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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,...

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 ...

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...

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...

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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  • 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...

    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 ...

    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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  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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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  • 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....

    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 ...

    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...

    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....

    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...

    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...

    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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  • 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...

    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...

    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,�...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 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," ...

    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 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.


    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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, ...

    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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  • 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 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...

    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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