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Believe What You Hear, Music Makes Exercise Easier

Athletes from the pros to pee-wee football know full-well what many of us might overlook: Music makes a difference. For generations, pre-game rituals have included certain tunes. Athletic trainers attest: you’ll get more reps, run more miles and generally work harder – for longer periods – if you harness those harmonies. Read More »
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Twice As Nice: Workout Partners Keep You Safe, Help You Achieve

One of the best ways to hit your marks, lose your goal weight and feel better about hitting the gym might be sitting just down the hallway. Research has shown that adults who exercise with a workout partner tend to stick with their fitness goals more than those who go it alone, and there are a number of other big wins that come with having an exercise companion. Read More »
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The Smart Workout Routine Includes Easy Dumbbell Exercises

One great thing about dumbbell workouts is you most likely have a few pairs lying around the house. If you don’t, you can most likely find a set that will give you great return on your less than $5 investment at a rummage sale or second-hand store. Read More »
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Fall Chores Can Keep You Active

Summer’s gone, but the beauty of autumn is that all the winter preparation work we do can help us burn calories and get active. Why not accomplish two positives with every step, swing of the rake and bag of leaves hauled to the curb? Read More »
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Wearable Tech Helps Track Your Fitness Goals

Today’s wearable tech is encouraging users to get active. Quite popular right now are the FitBit activity and calorie trackers. Let me start with a little reminder that buying the most expensive FitBit isn’t going to magically make you more fit by burning calories for you. Read More »
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Cardiac MRI Offers Clear Images for a Clearer Diagnosis

Photo Courtesy of Dakota Wesleyan UniversityJason Christensen, head women’s basketball coach at Dakota Wesleyan University, was cleared for more activity, thanks to clear images of his heart through cardiac MRI. Cardiac MRI provided such clear images of Jason Christensen’s heart, he’s been cleared to run and lift weights, rather than wonder if such activities might harm his heart. Read More »
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