September 2013 Fitness Breakthroughs

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September 2013 Fitness Breakthroughs

Why what you eat matters less than what you play when it comes to getting lean, and other fitness news that can affect your life.
Which sport has the most heart—or, better said, builds you the biggest heart? Rowing. To make sure astronauts are fit for space (and to ease their reacclimation to earth), the National Space Biomedical Research Institute trains them like elite-level rowers before launching them toward the final frontier. “Because of the unique cardiovascular stresses, rowers have the largest hearts of any competitive athlete,” says Benjamin Levine, M.D. So swap the treadmill for a rowing machine.

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