Advice for Staying Fit
How often do I need to workout?

How Much Exercise Do You Really Need?

Health experts have been pushing almost-daily activity for decades. But a new study suggests you may not need to exercise four to five days each week to reap the rewards. While it’s true that more exercise is better for your body (without getting into extremes), not everyone can squeeze in …

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Exercise Tips

Workout Basics: Warm-Ups and Cool-Downs

You may know a good warm-up — and cool-down — are essential to getting a good workout. You may also know that warming up your muscles and stretching them out after exercise can help prevent injury and keep you at the top of your game. They’re the two bookends that …

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Recovering from Sports Injury
Hot or Cold Therapy for Muscle Injury?

Hot or Cold Therapy: What’s Best for Muscle Recovery?

When your muscles are overworked and in need of some tender loving care, it’s not uncommon to seek comfort and healing in cold or hot treatments. In fact, for centuries doctors have been using extreme temperatures to ease pain and speed recovery. Which temp is best for your particular needs? …

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Living with Chronic Disease
Dance for Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s Patients Rediscover Freedom of Movement with Dance

People with Parkinson’s disease (PD) are discovering how dance improves their symptoms, boosts their mood and creates a unique community where they can connect. “Dance changes our emotions, and muscles and mechanics often ‘fire’ better. It’s an outlet for expression, communication and freedom of movement, which people with Parkinson’s disease …

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Fitness Tips & Tricks
Interval Training: A Beginner's Guide

Interval Training: A Beginner’s Guide

Want to amp up your workout or torch more calories without increasing your gym time? Interval training could be your best ally. This style of workout involves interspersing short bursts of activity with periods of rest – and it comes with numerous benefits. Interval Training Explained Whether you’re lifting weights …

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Advice for Staying Fit
Core Strengthening: How and Why to Sculpt Your Abs

Core Strengthening: How (and Why) to Sculpt Your Abs

While many fitness enthusiasts strive to achieve sculpted abs because they want to look trim and fit, the benefits of strong core muscles extend far beyond vanity. No matter what your fitness goals are, building strong core muscles is critical. Not only do these muscles help you maintain balance, they …

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Injury Prevention
5 Ways to Avoid Wrist Injuries

5 Ways to Prevent Wrist Injuries

Whether you are swinging a golf club, carrying grocery bags or typing a report, your wrists are often hard at work and in need of your protection. Prolonged stress on those small bones can make you vulnerable to wrist problems, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis, resulting in pain, …

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Injury Prevention

Summer Is Peak Time for Outdoor Sports Injuries

Summertime is the ideal time for outdoor activities like boating, swimming, barbecues and picnicking. It’s also ripe for sports injuries, says Nancy White, M.D., a Henry Ford Health System sports medicine physician. “We encourage people of all ages to get outside and take advantage of all the activities available during …

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Body Mind & Spirit
Tai Chi

Tai Chi: An Old Art for Modern Disease

Tai chi chuan, often shortened to tai chi, has garnered a lot of attention in recent years. The centuries-old mind-body practice involves slow, coordinated movements coupled with breathing exercises. Originally developed as a method of self-defense in the East, tai chi has been gaining recognition in the West for its …

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Preventing Injuries
Follow These 5 Bike Safety Tips

Let’s Ride! Get Ready with These 5 Bike Safety Tips

Summer is the ideal time to enjoy the fresh air and freedom of a bike ride. It’s also a fantastic way to add some activity to your day, burn some calories and get your heart rate up. Before you head out on your set of two wheels, though, be aware …

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