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The human body is meant for movement. A wide variety of modern epidemics, from heart disease to diabetes to osteoporosis, are rooted in our sedentary lifestyles. Lifelong physical activity is crucial to optimum health, but running marathons is not required. For a sensible perspective, explore here.

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Child's Pose
Child's Pose is considered a resting pose and is often performed between more difficult poses as a way to regain focus. It stretches the feet, legs, hips and back.
13 Simple Aerobic Tips
Aerobic exercise is vital for optimum health, but too many people approach it in a haphazard way. Here is Dr. Weil's advice for gaining maximum benefits.
Aerobic Exercise for Well-Being
Aerobic exercise is any activity that increases your heart rate and respiratory rate, the kind that feels like work and makes you huff, puff, and sweat.
A Workout in Four Minutes
Research shows a four-minute workout (using high intensity interval training) may do the same job as 30 minute sessions.
Bridge Pose
The Bridge Pose is an excellent way to alleviate lower back pain by stretching chest, neck, thighs and spine.
Cat-Cow Pose
The Cat and Cow poses are often paired during a yoga session and provide a deep stretch for the muscles of the torso.
Child's Pose
Child's Pose is considered a resting pose and is often performed between more difficult poses as a way to regain focus. It stretches the feet, legs, hips and back.
Cobra Pose
The Cobra Pose can strengthen the back and stomach muscles and stretch the chest, shoulders and abdomen. Learn to do it safely.
Corpse Pose
The Corpse Pose is often the final pose to be completed in a yoga sequence as it relaxes and (despite the name) revitalizes the practitioner.
Cycling is Easy on the Joints
Cycling is the preferred activity for those with bad knees. It strengthens knee muscles without trauma, leading to less chance of future injury.
Downward-Facing Dog
Downward-Facing Dog pose offers the perfect way to unwind after a day hunched over the keyboard. Here's how to do it.
Exercise Pitfalls
I must point out a few pitfalls of exercise that are seldom discussed, especially in our fitness-obsessed age. Exercise is not the sole determinant of health any more than diet is.
Extended Side Angle Pose
A relatively advanced yoga pose, the Extended Side Angle offers an invigorating combination of exertion and stretching.
Full Boat Pose
The Full Boat Pose is a relatively difficult yoga position, but its potential health benefits make it worth the effort to master.
A Pill to Replace Exercise?

What can you tell me about this new pill that gives you the benefits of exercise without exertion? It sounds too good to be true.

Are Ultramarathons Unhealthy?

I've run a couple of marathons, and found that I enjoy the challenge. I'm thinking about training for an ultramarathon - a 100-mile race. Do you think this is healthy?

Arnica for Pain?

What can you tell me about using arnica to relieve muscle strain?

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