Lumbar Traction

Q:Can lumbar traction help relieve lower back pain? A:Though it may provide temporary relief in some people, there’s not enough evidence to recommend it. Commonly used by physical therapists...

Take the Stairs!

You don’t have to join a gym or even change into exercise clothes to have free access to a fine piece of exercise equipment: stairs. There's no...

Can Fitness Shoes Tone Your Body?

Can simply sauntering around in a pair of so-called toning shoes give you more shapely legs and a “better butt,” as some companies claim? Can they help...

Slowing Down Muscle Loss

Most of us lose muscle as we age—a loss of 1 to 2 percent a year after age 50, on average, or about 30 percent between age...

4 Simple Steps to Better Balance

You can do these four balance exercises at home with no special training or equipment. Stand near something you can grab for support if needed, or do...

Why Swimming Is So Good for You

Swimming is an almost ideal way to stay in shape. If you don’t already swim, it’s not too late to start. And if you don’t like to...

High Altitudes and Health

Mountain states such as Colorado and Utah have healthy reputations, largely because they attract and inspire health-conscious people. But could it be that living at high altitudes...

Sitting Not So Pretty

Sometimes it’s hard to follow advice to exercise more. It takes effort to go to the gym, and you have to find time for that three-mile walk....

Finding the Right Sports Bra

If you’re a woman with large breasts, high-impact activity can be uncomfortable—perhaps embarrassing, too. Finding the right sports bra can make all the difference. Even low- and moderate-impact...

Does Exercise Build Immunity?

Should you not exercise when you have a cold? Or will exercise actually help keep you healthy by boosting your immunity? One theory is that moderate aerobic exercise...
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