We Tried It: A 50-Minute Dance Session That Promises to Leave You Sweating — and Smiling

What It Is: FORWARD__Space, a dance space frequented by celebrities who want a good workout. Who Tried It: Lindsay Kimble, PEOPLE.com staff editor and Sheila Cosgrove Baylis Health editor Level of Difficulty: 8/10 — You’ll be left totally breathless, but the moves and choreography are geared toward both seasoned dancers and wannabe dance floor champs. I haven’t been to a night […]

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Five quirky outdoor fitness challenges to start training for now

Signing up for a fitness challenge is one of the best ways to get an all-natural adrenaline fix. You can’t beat the sense of achievement you get when you cross that finish line. But what if the thought of a marathon is your idea of hell on Earth? Luckily there are plenty of alternative fitness challenges for endorphin-seekers who are […]

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Whitney Way Thore Slams People Congratulating Her for Losing Weight

Whitney Way Thore could not care less about how much she weighs — and she doesn’t want anyone else caring about the number either. The star of My Big Fat Fabulous Life slammed her Instagram commenters for speculating that she lost weight and congratulating her for doing so, even though Thore has never said she did. Speaking directly to her […]

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Cardio-respiratory synchronization may represent a new measure of health and fitness

Observation of extended episodes of one-to-one synchronization between heart rate and breathing rate for athletes suggests their training specifically contributes to an enhanced connection within the nervous system. Researchers from the School of Engineering at the University of Warwick have managed to expand the knowledge of the cardio-respiratory system after conducting an experiment measuring heart rate during fast-paced breathing. Published […]

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Daily Fitness Challenge: How many press-ups can you do in 30 seconds?

We are setting daily fitness challenges to try at home, at the gym or in the park, as part of our Staying Active summer series. Today’s fitness challenge is press-ups for time – how many can you do 30 seconds? The aim is to get you active every day for six weeks over summer. And today’s challenge is a tough […]

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Britney Spears Challenges Herself to an Extra 15 Minutes on the Treadmill: 'I Literally Hate It'

Britney Spears is passing her own fitness challenges with flying colors. The pop star has long been known to share her workouts with her Instagram followers, and on Monday, she revealed she had successfully challenged herself to spend a little extra time with one thing she typically dreads: the treadmill. Spears, 37, posted a video on Monday that she filmed […]

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Sheaths drive powerful new artificial muscles

Over the last 15 years, researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas and their international colleagues have invented several types of strong, powerful artificial muscles using materials ranging from high-tech carbon nanotubes (CNTs) to ordinary fishing line. In a new study published July 12 in the journal Science, the researchers describe their latest advance, called sheath-run artificial muscles, or […]

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Heart risk raised by sitting in front of the TV, not by sitting at work

Sitting for long periods of time has been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease and early death, but a new study suggests that not all types of sitting are equally unhealthy. The study, led by researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, found that leisure-time sitting (while watching TV) — but not sitting at work — […]

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Skinny self-image, heavy workouts in adolescence are warning signs, study shows: 22 percent of young men, 5 percent of young women engage in ‘disordered eating’ to bulk up

Adolescents who see themselves as puny and who exercise to gain weight may be at risk of so-called muscularity-oriented disordered eating behaviors, say researchers led by UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals. The researchers found that 22 percent of males and 5 percent of females ages 18-to-24 exhibit these disordered eating behaviors, which are defined as including at least one of the […]

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