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Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Best Workouts for Every Mood

Fitness Fixes for Any Mood

Dreary days got you down? Don’t let that ruin your workout. Whether you’re feeling crabby or floating on cloud nine, you can maximize your mood to blast a ton of calories and bust out of an emotional rut—if you choose the right routine. In fact, studies have shown workouts to be as powerful as drugs at treating depression. And a little goes a long way—even 10 minutes has been shown to boost energy and mood. To find out how to channel emotional ups and downs into more effective workouts, we tapped Stacey Rosenfeld, PhD, a clinical psychologist and certified personal trainer in New York City who has studied the effects of different workouts on mood.

Friday, January 21, 2011

30-Second Weight Loss Tricks

Quick-Hit Weight Loss Strategies

We like our weight loss plans the same way we like our Wi-Fi—fast and fail-proof. Science shows that when it comes to dropping pounds, small changes can yield big results.

So even if you have less than a minute to spare, you’ve got time to cut calories and curb cravings. These weight loss tricks take a half-minute to complete, but you’ll reap the rewards long after those 30 seconds are up.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Caffeine Reduces Muscle Pain During Exercise

Another study adds to the growing research about the effects of caffeine on reported muscle pain during exercise. A study [Effect of Caffeine on Leg Muscle Pain During Cycling Exercise among Females] published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that caffeine ingestion has a large effect on reducing leg muscle pain during exercise among females.