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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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No time for exercise is never a good excuse

Health & Fitness Column

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends cardiorespiratory (aerobic) exercise be performed for at least 150 minutes per week with moderate intensity or at least 75 minutes per week with vigorous intensity, or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity. Strength training should be done two to three days per week.

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Future success depends on learning from the past

In any accomplishment in life, we usually experience defeat before we succeed. Just like learning to ride a bike as a child, we fall numerous times before we finally get it. Your fitness program will most likely work the same way.

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