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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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Q&A: No Interest in Sports

Q: My son has no interest in sports. How can I help him get active?

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Tags: Q&A, Home, Youth Fitness, Family

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5 Keys to Fat Loss

You may think you’ve tried everything for losing weight, but what about sticking to basic, proven methods? Forget magic diet pills and exercise fads. These are your new guiding principles for burning fat.

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Tags: Weight Loss

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Ditch Your Flip-Flops

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When you walk with flip-flops, the angle at which your foot strikes the ground changes compared to when wearing shoes. By striking the ground unevenly, your normal gait pattern is disrupted, which can ultimately lead to leg pain, according to research presented at this year's annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Avoid pain by limiting the mileage you put on your flip-flops. In other words, don't wear them for long walks or extended periods of time. And change them every few months just as you would change your running shoes.

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Tags: Reduce Pain, Walking, Foot, Ankle

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21 Ways to Travel Better

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The first secret for a road trip you can feel great about is not much of a secret at all: Pack. More specifically, pack with your health in mind. This is what mini bands and granola bars were made for, so make it a point to bring them with you, along with everything else you need to maintain your fitness—and your sanity. Then use these 21 tips to adjust your training and diet away from home. Instead of feeling rundown halfway through your trip, you'll return feeling stronger and more refreshed, and ready for your next adventure.

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Tags: Travel, Work, Planning

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Wii Fit for the Whole Family

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TV makes you fat, but video games don't have to. In the case of Nintendo's Wii Fit, playing games could actually improve your fitness.

"Anything that gets kids and adults moving more and away from sitting on the couch is a step in the right direction," says Kevin Elsey, curriculum manager for Athletes' Performance.

Research shows that kids are more likely to stick with an exercise program if it includes a virtual element. UK researchers recently found that interactive video games, or "exer-gaming," can work well for adults, too. The researchers found that those people who were less fit actually enjoyed video-based workouts more than traditional routines.

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Tags: Family, Weight Loss, Motivation, Youth Fitness, Leisure Time

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4 Steps to a Healthier You

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Making a lifestyle change means learning what works for you and what does not. It means learning from situations, leaning on other people, and taking what seems like failure and turning into a learning experience.

It takes only one decision to change and a simple change in mindset to set you on your own personal journey of nourishing and nurturing yourself. While everyone’s journey is different, they all share a few common roadblocks when it comes to making a lifestyle choice an easy-to-adopt reality.

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Tags: Goals, Motivation, Planning, Energy, Health, Weight Loss

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Build Anti-Gravity Muscle

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Gravity is the great enemy of graceful aging. At an early age, generally in our 20's, gravity begins to attack and attempts to drag parts of us to the ground. Most of the time, this results in a saggy stomach or butt. As we age, we get shorter, heads fall forward, butts disappear, stomachs protrude and breasts sag. Exercise can help, but sometimes it can actually exacerbate the problem.

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Tags: Training, Resistance Training, Strength, Longevity, Build Muscle

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Train Fast, Boost Power


Training for power is essential and don't think you don't need power training just because you're getting a little older. According to a presentation at a 2003 conference hosted by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, power declines fast as you age and it's essentially to moving well when you're older. Highlights from the presentation:

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Tags: Power, Strength, Medicine Ball, Longevity

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Q&A: Is it Necessary to Detox Before I Start a Diet?

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Q: In order to get a fresh start before dieting, should you “clean out” your system?

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Tags: Health, Weight Loss, Q&A

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Q&A: Will Late-Night Eating Make You Fat?

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Q: Does eating at night make you gain "bad" weight? Does it matter if it's carbs or protein, or is it the overall consumption of calories at the end of the day?

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Tags: Snacks, Weight Loss, Q&A, Protein



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.