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PERRY BUCHANAN: Seven deadly sins of fitness

HEALTH & FITNESS: Fortunately, for these sins there also are healthy redemptions

Succumbing to the “7 Deadly Sins” of fitness will stall your progress.

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PERRY BUCHANAN: Augie Nieto inspires with his fight against ALS

HEALTH & FITNESS: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis kills 6,000 people every year

While the ice bucket challenge has drawn some criticism, awareness about this always fatal illness also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease is needed.

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PERRY BUCHANAN:'Not-to-do' lists also important for your health

HEALTH & FITNESS: Don't stress the small stuff

We’re all familiar with creating a to-do list to get things done. Another list which can be even more important is the not to-do list.

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PERRY BUCHANAN: Shoot for a sustainable workout program

HEALTH AND FITNESS: If you are too extreme, you quickly can burn yourself out

Developing a reasonable, sustainable workout program is the best chance for maintaining a healthier lifestyle.

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PERRY BUCHANAN: Sweating is healthy, but not an indication an weight loss

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Sweating helps the body maintain temperature, but water loss does not mean fat loss

Sweating has many benefits, but is not a sign that you are burning calories.

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PERRY BUCHANAN: You shouldn't buy into the gluten-free diet hype

HEALTH & FITNESS: Gluten allergies do exist, but most who try it don't know why they should go gluten-free

If you’re not allergic to gluten or have celiac disease, you need to make sure you’re not exposing your diet to more fat, sugar and artificial ingredients that will have an adverse effect on your weight and health.

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PERRY BUCHANAN: Maintaining your weight loss success

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Weight maintenance os an elusive proposition for most dieters

In losing weight, the idea is to lose fat, not lean muscle. Once the weight’s off, there are some tips on how to keep it from coming back.

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PERRY BUCHANAN: Take care of your body after exercising

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Remember to take proper precautions when exercising

One of the most important components of a fitness program that is as important, but often gets less attention, is recovery.

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PERRY BUCHANAN: Forget setbacks, and stick to your goals

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Remember those resolutions, even if you occasionally break them

Two months have almost passed in this New Year, and you started 2014 strong with your resolution to get back in shape, and were doing great.

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PERRY BUCHANAN: Some old school still good in new year

HEALTH & FITNESS: Science does not change, but our knowledge of it does

As we age, our ability to move about is one of the more important quality of life issues that we face.

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PERRY BUCHANAN: Cold weather can invigorate exercise

HEALTH & FITNESS: Exercise-induced asthma can be a wintertime problem for some

While the cooler weather can make excerise more invigorating, those who suffer from exercise-induced asthma may need to take their workout program indoors.

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PERRY BUCHANAN: A guide to surviving the holidays

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Some planning can help fight expanding waistlines during the holidays

It is OK to overindulge some during the holidays, but a goal should be to not let eating get completely out of control.

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BUCHANAN: Measuring and evaluating body fat

What does the number on the weight scale really mean? It simply tells us how much we weigh, not how many of those pounds are actually fat.

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BUCHANAN: Make fall your season for change

Health and Fitness column

Fall is here! It’s an exciting time of year. The leaves will be falling, and the weather will be getting cooler -hopefully! Parents love it because kids are back in school and there is some normalcy back in their schedule. I like it because it is the second biggest season for those getting started on a fitness program.

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BUCHANAN: The perfect fitness plan for you is out there

Health & Fitness column

Fitness is complicated these days. There are so many programs, exercises, and implements to choose from that it’s hard to know what you should really be doing to get in condition. I get a few emails a month from Albany Herald readers asking me for advice or my opinion of some program. Unfortunately, all routines tend to present different information, require different diets, and make an effort to present themselves as superior to all other training routines. Is there really such a thing as the “perfect workout”?

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