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Cold Weather Running May Be Even Healthier

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 encour...

Want to Avoid Knee Replacement? Build Up Your Thighs

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 wi...

Any Activity, Even Sleeping, Is Healthier Than Sitting

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...

Tai Chi Might Help Seniors Counter Mild Cognitive Decline

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 ...

Get Active: Study Finds Most Forms of Exercise Are Very Safe

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 Physical Activity Can Offset a Day Spent Sitting

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,"...

7,500 Daily Steps Before Surgery and Complication Risks Plummet

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 Might Be a Natural Antidepressant

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.


Running vs. Meds: Which Works Best to Beat Depression?

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...

Even Short Bursts of Daily Activity Lengthen Life

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 King...

Exercise Can Preserve Astronauts' Heart Health on Long Space Flights

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...

Early Morning Exercise May Be Best for Weight Control

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...

Dementia Risk Rises as Activity Rates Fall

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...

An Exercise-Induced Hormone Might Help Protect Against Alzheimer's

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, ...

Fitter Folks Need Fewer Psychiatric Meds, Study Finds

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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  • September 6, 2023
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  • 'Couch Potato' Childhoods Could Mean Heavier, Less Healthy Hearts Later

    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 With Larger Breasts May Be Less Likely to Exercise, Study Finds

    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...

    Fit When Young? You May Have a Lower Risk of 9 Cancers as You Age

    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...

    Fatigue Can Plague People With MS. Exercise May Help

    Patients with a type of multiple sclerosis (MS) known as relapsing-remitting MS could have less fatigue if they got more active and were in better physical shape, according to new research.

    The study also found that a lower disability rate was also associated with less fatigue.

    “The ...

    Fitness Routine Helps First Lady Jill Biden Build 'Inner Strength'

    First Lady Jill Biden gains at least some of her inner strength by working on her physical strength.

    Featured in the September issue of Women's Health magazine, Biden, 72, talks about waking at 5:45 a.m. most days to fit in a workout.

    That includes jogging on the White House driveway, bicycle rides when getting away to the family beach home in Delaware and spin classes whil...

    Getting Really Active Just 5 Minutes a Day Lowers Your Cancer Risk

    Taking the stairs rather than an elevator. Raking leaves. Toting heavy grocery bags. Pushing a vacuum. Playing hard with your kids or pets.

    Short bursts of vigorous physical activity during everyday events like these — most lasting less than a minute — can help lower cancer risk even in people who don't like to exercise, a new study finds.

    People who got around 3.5 minutes of vi...

    Here's 8 Habits That Could Lengthen Your Life

    Eight healthy habits could add years to your life.

    A new study of more than 700,000 U.S. veterans breaks down the habits that when adopted by middle age, can help someone live substantially longer than folks who don't have these habits.

    These are the big eight:

    • Be physically active.
    • Don't smoke.
    • Don't get addicted to opioids.
    • Don't binge-drink on a...

    5 Ways Your Teen Can Prepare for Sports Season

    Competitive sports can be a lot of fun for kids and teens, but starting a new season requires some planning.

    Nemours TeensHealth offers some suggestions for kids and teens who are taking up a new sport or beginning a new season.

    • Start by getting into shape. That will make it easier when you begin your sport.

    You can do this by writing down an e...

    Exercise and Cognitive Training Slow Thinking Declines. Vitamin D? Not So Much

    As older people start to lose some of their mental abilities, regular exercise might slow the progression to dementia, a new study indicates.

    With five months of physical activity, the mental ability of seniors with so-called mild cognitive impairment improved significantly, researchers in Canada report.

    They also found that computerized training to improve memory added to the benef...

    Here's How to Make Summer Sports Camp a Safe Adventure for Your Kid

    If your child is in sports camp this summer, you'll want them to have fun and stay safe.

    The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) offers some tips on dealing with existing medical conditions, staying hydrated and heat safe, avoiding weather dangers and protecting skin from the sun.

    “Just as parents don't drop off their children at a pool without a lifeguard, they shouldn...

    Weekend Warriors Aren't Exercising in Vain, at Least When It Comes to Their Heart

    It doesn't matter if you exercise every day or squeeze it all into the weekend. If you do the recommended 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a week, you'll get heart benefits, a new study finds.

    Both regimens protect you from atrial fibrillation (a-fib), heart attack, heart failure and stroke, compared with inactivity, researchers reported in the July 18 issue of the <...

    As the Popularity of Pickleball Soars, So Do Related Injuries, Poll Finds

    Pickleball is a hot trend and it's getting folks exercising who haven't been so active in a long time.

    It's also racking up injuries — both overuse type and acute traumas — often in those aged 50 and up.

    A new poll suggests these players are forgoing care when they hurt their knees, wrists and rotator cuffs. Sports medicine experts are urging them not to ignore their nagging pai...

    Want a Healthier, Happier Old Age? Get Moving

    The couch potato life may not be a happy one.

    When older adults become more sedentary, their overall quality of life takes a hit, new research cautions.

    Sitting still is your enemy, the study suggests. Even slow walking can help improve your mental and physical health, say the British researchers who tracked more than 1,400 adults age 60 and up.

    “We set off to look at ...

    Exercise + Good Sleep Best Combo for Aging Brains

    Getting regular exercise can help protect against mental decline in an aging brain. But poor sleep can take away those benefits.

    A new study found that people who were more active but slept less than six hours on average had faster cognitive (mental) d...

    As Pickleball's Popularity Rises, So Do Related Injuries

    Pickleball has burst onto the scene, inspiring people of all ages to pick up a paddle.

    But as with any sport, it's possible to get hurt. Some best practices can help prevent injuries, according to a sports medicine expert.

    For pickleball players, the most common injury is to the rotator cuff tendon in the shoulder.

    This can cause shoulder pain, especially with movement and use...

    Staying Fit Lowers a Man's Cancer Risk, Study Confirms

    A man's cardio fitness might influence whether he'll develop -- or survive -- three of the most common cancers in males, a new Swedish study reports.

    Higher levels of cardio fitness are associated with a significantly lower risk of developing colon and lung cancers, researchers report.

    Cardio fitness also plays a role in a man's likelihood of surviving prostate, colon and lung cance...

    Exercise + Weight Loss Perfect Combo to Fight Diabetes

    Pairing exercise with a 10% weight loss can make a major health improvement in people living with obesity and prediabetes, a new study says.

    Building in regular exercise more than doubled sensitivity to insulin compared to just weight loss alone. This has the potential to prevent or delay prediabetes from progressing into type 2 diabetes while also decreasing the risk of heart diseas...

    Preventing Alzheimer's: Here's 6 Ways You May Reduce Your Risk

    Alzheimer's robs its victims of their memories and there is no cure, but there are things you can do to prevent Alzheimer's disease.

    With Alzheimer's, two types of brain proteins, called tau tangles and beta-amyloid plaques, grow out of control. According to Harvard Health, these proteins destroy brain cells and cause

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  • June 19, 2023
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  • Why Exercise Is Often a Challenge for Folks With Type 1 Diabetes

    It can be challenging for people with type 1 diabetes to exercise safely while controlling their blood sugar.

    People with the condition often struggle with this balance, according to a new study based on a survey conducted through social media groups restricted to adults with type 1 diabetes who run, jog or walk for exercise. The survey findings were presented Thursday at a meeting of the...

    Tips to Staying Cool in Extreme Heat

    Extreme heat can be dangerous, but you can stay cool and safe this summer if you take the right precautions.

    The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) offers some tips for doing so.

    “No matter your age, it is critical to be able to recognize the signs of heat-related illness,” said

    Long COVID Can Make It Tougher to Exercise, and Research Is Revealing Why

    Lack of energy for exercise is a common problem for folks with so-called long COVID.

    New research pinpoints the most likely reason why: diminished capacity to get the heart pumping fast enough to support the effort. The name for this is chronotropic incompetence.

    “The amount of aerobic exercise an individual can do is limited largely by the delivery of oxygen by the heart, lu...

    There's a Best Time of Day to Exercise for Folks With Type 2 Diabetes

    If you're one of the millions of folks living with type 2 diabetes, you know that regular exercise can help you keep your blood sugar in check.

    Now, new research suggests that working out in the afternoon may help maximize these benefits.

    The new study wasn't designed to say how, or even if, exercising in the afternoon is better for blood sugar control, but researchers have som...

    When Arthritis Strikes, Keep Moving

    Your achy joints may suggest that you take it easy. Don't listen to them, experts say.

    If it hurts when you get up from a chair or climb stairs, you might have osteoarthritis. If so, it's best to keep moving.

    “While the pain from osteoarthritis worsens with activity and improves with rest, exercise is still the most cost-effective treatment for it,” said

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  • May 29, 2023
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  • Exercise Might Boost Your Tolerance for Pain

    One potential solution to reducing chronic pain: Get moving.

    A new Norwegian study finds that physically active folks have greater pain tolerance compared to sedentary types. Those with higher levels of activity also had higher pain tolerance, according to the report published online May 24 in

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  • May 25, 2023
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  • Nowhere Safe to Play: 'Play Deserts' Keep Kids from Fun Physical Activity

    The problem of "food deserts" in many parts of the United States has gained attention in recent years. Now, researchers are highlighting a similar issue: play deserts.

    In a recent study, investigators at the University of Georgia found that in many areas of the country -- particularly the South -- families have few safe, free parks and playgrounds for their kids to enjoy.

    That's a p...

    Why Taking Your Kids to the Park Is Always a Healthy Idea

    Need an activity to do with your kids on spring and summer days? Go to the park.

    Outdoor play is good for physical health, mental well-being and reduced stress in children, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

    “Whether it's sunny or snowing, playing outside is good for children, physically and mentally,” said pediatrician

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  • May 20, 2023
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  • Exercise No Threat to People With an Inherited Form of Enlarged Heart

    People with the rare heart disorder hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) can safely engage in vigorous exercise, according to new research.

    This finding could lead to fewer activity restrictions for people with this condition, which involves the heart muscle becoming thickened and enlarged.

    HCM is an inherited disorder that affects about one in 500 people worldwide. It is associat...

    Another Possible Exercise Bonus: Preventing Parkinson's

    Regular exercise has a long list of health benefits, and a new study suggests another one could be added: a lower risk of Parkinson's disease.

    The study, of nearly 99,000 French women, found that those who were most physically active day to day were 25% less likely to develop Parkinson's ov...

    Exercise May Boost Tumor-Fighting Immune Cells in Cancer Patients

    Cancer patients have a lot to think about, but adding one more thing -- lacing up their sneakers -- may pay off.

    Two new studies suggest engaging in light or moderate exercise increases the number of cancer-destroying immune cells.

    At the same time, exercise reduces the side effects of cancer treatments, improves quality of life, improves prognosis and decreases cancer risk, said t...

    Pills, Exercise, Dieting: What Works Best to Lose Weight?

    Hundreds of thousands of people are jumping on the Ozempic bandwagon and taking prescription medications to slim down, while others swear by intermittent fasting and other diet fads, but new research shows that they're all likely barking up the wrong trees.

    There isn't any shortcut or magic bullet to losing weight, keeping it off, and improving your health, a

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  • May 4, 2023
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  • Key to Post-Stroke Recovery: Exercise

    Physical activity after a stroke may be crucial to a more successful recovery, according to a study by Swedish researchers.

    They found that patients who increased and sustained their exercise in the six months after their stroke were functioning better than those who didn't.

    "People who have experienced a stroke can gain functional benefits by increasing physical activity, regardle...

    How to Ease Back Into Exercise After Surgery

    Patients who've had surgery should ease back into movement and exercise.

    These efforts may be small, but they're better than nothing, according to one surgeon who emphasized the importance of listening to your body.

    “The most important thing is patient comfort. After surgery, there is often this apprehension of, ‘If I move or do something, I will hurt or damage the area where I...

    Exercise Could Be an Antidote to Addiction, Data Suggests

    Exercise might help people who are battling addiction stay on the straight and narrow, a new research review finds.

    Investigators who analyzed 43 studies from around the world found a link between physical activity and reduced substance use among people in treatment for alcohol and drug abuse.

    The idea for the study review “came to me when I was working as a kinesiologist in ...

    Lack of Women Researchers Could Mean Fewer Female Study Participants

    When exercise studies are led by men, female participants are often in short supply.

    While this underrepresentation of female research subjects has been documented in everything from clinical trials to cell cultures, a new study links researchers' gender and women's participation.

    “Our findings provide direct evidence of the link between gender of authors and gender of research pa...

    Weight Loss Helps Your Heart Even If Some Weight Come Back

    It can be downright discouraging to work hard to lose 10 pounds, only to regain a few later.

    But don't be downhearted -- a new evidence review says the important heart health benefits of weight loss are sustained even if some of the weight comes back.

    People who drop some pounds still have lower blood pressure and better cholesterol and blood sugar numbers even if they regain a litt...

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