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The idea is that one can perform just as well—mentally and physically—on three hours of sleep apportioned in six equal-sized naps taken throughout the day. And it's hogwash.

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Getting older doesn’t have to mean getting slower. Not with a leg up from the frontiers of science.

We know too much time spent on the couch is deadly, but what about the hours you spend in the saddle or on the trail? Is there really such thing as too much exercise?

I like to ride my bike to and from work. I use the same outfit for both rides, which my coworker says is nasty. If I lay my clothes out in the sun while I’m working, won’t the sun kill the bacteria on them? (Please say yes or I’ll lose a bet.)

New technology has made it easier than ever to keep real-time tabs on an endless array of fitness metrics. Don't drown in the data stream.

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I'm a 31-year-old professional who sits on his butt a lot. I used to find getting into shape easy, but now es no bueno. I'm not overweight, I just can't get into an exercise routine which actually helps me get fit and buff. Can you give me advice on how to get fit enough to be rocking in the sack again?

Where did the myth that a woman’s uterus would fall out if she participated in sports come from?

I feel like whenever it’s cold outside, I have to pee more. Same thing goes for swimming in cold water. What’s going on?

I live in Minnesota, so for half of the year I either exercise indoors or am pretty covered up. How often should I be screened for skin cancer?

I want this to be the year that I finally get in shape and stay in shape—but I say that every year. How can I actually make my resolutions stick for once?

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These days, screen-addicted Americans are more stressed out and distracted than ever. And there’s no app for that. But there is a radically simple remedy: get outside. Florence Williams travels to the deep woods of Japan, where researchers are backing up the theory that nature can lower your blood pressure, fight off depression—and even prevent cancer.

When his wife Amy showed up with a Labrador Retriever, Jeff Supergan wasn't sure it made sense. He had never had a dog before, and, being confined to a wheelchair, didn't know if he could handle it. But when Amy's doctors discovered an unexpected brain tumor, the dog ended up taking care of them both.

As an athlete who spends a lot of time in the sun, I wonder if I should be taking sunscreen pills. Do they work as well as lotions?

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I like to work out during my lunch break, but I just switched jobs and my new office building doesn’t have showers. How important is it that I shower after working out?

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Rick Paulas takes a look at Allen Carr's The Easy Way to Stop Smoking and wonders if the author might actually be right

It seems like every time I complete a race that lasts longer than a few hours, I get sick afterward. Why is that, and is there any way to prevent it from happening?

I only put sunscreen on the uncovered parts of my body, but should I be using it under my clothes, too? How well do my clothes protect me against the sun?

Is it safe to participate in my triathlon club’s ocean swims while I’m menstruating, am I more likely to get attacked by a shark?

My mom always said to stay inside during dust storms because the dirt could make me sick. Can racing a muddy, dusty event make me ill?

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