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A Before-School Exercise Program May Help Children Thrive

A supervised exercise program that gets young children running and playing for an hour before school could make them happier and healthier, while also jibing with the needs and schedules of parents and school officials, according to a new study involving two dozen elementary and middle schools. (New York Times)

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How to Fit in Exercise While You Travel

Traveling, whether for business or pleasure, is no reason to leave your fitness goals behind. Here’s how to get a good workout, on the go. (New York Times)

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Middle Age Is not Too Late to Increase Cardiac Fitness, Studies Show

Research has shown that nearly half of all New Year’s resolutions have faded by the end of January, and things only get worse after that. If you find yourself struggling, three new studies might rekindle your motivation. (Washington Post)

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Pedal through the Winter with Indoor Smart Trainers and Virtual Bike Routes

Smart trainers fuse fitness and social media in a virtual landscape without potholes or cars. (Milwaukee Sentinel Journal)

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Too Good to Be True? Experts Clash on Whether Hitting the Gym Helps the Brain

The study came with impeccable pedigree — published in a peer-reviewed journal, using the most rigorous approach — and it seemed to prove what countless worried baby boomers want to believe: that breaking a sweat is good for the brain. (STAT)

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Dangers of Energy Drinks for Kids

Energy drinks may be dangerous for kids and young adults, a new survey found. The most common problems included a fast heartbeat, insomnia and headaches. (MedPage Today)

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Cycling Does Not Harm Men’s Sexual Health, Study Says

Cycling does not negatively affect men’s sexual health or urinary function, a study has found. Researchers compared cyclists with runners and swimmers and found their sexual and urinary health was comparable. (BBC)

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‘Raw water’ Is the Latest Health Craze. Here’s Why Drinking It May Be a Bad Idea

By shunning recommended water safety practices, raw water purveyors may also be selling things you don’t want to drink that can make you sick. (Washington Post)

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What You Should Know Before Trying an Elimination Diet

Elimination diets, like the popular Whole30 diet, can help you find out how certain foods make you feel, and potentially reduce gastrointestinal distress. If you’re considering starting one, this is what you should know before cleaning out your fridge. (University of Washington)

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High School Coaches, Players Know Little About Concussion

Most high school coaches, players and parents do not know that a concussion is a brain injury. But they generally understand the importance of being symptom-free before returning to play and the potential effects of repeated concussions. (HealthDay)

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