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September 22, 2012 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
Mitt Romney's physician described the Republican presidential nominee as an "energetic, strong, physically fit" man who looks younger than his age in a letter released Friday that offered the first glimpse into the state of the candidate's health. Dr. Randall D. Gaz, who practices at Massachusetts General Hospital and has been Romney's personal physician since 1989, said the former Massachusetts governor has "no physical impairments that should interfere with his rigorous and demanding political career" or his hopes of becoming the next president.
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HEALTH
June 13, 2005 | From the Washington Post
Fitness enthusiasts don't really need an oxygen testing program to be fit, but the test can help tailor workouts to a specific fitness level. Oxygen consumption testing, or VO2 max testing, has long been used to determine elite athletes' cardiac fitness. It can be applied to everyone, says Conrad Earnest, director of the Center for Human Performance and Nutrition Research at the Cooper Institute in Dallas.
SPORTS
July 8, 1989 | JIM LINDGREN
Football has always been a way of life for Guy Liggins of the San Francisco 49ers. But after surgery Monday to temper a rare heart disorder, the former Castle Park High and Southwestern College receiver feels fortunate just to be living. And he is through with football. On June 26, Liggins, 23, was working out with a friend at San Jose State when "it just happened," he said. "My heart rate speeded up. It made me feel real dizzy, and I felt like I was going to pass out."
NEWS
June 15, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
Men with cardiovascular disease often wonder whether sexual activity might be dangerous for them, potentially triggering a heart attack in the midst of the excitement, or whether the exercise might actually be good for the heart. A new review by the Harvard Men's Health Watch indicates that, as exercise, sex is probably not very helpful, but it is also most likely not very dangerous either. Careful studies have shown that about one in every 100 heart attacks is related to sexual activity; for fatal arrhythmias, the rate is about one in 200. For a healthy 50-year-old man, the risk of having a heart attack in any one hour is about one in a million; sexual activity doubles the risk, but that risk is still just two in a million.
HEALTH
July 4, 2005 | Roy M. Wallack
Some personal trainers say that obtaining biofeedback is the best way to get the most out of your cardio training. Consisting of a chest strap that uses electrodes to detect your heart rate and a wristwatch readout that displays it as beats per minute, a heart rate monitor encourages you to stay in a heart rate target zone that is challenging enough to increase your fitness, but easy enough to avoid injury or exhaustion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2003 | Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writer
The question, posed by a group of high school teachers at USC's Wrigley Institute Saturday, had the makings of the set-up for a bad joke. How do you monitor the heartbeat of a crab? The answer, it turned out, was more than obvious: Carefully. For the nine local high school teachers, the weekend conference on Catalina Island, which was sponsored by USC and the Global Heartbeat program, was a fun way to learn about the ins and outs of heart-rate monitors for the ocean-dwelling set.
HEALTH
January 12, 2009 | Jeannine Stein
This week, people are likely realizing that making resolutions is much easier than keeping them. Many are already faltering on their fitness goals, finding it difficult to brave the morning or evening chill. But don't reach for the doughnuts -- on this second week of a four-part series on starting a fitness program, we've got help from David Brinton, is a former Olympian, and currently an elite USA Cycling coach and president and founder of Technik Sports Inc.
HEALTH
April 11, 2011 | By Roy M. Wallack, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Debbie Bumgardner was an overworked 52-year-old legal secretary and frustrated yo-yo dieter from Tarzana who'd gradually cut back on tennis and biking over the years. By early 2010, she was 100 pounds overweight. A year later, Bumgardner is still overworked and stressed-out. But she's 70 pounds lighter, which she attributes almost entirely to Trikking. A Trikke (pronounced "trike") is a three-wheeled vehicle with foot platforms and upright handlebars that you propel in a standing position by shifting body weight from side-to-side, as if carving "S" turns while skiing.
HEALTH
September 6, 2012 | By Jessica P. Ogilvie
RuPaul became famous for his over-the-top drag performances and later, his VH1 show, "RuPaul's Drag Race. " But recently, the 51-year-old performer has turned his focus inward, embarking on a hiking regimen in his hometown of Los Angeles that, he says, has changed his life physically, emotionally and spiritually. We talked to him about what making that change was like, and the impact it's had on his life. How did you get into hiking? It started when I quit smoking. I was around 40, and I knew that I needed to get out of the house and occupy myself.
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