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Can fat help you lose weight? Looks that way: A recent study by Texas Tech University nutrition experts discovered that a diet high in a certain type of fat can actually increase metabolism. What’s more, this research could lead to supplements that boost metabolism and reduce muscle fatigue. According to The Journal of Lipid Research, scientists studied genetically modified mice.  They

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Photo courtesy of Warrior DashBranded and themed runs and obstacle races are gaining popularity, with hardcore series like Tough Mudder, and the ultra-messy Color Run drawing maximum crowds. Of course the general increase in the number of people running races has also made an impact, with the total number of road race finishers in the USA alone growing from a mere 4.8-million in 1990, to 14-

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If you need to lose weight, chances are you’re not only considering exercise—but also which diet to try. But depending on your goals, the best way to lose weight might be simply to focus on a balanced diet. Eat healthy whole foods, with lots of raw fruits and veggies; get just enough protein; and avoid too many processed carbohydrates and unhealthy fats. Nutritionists call this the “80/20

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Research tells us that high levels of HDL (high-density lipoprotein), which is “good” cholesterol, has the ability to protect us against heart disease by removing cholesterol from the blood vessels to the liver, where it is processed naturally and expelled from the body. The only catch is that some people with “normal” levels of HDL cholesterol still do get heart disease, probably because

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It may take some getting used to, but there are strong indications that treadmill desks will become the working surface of the future. The concept is not to exercise on the job, but rather to perpetually keep your body’s metabolism above a normal resting rate – which simply cannot happen if you sit at a desk all day. Recently Consumer Reports tested two treadmill desks, asking staff members

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For Andrea Kalan, personal trainer and owner of Fit For Life studio in Bryn Mawr, PA, becoming a fitness trainer was a family affair.  Having always led a healthy lifestyle and exercised non-stop (she’s a self-proclaimed "gym rat"), she earned her personal training certification from NPTI after getting encouragement from her husband and kids—who thought personal training would be a perfect

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 Hill workouts are one of the best ways to train for stronger and faster running. In fact, a recent study undertaken at the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand found that uphill and downhill training can enable competitive runners to improve their race times by as much as 2%. The reason why is that tackling fall hills is particularly effective when it comes to increasing leg

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Whether you’re fit right now—or working toward it—it’s vital to listen to the warning signals your body sends out when something is wrong. Dr. Ed Laskowski, from the Mayo Clinic’s Sports Medicine Center, warns that even healthy young athletes (who may be inclined to dismiss aches and pains as normal, rather than believe them to be warning signs of injury or illness) should play close

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A series of recent scientific research studies show that men and women who regularly play recreational soccer improve their posture and balance, as well as their muscle strength. Playing soccer also increases bone mass and bone density, reducing bone-weakening associated with age, and effectively reducing the risk of falls and bone fractures. While different studies focus on different factors,

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The Expresso Virtual Reality Bike from Interactive Fitness sets new challenges with its electrifying ghost ride feature. You can send ghost challenges to friends, or you can challenge your own best time and be a ghost buster! When you log into the machine, your bike automatically saves the results of your rides, then uses this data to set up a ghost rider for you to beat. When you start the

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