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Hard-Core Workouts Send 3 Oregon Players to Hospital

One Ducks football lineman has come down with rare, potentially life-threatening condition

(Newser) - Three University of Oregon players on the Ducks football team are recuperating at a local hospital after a series of intense workouts last week that left one of the players with a rare, serious condition, the Oregonian reports. Offensive linemen Doug Brenner and Sam Poutasi and tight end Cam McCormick... More »

Workout Not Doing Much? You May Need to Switch

Researchers say a simple at-home test can help you tell if you've picked your best workout

(Newser) - On the whole, working out is good for people. But when digging into the numbers, researchers have found a wide range of responses to regimens: Some people reap tremendous benefits, while others actually regress in their fitness, reports the New York Times . But new research suggests that these so-called "... More »

Music Makes High-Intensity Exercise Easier to Take

Tunes also make people more likely to continue

(Newser) - High-intensity interval training is all the rage, with research suggesting that just a few minutes of all-out sweating could reap the same health benefits as a 45-minute moderate workout, and that's true even for the elderly . The draw is clear—interval training takes less time, after all—but so... More »

Study: Minute of Hard Exercise Just as Good as 45-Minute Workout

Science has some good news for a change

(Newser) - "Most people cite 'lack of time' as the main reason for not being active," professor of kinesiology Martin Gibala says in a press release . But that's no longer a valid excuse for not getting in better shape. According to a study published Tuesday in PLOS One,... More »

Exercise Seems to Influence When, How Much We Drink

2 studies suggest more than just a casual link between sweating and drinking

(Newser) - If you ever crave a beer after sweating it out on the trail or at the gym, you're not alone. Two new studies suggest that there's a link between exercise and drinking, and that it "could be a good thing," reports the New York Times . What'... More »

Why Women Are Injecting Botox Under Their Hair

'Blowtox' does more than just prevent sweating

(Newser) - Women know what a workout can do to their 'do—and now dermatologists have a treatment for it. Called "Blowtox" by some, it's really a bunch of Botox injections in the scalp that prevent sweating and have the pleasant side-effect of keeping blow-dried or straightened hair from... More »

5 Ways You Shouldn't Work Out

Avoid the elliptical and drop the excessive cardio: Jennifer Cohen

(Newser) - Congrats on spending that hour at the gym—but are you spending it effectively? At , Jennifer Cohen offers tips on improving your workout by dropping some bad habits. Among them:
  • Stop using the elliptical, which is both "boring" and "ineffective," Cohen writes. Its motion isn'
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Some New Yorkers Work Out 3 Times Daily

Boutique gyms push them hard and charge bigtime

(Newser) - Think you're in shape? Then meet the New Yorkers who endure—sorry, enjoy—two or three workouts a day, along with a full-time job and whatever family or social life they can fit in. “It’s New York, and I think that everyone’s always just trying to... More »

Michelle Obama to Appear on Biggest Loser

First lady invites contestants to a workout at the White House

(Newser) - The first lady is coming to prime time. Michelle Obama will appear on NBC's The Biggest Loser the next two Tuesdays, reports the Washington Post . In the first episode, Obama will appear via video on the weight-loss show, inviting Loser contestants to the White House. In the second, she... More »

Exercising Makes Bosses Nicer

Those who hit the gym don't take stress out on subordinates: study

(Newser) - Got a crabby boss? Maybe you should get your office to chip in on a gym membership. Bosses who work out are less likely to mistreat their employees, according to a recent study in the Journal of Business and Psychology , spotted by Scientific American . Researchers had 98 MBA students fill... More »

Gaga's Drunken Diet Secret: Whiskey

Also, some yoga

(Newser) - Ever wonder the secret to Lady Gaga's killer abs? No? Well, it's a little something she likes to call "the drunk diet," reports the New York Daily News. "I like to drink whiskey and stuff while I'm working." But it's not all boozy fun: "I've... More »

Outdoor Workouts Improve Mental Health

Exercise in fresh air boosts mood; for greater benefits, just add water

(Newser) - Moving your workout outdoors improves overall mental health, and the benefits kick in within the first 5 minutes, researchers say. To get the greatest mood boost from exercise in fresh air, work out near a body of water, British scientists advise. In an analysis of 10 studies involving 1,250... More »

Drink a Slushie Before Workouts on Hot Days

Icy beverage seems to keep body cooler longer

(Newser) - Excellent news on the exercise front—ice slushies help. Two important caveats: They must be accompanied by actual exercise, and their benefit is evident only on hot days. It seems that people who drink the syrupy, icy concoctions before exercising—or, say, running a 5K or playing tennis—are able... More »

Running Again? 5 Mistakes to Avoid

Don't start too fast; wear the correct shoes; eat right

(Newser) - With winter showing signs (well, in some places) of easing off, it’s time for a lot of us to get back into running. But beginner or old hand, Megan Kretz cautions, beware these mistakes:
  • Too much, too soon: Stick to the 10% rule when increasing distance (ie, if you’
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Top 10 Workout Songs

Eminem, Kanye West top list of decade's gym anthems

(Newser) - With your annual weight-loss resolution on the horizon, Men’s Fitness aims to get you pumped up with its list of the decade’s top workout songs:
  • Lose Yourself , Eminem: “This song won the Academy Award for Best Song solely for its ability to motivate even 75-year-old voters to
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Drudge Alarmed Over Skinny Obama

Prez not chain-smoking, but does skip some meals

(Newser) - In a post today headlined “Barack ‘N Bones,” the Drudge Report sounds the alarm over President Obama’s gaunt appearance over the weekend. An intense, hoops-heavy exercise regimen is behind what the conservative site calls “dramatic” weight loss. “No, he’s not chain smoking,”... More »

Trainer Spills Michelle Obama's Workout Secrets

First lady follows intense weight routine

(Newser) - How does Michelle Obama stay so buff? Only her personal trainer knows for sure, so good thing he's willing to dish. Cornell McClellan credits "a holistic approach that includes strength, cardiovascular, and flexibility training," Women's Health reports. He says the first lady's routine includes lunges, bench presses, hip... More »

Too Much Exercise Is Gross, Dangerous

Intense celeb workouts take toll on Elle, Sarko

(Newser) - Madonna’s sinewy arms, Elle Macpherson’s “saggy knees,” Nicolas Sarkozy's collapse: Extreme exercise regimes are taking a noticeable toll on some celebrity bodies, highlighting the negative effects of an overly heavy workout, the Times of London reports. Experts say too much exercise does nothing to make us... More »

Night Owls Outmuscle Early Birds: Study

(Newser) - Night owls may have a tough time conforming to normal work schedules, but they do have one advantage in athletic ability that early birds can’t match, CNN reports. A new study tested leg strength at various times during the day and found that morning people were consistent while late... More »

Hef Ex Kendra to Peddle Stripper Poles

Reality star will also market pole workout

(Newser) - Tae Bo just not doing it for you? Kendra Wilkinson, Hugh Hefner’s ex, has a more exciting idea for your next workout. “I’m coming out with my own stripper pole and stripper pole workout,” she tells Us. “It will connect to the ceiling, and you... More »

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