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Exercise When You're Feeling Sleepy to Ward Off Narcolepsy

It's a never-ending cycle — you don't work out because you're sleepy, and then you gain weight because your daytime fatigue leads to bad food choices. Breaking this cycle can be as easy as convincing yourself to work out when you're getting sleepy.

By Martin Reed

The Power of Daily Walks for RA

It may seem so basic, but a simple daily walk can make a big difference for your rheumatoid arthritis — physically, mentally, and spiritually.

By Cathy Kramer

Is Thyroid Disease Putting a Damper on Your Game — or Enhancing it?

Thyroid conditions can affect both the physical and mental abilities of athletes. As always, proper treatment is key — but be warned that too much treatment can lead to doping controversies.

By Mary Shomon

Enjoying Winter Fun, Even With Asthma

Frigid and dry winter air, plus cold and flu season, make winter fun challenging, but not impossible. Learn ways you can prevent asthma symptoms during winter.

By Stephanie Stephens

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.

By Carmen Roberts, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.

Exercises for All Levels of RA Pain

If rheumatoid arthritis pain makes it hard to get the exercise you need, try one of these RA exercises for every pain level.

By Cathy Kramer

Reduce Post-Workout Pain With Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia can intensify post-workout pain, but don't stop working out. Here’s how to prevent and manage pain so you can stay active.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Boston Bombing Survivor and Patient Advocate

She was already fighting fibromyalgia — then came the Boston Marathon bombing. Read Lynn Julian Crisci's inspiring story of survival and perseverance.

By Stephanie Stephens

Should I Work Out If I Have a Cold?

It’s the age-old question of — sleep it out, or sweat it out? Which is the best for your body to heal?

By Jeffrey Heit, M.D.

Working Out With Breast Cancer?

A cancer diagnosis doesn't mean you have to give up exercise. If you have the energy, here's how excercising during treatment can help you feel better.

By Stephanie Stephens