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Pec Moves That Go Beyond Pushups

TUESDAY, July 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you're looking for simple yet effective exercises to work chest muscles, put the pec press and pec fly on your list.

Both also target the shoulder muscles, and the press works the triceps of the upper arm.

For the pec press, lie on your back on a weight bench with a dumbbell in each hand. Knees are bent with feet flat on th...

Astronauts: Exercise More in Space, Faint Less on Earth

FRIDAY, July 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- As Americans mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and man's first steps on the surface of the moon, a new study offers a solution for a vexing problem that many astronauts experience on their return to Earth.

All the time that astronauts spend floating weightless can trigger fainting and dizziness when they once again feel Earth'...

Strength-Training Exercises You Can Do Anywhere

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.

The Advanced Leg Extension: For this move,...

At Risk for Alzheimer's? Exercise Might Help Keep It at Bay

WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Even if you are at high risk for Alzheimer's disease, a little more exercise may buy you time, new research suggests.

Folks with elevated levels of a brain protein called beta amyloid tend to be more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease and experience rapid brain decline later in life, previous research has found.

But apparently ...

Exercises to Head Off a Painful Rotator Cuff Injury

WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The rotator cuff refers to a group of four distinct muscles and tendons that connect to each shoulder and stabilize the humerus, the upper arm bone. These muscles are engaged when you move your shoulder, and work together to give you the needed range of motion to toss a ball or reach for an object on a high shelf.

Baseball pitchers and ot...

Healthy Living Can Cut Odds for Alzheimer's in People at Genetic Risk

MONDAY, July 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Even if you are unlucky enough to carry genes that predispose you to Alzheimer's disease, a healthy lifestyle can minimize that risk, new research shows.

The study tracked the genetics, lifestyles and Alzheimer's disease incidence of nearly 200,000 British people over 60 for an average of eight years.

Researchers found that people wh...

Timing Is Everything When It Comes to Calorie Intake

MONDAY, July 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you skip or skimp on breakfast, grab a quick lunch and then load up at dinner, your food intake is likely out of sync with your body's needs.

Not getting calories when you really need them (hint: during the day) could be why you're having a hard time shedding pounds or finding the energy to exercise. Here's how to rebalance your cal...

When You Time Your Workout May Be Key to Staying Slim

FRIDAY, July 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Losing weight is one thing, but keeping it off is another. Now, a new study suggests that exercising at the same time each day is key.

The research, on 375 adults who maintained a weight loss of 30 or more pounds for at least a year, showed that consistent timing of exercise was linked with higher physical activity levels overall. The most com...

Elbows Key to Your Walking Efficiency , Study Shows

FRIDAY, July 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Do you pump your arms while walking?

Keeping your arms straight while walking is much more energy-efficient than walking with bent arms, but arm position doesn't make much difference when running, a new, small study finds.

The study included eight university students -- ranging from casual runners to marathoners -- who were filmed w...

How to Find Your Best Exercise Style

THURSDAY, July 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Are you trapped in an exercise routine that's good for your body, but isn't motivating your spirit? It's time to find your exercise style.

One way is to make a list of the pros and cons of the exercise options that are most convenient for you and that you really like. For instance, exercise classes offer a lot of variety, but if the commute ...

Exercising When You Have High Blood Pressure

FRIDAY, July 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- High blood pressure is a serious risk factor for heart disease, stroke and other life-threatening medical conditions. While many people need medication and dietary changes to control their blood pressure, exercise is a key component of nearly every management plan.

Scientists know that exercise causes the body to adapt in ways that lower blood ...

3 Moves for Better Balance

MONDAY, July 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Guarding against falls isn't just for the elderly. The inner ear's ability to maintain balance can begin to decline as early as age 40, according to a study in Frontiers of Neurology. So the time to improve your balance is now.

Strong legs and flexible ankles help prevent falls and allow you to catch yourself if you do trip, so target th...

How to Prevent Exercise Accidents

FRIDAY, June 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It's great to challenge yourself to keep workouts interesting, but you need to take steps to avoid injury whether you're new to exercise or a seasoned veteran.

This often means adapting exercise to your current fitness level and abilities. For instance, if you're experiencing a problem with balance, swimming will be safer than running. If you ...

Forget the Past: Get Moving Now and Live Longer

THURSDAY, June 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Stop agonizing over the decades you spent glued to the couch. New research shows that physically active middle-aged and older adults live longer -- even if they were inactive when they were younger.

And that's even if they had previous serious health problems, according to the British study.

"These results are encouraging, not leas...

Just 30 Minutes of Light Exercise a Week May Keep Deadly Stroke at Bay

WEDNESDAY, June 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Just a little exercise may help protect you against a type of deadly bleeding stroke, a new study suggests.

As many as half of people who suffer a subarachnoid hemorrhage die within three months.

While smoking and high blood pressure have been shown to increase the risk of this deadly stroke, there has been little evidence on whe...

TV Watching May Be Most Unhealthy Type of Sitting: Study

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.

In fact, those who di...

What's The Most Effective Way to Tone Your Biceps?

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.

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Many Young Men Putting Health at Risk to Bulk Up

TUESDAY, June 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Image is everything for most teens and young adults, and 22% of young men and 5% of young women turn to potentially dangerous methods to "bulk up," a new study says.

These unhealthy methods -- dubbed "disordered eating behaviors" -- include eating to gain weight and using supplements or anabolic steroids to increase muscle or body si...

Just How Harmful Is TV for Your Health?

MONDAY, June 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Cautions about TV viewing are as old as television itself, but how bad is it really?

A number of studies cite health risks due to the link between a sedentary lifestyle and the number of hours spent watching the tube.

Young adults who watch three or more hours of TV a day and get little exercise have a greater chance of cognitive is...

How Working Out in Anger Can Put You at Risk

FRIDAY, June 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Research points to a very long list of benefits from exercise, from improving your overall health to easing stress and enhancing mental well-being. But a landmark study in the journal Circulation highlights a negative, yet specific, concern.

While health factors like obesity and diabetes are known heart attack triggers, data from 12,500...

Is Interval Training the Fountain of Youth?

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...

Hot Water Soak May Help Ease Poor Leg Circulation

FRIDAY, June 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Could soaking in hot water followed by light exercise work as well on peripheral artery disease (PAD) as a longer bout of exercise does?

The authors of a new study suggest it could, but some PAD experts aren't convinced.

Peripheral artery disease affects about 8.5 million Americans. Only about one in four people in the United State...

Exercise Rates Rising for Urban, Rural Americans: CDC

THURSDAY, June 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The trend towards Americans getting off their couches and into gyms is hitting city and country folk alike, according to a new report.

Overall, the percentage of all adults who now meet or exceed federal exercise guidelines rose from 18.2% in 2008 to 24.3% by 2017, researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sa...

Workouts: A Prescription to Ease Severe Chronic Anxiety?

THURSDAY, June 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Everyone experiences anxious moments now and then. But for those with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), the worry is frequent and overwhelming, often interfering with everyday activities.

Now, a small study suggests that these burdensome feelings can be quelled with a little heart-pumping activity.

The study found that just a h...

How to Get the Jiggle Out: 3 Exercises to Tone Your Upper Arms

THURSDAY, June 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Getting your upper arms in shape is a worthy ambition in any season, and the triceps are the muscles to target for a sleek look.

Toning them can be a challenge, but the "triceps extension" and variations of this key strength training move make up the core of an effective training routine.

For the basic triceps extension, lie flat ...

Can Playing a Sport Foster Better-Adjusted Kids?

TUESDAY, June 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Getting a young child involved in organized sports may have a mental health payoff down the line, according to a new study.

Kids who had participated in athletic programs between ages 6 and 10 had less emotional distress, anxiety and shyness by age 12. They were also less likely to suffer from social withdrawal, researchers found.

"Th...

Encourage Your Teen to Work Out for Better Learning

FRIDAY, June 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise is important for all kids, because it boosts their overall health and wards off excess weight. But it holds added benefit for teens: According to a study in The Journal of Pediatrics, it improves their attention, which can help them do better in school.

The greatest payoff came from about an hour a day of moderate-to-vigorous a...

Can Racquet Sports Give You a Fitter, Longer Life?

THURSDAY, June 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When you think of effective cardio exercise, the activities most likely to come to mind are aerobics classes, running, swimming and cycling. But racquet sports like tennis may hold even greater benefits, according to research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

And, as a bonus, they could also be more fun, making it e...

Human Endurance May Have Its Limits: Study

WEDNESDAY, June 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The human mind and body are capable of great things, but even the best can hit a wall, new research suggests.

In endurance challenges such as the Ironman triathlon or the Tour de France bicycle race, everyone has the same maximum level of exertion they can sustain over the long haul, researchers found.

They concluded that in grueli...

A 5-Minute Recipe for Stress Relief

TUESDAY, June 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Whether it comes from demands at home, a slow commute or monthly bills, it's hard to escape stress. Beyond affecting your mood, it can play havoc with your health, from lost sleep and stress-eating to weight gain and heart disease.

Fortunately, you can take steps to counter all these negatives. A simple solution is a 20-minute daily break to p...

Variations on the Plank: Popular Exercise for Your Core

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...

Team Sports Could Help Traumatized Kids Grow Into Healthy Adults

THURSDAY, May 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Coming from a broken home or suffering abuse can traumatize a child, but new research suggests team sports might be just the medicine these kids need.

Tracking U.S. health data from nearly 10,000 people, researchers found that teens who experienced childhood trauma and played team sports had lower odds of depression and anxiety as young adul...

Do You Really Need 10,000 Steps a Day?

WEDNESDAY, May 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many people with activity trackers strive for 10,000 steps a day. But does it really take nearly five miles daily to make a difference in longevity?

Maybe not, says new research.

The study looked at nearly 17,000 older women -- average age 72. It found that women reduced their risk of dying by 41% when they got just 4,400 ste...

Have Apps, Get in Shape?

WEDNESDAY, May 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise apps and fitness trackers are all the rage, and now a new study shows they might actually work.

A combination of an exercise app, an activity tracker and personal counseling increased women's physical activity levels, researchers found.

The study of 210 inactive women found that three months of this combined approach incre...

3 Exercises With a Speedy Payoff

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...

How to Burn Calories During Everyday Tasks

MONDAY, May 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Looking for ways to burn extra calories? Don't just stand there -- these moves allow you to multitask for fitness.

Whenever you're stuck in a long line, do toe raises to work foot and calf muscles. Simply lift both your heels off the ground and roll up to your tiptoes. Hold for five seconds and then roll back down. The American Council on Exerc...

Worry Less for Better Health

FRIDAY, May 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Do you worry a lot? Besides the anxiety it's causing you emotionally, it can threaten your health.

Whether you worry over actual problems or the fear of future ones, it interferes with sleep and quality of life. And, according to research done at Case Western Reserve University, it can be so intrusive that it harms your important relationships,...

Where's the Best Place for Your Child's Sports Physical Exam?

TUESDAY, May 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Student athletes usually need a sports physical. And the best place for that exam is at their primary care doctor's office, according to updated guidelines from leading U.S. medical experts.

"Whenever possible, the sports physical should be performed in the primary care physician's office, the same place where the child receives immunizations...

The Best Exercises for Brain Health

MONDAY, May 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There's a lot you can learn from your elders, starting with the results of a multi-year study of exercise and brain health in seniors.

Researchers from Columbia University and the University of Miami compared results of two sets of brain scans and tests measuring memory and thinking skills in 876 seniors. The tests were done five years apart. <...

How to Exercise on 'Rest and Recovery' Days

THURSDAY, May 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Taking a day off from a favorite exercise doesn't mean spending the time sitting on the couch.

In fact, getting some R&R has a special meaning when it comes to exercise: Rest and recovery.

Recovery is everything that happens after the end of one workout and before the start of the next. Whether you're talking about takin...

Take Steps to Prevent a Stroke

THURSDAY, May 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Strokes are common but not inevitable. There are ways you can reduce your risk, starting with your blood pressure.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of permanent disability, said Dr. Gary Bernardini, neurology chair at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Queens.

Most strokes occur when b...

Crunch-Free Work for Well-Defined Abs

WEDNESDAY, May 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You don't have to do hundreds of sit-ups and all manner of crunches to see abdominal muscle definition. The following moves are done standing and holding a weight, such as a 5-pound ball with an easy-to-grip handle.

For the standing twist, feet are hip-width apart, toes turned slightly out to the sides for better balance. Holding the w...

Mental Prep for Better Performance

FRIDAY, May 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- "Get your head in the game!" Coaches say it to players all the time to get them to focus. The same advice can help you be more enthusiastic about your workouts. Here are five ideas:

1. Set both short-term and long-term goals based on your current abilities. Celebrate each one as you reach it and then re-set it. According to the American C...

The Surprising Benefits of Weekend Workouts

FRIDAY, May 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You know the value of exercise for maintaining good health and managing chronic conditions like arthritis, but you also know how hard it is to fit daily workouts into a busy schedule to meet weekly minimums.

As an alternative, many people try to cram in a week's worth of fitness on the weekends. While this approach has been met with skepticism i...

Morning Exercise Kick-Starts Seniors' Brains

THURSDAY, May 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Want a quick brain boost? A morning session of exercise and short walks throughout the day provide a number of brain benefits for older adults, a new study says.

The findings show that people should avoid uninterrupted sitting to maintain good mental function throughout the day. The study also indicates that moderate-intensity exercise such as...

Tailoring Exercise to Your Age

MONDAY, April 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise is a great way to stay youthful and even turn back the clock on aging. If you're new to exercise or simply want a fitness reboot, here are ideas by the decade.

In Your 20s: Experiment with different workouts to find what you enjoy. Make exercise a regular habit that you won't want to give up, even when career and family make h...

Many Women With Heart Disease Falling Short on Exercise

FRIDAY, April 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Too many women with heart disease aren't heeding exercise guidelines, and that could translate into even more health problems down the road, new research suggests.

"Physical activity is a known, cost-effective prevention strategy for women with and without cardiovascular disease, and our study shows worsening health and financial trends over ...

Wellness Programs Take Hold in American Workplaces

WEDNESDAY, April 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly half of U.S. workplaces now offer wellness programs, a new study finds.

"Most American adults work, and many spend half or more of their waking hours at work," said study author Laura Linnan. She's a professor in the department of health behavior at the University of North Carolina's School of Global Public Health.

"Wher...

Americans Sitting More Than Ever, and Tech Is to Blame

TUESDAY, April 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- America's couch potatoes are becoming ever more deeply rooted, and computers are the reason why.

The amount of time people spend sitting around has increased in recent years, driven largely by more leisure time spent with a computer, federal survey data shows.

Total daily sitting time increased about an hour a day for teenagers an...

Sit All Day at Work? Exercise Can Counter That

MONDAY, April 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If your job keeps you chained to a desk all day, you might be able to erase the ill effects with regular exercise, a large new study suggests.

Research has shown that people who spend a lot of time sitting may pay for it with a higher heart disease risk and a shorter lifespan. But the new study, of nearly 150,000 adults, indicates you can avo...

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