FRIDAY, Aug. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You might know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers, but do you know your cardiorespiratory fitness level? Experts at the American Heart Association think this number may be an even better gauge of heart health.
Cardiorespiratory fitness shows how aerobically fit you are and how effectively your circulatory system sends oxygen throughou...
FRIDAY, July 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You don't have to go to the gym to get a great muscle-building workout. You don't even need equipment. There are many bodyweight-only exercises for strength training that you can do anywhere -- at home, when traveling, even at work if you've got a space you can exercise in. Here are two to try.
WEDNESDAY, June 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Next time you're ready to hit the sofa for an evening of TV, think twice -- it just might kill you.
Though too much sitting has long been linked to health risks, a new study suggests all sitting isn't the same -- and sitting in front of the TV after dinner for long hours at a stretch is especially unhealthy.
WEDNESDAY, June 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The biceps, the very visible muscles in the front of the upper arms, are a target in every comprehensive strength-training regimen, but what exercise is the most effective?
To answer that question, the American Council on Exercise asked scientists from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse to evaluate eight popular biceps exercises.
TUESDAY, June 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is an exercise technique done by alternating short bursts of all-out effort in an aerobic activity with periods done at a very slow pace.
HIIT has many benefits, not the least of which is being able to get the results of a regular 30-minute workout with less heavy exertion and making exercise more enjo...
FRIDAY, May 31, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The plank is one of the most popular exercises, surpassing sit-ups and crunches for effective core work.
Planks are thought of as ergonomic, meaning they're done without going against the natural curves of your body. Planks can be difficult at first, but once you've mastered the basic one, it's time to challenge yourself with variations that t...
WEDNESDAY, May 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Compound strength-training exercises get fast results, because they work many muscle groups at once.
Many of these exercises use just your own bodyweight, such as pull-ups, which engage not only the shoulders and all the muscles of your arms, but also those in your back and core. Other exercises can be enhanced by holding a weight or weights...
MONDAY, May 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You don't have to go to the gym for a strength-training workout. With these three moves, your own body weight provides the resistance needed to develop key muscles.
Start with the classic wall sit. Press your back into a wall and slide it down the wall as you walk your feet out in front of you, bending at the knees. Your thighs should be...
FRIDAY, April 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Flexibility in your upper body is important for many everyday activities you take for granted, like twisting and turning while backing out of a parking space. Try these three stretches to help keep your upper body agile. They don't require any special equipment and can even be done in your office.
FRIDAY, April 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Are you in a time crunch for even a short workout? Experts at the American College of Sports Medicine created a 7-minute plan that can fit into almost anyone's schedule.
The program uses high-intensity training in an exercise circuit, meaning that you quickly progress from one exercise in the circuit to another, exercising full out for each o...
TUESDAY, April 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Wall sits, leg curls and leg lifts are three effective thigh exercises that don't require any strength-training equipment -- just your own body weight, so you can do them virtually anywhere, even at the office.
Here's how to exercise with proper form.
Wall sits are also called the invisible chair. Stand with your back firmly...
TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Working your triceps might not always be top of mind, but toning the muscles that run along the backs of your upper arms is key to the smooth functioning of your elbows and to also give bare arms a sleeker look.
For a study sponsored by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), scientists from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, evaluated ...
THURSDAY, Feb. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you're bored with doing squats for a better bottom, it's time to vary your workout.
For a study sponsored by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), scientists at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse evaluated popular exercises for the glutes to find the ones that are most effective.
THURSDAY, Feb. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Have you been neglecting your calves? Many people forget about these important muscles when doing strength training. These exercises will add definition and help protect against some lower leg injuries.
Start with seated calf raises. Sit on a chair or bench with feet flat on the floor. Lift your right heel as high as you can, pressing toes i...
TUESDAY, Feb. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Upper body strength is important at every age, but you don't need to be a bodybuilder to benefit from working your pectoral, or chest, muscles.
For a study sponsored by the American Council on Exercise, scientists from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse evaluated nine popular pec exercises to determine which ones best engaged these muscle...
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Heart-pumping exercise benefits the brain, improving thinking skills even in younger adults, a small study suggests.
For the study, scientists tracked more than 130 adults, aged 20 to 67. The investigators found that aerobic exercise increased participants' overall fitness as well as their so-called executive function -- thinking skills tha...
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Staying active in old age may help preserve your memory and thinking skills, a new study suggests.
In fact, older people who were physically active kept their minds sharp, even if their brains showed signs of lesions or other markers linked to Alzheimer's disease or other dementias, researchers found.
THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise is good for your mental health, as long as you don't overdo it, researchers say.
An analysis of data from 1.2 million people in the United States found they reported 3.4 days a month of poor mental health on average. But those who were physically active had 1.5 fewer "down" days a month than those who were not active.
TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- You already know that exercise is good for your health and your heart, both to prevent heart disease and, for those who already have a heart-related condition, to make managing it easier.
But you might be even more motivated to work out if you better understand exactly how exercise helps.
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to getting and staying fit, women may have an aerobic edge over men, new research suggests.
In a small new study, investigators compared oxygen uptake and muscle oxygen extraction in 18 young men and women while they worked out on a treadmill. Oxygen uptake is an important measure of aerobic fitness.
TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Pump up your workouts, pump up your memory, new research suggests.
The study of 95 healthy young adults showed that six weeks of 20-minute bouts of interval training led to significant improvements in what's called high-interference memory. An example of this type of memory is distinguishing your car from another of the same make and model.
FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of yoga and aerobic exercise may benefit people with heart disease, according to a new study.
"Combined Indian yoga and aerobic exercise reduce mental, physical and vascular stress and can lead to decreased cardiovascular mortality and morbidity," said study authors Sonal Tanwar and Dr. Naresh Sen, from Hridaya Ganesha Sunil Memo...