Tag Archives: physically active

  • October 13, 2015

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    A Long Walk or a Short Stair Climb?

    In the broadest terms, there is no wrong selection here, since both walking — even a few hundred steps — and climbing the stairs are better for your health than avoiding physical activity altogether.


    But if you want to get picky ab

  • October 13, 2015

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    Preventing Cramps During Exercise

    Q: Is there any way to prevent or treat muscle cramps, particularly in the hamstring, during exercise?


    A: Many of us who exercise have heard that sweating and dehydration cause cramps. But the latest science suggests otherwise. In one

  • September 29, 2015

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    It’s My Nervous System That’s Lazy

    The human nervous system ensures that the body reserves its energy and expends as few calories as possible with every movement. Now, a new study reports that the nervous system performs this

  • September 15, 2015

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    Why Runners Get Slower With Age (and How Strength Training May Help)

    Young runners are different from you and me. They have more speed. And to achieve that swiftness, they use certain leg muscles quite differently than runners past age 50 do, according to a new study of runners’ strides at different ages. The study also intimates that man

  • September 1, 2015

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    No, You Don’t Have to Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day

    If there is one health myth that will not die, it is this: You should drink 8 glasses of water a day.


  • August 4, 2015

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    Why Some People Get Fitter Than Others?

    Anyone in a running group or gym class has likely noticed that some of the participants annoyingly become much fitter than others. But exactly why some people’s bodies respond well to working out and others do not puzzles scientists.


  • August 4, 2015

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    How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain

    A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health, according to an interesting new study of the physical effects on the brain of visiting nature.


    Most o

  • August 4, 2015

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    Making Activity Trackers More Fashion Forward

    I have tried the vast majority of current activity tracking gadgets and have eventually abandoned most of them. That’s not to say they didn’t perform their duty. The problem was that they didn’t match my outfit.


    Sounds silly, but

  • July 14, 2015

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    What are muscle “knots” actually made of?

    A: Surprisingly, no one knows definitively what muscle knots are made of — and some researchers question whether they even exist at all.

    Many experts believe that the knots, often referred to as myofascial trigger points, are “specific areas of contraction within the muscle fiber,

  • July 14, 2015

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    Barefoot Running May Be Harder for Older Runners

    Experienced older runners who switch to barefoot running may not adjust as naturally to the process as younger runners do, a new study suggests, which could increase their risk of sustaining an injury while running without shoes.

    As virtually anyone who runs or is acquainted with runn