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Cardio

Exercise Like Your Brain Depends on It

There’s a new reason we should all be working out regularly. A recent study found that physical fitness also helps us problem-solve and make smarter decisions.

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Lifestyle

Enjoy Winter Sports With Psoriatic Arthritis

Get out and play in the snow! These 12 tips will keep your joints from saying no.

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Treatment

There’s More Evidence on How Exercise Helps Depression Symptoms

A new study looks into why and how physical activity can boost your mood so much. Here’s what you should know.

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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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Lifestyle

How to Handle Weight Gain at Menopause

Learn why you may struggle with weight during midlife and get strategies to help.

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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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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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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.