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Easy Strategies To Keep Active As You Get Older

Maintaining physical activity as you get older will help you keep your independence longer, prevent or manage any chronic illnesses and easily continue to do everyday tasks.

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Stretching: The Best Way for Fall Athletes To Avoid Sports Injuries

Most fall athletes are coming off a summer of limited activity. This can lead to preventable pain and soft tissue injuries that could last throughout the season.

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Avoid Common Errors In Training for Your First Race

Unfortunately, as runners begin to train for their first running competitions, many become injured. Here are some of the most common running injuries and tips on how to avoid them.

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Water, Carbs and Race Day Eating: What Endurance Athletes Should Know

Endurance athletes experience significant sweat and energy losses that need to be replaced for proper performance. Here is advice from UH Sports Medicine on how to prepare for an endurance event.

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Pressure and Performance: What We Can Learn From Elite-Level Athletes

U.S. Olympic gymnast Simone Biles’ decision to withdraw from parts of Olympic competition has brought attention to the pressure that elite athletes face. But are there lessons to be learned for the rest of us?

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Work Outside in the Heat? How To Stay Healthy and Hydrated

As little as a 2 percent decrease in your bodily fluids can result in a 10 percent to 20 percent deficit in your performance. Know the symptoms of dehydration and tips to keep the fluid flowing.

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Top 4 Tips For Exercising In the Heat

Everyone who has exercised in hot, humid conditions knows it feels harder to perform. Besides affecting performance, exercising in the heat increases the risk of serious illnesses such as heat illness, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke.

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How Getting Active Can Help Your Body Fight Off Illness

Obesity and other chronic health issues are major risk factors for severe disease or death from COVID-19. This finding underscores a larger truth about how health and fitness play an important role in your ability to fight off viruses and illness.

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