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THIS JUST IN

On your toes or
on your knees,
they work.

GOOD-FOR-YOU NEWS, CUES AND REVIEWS

WATER BEST
FOR MOM
AND BABY
Pregnant women with gestational
diabetes who regularly drink artificially
sweetened beverages (think diet soda)
are more likely to have kids who are
overweight in early childhood compared
with pregnant women with gestational
diabetes who stuck to water, according
to a National Institutes of Health study.
Pregnant women who drank at least
one artificially sweetened drink per
day gave birth to children who were
60 percent more likely to have a high
birth weight and nearly twice as likely
to be overweight or obese at age 7.
The risk of children being overweight
or obese at age 7 was the same for
mothers who drank daily diet drinks and
mothers who consumed daily nondiet
drinks. (In other words, diet soda isn't
any better than regular.)
Your best bet? Drink water. Women
who drank water reduced their
children's obesity risk at age 7 by
17 percent.

QUIZ

Work Out Your
Fitness Knowledge

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SP RIN G 2 0 1 8

PUSHUPS

If you're on the hunt for the perfect exercise-one that will work multiple muscle groups, increase strength and require no equipment-look
no further than the humble pushup. Pushups engage muscles from
head to toe, including arms, chest, core, hips and legs. Using your body
weight to do pushups creates resistance, producing similar effects to
working out with weights. For women in particular, it also promotes
bone health.
To maximize results:
3 When doing a pushup, don't touch the floor as you descend.
Place an object-a book or rolled towel-beneath you so that you
remain 2 to 3 inches from the floor.
3 If a full-fledged pushup isn't feasible, try modifications.
Use a low bench to elevate your arms, which eases strain; put your
knees down to reduce your lifting load; or stand against the wall instead
of lying down.
3 To target certain muscle groups, change the position of
your arms. When hands are placed halfway inward from the normal
position, it works the chest muscles. When hands are placed outward,
it works the triceps.

PHOTOS BY GETTY IMAGES

Do you know the best time of
the day to exercise, or whether
you should lift weights until
your muscles tire? Take a quiz at
webmd.com/fitness-exercise/
rm-quiz-fitness-dos-donts.

WORKOUTS
THAT WORK:


http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/rm-quiz-fitness-dos-donts

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