Hearts Get 'Younger,' Even At Middle Age, With Exercise

By Patti Neighmond | Featured on NPR

Eventually it happens to everyone. As we age, even if we’re healthy, the heart becomes less flexible, more stiff and just isn’t as efficient in processing oxygen as it used to be. In most people the first signs show up in the 50s or early 60s. And among people who don’t exercise, the underlying changes can start even sooner.

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3 Ways to Make Your Exercise Habit Stick

Article by Paige Waehner | Found on VeryWellFit

When it comes to exercise, one thing we often focus on is motivation. As in getting motivated to do it and staying motivated enough to continue doing it. Most of us may think motivation is the first thing we need to make exercise a regular habit, but that isn’t necessarily the case.

Ask any exerciser if they’re really motivated to get up at 5 am to go to the gym and they’ll probably say no. Does anyone really feel like exercising first thing in the morning? Not likely. The truth is that motivation isn’t the first thing that gets […]

A few simple habits can tack some extra years on your lifespan

Article by Claire Mardarelli | Found on Popsci

Eat healthy foods. Exercise regularly. Don’t smoke. We hear these instructions from doctors, friends, parents, and strangers on the internet so often that the words start to lose their impact. And let’s face it, healthy habits are hard to adhere to. But perhaps if there’s proof they work, then they might be easier to swallow.

In a study out this week in the journal Circulation, researchers studied five lifestyle factors that influence how long humans live. They researchers calculated that people who adhered to five things—drink no more than one glass of alcohol per day […]

Should You Exercise With an Injury?

Article by Paige Waehner | Found on VeryWell

If you’re an exerciser, it will probably happen to you; that morning when you start your jog and feel a sharp pain in your knee, or you bend down to pick up that weight and end up pulling a muscle you didn’t even know you had.

As much as we try to avoid injury, it will happen to most of us, but that doesn’t mean you’re doomed to ride the couch while your injury heals.

With a little planning and common sense, you can still keep up some kind of routine as […]

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 […]