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Newbie Exercisers Beware
Don't believe everything, or maybe anything, you read on the Web when it comes to exercise. Few sites reflect current guidelines. Read more >

Learning New Tricks
Don't let self-quarantine lead to a lack of exercise. It could make it harder to learn new physical skills later on. Read more >

The Downward Dog Path to Migraine Relief
Yoga can reduce not just the pain, but also the frequency and treatment cost of migraines. Read more >

Obesity Builds a Sluggish Brain
Being overweight or obese is bad for your health; there's no news there. But what it does to your brain may surprise you. Read more >

Your Priorities for a Healthy Old Age
There's one risk factor for chronic disease that out-weighs most others. Can you guess what it is? Read more >

Sitting and Depression
Sitting, whether in front of a screen or in a class, lowers kids' moods. Luckily, a little activity and less sitting can prevent this. Read more >

Pick Three -- or Four
Five lifestyle factors have been found to lead to a disease-free old age. The more of them you put into practice, the better your odds. Read more >

An Exercise Cancer Vaccine
A very large study makes clear just how much exercise can cut the risk of many cancers. Read more >

Before You Buy that Activity Tracker...
As well-meaning as a fitness monitor gift might be, there are some things about the recipient that you need to consider. Read more >

Move It or Break It
A broken hip can be deadly and is often the result of osteoporosis. Being sedentary puts you at risk, so get walking. Read more >

The Nudge You Probably Need
Who doesn't need a nudge when it comes to exercise? There's an app for that. Read more >

Heart Patients and Cardiac Rehab
Heart patients benefit mentally and physically from exercise. So why is it so rarely prescribed after a heart attack? Read more >

Jumping Jack Class, It's a Gas
The quickest way to help kids learn may be to get them to exercise right at their desks. Their gains could put them ahead a semester. Read more >

Even Your Fat Gets Old
Most of us gain weight as we age, and now we know why this is: fat cells don't turnover the way they used to. One thing works. Read more >

Long Live Optimists
Try to buck up. Not only do people who are more optimistic feel happier, they live longer. Read more >

Malnourished Young Men
Too many young men don't eat enough fruits and veggies. Cooking is one issue; shortsightedness about health is another. Read more >

Go on a Cell Phone Diet
How much time do you spend on your phone? It can add up to as much as a sedentary day a week, with predictable effects on your weight. Read more >

Genetics and The Risk of Dementia
If you have a parent with dementia or Alzheimer's, you probably worry about your own risk. You can do more than you may think. Read more >

Baseball Players Lead in Longevity
MLB players tend to live longer than the rest of us. Early fitness and ongoing exercise and diet discipline may be the reason. Read more >

Dieters, Grab a Cup to Go
There's something in coffee that revs up the energy-burning brown fat in your body. It may even bring blood sugar under better control. Read more >

Beer Belly? Beware
Having a lot of belly fat, fat that surrounds your organs, increases a man's risk of prostate cancer, a Harvard study found. Read more >

Old at Heart
Most of us think of heart disease as an adult problem, but the arteries of kids tell a different story. Read more >

Stop Vacation Weight Gain
You don't want to come home from your summer vacation with extra pounds. Here's a proven way to prevent that from happening. Read more >

Runners' High: Cannabis and Exercise
Many people who are now able to use pot legally find it's a helpful part of their exercise programs. It seems to increase motivation. Read more >

Operating at a Loss
Gastric bypass surgery can work wonders. But it's not magic. A study looked at what helped people keep the weight off and what didn't. Read more >

Go Team, Get Happy
Kids who play team sports are happier than those involved in less structured activities, at least if you believe their brain scans. Read more >

Mobility Disability: The Ten Minute Solution
People with osteoarthritis who exercised just one hour a week were 85% more likely to be able to live on their own. Read more >

Overweight and Depressed?
Depression and obesity often occur together. Now there's a treatment that takes that into account. Read more >

Screening for Osteoporosis with Ultrasound
Ultrasounds of a bone in your heel may be a low-cost alternative to DEXA scans for osteoporosis screening. Read more >

Thanks for the Memories
It's amazing how little you have to do -- gardening, needlepoint, walking -- to lower your risk of dementia. Read more >

Invasion of the Belly Fat
Fat around your middle means fat is overwhelming your organs. Heart and metabolic problems are often the result. There is one cure. Read more >

The Post-Workout Munchies
Working out will make you hungry. What you pick to eat as you leave the gym could erase much of your hard work. Read more >

An Exercise Snack
You don't need the gym. Nibbling at exercise works, too. A few flights of stairs will give you a cardiovascular fitness boost. Read more >

Exercise Takes Years Off the Mind
Seniors who exercised and ate well had significant cognitive improvements – in as little as six months. Read more >

Lift Your Heart
Strength training -- lifting weight in some way or another -- is right up there with aerobic exercise when it comes to your heart. Read more >

Babies Up Late
One reason some babies have a hard time sleeping at night is that they don't get enough exercise. Here's one way to help them along. Read more >

Obesity and Childhood Asthma
About a quarter of all childhood asthma diagnoses may be completely avoidable. Parents just need to take action. Read more >

Good Sports
Focusing on a sport too soon is bad for kids physically, mentally, and socially. Read more >

Going to Church to Lower BP
Programs offered in churches help African American parishioners lower their blood pressure. Read more >

Build Strong Bodies Two Ways
Bones need good nutrition and exercise to be strong, but one of these ingredients is far more important. Read more >

Mental Imagery Helps Diets Succeed
Dieters lost five times the weight when they imagined how it would feel and what they could do if they were thinner. Read more >

Brain Development, 24 Hours a Day
School is not the only place where kids' mental abilities grow. Three other areas make a big difference, too. Read more >

An In-Class Exercise Break
When kids exercise briefly in class a few times a day, their schoolwork and moods improve. They also burn calories. Read more >

Stop Frailty Before It Starts
Simply eating foods with enough of these key vitamins can cut your risk of becoming frail by as much as 90%. Read more >

Diabetes and Bed Rest
Even a short period of inactivity can have serious, long-term consequences for older adults. Read more >

No Gains from Brain Games
Brain training does not translate into gains on similar brain tasks. There are better ways to stay sharp. Read more >

How Much Sunscreen is Enough?
Most of us apply too little sunscreen to get the protection we seek. DNA damage is the result. Here's a good rule of thumb. Read more >

Soccer Players' Balance Issues
Soccer headers can cause brain damage in some players. They also appear to affect players' sense of balance. Read more >

Walk Fast to Slow Aging
Walking just a little faster can bring big dividends when it comes to your lifespan and overall health. Read more >

Two Hours a Week
It's surprising how little exercise it takes to stay sharp as you age. But you do have to keep at it. Read more >

A Fountain of Youth for Your Heart
We all know exercise is good for us, but how much do we really need? Read more >

The Heart of a Woman
Given that pregnancy and menopause place extra burdens on women's hearts, OB-GYNs need to be on the front lines of women's heart health. Read more >

The Daily Mile
When kids walk, jog or run a mile a day, good things happen to their stamina, attention and weight. Read more >

The Robot Will See You Now
A robot programmed to motivate you may be all you need to lose weight or exercise more. Some even preferred it to live coaching. Read more >

Secrets of Life Extension
People over 50 who develop these five habits tend to live years longer than those who don't. Read more >

Fitness Trackers Don't Lie
What's moderate exercise one place may not be seen as moderate somewhere else. Read more >

An Alternative Path to Treating Fibromyalgia
The chronic pain of fibromyalgia can be hard to bear. Tai chi may offer some relief. Read more >

Spin Class As a Hedge Against Dementia
Women who are highly active in their 40s have a much lower risk of dementia later in life. Read more >

A Recovery Garden
Cancer survivors who tended vegetable gardens were less stressed, more fit and had a stronger sense of self worth. They ate better, too. Read more >

New Guidelines for Staying Sharp
The American Academy of Neurology has a new set of guidelines designed to keep memory problems at bay. Read more >

The Heart Elastic
A heart without exercise is like a stiff, old rubber band. It can regain flexibility -- you just need to get moving.. Read more >

What They Don't Tell You about Activity Trackers
That fitness monitor you got over the holidays can give you a false sense of security. Here's how to get the most out of it. Read more >

Meat for Mental Health?
Meat can help young adults' brains deal with stress. Aging brains have different nutritional needs. Read more >

The Surest Route to Brain Health
Aerobic exercise beefs up an area of the brain tied to memory and Alzheimer's disease. Read more >

Women, Up Your Game
There's walking and then there's walking. A stroll around the block is not necessarily going to yield the health benefits you want. Read more >

Coming to a Health Club Near You
Exercise eases depression and anxiety, so why not include fitness in mental health programs to treat depression and anxiety? Read more >

Being a Couch Potato Can Make You Sad
People who exercise one to two hours a week have a much lower risk for depression than those who are sedentary. Read more >

Running Away from Smoking
A Canadian program combines running and social support to help people quit. The results are impressive. Read more >

For Seniors, TV Is Dangerous
Watching TV, especially at night, is a big reason many seniors have trouble walking. Here's why. Read more >

A Big Fat Controversy
The American Heart Association's new advisory should help clear up confusion about which fats to eat and which to avoid. Read more >

Is 19 the New 60?
Kids and teens are only about as active as the average 60-year-old, according to a new study. Read more >

Batter Up Too Late?
Baseball players' reaction times improved when they got an extra hour of sleep. Stress and fatigue went down, too. Read more >

Maybe Grandpa Needs a Dog
Not everyone should be a dog owner, but seniors who have dogs get a lot more exercise than those who don't. Read more >

For Seniors, Protein Recommendations May Not Be Enough
Aging adults need more protein to fight illness and stay strong. Few get enough. Read more >

The Exercise-Mood Connection
Being active is linked to greater well-being and less depression. The real news is it doesn’t take much. Read more >

Stop! Before You Hand Over that Cookie
Overweight kids are much more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and a variety of life-altering and expensive health problems. Read more >

Commuting on Two Wheels
Walking to work is good for your health, but biking to work packs an even bigger health punch. Read more >

A Pick-Me-Up That's Better Than Caffeine or Soda
Office workers looking for a way to banish afternoon fogginess should try this approach. Read more >

When Employees Lose Weight, Companies Gain
Company programs to help workers lose weight not only benefit workers' health, they add to hours on the job. Read more >

Marathoners' Kidney Damage
Running a marathon is hard on your body, but the toll it takes on your kidneys is just being explored. Read more >

Heart Patients Need Exercise
Too few heart attack patients exercise the way they should. Sure, they're worried, but they still need rehab. It can make a big difference. Read more >

A Remission Strategy for Type 2 Diabetes
A study proves it may be possible, with intensive therapy, to reverse type 2 diabetes. No meds necessary. Read more >

"Take a Long Walk and Call Me in the Morning"
Being prescribed a step count can encourage patients with diabetes or high blood pressure to be more active. Just add a pedometer. Read more >

Give Your Mind A Hedge Against Memory Problems
Some surprising — and fulfilling — ways to reduce your chances of cognitive impairment. Read more >

Powered By Protein
Protein builds muscle and muscle keeps seniors on their feet. But which is better — vegetable protein or that from meat or fish? Read more >

Four Reasons to Join a Gym
If you are struggling with weight loss or fitness goals, check out the nearest gym. It could make all the difference. Read more >

The Revenge of the Weekend Warrior
If your exercise regimen is pretty much confined to weekends, don't feel too bad. You are still getting some major health benefits. Read more >

Smartphone-Assisted Health
Fitness apps are getting better at tracking our health and activity. It's like having an MD by your side. Read more >

Get a Bike, Change Your Life
When people over 40 start bicycling — even a little — a variety of heart-protective measures improve. Read more >

A Big Fat Summer Vacation
Free access to high calorie foods and hours in front of screens mean that vacation makes many kids fat. It's better at school. Read more >

For Diabetics, A Little Exercise after Every Meal
Ten minutes of exercise three times a day is way better for diabetics than one 30-minute session once a day. Read more >

The Pounds on Your Body May Be Taking Points off Your Brain
Excess weight brings on inflammation inside your body. That's bad for your brain and mental abilities. Read more >

Economic Uncertainty and Mental Decline
Financial hardship doesn't just affect physical health; cognitive health suffers, too. Read more >

A Double Whammy to the Heart
First heart attacks are most likely to occur when these two triggers occur together. You can bring both under better control. Read more >

Activity Trackers, Money and Motivation
Tracking your daily steps may not do much good — unless there’s another incentive. Read more >

Kids' Soccer Injuries Soar
The number of visits to the ER each year among young soccer players rose by 78%. Injuries were even more common for those over 12. Read more >

Online Programs Improve Health
Programs and apps that set and monitor health goals can be helpful. Of course, you do have to put down your phone to use them. Read more >

Good News for Bus Drivers
Some jobs require hours of sitting, and that's bad for your health. Luckily, there's an antidote. Read more >

ADHD: Exercise Helps People Focus
Short periods of exercise can help people with ADHD get motivated and stay focused. Read more >

The Power of A Healthy Diet — Independence
Eating well now may be what makes it possible to live on your own later in life. Read more >

Walk with A Doc
We all know we should walk more, but many find it hard to do. What if your cardiologist joined you? Read more >

Daughters' Weight Is a Parental Minefield
Parents of overweight teens may be tempted to remind/nag their children not to eat. Don't. Do this. Read more >

To Increase Activity, Keep It Local
Teens exercised an hour more a week simply by building mild exercise nearby into their daily routine Read more >

Exercise's Hidden Benefits
Everyone knows exercise is good for them, but it's even better than you think. Read more >

Help for the Loneliness of Dementia
A program that helps seniors with early-onset dementia suggests ways to ease loneliness. Read more >

Fitness In Minutes
Getting your heart rate up for intervals of just 20 seconds can offer benefits equaling those of much longer workouts. Read more >

Go Ahead, Have Another Glass
You can't really have too much water, and what it does to lower cholesterol and calorie consumption is all good news. Read more >

Exercise Feeds Your Head
Almost any kind of exercise -- including gardening and dancing -- can help fend off cognitive impairment, even after it has begun. Read more >

A Non-Prescription Way to Fight Depression
Exercise and meditation, used together, can be an effective one-two punch for depression. Read more >

Couch Potatoes' Shrinking Brains
The brains of people who are fit are bigger than those who aren't. Read more >

Trying To Fool Your Activity Tracker?
You can trick your activity tracker, but probably not for long. Read more >

Your Brain, In the Zone
Understanding the neural mechanisms behind creativity may tell us the conditions under which it is most likely to arise. Read more >

Diets Tailored to Our Genes
They're coming — diets that take into account your body's particular way of using food and exercise. Read more >

Reduce The Risk of Lethal Prostate Cancer
Men who don't smoke, exercise and eat well can reduce their risk of prostate cancer by 70%. Read more >

It's Time for Heart Patients to Take a Stand
Sitting is, of course, bad for those with heart problems, too. Learn from the ways women over 60 are more active than men. Read more >

Facebook For The Fit
Finding it hard to exercise? An online buddy can really help get you out the door. Read more >

Exercise Helps Kids Cope With Bullies
Bullying can erode victims’ mental health. But there is a way to reduce these terrible effects. Read more >

Back to School? Keep Moving
Kids sit for hours and hours a day. Breaking up that time with a little activity can make a big difference. Read more >

Walking Away from Heart Failure
Would you walk 20 minutes a day to prevent heart problems? That's all it takes. Read more >

It’s What You Eat, Not How Much You Eat
It's good to watch your weight, but there is something even more important to your health. Read more >

Those Lazy, Hazy, Unhealthy Days of Summer
Summer vacation used to be full of activity, but screen time has changed that. What parents should do. Read more >

Fitness Food? Think Again
Protein bars that are branded as “fitness” food are anything but. Read more >

Brain Training Begins on the Field
Organized sports are one of the best ways to prepare young children for school. They help kids learn self control, among other qualities. Read more >

The Case for Treadmill Desks
Office workers kept moving with little loss of productivity. Tell your boss. Read more >

Health Benefits Increase with Exercise Intensity
It pays to exercise as vigorously as you can. Being winded and sweaty is a very good thing. Read more >

Which Weight-Loss Programs Are Backed by Science? Just Two, Study Finds
Not many diet plans have been backed by science. A new study finds two that really work. Read more >

Walking The Road to Higher Learning
When a computer science teacher had his classes walk as he lectured, something interesting happened. Read more >

Calorie Counts Give Parents Pause When Ordering for Their Children
When menus show calorie counts and an estimate of the exercise needed to work them off, people order smarter. Read more >

A Simple Switch Raises Kids' Fruit and Veggie Consumption
When schools made this simple, no-cost change, kids ate more fruit and vegetables at lunch. Read more >

Six Healthy Habits for Women’s Heart Health
Heart problems begin when you are young. Six lifestyle choices can make a difference into old age. Read more >

Beet Juice May Not Be So Great for Muscles after All
Beetroot juice may not help muscles during exercise quite as expected. Read more >

Stand Up Routine: Sitting Linked to Cancer, Heart Disease, and Diabetes
Get up on your feet. Sitting is bad for your health, even if you are physically active. Read more >

A Short Walk to A Longer Life
A study has turned up some surprising findings about the quickest route to a healthier life. Read more >

Yoga's Benefits Go Straight to the Heart
Yoga doesn't get enough respect as exercise. It's not just for relaxation -- it's good for your heart. Read more >

Social Support, Not Criticism, Leads to More Weight Loss
People trying to lose weight don't need friends' misguided remarks. Simple acceptance helps a great deal. Read more >

Lose Fat by Breathing — Really
When you lose weight, where does it go? The answer will change the way you think about weight loss. Read more >

A Steep Rise in the Cost of Diabetes
An aging population, increasing obesity, and expanding treatment options add up to billions in costs Read more >

Running Keeps the Cellular Engines Purring
Running improves the functioning of mitochondria in our cells, enabling them to use energy far more efficiently. Read more >

Heart Score Helps Predict and Protect from the Risk of Cardiac Arrest
A new online calculator from Harvard will tell you just how healthy your heart is. Read more >

The Green Way to Get to Work
A network of bicycle and pedestrian paths in Minneapolis is making a big difference in the number of active commuters. Read more >

Health is a Partnership, Not Solely Physicians' Responsibility
When a doctor tells a patient to exercise or take a medication and the patient doesn't, who is responsible? Read more >

How Far You Have to Walk to Work Off a Soda
It takes 50 minutes of running or five miles of walking to work off the 250 calories in a can of soda. Read more >

What’s Good for the Heart is Good for the Brain
One of the best ways to guard against dementia is to protect your heart. Read more >

Tea Drinkers Live Longer — Why?
Tea drinkers tend to be healthier than coffee drinkers. Read more >

Biceps, Triceps and White Matter: Exercising the Brain
The white matter in the brains of kids who are in good shape is denser and able to process information faster than those who aren't fit. Read more >

Higher Body Mass Can Lead to Cancer
It's not just about your heart. Many types of cancer are far more likely to occur as your body mass index (BMI) rises. Read more >

Active Commuting Offers Health — and Environmental — Benefits
Commuters who drive themselves to work weigh five to seven pounds more than those who walk or bike. Read more >

Running, Even for Just Five Minutes a Day, Helps the Heart
Even just five minutes of running each day can boost heart health. Read more >

For Kids, Sports Are about Much More than Just Winning
For kids, winning isn’t the best part of sports. Knowing what is most important can keep them engaged — and fit. Read more >

Details Emerge on The Link Between Stress and Heart Disease
Chronic stress — the kind faced by doctors in the ICU — increases white blood cells that can cause life-threatening plaques to form. Read more >

Body Fat, Obesity in Kids Linked to Getting Too Little Sleep
Kids who don't get enough sleep have more body fat and are more likely to be obese. Read more >

No Duping the Anti-Dopers
Athletes using performance-enhancing drugs have been a step ahead of the agencies meant to police them. No more. Read more >

Active Moms Raise Active Kids
Parents' own activity levels have a big effect on how active — and healthy — their children will be. Read more >

Exercise Reduces Risk of Hospital Readmission In Patients With COPD
If you have lung disease, you may think you should not be exercising, but nothing could be further from the truth. Read more >

Stress Makes Allergies Worse
Stress appears to make allergies worse. Calming the mind can help. Read more >

Milk Eases Women's Osteoarthritis
Drinking milk every day may help reduce the joint damage of osteoarthritis. Read more >

Aging and Macular Degeneration
Aging increases the risk of macular degeneration, but some behaviors make the risk far greater, while others reduce it. Here's what you can do. Read more >

Parents Have a Big Effect on Kids' Screen Time
Parents, you have more influence than you think when it comes to helping kids curb screen time. Use it. Read more >

Consistent Blood Pressure Control Cuts Risk of Second Stroke in Half
To avoid a second stroke, keep your blood pressure consistently under control. Read more >

The Seeds of Obesity on View in Developing Economies
Economic development in poor countries offers a picture of how our obesity epidemic began. It starts with owning TVs, computers and cars. Read more >

Exercising More and Sitting Less, A Winning Combo for Heart
OK, guys, time to stagger away from the tube and the nachos. There are risks associated with being a sedentary man. Read more >

Yoga's Benefits for Cancer Survivors
Yoga can increase cancer survivors' energy, reduce fatigue, and lower inflammation at the cellular level. Read more >

A Different Approach to Self-Control
Our willpower can fail us when we are tired or stressed. But how we view the problem could be the problem. Read more >

New Blood Pressure Recommendations May Mean You Don't Need Meds After All
If you have borderline high BP, around 140/90 mm Hg, it may be better to hold off on treatment depending on your age and other factors. Read more >

Just an Extra 2,000 Steps per Day
Simply walking an extra mile a day can reduce the risk of heart disease by about 10%. Read more >

Kids More Active With a Little Help From Their Friends
Peers can really affect how active -- or inactive -- a child is. Read more >

Fitness Declining Among Children and Teens Worldwide
Kids today are slower and less aerobically fit than their parents were. It's a global problem. Read more >

Back Injuries Common in Young Athletes
Overtraining is the main way kids injure themselves. Specializing in one sport is also a problem. Read more >

Exercise During Pregnancy Can Improve Infant Brain Development
Exercise makes pregnancy and childbirth easier. It also seems to boost infant brain development. Read more >

Exercise Improves Teens' Academic Performance
Teens who exercise moderately to vigorously every day do better academically. But no, running a 10K can't replace studying. Read more >

Do It Yourself: Simple Chores Around the House Boost Health
Do-it-yourself work around the house can help keep the heart in shape. Read more >

A Meth-Like Substance Is Found in Workout Supplements
The fitness supplement, Craze, appears to have caused certain athletes to fail drug tests. Read more >

Even Light Exercise May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
Walking an hour a day can cut the risk of breast cancer by a significant amount. Read more >

Irisin Helps Exercise Boost Body and Brain
Irisin, the magic molecule of the moment, turns bad fat into good and helps exercise boost the brain Read more >

Experts Urge Doctors to Treat Unhealthy Lifestyles Just Like a Disease
Preventive medicine means treating unhealthy lifestyles just as you would treat disease. Read more >

Two Studes Find Exercise as Good or Better Than Drugs for Fighting Disease
Studies find that exercise's effects on disease equal and sometimes surpass those of drugs. Read more >

Even Short Bouts of High-Intensity Exercise Can Affect Weight and BMI
Forget the long hours at the gym. A short bout of intense exercise may be all you need to keep the pounds off. Read more >

Driving to Work Raises Diabetes Risk
Those who drive to work have a far higher risk of diabetes than those who walk or bike. Even a bus is better. Read more >

The FDA Cracks Down on Diabetes Treatment Scams
Fake diabetes treatments, from "natural" remedies to potentially dangerous drugs, are under scrutiny. Read more >

Vigorous Exercise a Few Times a Week Reduces the Risk of Stroke
Exercising vigorously enough to sweat a few times a week can help you lower your risk for stroke. Read more >

AMA Diagnosis: Obesity Is A Disease
Are the obese sick? The AMA thinks so, but what do the obese think? Read more >

When Good Hikes Go Bad
Over half of all hikers are seriously under-prepared. Here are 10 items you need to bring with you — even for a short hike. Read more >

The Power of Good Habits
We all fall back on our habits; the trick is to make them healthy. Read more >

Pet Ownership Linked to Decreased Risk of Heart Disease
Having a pet can be good for your heart, but that's not a good enough reason to get one. Read more >

Using the Threat of Higher Insurance Premiums to Encourage Exercise
There’s one way to get people exercising: Threaten to charge them higher insurance premiums. Read more >

The Best Route to Improved Health: Change Diet and Exercise Habits Together
Couch potatoes, here's the strategy you need. Read more >

The Benefits of Community Gardens Go Beyond Good Food
Gardening work is good for your weight. Ask any community gardener. It's truly a hoe-down. Read more >

Walking Just as Good for the Heart As Running
Walking can be just as good as running for the heart. Read more >

Barefoot Running Shoes: Go Slowly
Minimalist or barefoot running shoes may be more natural, but switching to them is tricky. Stress fractures are not uncommon. Read more >

Take a Stand: Sitting Is Linked to Diabetes
Spending less time sitting could reduce your diabetes risk as much as adding vigorous exercise to your day. Read more >

Exercise Improves Self Control, Decision-Making
Exercise can help us exert more self control. It enhances the brain's ability to solve problems, plan, and make decisions. Read more >

Aerobic Fitness Raises Scores on Reading and Math Tests
Fitness is more important to academic performance than most people realize. Read more >

The Link Between Lifestyle and Semen Quality
Exercise is an important factor in male fertility. Men who watch TV 20 hours a week have sperm counts half those of men who watch less. Read more >

The School Day Needs More...Recess
In Japan, schoolchildren are given a 10-15 minute break every hour. Recess is important to cognitive, physical and social development. Read more >

Exercise Can Help Non-Athletes Live As Long As Olympians
Olympians do seem to live longer, but their advantage is surprisingly easy for us mere mortals to equal. Read more >

The Power of Social Media Could Help Fight Childhood Obesity
Dieting is easier when you are part of a community. The Internet is a natural place for kids and teens interested in losing weight to gather. Read more >

How Many Miles to Walk Off a Burger?
When people are faced with how long it will take them to walk off the calories they are eating, they eat less. Read more >

Sedentary Nation: Too Little Walking, Too Much Sitting
Sitting too much and moving too little can shorten life. They are also easy to remedy. Read more >

Aerobic Exercise the Best Route to Weight, Fat Loss
Aerobic exercise is superior to resistance training for losing weight and body fat. Read more >

Driving Just a Little Less Can Make a Big Difference
Hang up your car keys and walk just one mile a day. The savings — on gas and healthcare — are impressive. Read more >

Short Bursts of Physical Activity Can Boost Your Memory
Short bursts of activity can help memory, for people with memory problems and those without. Read more >

Putting Shoes that Promise a Firmer Posterior to the Test
Does my butt look smaller? Can shoes make a difference? Read more >

Exercise Can Add Years to Your Life — Now We Know How Many
The more active you are, the longer you will likely live. Read more >

Going Online Can Help You Lose Weight, But Does It Beat Face-to-Face?
Going online to lose weight or to maintain it can be a big help. Read more >

In Denial About Your Weight?
People often underestimate their weight, which can blind them to the need to lose weight. When you see your doctor, get on the scale. Read more >

Simple Ways to Increase Fitness Can Reduce the Risk of Falls
By putting a little extra effort into regular movements, senirs can build enough strength and balance to reduce the risk of a fall. Read more >

Successful Weight Loss Depends on Three Behaviors
Research has found that keeping a food journal, not skipping meals, and avoiding eating out can all help you lose weight. Read more >

Exercise May Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer Risk, Regardless of Age
Exercising just 10 to 20 hours a week can reduce breast cancer risk by almost a third. And it doesn't have to be a hard workout. Read more >

Better than a Diet and Easier, Too
Reducing TV time and increasing one's consumption of fruit and vegetables are two relatively painless ways to improve health. Read more >

Why Tai Chi Makes Sense for the Elderly
Seniors need to be careful that strength training doesn't also stiffen arteries. Tai Chi can help. Read more >

Pedometers Increase Exercise
Using a pedometer can motivate seniors to walk farther and exercise longer. Read more >

Stand Up and Fight for Your Life
Even active people have an increased risk of death if they sit too much. Read more >

Being Hungry Can Bias Your Senses
When you're hungry, you respond to food-related cues more strongly than when you’re full. Reason not to shop on an empty stomach. Read more >

Cooler Hands Can Help Increase Exercise
Something as simple as carrying a cold bottle of water can help you exercise longer... Read more >

Massage Boosts the Recovery of Muscles After Exercise
A ten-minute massage can help sore muscles heal after vigorous exercise. Read more >

Achieving Your Goal: a Plan and a Partner Can Help
You are much more likely to stick with an exercise program and a diet if you have a partner and a plan. Read more >

Physical Activity and School Performance
Children do better in school when they have more opportunity for physical activity, not more time at a desk. Read more >

When Safe Playgrounds Become Boring, Kids' Health Suffers
Out on the playground, there's a fine line between safe and boring. Read more >

For Most Heart Patients, No Need to Avoid Sex
Sexual activity is safe for most heart patients, like any form of moderate exercise. Read more >

New Insights into How Exercise Works
Irisin, a newly-isolated hormone appears to help raise insulin levels and burn energy... Read more >

Play and the Impact of Poverty
Underprivileged kids have less chance to play at school, at home, in their neighborhoods... Read more >

How to Cut Down on Chocolate
A short walk, even at work, can reduce the need to nibble at your desk. Read more >

Long Distance Running Is Hard on the Heart
Long distance runners can develop temporary damage to the heart, but it doesn't mean you should quit. Read more >

Hope for Overweight Children
If obese or overweight kids lose the weight as they become adults, the associated health risks also seem to vanish. Read more >

Vibration Device Doesn't Slow Bone Loss
Whole body vibration platforms have been marketed to prevent bone loss. Problem is, they don't work. Read more >

Exercise Works to Decrease Migraine Headaches
Exercise can actually help reduce the frequency of migraine episodes. Read more >

Parks and Play: How To Get Our Children To Exercise More
Parents who want to encourage physical fitness should take their children to a playground or park with other active children. Read more >

Stimulating Environments Helps Give White Fat the Calorie-Burning Power of Brown Fat
In mice, living in a more stimulating envronment was linked to more calorie-burning brown fat. Is the same true for humans? Read more >

Massage Beats Conventional Treatments for Lower Back Pain
Several types of massage can be helpful in relieving back pain. Read more >

Losing Weight vs. Maintaining Weight: Different Strategies Required
Once you have lost weight, you need to have a different set of strategies for keeping it off in order to avoid gaining it back. Read more >

Beyond Conventional Stroke Therapy: A Role for Yoga
Yoga can be useful to stroke patients seeking to regain their balance and confidence. Read more >

New Proof the Exercise Really Does Wonders for the Heart
Even light exercise can have a significant effect on the health of your heart and blood vessels. Read more >

MyPyramid is Out. MyPlate is In
Filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables is a good start on a healthy diet. Read more >

Is That Salad Really a Salad?
Dieters, don't be fooled by healthy-sounding descriptions. A salad with meat and cheese is likely to be highly caloric. Read more >

Regular Exercise May Foil Salt's Effect on Blood Pressure
Regular exercise can reduce the effect that salt has on blood pressure. Read more >

Exercise Boosts Tests Scores, Thinking Ability
Intelligence scores rose by four points with just 40 minutes of play a day... Read more >

Experts Expand Guidelines for Osteoporosis Screening in Women
Drinking alcohol daily, smoking and a low body mass index all raise your risk of osteoporosis considerably. Read more >

100 Innings a Year or Less for Young Arms
Pitching too much can damage young (and old) arms. It is important to limit the number of pitches to reduce the risk of injury. Read more >

Exercise May Be Best Bet for IBS Sufferers
Exercise significantly reduces the severity of IBS symptoms. Read more >

Walking Slows Mental Decline
Walking just five miles a week helps reduce mental decline, even in those people who have begun to experience cognitive deficits. Read more >

Revamping School Nutrition from Vending Machines Up
Vending machines full of junk food? A new landmark nutrition bill is a game changer. Read more >

Gaining a Few Pounds Significantly Ups Heart Disease Risk
Gaining just a few pounds can up your risk for heart disease by as much as 50%. Read more >

Age Like a Fine Wine
Aging well has been linked to three factors: faith in your ability to exert control over your life, social support and exercise. Read more >

FDA Gives Thumbs Down to New Weight Loss Drug, Lorcaserin
A panel of FDA experts says the risks outweigh the benefits of Lorcaserin. What's next? Read more >

The Body Can Increase Number, Not Just Size, of Fat Cells
In contrast to conventional beliefs, the body can actually grow new fat cells, rather than just enlarge those it already has. Read more >

Bringing Recess to the Workplace
Two quick exercise programs aim to get office workers moving, no matter what their fitness level. Read more >

Fighting Back Against Diabetes
Simple lifestyle changes in diet and exercise can greatly reduce the health impact of Type 2 diabetes. Read more >

Modest Exercise Can Bring the Bones Big Benefits
Just 20 minutes of exercise a day may help reduce fractures in women with bone loss. Read more >

Metabolic Syndrome May Be Reversible by Tweaking the Diet
You may be able to reverse metabolic syndrome completely by making some important changes to your diet. Read more >

Why Some Public Health Weight Loss Campaigns Fail
Even well-meaning weight loss campaigns may end up turning off the people they are meant to inspire. Read more >

Practice Makes Perfect: But Only If You Mix It Up
Changing up how you practice a new skill helps your brain learn better. Read more >

Sitting May Lead to Earlier Death
Researchers find that the longer you sit, the shorter your lifespan. Read more >

Biggest Losers Do Better
Slower may not always better when it comes to weight loss. Losing a fair amount of weight quickly tends to lead to better results. Read more >

Is a Little Stress Good for The Body? New Research Shows It Might Help Fight Cancer
Mice "stressed" by living in stimulating environments fought cancer better than those not stressed. Read more >

Convenience Stores May Be Hazardous to Your Waistline
Neighborhood convenience stores may be hazardous to your waistline. The high ratio of junk food is behind the problem Read more >

New Weight Loss Drugs Seems Promising, But FDA Still to Rule
Lorcaserin seems to help people slim down with fewer side-effects than past drugs. Will FDA approve? Read more >

The American Heart Association Reviews the Best Ways to Get Healthy, Stay Motivated
Heart disease hits 1 in 3 people. The first step to heart health is to set realistic behavioral rather than physiological goals. Read more >

Why Are So Many Children Overweight?
When it comes to helping kids lose weight, exercise is very important; but reducing calories is the most important first step. Read more >

Ditch The Car and Hop on The Train If You Want to Shed Pounds
Leaving the car at home and taking the train can help you be more active and lose some weight. Read more >

To Boost Your Self-Esteem and Mood, Exercise in the Green, Researchers Say
If you are feeling a little down, head outdoors. Just five minutes outside boosts mood and self-esteem. Read more >

Dancing Improves Seniors' Balance, Reduces Falls
Dancing can improve seniors' balance, walking speed and overall functioning, not to mention their spirits. Read more >

Weight Gain over Time Significantly Ups Breast Cancer Risk
Significant weight gain (over 30-pounds) during middle-age can increase a woman's risk of breast cancer after menopause. Read more >

Walking Shelter Dogs Helps Heart Patients Recover Faster - and Makes the Pups Happy, Too
Volunteering at their local animal shelter is one good way for cardiac patients to get the exercise they need to recover. Read more >

Exercise as Mental Health Treatment
Exercise is a useful component of any mental health treatment plan. Read more >

Dieting Increases Stress Hormone, Makes Weight Loss Harder
Dieting can actually make it harder to shed pounds because it raises levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Read more >

Disabilities Increasing among the Middle-Aged
The number of people over 40 who have difficulty climbing stairs or walking a quarter mile has risen. The impact on healthcare could be... Read more >

New Study Outlines Just How Active You Need To Be To Stay Trim
An hour a day of moderate exercise like walking or a half-hour of vigorous exercise like jogging can prevent weight gain. Read more >

Don't Worry, Be Active
Exercise can reduce the anxiety people may feel when living with a chronic illness. Read more >

Heart Rate May Predict Heart-Related Death, Study Finds
If your heart rate at rest is over 100 beats per minute, you are at far higher risk of death from heart disease. It is not too late to act. Read more >

Exercise May Prevent – and Reverse – Age−Related Cognitive Decline
Exercise helps prevent cognitive decline. Better circulation in the brain and increased brain cell production are two reasons why. Read more >

Running Shoe Design: Miles to Go
Walking in high heels increases knee torque by 20-26%. Read more >

Toning Down on TV Helps People Tone Up
Simply turning off your TV can cut 120 calories a day, the equivalent of walking a mile. Read more >

Yoga Begins to Reveal Its Secrets
Yoga appears to help the body by reducing its inflammatory response to stress. Read more >

Watching TV May Shorten Your Life
Spending too much time sitting in front of the TV or computer, rather than moving, raises the risk of cardiovascular disease. Read more >

Over-Exercising Could Lead to Osteoarthritis
By middle age we need to be careful about how much active exercise we do. Swimming and low-impact exercise is best. Read more >

If You Want to Eat Less, Work Out in the Heat
Working out in warmer conditions (think non-AC rooms) reduces hunger, thanks to peptide YY, which signals fullness. Read more >

Vitamins C, E May Ward off Age-Related Muscle Loss
A diet high in antioxidants, particularly vitamins E and C, may slow age-related muscle loss. Read more >

Can Exercise Make You Smarter?
Aerobic exercise in adolescence has been found to raise intelligence test scores and lead to better work. Read more >

To Keep Weight off, Trade in TVs for Treadmills, Say Researchers
Your home environment is the single most important factor in losing weight and maintaining weight loss. Read more >

Flexible Bodies, Flexible Arteries
The narrower and stiffer the artery, the faster blood flows, raising blood pressure. Read more >

Yoga Eases Lower Back Pain
Exercises such as yoga can reduce back pain by strengthening muscles of the midsection. Read more >

Researchers Find Link Between Sleep and Weight
According to findings presented earlier this month at the American Thoracic Society’s conference in San Diego, there may be an intimate – and somewhat complex – connection between how well one sleeps and his or her body weight. Read more >

A Little Exercise Goes a Long Way
When it comes to exercise, your body has a short memory. It wants to know what you've done for it lately. Read more >

Losing Weight Helps the Heart Return to Normal
Once a significant amount of weight is lost, the heart actually restructures into a healthier, more productive version of itself. Read more >

Four Healthy Behaviors Make Big Impact on Disease Risk
Four important lifestyle choices – never smoking, eating healthy, staying trim, and exercising – may cut the risk... Read more >

Coupling Mediterranean Diet and Exercise May Ward off Alzheimer's
Eating a healthy, Mediterranean-style diet is linked to significantly lower rates of Alzheimerss disease. Read more >

Minding Your Weight with Yoga
Being mindful of what you eat can help you shed pounds. Read more >

Vigorous Daily Exercise May Cut Cancer Risk in Half
Working out with moderate to high intensity for at least 30 minutes per day may cut your overall risk of cancer by half. Read more >

Being Fit — Mentally and Physically — Keeps Mind Sharp with Age
Physical fitness and a high school education are two factors that appear to decrease the risk of mental decline. Read more >

Want to Exercise? Get a Dog
Dogs make good exercise companions -- and motivators. Read more >

Exercise as Mood Enhancer
People feel good after exercising and this feeling can last up to 12 hours. Read more >

Tongue and Throat Exercises Help Ease Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of the nighttime sleep disorder. Read more >

Slow, Frequent Walks Better for Heart Health
After a heart attack, longer, slower, and more frequent exercise is better for your heart than vigorous, three-times-a-week programs. Read more >

Finding Fun Ways to Stay Fit
Think of play (dancing, hiking, tennis) when you think of fitness. It will help keep you motivated. Read more >

Flat Feet: Not the Achilles Heel for Young Athletes
Flat feet used to have the reputation of causing painful feet in adulthood as well as poor motor skills but research is finding differently. Read more >

Finally, a Simple Exercise Guideline
To get the kind of moderate exercise most of us need, walk at a rate of 100 steps a minute, for 150 minutes a week. Read more >

Beginning Exercise in Middle-Age Offers Same Benefits as Long-Term
Beginning exercise -- even in mid-life -- can have a profound effect on your health. Read more >

Quad-Cartilage Connection: Strength May Protect Against Knee OA Progression
Strong quadriceps can keep knee cartilage from crumbling. Read more >

Exercise is Under-Utilized in Treating Back Pain
Exercise can help reduce back pain, but tends not to be prescribed often enough. Read more >

Walking is Good Medicine for Blocked Leg Arteries
Peripheral artery disease is estimated to affect one out of every 16 adults over the age of 40, but often goes undiagnosed. Read more >

Exercise, Not Television-Watching, Reduces Type-2 Diabetes in African-American Women
A quick way to greatly reduce your diabetes risk is to turn off the TV and go for a walk. Read more >

Happy Feet Keep Exercise Resolutions on Track
Have your feet measured before you buy athletic shoes. Exercising in tight shoes can cause a neuroma, or a pinched nerve. Read more >

Winning Warm-up: Soccer Injuries Nearly Halved
Warming up before exercise can greatly reduce the risk of injury. Read more >

Exercise Helps Moderate Anger in Overweight Children
Exercise appears to reduce children's anger as it increases fitness. Read more >

Exercise Helps Keep the Brain in Shape
Exercise may help keep the brain young by halting the natural decline of new neurons produced in the brain, according to a new study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology. Read more >

Diabetes And Exercise: Poor Sensation Is No Contraindication
Regular exercise helps control glucose levels and improves cardiovascular mortality in patients with diabetes. Read more >

Tai Chi: Good for the Knees?
Study says Tai Chi can help reduce the pain of arthritis. Read more >

Glucosamine And Chondroitin: A Joint Venture In Question
Glucosamine and chondroitin may not work as well together as we think. Read more >

Exercise: Every Little Bit Helps
When it comes to exercise, more may be better, but some is much better than none at all. Read more >

Why the Brainy May Pack on the Pounds
Glucose and insulin levels fluctuate much more during mental work than during periods of relaxation. Read more >

Beat the Heat, Win the Meet
Staying hydrated, especially in the heat, increases athletic performance. Read more >

Pedometers: Small Changes Make a Big Health Difference
Pedometers that unobtrusively clip on a belt can vastly increased the amount of exercise you get in a day. Read more >

How to Increase "Good" Cholesterol
Higher levels of HDL are associated with lower risk of heart attack or stroke. Read more >

Urban Exercise? Take It Inside
We have all seen urban runners, skating and bicyclists dodging traffic or paralleling busy roads and highways, and wondered: do the benefits of being in shape outweigh the dangers of breathing all that polluted air? According to medical experts, the answer may well be no. Read more >

Fixing the Gait
More than 700,000 Americans have a stroke each year, many never fully recover. Read more >

Fast Walking — Slow Aging
Walking for an hour a day, five times a week, can take a dozen years off your biological clock. Read more >

Older Women Have Hard Time Staying Hard
Staying in good shape is harder for older women than older men because women's bodies are less able to replace muscle that is lost naturally as they age, according to a new study. Read more >

CHD Patients: Exercising the Least and Needing It Most
Medical guidelines suggest a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least 5 days each week. Read more >

Harnessing Human Power
Scientists have made an exciting breakthrough in the perennial human search for renewable energy sources by venturing into new and undiscovered territory — the human body. Read more >

How to Get Older, Slower
There is an old saying: "the more time you waste, the more you have. Read more >

Eat Less Or Exercise More? A Little of Either Will Help Your Heart
The heart is not picky. Whether you eat less or exercise more, it responds to weight loss. Read more >

Fat But Fit
You may have heard the saying: there are no fat people over 60. Read more >

Watch Out For Heat Stroke
What is the major cause of heat stroke? Ignorance — of our own bodies, of the weather and of what one can do to the other. Read more >

Frequent Exercise Reduces Breast Cancer Risk
New data suggest that long-term and intense physical exercise may help protect women against some types of breastcancer. Read more >

Heart Failure: Fatter Is Better?
There is an obesity paradox in cardiovascular health. Heavier people tend to survive health crises better, but are more at risk. Read more >

Three Ways to Lower Cancer Risk — Exercise, Aspirin Consumption and Childbirth
We have long known that certain behaviors such as smoking and consumption of fatty foods lead to an increased risk of developing cancer. Read more >

Drinking and Running
In recent years, long distance runners have been getting conflicting advice from experts about liquids. Read more >

Breaking Up (Exercise) Is Good to Do
Short bursts of intense exercise may be better for the heart than endurance training. Read more >

A Potent Argument for Exercise?
Exercise helps reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction or ED. Read more >

Where the Rubber Meets the Road
Each day, millions of Americans put on a pair of running shoes and head outside for a brisk run or jog. Read more >

Going With The Flow: Exercise And Healthy Blood Vessels
The blood vessels of older athletes tend to function just as well as those younger group. Read more >

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