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

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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Sports Medicine

Referred Pain: What’s the Source of Your Sports Injury?

You might have heard the term “referred pain,” but maybe you don’t know what it really means. And for good reason; it’s a confusing concept. Referred pain is feeling the sensation of pain in a different location than where you sustained an injury. While scientists aren’t entirely clear about how …

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Exercise Tips
How Setting Fitness Goals Can Motivate You

The Benefits of Setting Fitness Goals

It’s not uncommon for people to start an exercise regimen with some external prompting. Maybe it’s the number you see on the scale, a routine doctor’s visit, or running out of breath after climbing a flight of stairs. Whatever the reason, the right kind of goal setting is critical when …

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Starting a New Workout Routine
Self-Conscious About Exercise?

Self-Conscious About Exercise? 8 Tips to Get More Comfortable

If you’ve ever tried to start an exercise program, you know overcoming obstacles is part of the drill. From identifying the best activity to carving out time for fitness, sticking to a new exercise regimen is tough. Perhaps the greatest challenge to getting yourself inside a gym? Embarrassment. Whether it’s …

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Advice for Staying Fit
7 Common Workout Mistakes to Avoid

7 Common Workout Mistakes to Avoid

Embarking on an exercise program is one of the best things you can do to support your health. Not only will you experience more energy and enhanced ability to participate in daily activities, but you’ll also reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases ranging from heart disease to diabetes. The …

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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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