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5 Exercise Myths Debunked

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By Brett Osborn M.D.As a neurosurgraon and an avid bodybuilder, I know that you will do more harm than good if you’ve bought into some of the myths and “conventional wisdom” about exercise that is simply wrong. Here’s the truth about are those misconceptions:

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Does Air Pollution Make Outdoor Exercise Risky?

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By Edward R. Laskowski, M.D. While aerobic activity is one of the keys to a healthy lifestyle, air pollution and exercise can be an unhealthy combination. This is especially true if you have asthma, diabetes, heart or lung conditions, or lower respiratory disease.Even when you're not exercising, exposure to air pollution can cause health problems. But with the combination of air pollution and exercise, the potential health problems are increased.

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Six Tips to Avoid Germs at the Gym

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It’s frustrating when you’re going to the gym regularly, doing a great job at healthy living, and then you get sick – and you’re pretty sure the elliptical machine is the culprit. Your local 24-hour fitness center is like a daycare for adults: Like any enclosed space full of people, it can be a breeding ground for viruses and bacteria. Fortunately, we can tell you how to live a healthy lifestyle while you’re working out. It’s not as hard as you think, and worth the extra effort!

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Bootcamp Training: Why It Works

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By Joe Vennare Sometimes going to the gym can be a chore. We have to create a training plan and master the machines. Just when we start to get into the swing of things, all of these things start to lose their luster. Let’s be honest, strength training machines and cardio equipment aren’t very much fun. They don’t leave us longing for more. Workouts can be boring. What’s worse is that over time they become ineffective.

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Understanding the "Why" of Exercise Procrastination

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By Dan NguyenWe all know how easy it can be to procrastinate in order to avoid going to the gym or to put off starting our workout routines. Here are my tips to help you get moving:• Unpack Emotional Baggage: Many people have limiting beliefs they are not even aware of that keep them from achieving their health and wellness goals. Let go of these counterproductive thoughts and replace them with thoughts and visualizations to help you get and stay fit.

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More of Us Are Exercising This Year!

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The 2014 United States of Aging Survey found that 37% Americans 60 and older say they exercise every day, compared with 26% in 2013. Maybe all those reports about how “sitting is the new smoking” are motivating us! Even so, we can do better. Almost 2/3 of us are still not living lives that are active enough to promote good physical and emotional health. Yet older adults who do exercise daily are much more likely than those who never exercise to say the past year of their life has been better than normal.

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Exercise: The Newest "Prescription"

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The newest “medicine” that should be prescribed? Exercise, according to a study.Researchers from the Queensland Institute of Technology (QUT), in Australia, reached that conclusion after looking for five years at the impact of mental and physical health in women over 50.Professor Debra Anderson , from QUT's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation , said that the research indicated that in addition to conventional treatments for physical and mental health, health professionals should be prescribing tailored exercise programs for older women.

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People Underestimate Intensity of Exercise

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If you think you’re exercising enough, you just might be mistaken, a new study shows.The investigation, by researchers from York University in Toronto, found that many people over-estimate the effort required to work out at a moderate intensity level.

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Why Stress & Overexertion Trigger Heart Attacks

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Scientists believe they have an explanation for the axiom that stress, emotional shock, and overexertion may trigger heart attacks in vulnerable people. Hormones released during these events appear to cause bacterial biofilms on arterial walls to disperse, allowing plaque deposits to rupture into the bloodstream, according to research published in published in June 2014 in mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

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What You Need to Know About Exercise As You Get Older

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By Soriyya Bawa While exercise and weight loss are both important elements of any anti-aging regimen, many seniors worry that the risks outweigh the potential benefits. Exercise at an older age means risking serious injury due to falling, injuring the ligaments of the knee, and other forms of musculoskeletal injuries; the risk is even greater if the person is obese. However, a recent study has found that the benefits from exercise at an older age, and the subsequent weight loss, far exceed any possible risk of injury.

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Protect Your Tendons

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You’ve probably heard of such sports injuries as tennis elbow or jumper’s knee. These are just two examples of tendinitis, a painful condition caused by overusing and straining the joints in your body. Tendons are the tough but flexible bands of tissue that connect muscle to bones. You have about 4,000 tendons throughout your body. Tendons make it possible for you to bend your knee, rotate your shoulder, and grasp with your hand.

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Night Owls Tend to Be More Sedentary

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A study done at Northwestern University in Chicago suggests that night owls are more sedentary and feel that they have a harder time maintaining an exercise schedule. The research abstract was published in June 2014 in an online supplement of the journal Sleep, and presented on Wednesday, June 4th in Minneapolis at SLEEP 2014, the 28th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC.

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