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Getting Your Exercise in Nature May Bring Added Benefits

Exercising in natural surroundings -- a jog through a park, a bicycle ride along a trail -- could be more beneficial than working out indoors, a new review suggests.

However, access to natural areas that are public varies widely, with not everyone having the chance to exercise ou...

Exercise at One Time of Day Might Be Best for Blood Sugar Control

Folks trying to control their blood sugar levels might do best to work out in the evening, a new study suggests.

Exercise performed between 6 p.m. and midnight appeared to be better at controlling blood sugar levels all day long, according to results published June 10 in the journal Obesity.

This was partic...

Moving Off the Couch Brings Healthy Aging: Study Finds Benefit

It's tempting to binge-watch TV, but yet another study finds that when it comes to healthy aging, the less time on your sofa, the better.

The study looked at 20 years of data on more than 45,000 people taking part in the Nurses' Health Study. All were at least age 50 in 1992 and free of chronic disease when they entered the study.

Researchers tracked lifestyle habits like time sitti...

Lifestyle Changes May Slow or Prevent Alzheimer's in People at High Risk

New research shows that a set of healthy lifestyle habits can help preserve brain function in folks with mild cognitive impairment or early dementia.

About 71% of patients who ate healthy, exercised regularly and engaged in stress management had their dementia symptoms either remain stable or improve without the use of any

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  • June 7, 2024
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  • Have High Blood Pressure? Weekly Workout May Lower Risk to Your Brain

    Vigorous exercise more than once a week can lower the risk of dementia for people with high blood pressure, a new clinical trial shows.

    People who engaged each week in vigorous physical activity had lower rates of mild cognitive impairment and dementia despite their h...

    Could Tough Workouts Trigger a Hot Flash?

    While going through menopause, many women who gain weight head to the gym for intense workouts, but new research suggests that too much exercise may help trigger another side effect: hot flashes.

    In a report published May 29 in the journal

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  • May 31, 2024
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  • 'Moving Forward': Battling Parkinson's, He's Rowing His Way to Paralympic Games

    For decades, Todd Vogt has been dedicated to the sport of rowing, believing he was in peak physical condition. Then, a series of symptoms began to emerge, turning his life upside down.

    "My left arm stopped swinging, and I felt incredibly fatigued," Vogt, 49, recalled. "Eventually,...

    Tracking Exercise by Steps or Minutes? Study Finds Either Method Boosts Health

    Some folks like to count their daily steps, while others prefer exercising for a certain amount of time during a day or a week.

    Luckily, either approach boosts health, a new study finds.

    Exercise targets based on either step count or minutes are equally associated with lowe...

    Pushing the Body in 'Extreme' Sports Won't Shorten Life Span

    Athletes who push themselves to maximum performance don't appear to pay a price when it comes to their longevity, a new study says.

    The first 200 athletes to run a mile in under four minutes actually outlived the general population by nearly five years on av...

    Study Finds Heart Damage in 'Couch Potato' Kids

    Children and young adults who are couch potatoes could wind up with enlarged hearts, increasing their risk of heart attack, stroke and early death.

    Sedentary behavior contributed as much as 40% to the total increase in heart size between the ages of 17 and 24, researchers found.

    Further,...

    Staying Fit Boosts Kids' Mental Health

    The benefits of physical fitness for kids spill over into their mental health, new research shows.

    Getting plenty of exercise may guard against depressive symptoms, anxiety and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study published April 29 in the journal J...

    Living Healthy Counters Effects of 'Life-Shortening' Genes

    Doctors argue that genetics aren't destiny when it comes to a person's health, and a study appears to support that notion.

    A healthy lifestyle can offset the effects of life-shortening genes by more than 60%, researchers found.

    People at high genetic risk of a curtailed lifespan could extend their life expectancy by nearly 5.5 years if they've adopted a healthy lifestyle by age 40, ...

    Take the Stairs & Step Up to Longer Life

    Want to live longer? Choose the stairs over the elevator, a new review suggests.

    Folks who regularly climb stairs have a 24% reduced risk of dying from any cause, and a 39% reduced risk of dying from heart disease, compared to those who always take the eleva...

    Birth Control Pill Might Lower Odds for Sports Injuries

    Active women using the pill appear to receive an added bonus from their birth control, a new study says.

    These women are less likely to suffer sprains and strains than women not on birth control, researchers reported recently in the journal Medicine & Science...

    Walking Your Way to Better Health

    Walking is one of the best exercises available to average folks, and it can be as easy as stepping out your front door, experts say.

    “It is something you can easily fit into your lifestyle,” said Dr. James McDeavitt, professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and executive vice president and dean of clinical ...

    Exercise Could Help Your Heart by Calming the Brain: Study

    You know exercise is great for your cardiovascular health, but new research suggests that your brain has a lot to do with it.

    It's all about physical activity's ability to lower stress levels within the brain, explained a team at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston.

    Bolstering that finding, their study found that exercise brought the greatest heart benefits to peop...

    It May Be Fine to Exercise During Long COVID

    People with Long COVID might be able to exercise to improve their health, something that up to now has been discouraged, a new study suggests.

    “The World Health Organization [WHO] and other major bodies have said that people with post-COVID should avoid intense exercise,” said lead researcher

    Active Workstations Could Make You Smarter at Work

    Desks that require folks to stand or move as they work also might help them produce better results on the job, a new study suggests.

    People's brains became sharper when working at a desk that made them stand, step or walk rather than sit, results show.

    Reasoning scores in particular improved when at an active workstation, researchers said.

    “It is feasible to blend movement w...

    Just 30 Minutes Less Sitting Time Per Day Cuts Seniors' High Blood Pressure

    Seniors wound up with lower blood pressure after they were coached to get up and move more often, a new study says.

    Health coaching successfully reduced sitting time for a group of older adults by just over 30 minutes a day, according to a report published March 27 in the journal JAMA Network Open<...

    Obesity Genes Mean Some Folks Must Exercise More for Same Results

    Some folks struggling with obesity appear to be hampered by their own genes when it comes to working off those extra pounds, a new study finds.

    People with a higher genetic risk of obesity have to exercise more to avoid becoming unhealthily heavy, researchers discovered.

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    More Weightlifters Are Injuring Heads, Faces During Workouts

    The weight room is becoming an increasingly dangerous place for folks trying to get into shape, a new study discovers.

    Head and facial injuries related to weightlifting have increased sharply during the past decade for both men and women, researchers found.

    Between 2013 and 2022, the annual rate of exercise- and weightlifting-related

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  • March 22, 2024
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  • Can You Build Muscle in Old Age? Yes, and an Expert Has Tips

    If you're in your 60s, 70s or even older, you might think your days of productively pumping iron are behind you.

    That's just not true, said Dr. Adil Ahmed, an assistant professor in the Joseph Barnhart Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

    Building and maintaining muscle is ...

    Sport Coach's Style Can Boost a Player's Mental Health

    Athletes whose coaches are open, authentic and positive are more likely to have better mental health, a new study says.

    Athletes feel happier and deal with problems more easily if their coaches adopt an “authentic leadership” style, researchers report in the journal

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  • March 7, 2024
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  • Even a Little Daily Exercise Cuts Your Stroke Risk

    Even a little physical activity can cut a person's stroke risk compared to being a complete couch potato, a new review shows.

    Folks whose physical activity levels fell short of recommended guidelines still had a lower risk of stroke than those who got no exercise, researchers report.

    Compared with no exercise, the highest “ideal” amount of physical activity cut stroke risk by 29...

    Stationary Bike Workouts Could Help Parkinson's Patients

    A bicycle built for two could be a positive prescription for Parkinson's patients and their caregivers, a small, preliminary study says.

    Parkinson's patients had better overall quality of life, improved mobility, and faster walking speed after sharing regular rides on a stationary tandem bike with a care partner, researchers plan to report at the annual meeting of the American Academy of ...

    Yoga Brings Brain Benefits to Women at Risk for Alzheimer's

    In a new study, yoga appears to have bolstered the brain health of older women who had risk factors for Alzheimer's disease.

    The study can't prove that the ancient practice will slow or prevent the onset of Alzheimer's, but it did seem to reverse some forms of neurological decline, researchers said.

    “That is what yoga is good for -- to reduce stress, to improve brain health, subje...

    One Way to Reduce Child Obesity: Get Kids Moving More in Class

    Regular standing and walking activities in the classroom can aid in the fight against childhood obesity, a new study shows.

    Children who took part in the Active Movement program experienced an 8% reduction in their waist-to-height ratio, according to results from British primary schools.

    Participation in sports also increased by 10...

    Women Over 60: Here's How Many Daily Steps You Need to Avoid Heart Failure

    Women might need a lot fewer daily steps to lower their risk of heart failure than they think, a new study suggests.

    The usual recommendation is that people get 10,000 steps a day, but women ages 63 and older actually gain solid heart benefits from around 3,600 steps daily, researchers report Fev. 21 in the journal

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  • February 26, 2024
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  • Junk Food Ups Colon Cancer Risk, But Most Americans Don't Know It

    Junk food increases people's risk of colon cancer, as well as alcohol, lack of exercise and obesity.

    Unfortunately, many Americans don't know about these risk factors for colon cancer, a new survey has found.

    Colon and rectal cancers have been rising in people under 50 for two decades, researchers said, meaning that many develop the cancer before screening colonoscopies are recommen...

    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 research...

    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 e...

    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 progr...

    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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