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This Week in Fitness: Does Yoga Help With Chronic Back Pain?

A recent study states people with chronic back pain might benefit from yoga. The new results were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. They complement a U.S.-based study published last week that saw improvement in back pain among patients who participated in either yoga or stretching classes.


Charter Fitness joins IHRSA

"Charter Fitness is committed to continually providing better quality service for its members and surrounding communities.  Our membership in the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association is a reflection of our dedication to promoting a healthier lifestyle for the communities we serve," said Marie Palmisano, Charter's Director of Membership.


Genes Are No Excuse Not to Exercise

Study Shows Physical Activity Can Reduce the Effects of a Genetic Predisposition for Obesity. Previous research has shown that about 74% of all people in the U.S. with European ancestry have a genetic variation associated with the FTO gene that can lead to weight gain that raises the risk for becoming obese. The study states that obesity-causing effects of the obesity gene are weakened by 30% when adults are physically active.


Curb Your Holiday Weight Gain

With the holiday season upon us, recent studies suggest exercise can lessen or reverse the unwelcome consequences of holiday weight gain.


Reader Comments (1)

This article is really insightful. It is well-structured and quite to the point. Well done!
December 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonner Speer

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