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2021

One Good Way to Help Beat COVID: Exercise

One Good Way to Help Beat COVID: ExerciseWEDNESDAY, April 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise guards against a host of chronic diseases that can plague people as they age, but can it also protect against severe cases of COVID-19?New research suggests that's so: Being physically active reduced COVID-19 patients' risk of hospitalization, intensive care unit (ICU) admission and death, and even being just somewhat active provided some protection."This is a wake-up call for the importance of healthy lifestyles and especially physical activity," said study author Dr. Robert Sallis. He's a family and sports medicine physician at the Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center.The "study truly shows how important that is during this pandemic and beyond," Sallis said in a Kaiser Permanente news release. "People who regularly exercise...

Cloth Masks Do Make Workouts a Bit Tougher, Study Finds

14 April 2021
Cloth Masks Do Make Workouts a Bit Tougher, Study FindsWEDNESDAY, April 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A cloth mask can limit your ability to exercise, so it might be a good idea to alter your workouts when wearing one, researchers say.Some previous studies have assessed how surgical face masks might impact exercise, but few have looked at cloth masks.In a new study, researchers compared the exercise performance of 31 healthy adults (aged 18 to 29) who ran on a treadmill to the point of exhaustion.The study participants did this twice, once while wearing a cloth face mask and once unmasked.The participants typically averaged 170 minutes a week of moderate and 206 minutes a week of vigorous physical activity.During the study, their blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation, exertion and shortness of breath were measured, and they were...

Physically Active at Work? It's Not as Healthy as...

13 April 2021
Physically Active at Work? It`s Not as Healthy as Leisure ExerciseTUESDAY, April 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Going for a brisk walk after a long day at work may be better for your heart than getting all of your exercise on the job.New research suggests that while current health guidelines indicate that leisure-time activity and physical activity at work are created equally when it comes to heart health benefits, this may not be the case after all.Leisure-time exercise -- whether it be taking a walk, jogging or hopping on your Peloton bike after a hard day's work -- can improve heart health, but only getting your exercise on the job seems to increase heart risks.This is what's known as the "physical activity paradox," said study author Andreas Holtermann, a professor at the National Research Centre for the Working Environment in Copenhagen, Denmark....

Most Parents OK About School Rules for Kids' Return to...

13 April 2021
Most Parents OK About School Rules for Kids` Return to Sports: PollTUESDAY, April 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Though playing youth sports comes with new pandemic-era precautions and some experts are linking these activities to community spread of COVID-19, many kids are still participating, according to a parent survey.In the survey, about three-quarters of parents said their child's teams mostly did the right thing while resuming sports during COVID. Thirteen percent said officials were too strict, and 14% said they were too lenient.About 1 in 4 parents allowed their kids to play on school, travel or community teams this past fall or winter. That's roughly the same percentage who gave sports organizations low rankings for enforcing COVID safety guidelines."As kids return to playing sports, it's critical that teams and facilities enforce COVID...

Is Your Spin Class Music Way Too Loud?

12 April 2021
Is Your Spin Class Music Way Too Loud?MONDAY, April 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Turning down the music at your fitness classes won't affect the intensity of your workout, researchers say.It's common for fitness instructors to crank up the volume -- sometimes to levels loud enough to damage hearing -- because they think it will help students work harder.But researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine found there's no link between music volume and how hard people exercise."Participants were most likely to report that the music level was satisfactory in classes where sound levels were lowest," said corresponding author Dr. Ronna Hertzano. She is associate professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. "Importantly, the gym elected to maintain the music at the softer level after we made them aware of our...
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