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How to Keep the 'Ozempic Effect' Going: Exercise

An open question for weight-loss drugs like Ozempic, Wegovy and Zepbound has been whether folks will keep the pounds off when they stop taking them.

Regular exercise could be the key to quitting the drugs without regaining weight, a new Danish study says.

“It is actually possible to stop taking the medication without large weight regain, if you follow a structured exercise regime,...

Can't Exercise Every Day? Weight Loss Is Still Possible

Folks can lose weight even if they pack all their weekly exercise into one or two days, a new study finds.

Guidelines recommend that people get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous exercise.

“Weekend warriors” who condense all that exercise into one or two days each week can lose about the same amount of weight as people who ...

Women Get More Health Gains From Exercise Compared to Men

There's good news for females who think that men shed pounds faster than women do: New research shows women get more health benefits from exercise than men, even if they put in less effort.

When exercising regularly, women's risk of an early death or fatal heart event drops more than that of men who work out, researchers found.

Over two decades, physically active women were 24% less...

School Uniforms Might Get in the Way of Kids Exercising

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2024 (Health Day News) -- Schools that want little girls to get plenty of exercise might want to rethink their dress code.

A University of Cambridge study of more than 1 million kids in 135 countries found that in countries where most students wear school uniforms, fewer kids get the 60 minutes a day of physical activity recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO...

Exercise a Lot? You May Lower Your Risk of COVID Infection, Hospitalization

Folks who get regular exercise are less likely to become infected with COVID or develop a severe case requiring a hospital stay, a new study finds.

Compared to couch potatoes, adults who adhere to U.S. physical activity guidelines have 10% lower odds of COVID infection and 27% lower odds of hospitalization from it, results in

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  • February 14, 2024
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  • As Pickleball's Popularity Has Soared, So Have Injuries

    Pickleball has become the darling of older folks trying to stay in shape, but new research shows that with that popularity has come a surge in serious injuries.

    Bone fractures related to pickleball have increased 90-fold over the last 20 years, with most injuries occurring in adults ages 60 to 69, finds a new analysis presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Or...

    You Probably Can't 'Exercise Away' the Calories in Sodas: Study

    Don't expect to sweat away the heart risks posed by sugary sodas and drinks, a new study warns.

    Canadian researchers found that even if the recommended 150 minutes of weekly physical activity protects against cardiovascular disease, it's not enough to counter the adverse effects of sugar-sweetened beverages.

    “Physical activity reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease associated ...

    Exercise Can Be a Painkiller for Cancer Patients

    Being active may help ease ongoing cancer pain.

    That's the key takeaway from a study of more 10,600 people with a history of cancer and over 51,000 without the disease.

    A team led by Erika Rees-Punia of the American Cancer Society and

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  • February 12, 2024
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  • Healthy Living Builds 'Cognitive Reserve' in Brain That May Prevent Dementia

    New research suggests healthy lifestyles can help stave off dementia, perhaps by building a resilient 'cognitive reserve' in the aging brain.

    The study was based on the brain autopsies on 586 people who lived to an average of almost 91. Researchers compared each person's lifestyle and end-of-life mental skills to their neurological signs of dementia, such as brain protein plaques or chang...

    Neighborhood Gyms Can Be a Lifeline for Stroke Survivors

    Exercise is crucial to recovering from a stroke, helping victims regain lost physical and mental function.

    And stroke survivors are more likely to remain physically active -- or even exercise more than before -- if they have access to a neighborhood rec center or gym, a new study finds.

    The odds of a patient being more active in recovery than before their stroke was 57% higher among...

    Nerve Zaps Plus Intense Rehab Can Help Stroke Survivors Use Hands, Arms Again

    Losing the use of an arm after a stroke can be devastating, but new research could offer survivors fresh hope.

    The study found that a combination of targeted brain stimulation therapy, along with intense physical rehabilitation, can restore control of an affected arm or hand.

    “This is the first time that brain stimulation combined with rehabilitation therapy for stroke is availabl...

    Just a Small Boost in Fitness Cuts Men's Prostate Cancer Risk

    Even small increases in a man's cardio fitness can significantly reduce his risk of developing prostate cancer, researchers report.

    An annual increase in aerobic fitness of 3% or more is linked to a 35% lower risk of prostate cancer, according to a report published Jan. 30 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

    “Improvements in [cardiorespiratory fitness] in adult men...

    All That Sitting at Work Is Shortening Your Life

    Your office chair could be a killer.

    New research shows that folks who spent most of their workday sitting were 16% more prone to an early death, compared to folks in non-sitting jobs.

    The Taiwanese study did offer workers a glimmer of hope, however: Getting up & moving a bit during the workday or adding a bit of leisure-time exercise greatly reduced the risk.

    The researc...

    When Weight Loss Cures Diabetes, Risks for Heart Disease Tumble, Too

    Folks who drop pounds to help control their diabetes receive other substantial heath benefits for all their efforts, a new study says.

    Substantial weight loss that led to even a short-lived remission in type 2 diabetes also prompted a 40% lower rate in heart disease and a 33% lower rate of kidney disease, researchers report in the Jan. 18 issue of the journal

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  • January 19, 2024
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  • Cardio or Resistance Workouts: Is There a Best Combo for Your Heart?

    Getting bored with your treadmill or exercise bike?

    Picking up a couple dumbbells instead of lacing up your running shoes once in a while won't do your heart any harm, a new study reports.

    Splitting the recommended amount of physical activity between aerobic and resistance exercises reduces the risk of heart disease just as well as an aerobic-only workout regimen, researchers found....

    Walking, Biking to Work Lowers Inflammation That Could Trigger Disease

    Using two feet or two wheels to get back and forth to work each day could reduce the inflammation that leads to cancer, heart disease and diabetes, new research shows.

    So-called "active commuting" -- walking or biking to work -- for at least 45 minutes daily lowered levels of a blood marker for inflammation called C-reactive protein (CRP), Finnish researchers report.

    That was true ...

    Add Some Impact to Your Exercise to Keep Aging Bones Strong

    Putting a little pressure on your bones during exercise or daily activities might pay off in stronger bones as you age, new research suggests.

    The study focused on a crucial part of the hip joint anatomy called the femoral neck.

    Finnish researchers found that largely sedentary folks ages 70 to 85 maintained or gained bone strength in the femoral neck after a year-long exercise prog...

    Dopamine Hit Could Drive Mental Boost From Exercise

    TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2024 (HeathDay News) -- Folks often feel more alert and savvy after a great workout, and dopamine might be the reason why.

    A small, new study by British and Japanese researchers found higher levels of the "feel good" brain neurotransmitter were released by men during exercise.

    In turn, that seemed tied to better performance on thinking tests, the researchers said....

    No Benefit Seen From Most Workplace Wellness Programs

    Employees at many companies are urged to take advantage of free wellness programs focused on mindfulness, life coaching, better sleep and many other issues.

    Too bad most won't actually boost their well-being, a new study of over 46,000 British workers finds.

    Only one of the 90 different workplace wellness offerings appeared to boost well-being: Getting employees involved in charity...

    Shoveling Snow Can Be a 'Perfect Storm' for Your Heart, Experts Warn

    Snowstorms are blanketing the United States, prompting countless Americans to pick up snow shovels and clear walkways and driveways.

    Shoveling snow is more than a chore, however -- it can be a health hazard.

    The exertion of shoveling snow increases a person's risk of heart attack or sudden cardiac arrest, warns the American Heart Association.

    Snow shoveling has a prominent pla...

    Will Weed Help Your Workout?

    Using marijuana can help folks better enjoy a good workout, but it's not going to boost their athletic performance, a new study has found.

    A small group of runners reported greater enjoyment and a more intense “runner's high” when they exercised after using marijuana, according to new findings published recently in the journal

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  • January 8, 2024
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  • Resolved to Get Fit This Year? An Experts Offers Tips

    Is that New Year's resolution to improve your fitness already looking less likely?

    It can be tough to know where to start, said Benedikte Western, a research fellow at the University of Agder in Norway.

    “It takes time to develop new habits, but if you're motivated, it is certainly not impossible,” Western said in a univers...

    Better Mental Health in '24? Try Mindfulness + Exercise

    Combining mindfulness with exercise could be the key to managing stress during a potentially turbulent 2024, a new review argues.

    People who exercise and practice mindfulness meditation together tend to have less worry, stress, anxiety and depression than those who only engage in either activity, according to results from 35 studies involving more than 2,200 people.

    Mindfulness medi...

    America's Doctors Offer 10 Health Resolutions as You Start a New Year

    Still weighing whether to make a New Year's resolution? Or perhaps regretting letting your healthy habits slide during the holidays?

    Either way, the American Medical Association (AMA) has ten recommendations to help Americans improve their health in 2024.

    “It is quite common after the holidays to think about all you've eaten or your reduced physical activity and get discouraged,�...

    One Gender Loses More Muscle During Space Flight

    Women are more likely to lose more muscle mass during space flight than men, a new lab study suggests.

    Females participating in the extended bed rest study lost more leg muscle mass at two months than the men had lost at three months, results show.

    The findings “suggest that women are more susceptible to weightlessness-induced muscle atrophy,” researchers concluded in their repo...

    Genes Hold Clues to 'Athlete's Heart' Syndrome

    Elite athletes who suffer a sudden cardiac arrest might have genetics that make them more vulnerable to heart disease, a new study suggests.

    Analysis of more than 280 top-level endurance athletes revealed that 1 in 6 have measures that would normally suggest heart disease and reduced heart function, researchers report in the journal Circulation.

    Those athletes also carried ...

    'Couch Potato' Kids Can Become Young Adults With Heart Trouble

    Hours plunked down in front of the TV or staring at a phone screen in childhood could bring poor heart health decades later, a new study shows.

    Finnish researchers say kids who were largely sedentary tended to turn into young adults who battled high cholesterol and other health troubles.

    “Our study shows increased sedentary time in childhood may contribute to two-thirds of the t...

    More Research Shows the Brain Benefits of Exercise

    Regular exercise appears to enhance and even grow crucial areas of the human brain, new research using MRI scans shows.

    It's long been known that physical activity is a brain-booster, but this international study illustrates ways this could be happening.

    “With comprehensive imaging scans, our study underscores the interconnected synergy between the body and the brain," said study...

    Exercise Brings Better Quality of Life to Women With Advanced Breast Cancer

    Exercise can boost the quality of life of women who are battling advanced breast cancer, a new study has found.

    Women who took part in a nine-month structured exercise program reported less fatigue and a better overall quality of life, according to results presented Thursday at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

    “Optimizing quality of life is, of course, important for everyb...

    Do You Overindulge During the Holidays? Poll Finds You're Not Alone

    Holiday festivities bring joy to many, but they also give rise to quite a few unhealthy habits, a new survey has found.

    Two-thirds of people say they overindulge in food during the holidays, and nearly half (45%) said they take a break from exercise, according to a new survey from Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center.

    Meanwhile, a third admit they drink more alcohol during ...

    Timing of Menopause Could Affect a Woman's Muscle Loss

    Women who enter menopause early could be at increased risk of muscle loss in their senior years, a new study suggests.

    Conversely, the more extended a woman's reproductive period, the lower the risk of declining muscle mass as measured by handgrip strength.

    "This study showed that a longer reproductive period and later age at menopause were linked to a lower risk of low handgrip str...

    Couch Potatoes, 'Squatting Breaks' Could Keep Your Mind Sharp

    Doing some squats during commercial breaks or between YouTube videos can help couch potatoes keep their minds sharp, a new study suggests.

    Young volunteers who did short sets of squat exercises every now and then while relaxing performed better in brain games than when they simply sat around for hours, researchers report.

    Short bursts of exercise might help the brains of people who ...

    Cold Weather Running May Be Even Healthier

    Dreary, chilly winter days might cause some year-round runners to think twice about their jog, but recent research suggests the benefits of cold weather running outweigh those of running in warmer conditions.

    Specifically, cold weather can help runners burn more bad fat, lose more weight and feel healthier overall.

    “Cold weather doesn't have to force runners indoors and I encourag...

    Want to Avoid Knee Replacement? Build Up Your Thighs

    Squats and lunges aren't the most fun exercises, but a new study says they'll help save your knees.

    Folks with strong quads building up their thighs appear to be less likely to require a total knee replacement, according to a presentation scheduled for Monday at a meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago.

    Stronger muscles are generally associated with a...

    Any Activity, Even Sleeping, Is Healthier Than Sitting

    TUESDAY, Nov. 14, 2023 (Healthday News) -- There is nothing worse for your heart than sitting, a new study confirms.

    “The big takeaway from our research is that while small changes to how you move can have a positive effect on heart health, intensity of movement matters," said study first author Dr. Jo Blodgett, a research fello...

    Tai Chi Might Help Seniors Counter Mild Cognitive Decline

    The ancient art of tai chi, plus a modern twist, may help older adults reverse mild declines in brain power, a new clinical trial reveals.

    Researchers found that tai chi classes helped older adults improve their subtle problems with cognition (memory and thinking skills). It also helped them with a fundamental multitasking skill: walking while your attention is elsewhere.

    But while...

    Get Active: Study Finds Most Forms of Exercise Are Very Safe

    Working out offers a lot of health benefits, and the risks are astonishingly small, according to a new study from the United Kingdom.

    “This work demonstrates that engaging in fitness activities is overwhelmingly a safe and beneficial pursuit,” said study co-author Dr. Sean Williams, a researcher at the University...

    Even a Little Physical Activity Can Offset a Day Spent Sitting

    Even a little exercise can counter the harms of sitting all day, a new study suggests.

    Prolonged sitting raises your odds for an early death, but just 20 to 25 minutes of physical activity a day may offset that risk, researchers found.

    "If people, for any reason, are sedentary for most of the day, small amounts of physical activity will still lower the risk of death substantially," ...

    7,500 Daily Steps Before Surgery and Complication Risks Plummet

    Getting a certain number of steps each day can help people improve their fitness, but new research shows it also can pay off in the operating room.

    The odds of complications within 90 days after hospital discharge were reduced by half if a patient was getting more than 7,500 steps a day before their procedure, the study found.

    These postoperative complications typically occur after ...

    Heated Yoga Might Be a Natural Antidepressant

    Heated yoga classes can help some people with depression feel a lot better within a couple months -- even if they practice just once a week, a small clinical trial suggests.

    The study, of 65 people with moderate-to-severe depression, found that those randomly assigned to heated yoga classes saw a greater symptom improvement over eight weeks than those assigned to a waitlist.

    Overall...

    Running vs. Meds: Which Works Best to Beat Depression?

    Exercise has been dubbed "nature's antidepressant" by doctors for years, and now a new study confirms the notion.

    The finding follows a four-month look at the impact that running had on anxiety and depression when compared to a common antidepressant.

    SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) work by boosting levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that's a key player when it c...

    Even Short Bursts of Daily Activity Lengthen Life

    Good news for couch potatoes -- bursts of activity as short as one to three minutes in duration can prompt a steep decrease in the risk of heart attack, stroke and early death, a new study reports.

    Researchers tracked the activity of more than 25,000 people in the United Kingd...

    Exercise Can Preserve Astronauts' Heart Health on Long Space Flights

    Extensive exercise regimens are keeping astronauts healthy and protecting their hearts during extended space missions, new research finds.

    A study from scientists at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas found no loss of heart mass or output, and no loss of function in the heart's ventricles, during flights that can last up to six months.

    The findings could have implications...

    Early Morning Exercise May Be Best for Weight Control

    When it comes to staying trim, timing may be everything.

    That's according to new research that found adults who routinely engaged in moderate-to-vigorous exercise early in the morning were less likely to be overweight or obese than those who worked out later in the day.

    “For individuals who exercise regularly, their body mass index [BMI] is 2 units lower and waist circumference is...

    Dementia Risk Rises as Activity Rates Fall

    Bolstering the notion that a strong body equals a strong mind, new research indicates that the more inactive seniors are, the higher their risk for dementia.

    The finding stems from a look at the onset of dementia among nearly 50,000 Brits.

    All were at least 60 years old when information about typical daily activity routines was entered into the UK Biobank database at some point betw...

    An Exercise-Induced Hormone Might Help Protect Against Alzheimer's

    Therapies based on a hormone people make while exercising may be the next frontier in treating Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study.

    Researchers have found that the exercise-induced hormone irisin may reduce both the plaque and the tau tangles characteristic of the disease.

    Before this, this same team developed the first 3D human cell culture models of Alzheimer's disease, ...

    Fitter Folks Need Fewer Psychiatric Meds, Study Finds

    Being fit doesn't just help your body -- it also helps your mind, a new study reports.

    People in better physical condition appear to have less need for drugs to treat mood disorders, Norwegian researchers have found.

    “We find that people who are in better shape fill fewer prescriptions for anxiety and depression medications,” said senior author

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  • September 6, 2023
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  • 'Couch Potato' Childhoods Could Mean Heavier, Less Healthy Hearts Later

    Children need to get up off the sofa and move more, according to a new study that linked childhood sitting time with heart damage in young adulthood.

    That was true even when the adult's blood pressure and weight were healthy, according to researchers.

    “All those hours of screen time in young people add up to a heavier heart, which we know from studies in adults raises the likelih...

    Women With Larger Breasts May Be Less Likely to Exercise, Study Finds

    Women who have larger breasts tend to exercise less or less intensely, according to a new study that suggests having breast reduction surgery could be a game changer.

    Australian researchers looking at exercise participation for women in this category called for more accessible, publicly funded breast reduction and other interventions.

    The study used survey results from nearly 2,00...

    Fit When Young? You May Have a Lower Risk of 9 Cancers as You Age

    Having good fitness while young can really pay off when it comes to cancer risk later in life.

    New research found that cardiorespiratory fitness -- the ability to do aerobic exercise -- was associated with up to 42% lower risk of nine cancers, including head and neck, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, colon, kidney and lung.

    Researchers used Swedish registry data up to the end o...

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