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A Guide to Good Etiquette at the Gym

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Universal gym etiquette includes steps like turning off your cellphone whenever you're working out, being courteous when using shared equipment in the weight room, taking thoughtful steps such as not wearing heavy perfume, and wiping off your sweat after working out on a machine.

But there are also good rules to follow whenever you walk int...

Getting the Most Benefit From Ab Exercises

MONDAY, Feb. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Men and women alike want defined abs. But you don't have to achieve a "six-pack" -- the nickname for the three most visible pairs of abdominal muscles -- to get the benefits of a stronger middle, needed to support your back.

For a study sponsored by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), scientists from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse,...

That Gift of Exercise Might Go to Waste

THURSDAY, Dec. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- You might think the perfect gift for someone you love is a gym membership or a subscription to a healthy food plan, but you need to make sure the recipient will make use of them.

"As much as we may want to, we can't change people who are not ready to make changes in their own life," said Kara Shifler Bowers, a registered dietitian and a proj...

Eating Before Early Workout Helps Burn Carbs

FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you exercise in the morning, it may be a good idea to eat breakfast first.

A small British study finds that having breakfast before a morning workout triggers the body to burn more carbohydrates during exercise and also speeds digestion afterward.

The study included 12 healthy men who did an hour of cycling in the morning. They ei...

Exercise Really Can Chase Away the Blues … to a Point

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise is good for your mental health, as long as you don't overdo it, researchers say.

An analysis of data from 1.2 million people in the United States found they reported 3.4 days a month of poor mental health on average. But those who were physically active had 1.5 fewer "down" days a month than those who were not active.

Being...

Gyms With Tanning Beds Send Mixed Message

FRIDAY, July 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Gym rats are trying to get healthy. So why do so many U.S. gyms have tanning beds, researchers want to know.

Since indoor tanning raises the risk of skin cancer, this common combo sends a conflicting message to gym users, University of Connecticut researchers say.

"By pairing exercise with tanning beds, gyms send the message that tan...

Smart Choices for Your Home Gym

FRIDAY, March 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Home exercise equipment has come a long way over the years. It's a great option if you're starting a fitness program and don't want to go to a gym or can't get to your gym often enough.

There's also the convenience of having your favorite piece of cardio equipment in your home, especially on bad weather days.

Whatever your reason, t...