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This blog offers tips to help you boost energy, gain strength, balance work with rest, and live healthier than ever.

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How iTunes Can Heal Your Heart

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Talk about feel-good music: Listening to the right songs provides cardio protection against heart attacks and stroke.

In the new study, which was presented at the American Heart Association’s annual scientific meetings, researchers asked adults to select tracks that made them feel good. Interestingly, their blood flow increased by 26 percent while they listened to their tunes-of-choice when compared to silence. It’s about the same gain seen after aerobic activity, found the researchers, who were out of the University of Maryland.

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Tags: Longevity, Health, Leisure Time, Stress, Running, Disease

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Clear Your Weight Loss Hurdles

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You're bound to encounter stumbling blocks along the road to a leaner body, but the right strategies will help you navigate your way through the most challenging times. In the Q&As that follow, the specialists from Athletes' Performance address common weight loss obstacles, like a slowing metabolism, food cravings, and trouble spots, so you can keep burning fat and reach your performance goals.

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Tags: Metabolism, Weight Loss, Calories, Q&A

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Don't Be a Cardio Casualty

Know what your heart can handle, because if you push it too hard, it may not beat back. When German scientists examined factors associated with a sudden heart attack in 1,301 patients, they found that a person’s risk of attack was increased 5.7-fold within 2 hours of a bout of strenuous exercise and 1.6-fold within 2 hours of moderate exertion.

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Tags: Cardio, Longevity, Health, Conditioning, Disease, Heart Rate, Energy System Development

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Is Your Heart a Ticking Time Bomb?

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The more you weigh, the more likely you are to have a heart attack earlier in life, highlights a new study out of Duke.

When cardiologists studied data on more than 111,000 people who had suffered infarctions, they found that those with a BMI of 30 or higher experienced their attack up to 12 years earlier than their counterparts.

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Tags: Cardio, Longevity, Health, Disease, Weight Loss

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The Cost of Diabetes

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Invest in your health now or prepare to dish out your cash for health care later. A new study by researchers at RTI International, a non-profit research institute in North Carolina, calculated that a 50-year-old newly-diagnosed diabetes patient spends over $4,000 more on medical care each year than someone the same age without diabetes. Those costs jump about $200 annually. One reason for the escalating totals is because of complications related to the disease, which especially impacts your kidney and heart health.

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Tags: Health, Dessert, Disease

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The Secret to Long-Term Weight Loss

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You’ve cut those unwanted pounds from your frame. Congratulations! Now what? Decelerate your diet and accelerate in the gym, suggests a new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Researchers had 125 young adults who had just lost more than 8 percent of their total weight follow one of three maintenance diets. One provided a moderate amount of fat, the second called for 20 to 30 percent fat, and those on the third took in 35 percent of calories as fat. Interestingly, all the dieters regained up to 8 pounds within six months.

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Tags: Weight Loss

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Kickstart a Healthy Holiday Season

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Whether you’re sitting in traffic for endless hours, searching aimlessly for an open gym, or stuck on your in-laws' couch, Thanksgiving week is a challenging time to stick to your training and nutrition habits. Which is one reason why so many people pack on weight between Thanksgiving and New Year’s that can literally last a lifetime, according to research by the National Institutes of Health.

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Tags: Outdoor Recreation, Family, Leisure Time, Weight Loss

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Take Steps to Control Your Cravings

Good news for the 68 percent of men who experience frequent food cravings: A new study in the journal Appetite states that a 15-minute jaunt can successfully take your mind off of that Snickers you covet, significantly decreasing your risk of indulging.

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Tags: Stress, Walking, Weight Loss, Focus

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The Mini Band for Travel

Does your back bother you when you travel? Sitting for extended periods of time can wage war on your back because your lower back muscles often pick up the slack for glutes that stop working properly. But as athletic trainer Scott Kneller explains in this video, the mini band is the perfect piece of exercise equipment for long trips, since you can pack it easily and use it to train your glutes in your hotel room. This will remove stress off your back and help improve your posture.

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Is Your Gym Crawling with Bugs?

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Men and women don’t stand on equal footing at the gym, but that’s not because men have a pound-for-pound strength advantage when lifting. According to a new study, it’s because the more muscular sex has fewer bacteria on their hands, meaning women are more likely to infect the gym’s equipment and locker room with MRSA and other bacteria.

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Tags: Health, Disease

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Movement

5 Stretches to Refresh Your Warmup

Try these dynamic stretches to prepare for a better workout.

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Feeling Uninspired? Take a Walk

When you feel your creativity lacking, taking a walk can help you find inspiration, according to a small study from Stanford University researchers.

Nutrition

Q&A: Supplements for Vegetarian Bodybuilders

Three things to know if you train hard and don't eat meat.

Well at Work

Survey: American Employees Skipping Vacation Days for Work

A new survey found that only 25 percent of employees with paid time off took advantage of it in 2013.

The Performance Life

5 Tips to Build Teamwork and Fun Through Obstacle Racing

Here's what you need to know about using obstacle races to build teamwork at work.