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4 in 5 Adolescents Worldwide Don't Exercise Enough

FRIDAY, Nov. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Four of five older children and teens around the world don't get the recommended amount of physical activity, a new study says.

Researchers analyzed data gathered between 2001 and 2016 from 1.6 million students, aged 11 to 17, in 146 countries. They found that 81% of them did not meet World Health Organization recommendations for an hour o...

Time to Rethink Ideas About Exercise, Sickle Cell Disease?

TUESDAY, Nov. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Mild exercise is safe and beneficial for people with sickle cell disease, contrary to traditional beliefs, a new study finds.

Sickle cell disease affects blood flow in the body. Because strenuous exercise boosts blood flow, it can lead to heart problems and severe pain in someone with sickle cell. As a result, many patients are advised to avo...

Most Docs Don't Know Hair Care Is a Barrier to Exercise for Black Women

THURSDAY, Nov. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The extra care that black women's hairstyles can require is often a barrier to exercise, but many U.S. health care providers aren't even aware of the problem, a new study finds.

Researchers surveyed doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants in the department of family medicine at Ohio State University, and found that 95% of t...

For Older Adults, More Exercise Lowers Heart Disease Risk

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Regular exercise lowers older adults' risk of heart disease and stroke, even if they have health problems such as high blood pressure or diabetes, researchers say.

For the new study, researchers analyzed data from more than 1 million people aged 60 and older in South Korea. The study participants' health was checked in 2009 to 2010, again i...

Exercise Tweaks to Revitalize Your Workout Regimen

MONDAY, Nov. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Is your workout routine in a slump? To keep challenging your body, it's important to tweak your regimen every three months or each season.

By aligning these changes to seasonal changes, you can also start the right prep for the next season's sports, such as training for skiing in the fall and hiking in the spring. To begin, grab a calendar and ...

AHA News: On Chicago's South Side, Revitalization Aims for 'Culture of Health'

FRIDAY, Nov. 8, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Washington Heights, a historic neighborhood on Chicago's far South Side, faces the modern-day challenge of boosting health, education and economic opportunities for its residents.

At the forefront of this revitalization effort is The Endeleo Institute, and its success stories are multiplying.

"Endeleo" is a Swahili ...

The Essential Upper Arm Shape-Up

FRIDAY, Nov. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Just because your upper arms are temporarily hidden under sweaters and jackets doesn't mean you should neglect them. Here's how to tone them with weights for better definition now and when they're fully back in view.

Hammer Curls: These are an effective variation of the bicep curl. Stand straight, a dumbbell in each hand, arms at your si...

Even a Little Exercise May Bring a Brain Boost

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Just 10 minutes of exercise a day appears to sharpen mental prowess, new research suggests.

"Getting off the couch and walking a block can help keep you on the right track," said study author Nicole Spartano, a research assistant professor at Boston University School of Medicine.

Her team looked 2,770 participants in the Framingham...

Exercise Can Help Prevent Depression, Even for Those at High Risk

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Getting more exercise could help ward off depression, even if you have a genetic risk for it, new research shows.

For the study, researchers analyzed data from nearly 8,000 people and found that those with a genetic predisposition were more likely to be diagnosed with depression over the next two years.

But that was less likely for...

Bringing Up the Rear: A Workout for Your Glutes

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to sculpting a better booty, here's the bottom line: You need to strengthen your glutes. And more than giving these muscles a toned look, working them also improves the mobility of your hips, helps stabilize your core and eases lower back pain. Here are three to add to your repertoire.

Pulsing Squats: This is a great var...

Run for Your Life, New Study Recommends

MONDAY, Nov. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Even a little running on a regular basis can extend your life, Australian researchers say.

They analyzed 14 studies that included more than 232,000 people whose health was tracked for between 5.5 and 35 years. During the study periods, nearly 26,000 participants died.

The collective data showed that any amount of running was associate...

Ways to Make Exercise More Enjoyable

MONDAY, Nov. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Only about half of all American adults meet the national guidelines for aerobic activity and only about one-fifth meet the combined aerobic and strength-training goals. One reason is that some people just don't find it enjoyable, so they don't stick with it.

Changing your mindset can lead not only to increases in exercise time, but also feelin...

The Secret to Shapelier, Stronger Calves

FRIDAY, Nov. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to sculpting muscles, it's easy to overlook your calves. But toning and strengthening your lower legs will make them look and feel great.

What's more, it will make these muscles more effective at their key jobs, which include supporting joints from your ankles to your hips.

Start with simple calf raises, an excellent ex...

Too Little Time to Exercise? Survey Suggests Otherwise

TUESDAY, Oct. 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- "I'd love to exercise more, but I just can't find the time."

It's a common refrain from many Americans but, for most, it might also be untrue, a new survey finds.

Researchers at the nonprofit RAND Corporation polled more than 32,000 Americans over the age of 14.

The survey found that, generally, people have an average of m...

Get Moving: Exercise Can Help Lower Older Women's Fracture Risk

FRIDAY, Oct. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Older women who get even light exercise, like a daily walk, may lower their risk of suffering a broken hip, a large study suggests.

A number of studies have linked regular exercise to a lower risk of hip fracture -- a potentially disabling or even fatal injury for older adults. Each year, more than 300,000 people in the United States aged 65 o...

Quad Training for Knee Support

THURSDAY, Oct. 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Whether you're mountain biking, kicking a soccer ball with friends, or just sprinting down the street to catch a bus, your quadriceps are hard at work.

The quads are the large muscles that run down the fronts of your thighs. The stronger they are, the less strain each movement will exert on your knees. Lunges and squats will keep these musc...

The Exercise Effect and Prediabetes

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you've been told that your blood glucose is higher than normal and that you have prediabetes, your doctor is likely to first suggest lifestyle steps to stop it from progressing to diabetes.

The steps that can have the most benefit are losing weight and improving your diet, which obviously go hand in hand.

But studies also show...

A Workout to Protect Your Thumbs

TUESDAY, Oct. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The range of motion of the human thumb makes so many everyday hand movements possible. Whether you're an athlete gripping sports equipment, a baker whisking egg whites or a do-it-yourselfer hammering a nail, you'd be at a total loss without your thumbs. Yet most people do little to protect these overlooked but essential digits.

First, be awar...

A Workout to Shape Your Shoulders

THURSDAY, Oct. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Don't shrug off working your delts, the muscles of your shoulders. Besides assisting with good posture, strong shoulders help you lift and carry items with ease, and create excellent upper body definition for men and women alike.

Deltoid rows work not only your shoulders, but also your biceps, lats and the muscles of your middle back....

Brain Damage From Concussion Evident a Year Later

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Concussion damage may linger a full year after an athlete returns to play, Canadian researchers report.

"Brain recovery after concussion may be a more complex and longer-lasting process than we originally thought," said lead investigator Nathan Churchill, a research associate in the Neuroscience Research Program at St. Michael's Hospital in...

Depression, Anxiety Can Dampen Efforts to Recover From a Heart Attack

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Recovering from a heart attack can be tough, but new research suggests that depression, anxiety and stress can make it even tougher.

"Anxiety may lead to fear of another cardiac event and stop people from being active," said study author Angela Rao, from the University of Technology Sydney in Australia. "Depression and anxiety can also impa...

A Guide to Good Etiquette at the Gym

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Universal gym etiquette includes steps like turning off your cellphone whenever you're working out, being courteous when using shared equipment in the weight room, taking thoughtful steps such as not wearing heavy perfume, and wiping off your sweat after working out on a machine.

But there are also good rules to follow whenever you walk int...

AHA News: The Road to Better Exercise Might Be in Your Playlist

TUESDAY, Oct. 15, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Music may be just what you need to stick with an exercise program – and picking the right tunes could even improve performance.

Federal exercise guidelines recommend people get at least two and a half hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity, each week. For those who don't love t...

How Fast You Walk Might Show How Fast You're Aging

FRIDAY, Oct. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged folks who worry about healthy aging would do well to keep an eye on their walking speed.

Turns out that the walking speed of 45-year-olds is a pretty solid marker of how their brains and bodies are aging, a new study suggests.

Slow walkers appear to be aging more rapidly, said senior researcher Terrie Moffitt, a professor...

The Surprising Benefits of Weight Training

FRIDAY, Oct. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The most common misconception about weight training is that it adds bulky muscle mass, a fear of some women. While elite male lifters can -- and want to -- get very developed, for most people the result is simply well-toned muscles.

Other benefits are increased mobility, more support for your joints and the ability to stay self-sufficient int...

Exercise Might Guard Against Heart Damage of Chemo

FRIDAY, Oct. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Chemotherapy can be hard on the heart, but an individualized exercise program may mitigate some of that damage, new research suggests.

Heart problems are a common side effect in patients with cancer because cancer treatments can impair heart function and structure or accelerate development of heart disease, especially when patients have risk ...

Have Heart Disease? Exercise Will Help at Any Age

TUESDAY, Oct. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you are older and you have heart disease, you might think you should take it easy. But new research suggests the opposite is true.

Exercise is especially beneficial for patients who have a physical impairment, the study authors found.

"Aging is associated with several factors such as increased inflammation or oxidative stress that...

Is Online Fitness Training Right for You?

TUESDAY, Oct. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You say that you can't get to the gym or afford to hire your own personal trainer, but you want a routine made just for you. It might not be mission impossible after all.

Why not consider online fitness training with your computer, smartphone or tablet, and a workout pro on the other end? There are almost as many of these offerings as there ar...

How to Get Ready Mentally for Your First Competition

MONDAY, Sept. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You've signed up for your first fitness event and you've mapped out your training schedule for success. Now add mental preparation to the plan.

It's essential because the very physical training that gets your body into shape for competition can dull your mental motivation and even bore your muscles, according to the American College of Sports...

For Poor Kids, Less Time Spent on Reading, Exercise: Study

THURSDAY, Sept. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- As they get older, poor kids tend to read and exercise less than their better-off counterparts, a new study finds.

"How children spend their time has important implications for their emotional, social and cognitive development, and consequently for their future," said lead study author Slawa Rokicki, an instructor at the Rutgers University ...

Extreme Exercise Might Dull the Brain, Study Says

THURSDAY, Sept. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Excessive exercise can tire out your brain to the point that you have trouble making decisions, a new study claims.

The findings show that despite the benefits of endurance sports, an excessive training load can have ill effects on your brain, French researchers said.

"Our findings draw attention to the fact that neural states ma...

Making Lifestyle Changes You Can Live With

THURSDAY, Sept. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Research published in the Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics highlights two important steps for improving diet and exercise habits. The first is getting practical and personalized tips for making changes that you'll permanently adopt. The second is developing the inner motivation needed to help make the first step stick.

The study re...

Walking Pace May Signal If Stroke Patients Can Return to Work

THURSDAY, Sept. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Walking speed may indicate whether young stroke survivors are ready to return to work, a new study suggests.

And 3 feet per second may be the threshold that predicts whether they can meet a workday's challenges, the researchers found.

One of every four people who has a stroke is younger than 65 years old. As many as 44% may be...

Take a Fresh Look at Fitness Classes

FRIDAY, Sept. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Tired of taking the same old cardio class? It's time to explore some of the combination classes being offered at both large gyms and small, more personalized fitness centers.

One of the most popular options is the multi-discipline class -- two or more activities woven into the same workout session, designed to keep fitness fun as well as chal...

Just 2 Weeks on the Couch Starts to Damage Your Body

THURSDAY, Sept. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A new study proves that the old adage "use it or lose it" is definitely true when it comes to fitness.

After just two weeks of sedentary behavior, formerly fit people had:

  • A decline in heart and lung health
  • Increased waist circumference
  • Greater body fat and liver fat
  • Higher levels of insulin res...

For People at High Risk, Evidence That Exercise Might Slow Alzheimer's

THURSDAY, Sept. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For people at risk of Alzheimer's disease, working out a couple of times a week might at least slow the onset of the illness, new research suggests.

Regular exercise over a year slowed the degeneration of the part of the brain tied to memory among people who had a buildup of amyloid beta protein in their brain. These protein "plaques" are a...

How to Keep Your Bones Strong and Prevent Fractures

THURSDAY, Sept. 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you're a young adult, start thinking about your bone health, an expert advises.

Most people reach peak bone mass -- the strongest bones they'll ever have -- between 25 and 30 years of age, according to Dr. Philip Bosha, a physician with Penn State Sports Medicine in State College, Pa.

"To some extent, genetics determines the pe...

Fitter Bodies Make for Healthier Brains, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you're looking for incentives to hit the gym, new research suggests that staying in good shape may help preserve brain structure, boost memory, and improve the ability to think clearly and quickly.

The finding follows an analysis of fitness and brain health among more than 1,200 young adults, average age 30. All underwent brain scans; t...

AHA News: Less TV, More Activity May Mean Extra Years Free of Heart Disease and Stroke

MONDAY, Sept. 9, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- People who watch less TV and are physically active live more years free of heart disease, according to a new study.

Past research has shown people who are highly physically active tend to live more years free of cardiovascular disease. But researchers of a study published Monday in the Journal of the American Heart Associa...

The Alexander Technique: What Could It Do for You?

MONDAY, Sept. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The Alexander Technique has been used for more than 100 years to improve performance, posture and other body mechanics, yet it's arguably the least well known method for achieving these benefits.

Though some people call it a form of bodywork, practitioners describe it as an educational method, because it teaches you to recognize and then u...

'Hot' Yoga, Hula Dance Your Way to Healthy Blood Pressure

SATURDAY, Sept. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Moderate exercise is known to improve blood pressure -- and that may include activities that are more exotic than a brisk walk, two preliminary studies suggest.

In one, researchers found that "hot" yoga classes lowered blood pressure in a small group of people with modestly elevated numbers. In the other, hula dan...

Easy Neck Stretches for Tension Relief

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It can happen when you're stuck in traffic, or hunched over for hours at your desk, or even sitting in the stands watching your child's lacrosse game -- that painful twinge in the back of your neck.

These fast and easy stretches can help, and you can do them anywhere. Repeat each one up to three times unless otherwise indicated, and rest f...

Exercise May Be of Extra Benefit to People With Heart Disease

TUESDAY, Sept. 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Regular exercise benefits heart disease patients more than healthy people, according to a new study.

It found that while stepping up physical activity reduced the risk of death for people with and without heart disease, those with heart disease had greatest benefit. The more they exercised, the more their risk dropped.

The study in...

Long-Term 'Couch Potatoes' May Face Double the Odds for Early Death

SATURDAY, Aug. 31, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Decades spent on couches, chairs and otherwise not exercising could mean much shorter lives, new research shows.

A Norwegian team who tracked health outcomes for more than 23,000 adults over 20 years found that those who were inactive over that time had twice the risk of a premature death, compared to those who we...

Even Age 80 Is Not Too Late to Begin Exercising: Study

FRIDAY, Aug. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Even seniors who never exercised regularly can benefit from a workout program, researchers say.

A new study found that men in their 70s and 80s who had never followed an exercise regimen could build muscle mass as well as "master athletes" -- those of the same age who had worked out throughout their lives and still competed at the top levels o...

The Benefits of Strength Training During Pregnancy

FRIDAY, Aug. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For most healthy women, exercise during pregnancy is as important as it is at all times of life. It brings benefits such as better overall health, preventing back pain and keeping you regular, which can be a challenge for some women.

While low-impact aerobic activities like walking are often emphasized, research has found a surprising benefit ...

Exercise Is Good Medicine for Advanced Colon Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Waging a successful battle against advanced colon cancer should include regular doses of exercise, a new study suggests.

It found that physical activity was associated with slower cancer progression and reductions in severe treatment side effects in more than 1,200 patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Exercise -- even low-intensity a...

Dodge Dementia With Healthy Lifestyle

MONDAY, Aug. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors, here's a recipe for preventing dementia: eat well, exercise and don't smoke.

The only catch, according to a new study? If you carry genes that leave you vulnerable to the memory-robbing disease, lifestyle might not be enough.

In the study, researchers found that of over 6,300 adults aged 55 and older, those with healthy habi...

Do More to Strengthen Your Core

MONDAY, Aug. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Developing core strength is essential for fitness and overall health, but it doesn't have to be a drudge. If you're ready to go beyond crunches -- or never liked them to begin with! -- consider these moves that target the muscles in your torso and spine.

The Advanced Bird Dog: Begin on your hands and knees. Contract your core muscles ...

Your Dog May Be Leading You to a Healthier Heart

FRIDAY, Aug. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Your dog might be your heart's best friend, if a new study is any indication.

Researchers found that compared with people who had no pets, dog owners tended to have fewer risk factors for heart disease: They got more exercise, and had healthier diets and lower blood sugar levels.

Even compared with other pet owners, they were doing b...

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