Video: Exercise Can Change Your Brain

Video: Exercise Can Change Your Brain

Watch neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki as she discusses the life-changing benefits of physical activity on the most important organ in your body—your brain! You will be inspired by watching this short, fascinating video! LifeTip: Take a 30-minute walk every day for your...
Exercise Lowers Depression in School Age Children

Exercise Lowers Depression in School Age Children

Almost 800 children in Norway were assessed for moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) at ages 6, 8, and 10 years old. Researchers found those with higher levels of MVPA at 6 and 8 years old experienced fewer symptoms of depression 2 years later. Each hour of...
Exercise and Air Pollution

Exercise and Air Pollution

Fifteen cities in the world have air pollution so bad that 60 minutes of daily cycling outweigh the benefits of exercise. By measuring the annual levels of PM2.5 pollution (tiny particles that embed themselves deep in the lungs) which are created mainly by vehicles...
Regular Exercise Lowers Risk for Dementia

Regular Exercise Lowers Risk for Dementia

In the U.S. the total cost of caring for a person with dementia is $287,000, which is 57% higher than caring for a patient with any other disease. Sadly, there is no effective treatment for dementia. However, the Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Survey has revealed...
Any Physical Activity Better than None!

Any Physical Activity Better than None!

Are you tempted to say you are too tired or too busy to exercise? An 18-year study of 24,000 adults ages 39-79 has found a significant link between physical activity and a reduced risk of heart disease. The elderly who engaged in moderate-intensity exercise were 14%...
Diabetics Should Get Up and Move!

Diabetics Should Get Up and Move!

In a newly released position statement, the American Diabetes Association says everyone who has diabetes or is at risk of it should get up and move their body as vigorously as they can! In addition to regular, daily physical activity, diabetics should aim to move...
How Exercise Contributes to Cancer Prevention

How Exercise Contributes to Cancer Prevention

Exercise contributes many direct and indirect biochemical changes that help explain its anti-cancer benefits. A few of these include: Changes to cell-growth regulators. Stimulate proteins involved in DNA repair. Improves immunity, especially regular, moderate...
Kids Cycle Their Way to Better Behavior

Kids Cycle Their Way to Better Behavior

Harvard researchers found in a randomized control trial of 103 students at a therapeutic day school that aerobic exercises yielded significant behavioral improvements. Those who engaged in cybercycling (stationary bike exercise enhanced by virtual reality) experienced...
Can Cash Incentives Improve Exercise?

Can Cash Incentives Improve Exercise?

In Singapore, 800 adults were randomized to one of four groups: No Fitbit activity tracker Using a Fitbit Fitbit plus cash incentive for meeting daily goals ($20 max) Fitbit plus a charitable incentive At 6 months incentives were removed and participants asked to...
Physical Inactivity Leads to Higher Cancer Risk

Physical Inactivity Leads to Higher Cancer Risk

More than a quarter of adults in America age 50+ reported no physical activity outside of work during the past month—that is about 31 million people at higher risk for obesity, heart disease, and cancer. The largest demographic of inactive people was in the South. The...
Small Steps to Big Changes

Small Steps to Big Changes

Confused over sugar vs. fat or exercise vs. diet? You are not alone! You might benefit from the American Heart Association’s “Life’s Simple 7” small steps to big change. Here it is: Manage Blood Pressure Control Cholesterol Reduce Blood Sugar...
A Simple Alternative to Knee Surgery?

A Simple Alternative to Knee Surgery?

Researchers randomized a group of middle-aged patients with degenerative meniscal tears of the knee. The exercise group was given progressive strengthening exercises in supervised sessions 2-3 times per week for 12 weeks. The surgical group followed standard...
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