These Are The Seriously Overlooked Benefits Of Working Out

Article by Shauna Harrison | Found on MindBodyGreen

Getting in shape has become virtually synonymous with “carve the body into a given physical ideal.” We glorify the six-pack, celebrate the bikini body, and are on this hamster wheel chasing aesthetic greatness. Having been part of the fitness industry for 22 years, I am well aware that, from a marketing standpoint, the six-packs, bikini bodies, and booty-lifting appeal affect people’s desires, in terms of imagery as much as verbiage.

I do think that as an industry, though, we have a responsibility to direct the conversation and tell the whole story. Yes, […]

If Your Genes Put You at Risk of Heart Disease, Exercise Might be Able to Help

Article by Claire Maldarelli | Found on Popsci

We’ve all been told that exercise is really good for us. Health professionals and fitness enthusiasts preach the benefits that physical activity has on one’s well-being, particularly their cardiovascular health. And we have some solid scientific evidence to back that up. But while we know exercise is generally good for heart health, we know less about how specific subsets of the population—particularly those at higher than average risk for cardiovascular disease—can benefit from the practice. Regular endurance exercise is thought to help protect folks who carry genes that put them at risk for heart trouble, but […]

Don’t Let Arthritis Pain Stop You From Exercising

Article Found on HealthyWomen.org

 Is arthritis pain getting in the way of your fitness plans? That need not be the case.

In fact, physical activity can be vital to your continued mobility.

Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that affects about 27 million Americans — most often in the knees and hips, but also in the lower back and neck.

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The Easy Way To Build Strength, In 3 Mindful Steps

Article by Jenn Pilotti | Found on MindBodyGreen

Physical strength can mean many different things. Depending upon whom you ask, to be physically strong might mean you can do a onehanded handstand, or maybe it means you can deadlift 1.5 times your bodyweight, or maybe it simply means you can get up off of the floor without using your hands. Like all aspects of fitness, what it means to be accomplished lies in the eyes of the person attempting the skill.

But what if strength is defined as moving well with a sense of ease?

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How to Manage Sore Muscles and Joint Pain

Article by Stephanie Watson | Found on WebMD

You work hard all week, so when the weekend finally rolls around, you want to play just as hard. There’s nothing like a few rounds of golf, a hike in the mountains, or an intense workout at the gym to help you feel recharged.

But all of that exercise can cause soreness and stiffness that shows up a day or two later. Don’t get sidelined by muscle pain. Find out the causes and treatments so you can stay on your game.

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8 Surprising Reasons to Get Up and Exercise Right Now

Article Found on Everyday Health

We all know that working out keeps your heart healthy, boosts energy levels, and is crucial for weight loss and maintenance. But if you need some more motivation to get moving, these eight surprising benefits of exercise may just do the trick.

1. It lowers your risk for Alzheimer’s disease. There are currently about 44 million people suffering from dementia worldwide, and Alzheimer’s accounts for 50 to 75 percent of those cases — with that number expected to double by 2030. But you can reduce your risk by lacing up those sneakers: According to the […]

How to Exercise With Arthritis and Sore Joints

Article by Dennis Thompson Jr. | Found on Everyday Health

Research has shown that exercise can help reduce arthritis pain and improve range of motion, and it’s now considered an essential part of arthritis management.

This is a far cry from days past, when people with arthritis were warned to not exercise to avoid further damage to joints. Doctors now know that, in addition to all its heart health benefits, regular exercise can:

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How to Start Exercising and Stick to It

Article Found on Helpguide.org

You already know there are many great reasons to exercise—from improving energy, mood, sleep, and health to reducing anxiety, stress, and depression. And detailed exercise instructions and workout plans are just a click away. But if knowing how and why to exercise was enough, we’d all be in shape. Making exercise a habit takes more—you need the right mindset and a smart approach. Whatever your age or fitness level—even if you’ve never exercised a day in your life before—there are steps you can take to make exercise less intimidating and painful and more fun and instinctive. […]

Poor Fitness Linked to Weaker Brain Fiber, Higher Dementia Risk

Article Found on ScienceDaily

Scientists have more evidence that exercise improves brain health and could be a lifesaving ingredient that prevents Alzheimer’s disease.

In particular, a new study from UT Southwestern’s O’Donnell Brain Institute suggests that the lower the fitness level, the faster the deterioration of vital nerve fibers in the brain. This deterioration results in cognitive decline, including memory issues characteristic of dementia patients.

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Why Do My muscles Feel Sore After Exercise?

Article by Yella-Hewings Martin, Ph D. | Found on MedicalNewsToday

Whether you are cramming in some last-minute exercise before the holidays or trying a new workout, beware of aching muscles. But why does your body feel so sore, and what can you do to speed up recovery?

Have you decided to make a start on your New Year’s resolution and take up exercise now? Or maybe you’re looking at stepping up your usual routine ahead of the inevitable excesses of the holidays? The chances are that your muscles will pay the price.

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