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Pogo cardio, anyone? Workouts get wacky
Pogo cardio, anyone? Workouts get wacky
Get off that boring old treadmill and belt out a cheesy Elvis song on the exercise bike, instead. Strut around in 3-inch heels or work up a sweat on the pogo stick. As gyms compete with dance studios and adult sports leagues to hold on to members with ever-shorter attention spans, run-of-the-mill aerobics and other classes are getting an injection of creativity. So, sessions like “Karaoke Spin,” “Pogo Bootcamp,” and “Stiletto Strength,” are springing up in gyms across the country.
“People are putting in longer hours at the office,” said Donna Cyprus, who’s in charge of programming for Crunch Fitness. “The gym shouldn’t be another chore.” But, increasingly, the fitness-conscious view it exactly that way. Since 2000, the average length of a gym membership has dropped from 5.7 years to 4.6 years, according to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association. Continued

Men's Fitness magazine names top 25 'fittest' colleges
CARLISLE, Pa. - As a member of Dickinson College’s volleyball team, Cara Scaduto gets plenty of exercise, but she still has to take physical education courses in order to graduate. “It’s a very important thing for everyone to have their heart healthy and your body in shape,” said Scaduto, 21, as she sat on an exercise machine Monday in the campus fitness center. Dickinson’s commitment to health has given the 2,300-student liberal arts college in south-central Pennsylvania a new distinction: fittest college campus. Citing the school’s physical education requirement, its recreation center amenities, and range of healthy choices in its dining halls, Men’s Fitness magazine put Dickinson on top in a ranking of the nation’s “fittest colleges.” The second annual survey of nearly 12,500 students at 115 colleges and universities is be published in the magazine’s October issue. Continued...
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Most U.S. elderly in hospitals with heart ills - Congestive heart failure, hardening of the arteries, heartbeat irregularities and heart attack are four of the five most common reasons elderly Americans go into the hospital
Check for the heart-check mark when shopping for whole grains - Do you know what to look for when shopping for whole-grain foods? A good place to start would be to see if the product carries the American Heart Associations distinctive red and white heart-check mark.
Open the Door to a Healthy Heart - As cholesterol levels increase, most people are unaware that heart disease begins in childhood. This site is dedicated to providing heart-healthy tips for the entire family. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
Heart benefits may be squeezed from berry - Scientists have found a new way to process an ancient berry that could yield a particularly heart-healthy juice, according to a new report.
Healthy Heart Quizzes - Take one of our quizzes to test your heart health knowledge and learn something new

 Kid's Health and Fitness Harried parents urged to let their kids just play
CHICAGO - Here’s some soothing medicine for stressed-out parents and overscheduled kids: The American Academy of Pediatrics says what children really need for healthy development is more good, old-fashioned playtime. Many parents load their children’s schedules with get-smart videos, enrichment activities and lots of classes in a drive to help them excel. The efforts often begin as early as infancy. Spontaneous, free play — whether it’s chasing butterflies, playing with “true toys” like blocks and dolls, or just romping on the floor with mom and dad — often is sacrificed in the shuffle, a new academy report says. Continued...

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20 Secrets of Very Fit People - What do those really fit people do to look that good and have so much energy? Continued...
Juice vs. Juice-ing - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 75 percent of Americans don't eat the recommended five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Juicing is the easiest and most effective way to reverse this alarming trend. Continued...
Wine or Beer: Which Is Better for You? - Now that beer is once again the alcohol of choice for Americans, with 41 percent claiming it as their preferred drink, according to a recent Gallup Poll, it's worth asking, are we making a mistake? After all, beer was a close second last year to wine, and wine has gotten a lot of good press lately. Should we be chugging less and sipping more? Which one is really better for youwine or beer? Continued...
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