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Pandemic Lockdowns, Closures Tough on People With Disabilities

Pandemic Lockdowns, Closures Tough on People With DisabilitiesTUESDAY, June 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- When the early days of the pandemic prompted social distancing measures and gym closures, people with certain disabilities had a much harder time getting exercise and their mental health suffered, new research shows. Researchers studying those impacts surveyed more than 950 people with diverse disabilities. They identified four categories of individuals within the disability community with varying levels of impact, with the most affected group known as "heavily impacted."People with neuromuscular disabilities, blindness or low vision, and/or cognitive or intellectual disabilities were more likely to be in this group. This heavily impacted group comprised about 39% of study participants, many of them veterans and women. "People in the heavily...

Can You Stand on One Leg for 10 Seconds? You Might Live...

22 June 2022
Can You Stand on One Leg for 10 Seconds? You Might Live LongerWEDNESDAY, June 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- It sounds easy, but standing on one leg for 10 seconds can be harder than you think.And your ability to do so — or not — may predict whether you are more likely to die within the next decade, a new study suggests. That's why an international team of researchers says the 10-second test should be part of routine health checks for all middle-aged and older adults."[It] provides rapid and objective feedback for the patient and health professionals regarding static balance," the researchers said, adding that the test adds useful information regarding a patient's risk of premature death.Dr. Claudio Araujo of the Exercise Medicine Clinic in Rio de Janeiro led the study.Araujo's team noted that balance, unlike aerobic fitness, muscle strength...

Pets Help Their Humans De-Stress, Stay Fit: Survey

21 June 2022
Pets Help Their Humans De-Stress, Stay Fit: SurveyTUESDAY, June 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- While chronic stress is a key risk factor for heart disease and stroke, most cat and dog owners say pets help them chill out and stay active.A new American Heart Association (AHA) survey of 1,000 pet owners found 95% relying on their animal companions for stress relief. About 7 in 10 said they'd rather spend time with their pet than watch television, and nearly half (47%) said their pets helped them be more active."Many pet owners have found emotional support from their pets, and science backs up the physical and mental health benefits to pet companionship," said Dr. Glenn Levine, chief of cardiology at Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston and lead author of the AHA's scientific statement on pet ownership and heart disease risk....

Both Food and Drink Keep You Hydrated for Summer Exercise

18 June 2022
Both Food and Drink Keep You Hydrated for Summer ExerciseSATURDAY, June 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Keeping your body well-fueled and hydrated is a must during outdoor summer sports and exercise, a nutrition expert says."For summer workouts, it's important to make sure that adequate carbohydrates, fluids and electrolytes are consumed," said sports dietitian Kristen Chang, assistant director of the master's program in nutrition and dietetics at Virginia Tech University. "You need to make sure that proper levels of blood sugar are maintained throughout the workout," Chang said in a university news release, noting that you shouldn't go into an exercise session hungry.That means you need to think about what you eat and drink before a workout to account for increased water loss from sweat. This can include boosting your intake of fluids and...

Salsa Is Smart: Latin Dance May Boost Your Aging Brain

17 June 2022
Salsa Is Smart: Latin Dance May Boost Your Aging BrainFRIDAY, June 17, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Latin dance classes may be a great workout and social outlet, but new research suggests that learning the intricate steps of the salsa, samba and merengue may also improve your memory.In the study, a Latin dance program was offered to more than 300 Spanish speakers over four years at 12 different sites in Chicago.After eight months of classes, assessments found significant improvement in participants' working memory scores. Working memory is a type of short-term memory used to keep small amounts of information in mind while partaking in other cognitive tasks."We think it worked for several reasons. More time being spent active, that could be a reason. It could be the different components of the dance program itself," said study author Susan...

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