Staying Active
6 Ways to Burn More Calories Every Day

6 Ways to Burn More Calories Every Day

More than two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, and many of these people are willing to try anything to lose weight. You may have read that sitting in frigid temperatures increases calorie burning, eating spicy foods boosts your metabolism and, yes, that fidgeting helps dieters shed pounds. Unfortunately, these …

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Upping Your Game
Athletes Turn to LASIK for Their Performance

Athletes Look to LASIK for Their Best Performance

In Any Given Sunday, the popular football movie from the late 1990s, Al Pacino’s coach character, Tony D’Amato, gives a rousing speech about football being a game of inches. But what happens when you can’t see those inches clearly? In the case of one prominent Detroit Lions lineman, he had …

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Advice for Athletes
5 Must-Do's for Outdoor Winter Workouts

5 Must-Do’s for Outdoor Winter Workouts

Exercising outdoors in any season has a number of added benefits. It reduces tension and stress, boosts your energy level and vitamin D, connects you with Mother Nature and saves you from spending money on expensive gym fees. The winter months, though, can pose some unique health and safety hazards. …

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Sports Medicine
Concussion Risk

How to Be Smart About Concussion Risk

The association between playing contact sports and suffering a concussion is very real. One estimate suggests that the likelihood of suffering a concussion while playing a contact sport may be as high as 19 percent per year of play. Knowledge is power, however, and heightened awareness about concussion can be …

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Staying Fit
Stretch It Out: How to Improve Your Flexibility

Stretch It Out: 5 Ways to Improve Your Flexibility

If you haven’t touched your toes since high school gym class, take note: Supple joints not only help prevent injury, they also improve things like your golf swing and performance on the basketball court, and preserve your ability to perform simple activities of basic living. “Whether you’re bending down to …

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Mind-Body-Spirit

5 Reasons Why Exercise Can Help Depression

It’s no secret that movement makes you feel better, especially when it’s cold, dark and dreary – whether that’s outside or in your mind. This time of year can be especially difficult for some people. Not only is it hard to drag yourself out of bed to exercise when the …

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Healthy Athletes
Sports Injury? Don't Play Through the Pain

Sports Injury? Don’t Play Through Pain

When it comes to sports and recreation activities, injuries to athletes and weekend-warriors are inevitable. Some will occur during a practice or game, others may simply be an accident. Injuries can also happen due to poor conditioning or improper gear. No matter which sport you play, however, being smart and …

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Staying Fit
Sports Drinks vs. Water: Best Way to Hydrate?

Sports Drinks vs. Water: What’s the Best Way to Hydrate?

When it comes to athletic performance and exercise, hydration is key.  Because the human body is comprised of more than 70 percent water, drinking plenty of fluids helps maintain and replenish what you lose in the heat of competition or exercise. Water is best, of course. But sports drinks provide …

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Fitness Tips

Choosing the Right Shoes for Your Workout

Whether you prefer running, CrossFit or spin class – or a combination of all three – selecting the correct footwear depends on your activity. Add to that form, function and trendy neon colors, and it’s no wonder fitness enthusiasts often get stumped at the sporting goods store. While run-of-the-mill exercise …

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Fitness Trends

Ready to Go for a Spin?

Spinning is one of few fitness crazes that have withstood the test of time. And for good reason — it’s a heart-pumping cycling workout that’s easy on the joints. Add spirited instructors, hooting, hollering, music and a sense of community to the mix, and it’s no wonder spin classes continue …

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