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Skydiving and vacuuming burn the same number of calories. So what'll it be, thrills or a clean carpet?
July 2, 2015 Sports can burn a lot of energy. But vacuuming the carpet burns calories, too. The question is, how much? We checked out the numbers and found surprises.
Eating a chocolate bar daily can help you lose weight? Sorry, that study was a sweet lie — part of an elaborate hoax to school the news media about proper nutrition science journalism.
May 28, 2015 A lot of junk nutrition science gets reported in the media. It's a big problem. But did a science journalist's elaborate hoax to expose the crisis go too far?
Athos workout wear includes sensors that measure muscle activity.
Tim Mantoani/Courtesy of Athos
April 3, 2015 Startups are developing clothing with sensors that measure heart rate, breathing and muscle activity. Fitness enthusiasts are the target market. But the garments could be used for health care, too.
Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross pulls on compression sleeves before a 400-meter race at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Istanbul in 2012.
March 30, 2015 Tight elasticized socks, sleeves and T-shirts supposedly make you a better athlete. But alas, science is pouring some cold water on those alluring claims.
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Government guidelines say exercising 2.5 hours a week will keep you healthy, but a study says you can get the job done in less time if you rev it up.
March 2, 2015 People who walked briskly for 40 minutes five days a week saw more health improvements than those who walked for an hour a day but were more leisurely about it. Both groups lost weight.
People can make vitamin D when exposed to sunshine. But many people in North America never get enough sun to do that.
November 24, 2014 There's not enough evidence that screening the general public for vitamin D deficiency helps reduce the risk of disease, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says.
Photos from Liz Paul's blog entries on Prior Fat Girl. The blog chronicles women's weight loss journeys.
Courtesy of Liz Paul/PriorFatGirl.com
October 6, 2014 Liz Paul has struggled with her weight for years. A diet group helps, but it only meets once a week. So she has turned to social media for daily feedback and support. Studies find it can help.
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This may be the most efficient way to get in shape, but it may also be the least fun.
September 23, 2014 Alternating rest periods with bouts of really intense exercise may make you fitter, but it's not a breeze. Researchers say music can make intervals less wretched and also make you work harder.
September 22, 2014 Chronic stress can lead to heart disease, cancer and other health problems. A study shows it doesn't matter if the stress comes from major life events or minor hassles. Time to take a deep breath?
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Researchers speculate that the Omega-3 fatty acids in fish may help maintain good blood flow to the inner ear.
September 10, 2014 Something as simple as eating fish can help lower the risk of hearing loss, researchers say. All types of fish helped. And since many people don't eat fish at all, there's an opportunity here.
April 14, 2014 What we think about food may change how our bodies respond to it. Sip what you think is a rich milkshake, and your body acts as if you've had a fatty treat, even if it's really a lower-calorie drink.
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April 6, 2014 It's hard to get people to change their health behaviors for the better. Would putting drawings of simple health truisms on a pack of cards help? One creative tech geek wants to find out.
Leading an active lifestyle in your 20s will benefit your brain down the road.
April 2, 2014 Here's the latest bit of evidence that exercise keeps the brain fit. Much of the research has been in older people, but this study found that being fit in your 20s makes you sharper in middle age.
Kendall Schrantz, center, stretches after a class at Downsize Fitness in Fort Worth.
Lauren Silverman for NPR
January 20, 2014 Going to the gym can be intimidating, especially for people who are obese and worry that people will judge them by their appearance. But more companies are catering to plus-sized exercisers with fitness centers that are just for them.
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Not covered by Obamacare, but still sweet.
December 18, 2013 The Victorian proverb touting the health benefits of daily apple consumption has data to support it, British researchers say. And cholesterol-lowering statin drugs do, too. People who eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and take statins when directed would be healthier still.
February 27, 2012 Giving kids a Wii and active video games isn't enough to increase their daily exercise, a new study found. The active gamers didn't move more than children playing traditional sit-on-the-sofa video games.
January 6, 2012 Tracking what you eat and how much you exercise seems to work when it comes to weight loss, and the USDA's new SuperTracker wants to help. The new online interactive tool taps into the government's nutritional database. The database, though, doesn't include some popular foods like Pop-Tarts.
Swimming is one form of exercise that can help prevent arthritis from getting worse, doctors say.
November 28, 2011 Exercise keeps arthritis from getting worse, doctors say. But a new study suggests that many adults with joint pain aren't trading in their sedentary lifestyles for daily workouts.
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