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Persistent Pacers

In a study of 131 marathons, Danish researchers found that women keep a steadier pace and that both men and women could avoid “burn out” by starting slower.

The Color Green Makes Exercise Feel Easier

Exercisers shown videos predominantly green, red or grey in tone while cycling did best with green, reporting that it raised their mood and made the activity less laborious.

Body Symmetry Correlates with Male Strength

German men whose left and right sides match in measurements were found to have stronger handgrips. Facial symmetry suggests additional benefits.

Treadmill Desks Boost Job Performance

A yearlong study found that treadmill work-desks boosted job performance in the view of both workers and their bosses.

Yoga Boosts Hearts, Shrinks Waistlines

German scientists reviewing 44 studies concluded that hatha yoga improves blood pressure and other markers of heart health while also reducing waist circumference.

Cycling Rx

To combat obesity, Boston doctors are writing prescriptions for bike-sharing programs, reducing the annual cost from $85 to $5.

Heelless Shoes May Help Prevent Runners’ Injuries

Running shoes without heels may reduce impact injuries in runners but increase the potential for injuries from ankle rolls.

Medicinal Mushrooms Boost Athletic Performance

In a small Italian study, male cyclists that took cordyceps and reishi mushroom supplements enjoyed higher testosterone and cortisol levels post-race.

Brief Bouts of Yoga Bolster the Brain

A mere 20 minutes of yoga postures, breathing and meditation boosts the brain’s ability to quickly and accurately process information.

Weightlifting Lowers Heart Disease and Diabetes Risks

Regular weight lifters slash their risk of metabolic syndrome by 37 percent, thus lowering their chances of heart disease and diabetes.