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For Tracking Steps, Patients Stick With Phones, Not Wearable Devices: Study

For Tracking Steps, Patients Stick With Phones, Not Wearable Devices: StudyMONDAY, Feb. 24, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Smartphones appear to be more effective than wearable fitness devices in helping doctors track patients' physical activity, researchers say. Their new study included 500 patients who joined activity tracking programs at two Philadelphia hospitals. Half used a smartphone app to track their daily steps after leaving the hospital. The other half used a wearable device. Patients were instructed to send their step data to researchers on a regular basis. If they hadn't done so for four straight days, there were reminded via emails, texts or voice messages. During follow-up, patients using the smartphone app were more likely to relay their data than those with the wearable devices. Thirty days after hospital discharge, 87% of the smartphone group...

Exercise Surprise: Lifting Less Gets Better Results

19 February 2020
Exercise Surprise: Lifting Less Gets Better ResultsWEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Changing up the amount of weight they lift could help weightlifters get stronger with less effort, a new study suggests. In traditional weight training -- called one rep max -- the maximum weight an athlete can lift dictates the weight load for all sessions. This study compared one rep max with an approach called load velocity profile, in which athletes lift varying weights from session to session. Over six weeks, athletes who used the load velocity profile became stronger than those who used one rep max, despite lifting less overall, according to sports scientists at the University of Lincoln, in the U.K. The study, published recently in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research included 16 men, ages 18 to 29, with at least two...

Could High-Tempo Tunes Help Maximize Your Workout?

12 February 2020
Could High-Tempo Tunes Help Maximize Your Workout?WEDNESDAY, Feb. 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Gyms are bustling with regulars and resolutioners, all working up a sweat. But what's the secret to an easy, effective workout? It may be in the music. A new study found that listening to music at a higher tempo reduces the perceived effort of exercise. For endurance exercises, such as walking on a treadmill, the effects were greatest. "We found that listening to high-tempo music while exercising resulted in the highest heart rate and lowest perceived exertion, compared with not listening to music," said study author Luca Paolo Ardigo, from the University of Verona in Italy. "This means that the exercise seemed like less effort, but it was more beneficial in terms of enhancing physical fitness." The benefits of listening to music during a...

Health Tip: When to Stop Exercising Immediately

22 January 2020
(HealthDay News) -- Training too hard or too fast is the culprit behind many exercise-related injuries, says BetterHealth. Before working out, consult with a doctor, gym instructor or coach on how to exercise safely. BetterHealth mentions these warning signs that you should immediately stop exercising: Discomfort or pain. Chest pain or other pain that could indicate a heart attack. Significant breathlessness. A very rapid or irregular heartbeat.

Health Tip: Hand Exercises to Improve Strength

20 January 2020
(HealthDay News) -- From texting to cooking, we use our hands often. There are many exercises that can strengthen your hands and fingers, increase your range of motion and provide relief, says Keck Medicine. It mentions five exercises to improve flexibility, dexterity and strength: Squeeze a soft ball in your palm as hard as you can for a few seconds. Repeat ten times. Make a gentle fist and wrap your thumb across your fingers. Hold for one minute, release and repeat. Warm up before exercise. Use a heating pad or soak hands in warm water for five-to-10 minutes. Place your hand flat on a table. Gently lift each finger at a time off the table. Hold for a few seconds and lower the finger. Stretch your wrists for 15-to-30 seconds. Repeat two-to-four times.

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