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Dread your workouts? You may want to try something new

It's a known fact: If you don't enjoy something, chances are you won't stick with it for long. Lasting weight loss is about making permanent lifestyle changes that include regular exercise. But if your workouts are boring and feel like another chore to check off your to-do list, it's likely you'll give up at some point. The best thing to do is find an exercise you have fun doing so you actually look forward to your workouts. 

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More Results, Less Time

Get full-body toning with a few simple exercises.

Whether you're trying to get ready for swimsuit season or are just wanting to sculpt and tone your body, you want to see the most results possible in the shortest amount of time. After all, nobody wants to waste time doing ineffective exercises that yield small results. 

What you need for full-body toning are compound exercises that work multiple muscle groups at once. So don't spend your time focusing on one single bicep muscle when you could work your upper and lower body muscles at the same time. Get twice as many results in half the time by combining two exercises into one. 

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Significant Rise In Childhood Obesity, Especially Among Girls, Shown By 20-Year Study

Four-year-old girls are six times more likely to have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of more than 30 than they were 20 years ago and ten-year-olds are five times more likely, according to research published in the April issue of Acta Paediactrica. 

Swedish researchers who studied BMI figures for more than a thousand children over two decades discovered that obesity levels had risen significantly among younger children, but that levels were much more constant among teenagers included in the research. 

They also found that young girls were much more likely to be overweight or obese than boys.

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The Heart of a Woman

Heart Disease: Why It's Different for Women  -- By Karen Gardner, Health & Parenting Writer

Heart disease: It’s not just for men anymore. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), heart disease kills more than 500,000 women annually. In 2001, well over half of the people who died from heart disease were women. That’s right ladies, as far as heart health goes, it is no longer a man’s world.

Yet, "Women still think they cannot have coronary disease," says Dr. Massimo Guisti of Cardiovascular Associates of Virginia, PC. "They are more afraid of ovarian or breast cancer, but coronary disease is the actually the leading cause of death in women."

Heart disease often presents itself differently in women than it does in men. That includes the warning signs of a heart attack as well. In addition to the classic heart attack warning signs, such as chest discomfort, shortness of breath and pain in one or both arms, women may experience these less common signs:

  • Atypical chest, stomach or abdominal pain.
  • Nausea or dizziness without chest pain.
  • Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing without chest pain.
  • Unexplained anxiety, weakness or fatigue.
  • Palpitations, cold sweat or paleness.

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