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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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BMI: Should You Believe Your Score?


If you train hard and play sports, body mass index (BMI) may not be the best indicator of your weight health, according to a recent report in the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Performance Training Journal.

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Tags: Longevity, Health, Disease, Weight Loss

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Heal Your Child's Health

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It’s never too early to instill healthy habits into your offspring. Unfortunately, most parents don’t receive that message. About a third of American children are overweight; one-fifth are obese.

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Tags: Youth Fitness, Family, Health, Disease, Food

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Pedometers Help with Weight Loss Programs

Wearing a pedometer while you walk can help you lose weight even without changing your diet, according to a University of Michigan Health System analysis of nine studies.

Participants in the studies increased the distance they walked by one mile to slightly more than two miles each day. At an average pace of three miles per hour, that means the walkers were getting an additional 20 to 40 minutes of activity a day. On average, they lost 0.05 kilograms per week (about 0.11 pounds) for an average total of 1.27 kilograms (2.8 pounds) throughout the duration of the studies.

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Tags: Walking, Weight Loss

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Life Lessons from Paul Newman

Paul Newman, who died this past year, left a lasting legacy as an actor, race car driver, and philanthropist, serving as a role model for performance living in many ways. Consider a few of his life lessons:

He took up auto racing in his 40s, becoming a successful driver and later race team owner, showing the value of taking on new challenges later in life. Such endeavors provide balance to life and often make for a fulfilling retirement. Newman never really retired from acting, but clearly he enjoyed racing as much as his first career. Second acts and retirements are usually more successful and rewarding if the groundwork is laid during your prime. You’ll also perform better in your prime if you have a diversion you’re passionate about.

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Tags: Goals, Attitude, Longevity

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Active Made Easy

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How often do you choose to take the stairs?

  1. Always
  2. Sometimes
  3. Never

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Tags: Motivation, Longevity, Health, Walking, Weight Loss

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Q&A: Exercise With Your Kids


Q: My daughter is intrigued by the dynamic movements I do in my movement prep series and she tries to mimic them, but she's not getting it exactly right. How should I help?

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Tags: Q&A, Youth Fitness, Family

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Take Up a New Sport

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If Jeff Conine were like most recently-retired baseball players, he’d likely be spending his time these days fishing, golfing, and traveling the world. In short, he’d be enjoying the typical pursuits a 42-year-old with financial security might enjoy.

But like a young entrepreneur who sells one company only to start another, Conine is not taking it easy. Instead, the 17-year veteran of six Major League teams has been spending long hours swimming, cycling, and running in preparation for an ambitious triathlon schedule that will culminate in the Ironman world championship in Kona, Hawaii, on October 11.

Several of his ex-teammates, accustomed to the less rigorous conditioning of baseball, have questioned his sanity. “Guys in my position are supposed to sit back and relax, not do something ridiculous like this,” says Conine, who lives and trains in South Florida.

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Tags: Triathlon

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Run Through the Ages

Convention wisdom—and research, for that matter—suggests that older runners suffer more pains and injuries than those people not pounding the pavement. But a recent study shows that charging hard into your golden years may actually reduce your risk of disability later in life.

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Tags: Longevity, Running

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Train Like the Greatest

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The epic performance of Michael Phelps at the Olympic Games has led many to wonder if he'll inspire legions of children to take up the sport of swimming.

That would be a wonderful thing. Swimming is a terrific workout and a sport that creates discipline in kids since it usually requires early-morning practice sessions. But Phelps might have a greater impact by inspiring adults to get into the pool.

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Tags: Longevity, Swimming, Motivation

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Cold Fighting Claims

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Airborne Health, Inc., the Bonita Springs, Florida maker of the popular Airborne Effervescent Health Formula, an effervescent tablet marketed as a cold prevention and treatment remedy, has agreed to pay up to $30 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it did not have adequate evidence to support its advertising claims.

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Tags: Health



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.


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.