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Exercise Minimizes Weight Gain in Smokers Who Quit

Data involving smokers from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) suggest that even small increases in physical activity can diminish weight gain in older women who quit smoking.

By Diane Domina

Maximal Running Shoes May Raise Injury Risk for Women

Oversized sneakers designed to provide more comfort and stability – maximal running shoes – increase injury risk for female runners, suggests a small study from Oregon State University-Cascades.

By Diane Domina

Strong Legs, Healthy Brain?

New, cutting edge research suggests neurological health depends on signals sent to the brain by large muscles in the legs, as well as messages sent from the brain to the muscles.

By Diane Domina

How Much Do You Know About Gout And Exercise?

Before your next gym date, swim session, or neighborhood walk, here’s what you need to know about your gout (hyperuricemia) and exercise. Gout is caused by high levels of uric acid in the blood. Our update is from gout expert James O’Dell, M.D., vice ...

By Stephanie Stephens

3-Month Plan to Get in Shape With Psoriatic Arthritis

Fatigue, pain, and swelling are common psoriatic arthritis, so begin your exercise plan slowly, rest when you need to, always listen to your body, and vary your plan to get in shape to accommodate how you are feeling.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Strength Training Reduces Age-Related Frailty in Women

Regular exercise and physical activity is important to maintain good health as we age, and according to a small study, resistance training is vital to prevent frailty in older women.

By Diane Domina

Building A Fitness Future With MS

Competitive bodybuilding is one way that David Lyons conquers multiple sclerosis. He also founded the MS Fitness Challenge (MSFC) charity to help bring his message worldwide.

By Lisa Emrich

Working Out With Cancer, And Even During Chemo Treatment

A cancer diagnosis does not have to mean that you give up working out. Take it from this woman who worked out through chemo treatment.

By Stephanie Stephens

Keeping Joints Flexible With Psoriatic Arthritis

Here are a number of low-impact, customizable ways to loosen your stiff joints when you have psoriatic arthritis.

By Casey Nilsson

Why Muscle Strength As You Age is Sexy

Muscke strength is not just for the young men and women you see on posters. Keeping your health strong as you age provides a lot of desireable benefits in the rest of your life.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.