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There's a Best Time of Day to Exercise for Women's Heart Health

Regular exercise has long been hailed as a great way to preserve heart health, but could a morning workout deliver more benefits than an evening visit to the gym?

New research suggests that for women in their 40s and up, the answer appears to be yes.

“First of all, I would like to stress that being physically active or doing some sort of exercise is beneficial at any time of day,...

Even Moderate Exercise Can Boost Survival After Breast Cancer

Breast cancer survivors may be able to extend their lives, just by taking a brisk walk every day, a new study suggests.

The value of regular exercise -- including the oft-cited daily walk -- is well known. One of the potential health benefits is a lower risk of developing breast cancer.

But it has not been clear whether regular physical activity can help people who've already had br...

Study Confirms It: Kids Keep Harried Moms From Exercise

Something — or rather, someone — may be standing between moms and a regular exercise routine: their children.

New research from the universities of Cambridge and Southampton in the United Kingdom suggests that fewer than half of mothers met recommended activity levels, a number that was even lower when the children were younger or there was more than one.

“It is perhaps not ...

Exercise Can Help Fight Colon Cancer, Even If Patient Is Obese

Getting regularly scheduled, moderate physical activity can help extend the lives of people with colon cancer, according to a new study.

Exercise is even helpful for obese cancer patients, reducing inflammation and improving the bacterial communities of the gut's microbiome, the findings showed.

"Inflammation is a key process that drives colorectal cancer. We know a high BMI [body m...

Even in Kindergarten, White Kids More Likely to Join Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular activities may have many benefits for young children, but researchers have discovered racial gaps in who takes part.

Among a group of 401 kindergarten students in Ohio, white children were 2.6 times more likely to participate in the most common extracurricular sports than children of other races and ethnicities.

The study found similar results for other after-school...

Got the 'Winter Blues'? Exercise Can Help

A good workout can boost mood, making it an ideal routine as the days get shorter and darker.

If you're one of the millions affected by seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and you feel tired, unmotivated, down on life and crave carbs and sweets, staying active can help. An expert from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston offers some tips for maintaining an exercise routine.

“With ...

Exercise Is Key to Recovery After Breast Cancer Surgery

The best way to get back to feeling more normal after breast cancer surgery is to get moving, experts say.

One surgeon offers some post-surgery suggestions for arm stretches and light aerobic exercise.

"People who return to everyday activity sooner after surgery tend to heal better and hav...

Hate Long Workouts? 'Activity Snacks' May Work for You

Taking a quick walk or doing squats after you eat may help you retain muscle mass as you age, new research suggests.

So-called “activity snacks” — short bouts of exercise — may help maintain muscle mass and quality by allowing your body to use more amino acids from food, explained study author Daniel Moo...

Stay Fit & Your COVID Shot May Work Even Better

The more often you work out, the more effective your COVID-19 vaccination will be, a new study suggests.

Fully vaccinated folks who clocked high weekly levels of physical activity were nearly three times less likely to land in the hospital with COVID, compared to those who got the jab but didn't ex...

Exercise During Chemo Helps Your Heart, Lungs Recover

When you are getting chemotherapy, exercise may be the last thing on your mind. Now, new research suggests it should be the first.

Exercising during chemotherapy is safe, improves long-term cardiac and respiratory function and may help ease some of the ravages of tr...

Is Exercise Getting Tougher for You? Long COVID Might Be to Blame

After COVID-19, resuming regular exercise may be harder, and new research suggests this may be one more symptom of long COVID.

For the study, the researchers reviewed 38 published studies that tracked the exercise performance of more than 2,000 people who had had COVID-19. Ulti...

Your E-Bike Is No Match for Real Biking: Study

That e-bike might make hilly rides a lot more fun, but it's not improving your fitness the way a good old-fashioned bicycle would, a new study shows.

People riding e-bikes are 44% less likely to reach weekly targets for physical activity than those on regular bicycles, according to a re...

Retirement Means Sleeping More, Exercising Less: Study

Retirees, it's time to get up out of your easy chair and get moving.

That's the message from a Finnish study that used a wrist-based device to determine just how much retired adults were moving every day.

“Based on our research, people who are retiring should aim to increase the amou...

Healthy Living Boosts Life Span, Even for Former Smokers

Eating well and exercising can make for a longer life, and that holds true for former smokers, too, a new study shows.

Researchers found that of nearly 160,000 former smokers, those who exercised, ate healthfully and limited their drinking were less likely to die over the next couple of decades, versus their counterparts with less-healthy habits.

It's well known that when smokers ki...

Regular Weightlifting Could Lengthen Your Life

Combining weightlifting with aerobic exercise can significantly lower your odds dying early, especially from heart disease, new research shows.

Depending how much weightlifting they did, older adults reduced their risk of premature death by between 9% and 22%, the study found. Moderate or vigorous aerobic exercise lowered the risk by 24% to 34%. The lowest risk, however, was seen among th...

Too Little Exercise, Too Much Sitting Could Raise Breast Cancer Risk

Sitting on the couch or behind a desk could be increasing your risk of breast cancer, a new genetics-driven study suggests.

People more likely to engage in physical activity based on their DNA had a 41% lower risk of invasive breast cancer, researchers report.

Previous research also has shown a link betwe...

Exercise Rates Still Haven't Recovered From Pandemic, Global Study Shows

The COVID-19 pandemic stopped people in their tracks, reducing their physical activity. And daily "step counts" still haven't reached previous numbers, according to a new study.

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco examined worldwide trends in physical activity by measuring step counts in the two years following

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  • September 1, 2022
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  • Dogs Get Healthier When People Get Fitter

    Writer Jenny Block and her chiweenie, Aurora, are on a health kick.

    "We walk at least 1 mile and up to 4 miles in the early morning, before it gets too hot," said the Houston-based author.

    "She needs it, and I need it, so it works out great," said Block, who has shed...

    Get Moving! Any Sports Can Lower Seniors' Odds of Early Death

    Here's a fresh prescription for seniors who want to live longer and lower their odds of dying from cancer or heart disease: Lace up your running shoes or grab your tennis racket.

    A new U.S. National Cancer Institute study found older folks who played racquet sports lowered their risk of deat...

    Regular Exercise Can Help Shield You From Severe COVID

    Looking for a new reason to work out?

    Here's a good one: Regular exercise appears to significantly reduce your risk of getting COVID-19, a large international research review has found.

    And, if you do get COVID, the study found, routine moderate and/or intense exercise dramatically lowers your...

    Are You Among the 'Diet-Resistant'? Workouts May Be Key to Weight Loss

    "You can't run from the fork."

    It's an old weight-loss saying, reminding folks that diet is more important than exercise when it comes to shedding excess pounds.

    But is that true for everyone?

    New research suggests there's a category of "diet-resistant" people who need to work out and watch what they eat if they want to shed pounds.

    In fact, these folks should ...

    Want to Maintain Muscle?  Frequency of Workouts Is Key

    Whether the goal is bulging biceps or just a bit more strength and mass, a relatively light workout several times a week beats a more intense one done just once a week.

    That's the conclusion of a small Australian study in which researchers spent a month tracking muscle-building progress among 36 college st...

    Playing Football, Hockey in High School Ups Odds for Stimulant Abuse

    Taking part in certain sports in high school may lead to misuse of prescription stimulants in the years after graduation, a new study finds.

    It reported that high school seniors who play contact sports are 50% more likely to abuse prescription stimulants in their 20s. Seniors who take part in any sport are more likely than those who don't to abuse these drugs, said lead author Philip Veli...

    Global Warming Will Mean More Unfit, Unhealthy Kids Worldwide: Study

    Children are not as physically fit as their parents were when they were kids, and this will likely harm them as the Earth warms, new research claims.

    The findings are based on a comprehensive review of more than 150 studies that looked at how children maintain physical activity, exercise and cope with heat, as well as how thi...

    Getting Young Athletes Ready for a New School Year

    As a new school year begins, many students return to their favorite sports or try something new.

    Encouraging kids to make physical activity part of their lives has lifelong benefi...

    Many Seniors Love Pickleball, But Injuries Can Happen

    Pickleball has become a wildly popular sport for older Americans, but seniors who enjoy playing it should know about potential injuries and how to avoid them.

    The most common problem is with the rotator cuff tendon in the shoulder, which can cause pain. Issues can included

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  • August 6, 2022
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  • Even Chores, Socializing Might Lower Your Odds for Dementia

    Your daily walk, cleaning the house and lunch with friends could together be keys to staving off dementia, according to researchers.

    A new study looked at lifestyle habits that could help lower risks, instead of factors that may contribute to the disease.

    Researchers in China combed t...

    Getting Kids Out in Nature Boosts Lung Health, Study Finds

    Living next to nature may improve the function of little lungs.

    Researchers studying kids' exposure to green space found that those who had vegetation near their homes in the first 10 years of life performed better on a test of lung function than those who did not live near nature.

    "Our research suggests the greener, the better," said Diogo Queiroz Almeida, who studies genetic, beha...

    Want to Live Longer? Exercise Is Key, Study Confirms

    Middle-aged people could add years to their lives just by getting off the couch and going for a walk every day -- though it wouldn't hurt to do even more, a large new study suggests.

    The researchers followed over 100,000 Americans for decades and found what many have shown before: People who exercise as much as health experts recommend tend to live longer.

    According to those

    More Evidence Fitness Trackers Can Boost Your Health

    Your fitness tracker, pedometer or smartwatch may motivate you to exercise more and lose weight, Australian researchers say.

    In a large research review, the investigators found that tracking your activity might inspire you to

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  • July 26, 2022
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  • Exercise, Puzzles, Games: They Help Men's, Women's Brains Differently

    Exercising your body and mind can help stave off memory problems as you age, and some of these benefits may be even greater for women, a new study suggests.

    The study looked at cognitive reserve, or the brain's ability to withstand the effects of diseases like Alzheimer's without showing a decline i...

    Post-Workout Sauna Might Boost Your Health Even More

    Next time you work out, maybe take a 15-minute sauna when you're done for extra heart health benefits.

    That's the main finding of research out of Finland. It found taking a sauna confers additional cardiovascular benefits over exercise alone.

    The new study didn't look at how saunas can boost heart health, but other studies have elucidated these benefits. It has been shown "that some...

    Using Pot May Impede Female Athletes' Performance

    Medical and recreational marijuana use has surged across the United States as more states legalize the drug, but young female athletes may want to think twice before taking a toke.

    A new study from the University of Northern Colorado connects regular cannabis use in fit young wome...

    Do You Live in America's Fittest City? Experts Rank Best to Worst

    Want to get fit and stay fit? Arlington, Va., may be the city for you: For the fifth year in a row, it has been named the fittest city in America.

    Meanwhile, the title of the least fit city goes to Oklahoma City, according to the annual fitnes...

    Think You're at High Risk of Prostate Cancer? Healthy Living Can Slash Odds for Lethal Disease

    Genes can put some men at heightened risk of prostate cancer, but a new study suggests they can undo much of that potential harm with a healthy lifestyle.

    Researchers found that among men at increased genetic risk of prostate cancer, those who maintained a healthy lifestyle were much less likely to die of the disease over...

    Only 7% of American Adults in Good Cardiometabolic Health

    Less than 7% of U.S. adults are in good cardiometabolic shape, and new research warns the trend is only getting worse.

    Cardiometabolic health is an umbrella term that includes blood pressure, blood sugar, blood cholesterol, weight and/or the presence of heart disease.

    "While w...

    Just 1 in 4 Patients Get Rehab After Heart Attack, Cardiac Surgery

    Medically supervised exercise programs can do heart patients a lot of good, but few people of color take part in them -- regardless of income, new research finds.

    The study, of more than 100,000 U.S. patients, found that while all were eligible for cardiac rehabilitation, only...

    Pandemic Lockdowns, Closures Tough on People With Disabilities

    When the early days of the pandemic prompted social distancing measures and gym closures, people with certain disabilities had a much harder time getting exercise and their mental health suffered, new research shows.

    Researchers studyi...

    Can You Stand on One Leg for 10 Seconds? You Might Live Longer

    It sounds easy, but standing on one leg for 10 seconds can be harder than you think.

    And your ability to do so - or not - may predict whether you are more likely to die within the next decade, a new study suggests. That's why an international team of researchers says the 10-second test should be part of routine health checks for a...

    Both Food and Drink Keep You Hydrated for Summer Exercise

    Keeping your body well-fueled and hydrated is a must during outdoor summer sports and exercise, a nutrition expert says.

    "For summer workouts, it's important to make sure that adequate carbohydrates, fluids and electrolytes are consumed," said sports dietitian Kristen Chang, assistant director of the master's program in nutrition and dietetics at Virginia Tech University.

    "You need...

    It's 'Kids to Parks Day': Get Out, Get Active

    It's a good idea to get children outside every day, but especially on Kids to Parks Day, a national day of outdoor play on May 21.

    "Even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, outdoor time and nature exploration are safe for most kids," pediatrician Dr. Danette Glassy said in an ...

    Frail, But Living at Home: Program Helps Elderly Stay Strong

    It's never too late to start exercising -- and the right activities might help you stay independent in your home.

    While building healthy habits at an earlier age can have some long-term benefits, adding physical activity can help at all ages, new research suggests.

    A new study found that physically frail elderly people with low muscle mass (sarcopenia) were able to reduce their leve...

    Most Day Care Programs Don't Give Kids Enough Exercise

    Rates of childhood obesity in the United States are soaring, and new research suggests child care programs may be part of the problem.

    Most tots in these programs aren't getting nearly enough exercise.

    National guidance for child care programs calls for providing at least two opportunities a day for physical activity, totaling 60 to 90 minutes. While the new study found that 74% of ...

    Major Head Trauma May Up Risks for Dementia

    People who've had a major traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be at increased risk for dementia, according to a new study.

    "Approximately 1 in 10 people in our study who had major TBI did develop dementia," said study co-author Dr. Rahul Raj, ...

    Spring Sprains: Sports Injury Season Begins

    As youth spring sports kick into high gear, it's important to know about injury prevention and treatment, an expert says.

    Injury risks and preventive measures can vary by sport, according to Dr. Marcus Knox, a physical therapist in the department of orthopedic surgery at B...

    How Does Exercise Guard Against Dementia? Study Reveals Clues

    Exercise may help safeguard your brain as you age, and a new study suggests how this might happen.

    Previous research has shown that physical activity helps protect brain cells. This paper indicates it may do that through lower levels of insulin and body fat.

    "These results may help us to understand how physical activity affects brain health, which may guide us in developing strategi...

    Live Healthy, Live Longer Without Dementia

    Staving off Alzheimer's disease might just take a healthy diet, exercise and an active mind, a new study suggests.

    Women and men who follow a healthy lifestyle live longer - and longer without Alzheimer's or other dementias, researchers say.

    "Eating a

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  • April 14, 2022
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  • Exercise Is Powerful Medicine for Depression

    By now, most people have heard that exercise is good for their health.

    A new review suggests it can it also make a difference in major depressive disorder.

    Researchers analyzed 15 existing studies with data on exercise and depression, finding an association between physical activity and...

    Sitting Tai Chi Helps Stroke Survivors Recover

    Sitting tai chi provides stroke survivors with recovery benefits similar to those achieved with standard rehabilitation, a new study finds.

    Tai chi involves a series of slow movements of the han...

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