The Best Exercises for Brain Health

There’s a lot you can learn from your elders, starting with the results of a multi-year study of exercise and brain health in seniors.

Researchers from Columbia University and the University of Miami compared results of two sets of brain scans and tests measuring memory and thinking skills in 876 seniors. The tests were done five years apart.

The investigators found a greater mental decline for those who reported low-activity exercises, such as light walking and yoga, compared to those with high-activity levels and exercises like running and cardio workouts.

The difference was equal to 10 years of brain […]

The Many Benefits of Core Strength Training

Article Featured on Canyon Ranch

Many of us equate core strength with a flat belly or six-pack abs. And while those may be motivating goals to you, there are so many more benefits that come from improving core strength than how your midsection looks, including improved posture, better balance, reduced back pain and easier breathing.

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Tone Up Your Triceps With These Top Strength Exercises

By Len Canter | Article Featured on US News

Working your triceps might not always be top of mind, but toning the muscles that run along the backs of your upper arms is key to the smooth functioning of your elbows and to also give bare arms a sleeker look.

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Did You Wait Until Middle Age to Get Fit? It Could Still Boost Your Life Span

By E.J. Mundell | Article Featured on US News

 

 

It’s truly never too late to begin exercising, new research shows. Even for people who were “couch potatoes” in their youth, embarking on a regimen of regular exercise in middle-age can still greatly cut the odds for death from any cause, a major new study finds.

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Exercise Might Slow Colon Cancer’s Advance

BY STEVEN REINBERG

Exercise has countless benefits, even in small doses. And new research suggests the payoffs might extend to colon cancer patients. Short sessions of intense exercise may slow the growth of colon cancer, Australian researchers report. “We have shown that exercise may play a role in inhibiting the growth of colon cancer cells,” said lead author James Devin, from the University of Queensland.

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Walking, Not Riding, Boosts Health in Golfers With Knee Woes

Walking the golf course instead of riding in a cart offers heart health benefits that may outweigh potential joint harm for golfers with knee osteoarthritis, a new small study reports. The study included 10 golfers with knee osteoarthritis who played two 18-hole rounds of golf. They walked the course in one round and used a golf cart in the other round.

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AHA News: For the Best Health, Does the Intensity of Your Workout Matter?

(American Heart Association News) — Jog for long enough or engage in just about any physical activity that gets the heart pumping, and the result can be a feeling of euphoria commonly known as a runner’s high. Sure, it feels good, but does higher-intensity exercise lead to better health?

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Boosting Your Diet for Exercise

By Len Canter | Article Featured on US News

A typical workout doesn’t give you license to eat whatever you want. Even a full hour of vigorous skiing burns just 600 calories — less than the amount in a super-sized fast food sandwich. That’s why it’s important to think of exercise as just one part of a shape-up plan.

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How to Head Off Sneaky Weight Gain

By Len Canter | Featured on US News Slow and sneaky weight gain usually happens over time — on average one pound a year — so it’s not always obvious at first, especially if you don’t regularly weigh yourself.

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Great Workouts Boost Brains, Even in the Young

By Maureen Salamon | Article Featured on US News

Heart-pumping exercise benefits the brain, improving thinking skills even in younger adults, a small study suggests. For the study, scientists tracked more than 130 adults, aged 20 to 67. The investigators found that aerobic exercise increased participants’ overall fitness as well as their so-called executive function — thinking skills that are key to reasoning, planning and problem-solving.

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