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Many athletes stretch before and after exercise, but they may not be gaining benefits from doing so. ESB Basic/shutterstock.com

Why stretching is (still) important for weight loss and exercise

Who hasn't been told to stretch before and after exercise to prevent injury and improve performance? There may be no scientific evidence to back that up, although stretching has other benefits.
Study finds quality trumps quantity when it comes to muscle strength. EPA/http://www.epa.eu/sports-photos/sports-events-photos/south-africa-south-africa-body-building-championships-photos-52192398

Why bigger isn’t always better in the world of muscle building

New research shows bodybuilders' muscle quality is lower than that of people who don't train at all - but size is still a pretty good guide to strength.
Strength training, as opposed to gentle exercise, may be a better way for women over 50 to improve their muscle strength and kick menopause symptoms. Claudia Daut/Reuters

Post-menopause? Hit the weights, not the treadmill

Strength training is an ideal way for older women to mitigate the symptoms associated with menopause.

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