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How Much Exercise Helps the Aging Brain?

How Much Exercise Helps the Aging Brain?WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It's well-known that exercise benefits the brain as well as the heart and muscles, but new research pinpoints just how much -- and what types -- of exercise may promote thinking skills as you age. Reviewing data from dozens of studies on older adults, scientists found that those who exercised an average of at least 52 hours over about six months -- and for about an hour during each session -- showed improvements in their thinking skills. The research didn't show a link between a weekly amount of exercise and better brain function. "The data seem to suggest … you have to keep exercise up for a while before you start to see these changes actually impact your life in a positive manner," said study author Joyce Gomes-Osman. She directs the...

Health Tip: Stay Fit at Work

30 May 2018
(HealthDay News) -- Sitting for long hours at a desk can lead to poor posture, lower-back pain and increased risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The American Council on Exercise suggests how to combat the negative effects of too much sitting: Stand for a few minutes every hour to activate unused muscles. Sit on a stability ball for 30 minutes per day to work your core. Participate in walking meetings, which will improve your mood, concentration and blood flow. Take fitness breaks by performing wall push-ups, squats and calf raises throughout the day. Work out or take a walk during your lunch hour. Consider biking or walking to work. Practice yoga, monitored breathing or meditation to help reduce stress.

Wise Words on Women's Health

29 May 2018
Wise Words on Women`s HealthTUESDAY, May 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- May is Women's Health Month. With that in mind, doctors are offering suggestions for steps that women can take to reduce their risk of diseases and safeguard their health, both physical and mental. Dr. Blanca Sckell is medical director of the Ambulatory Care Center and internal medicine program at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, in New York City. She offered the following advice for women who are seeking ways to boost their health. For starters, manage stress. Try to take a few minutes each day to relax. Meditation is a great way to cope with daily pressures and can also help improve your mental health. Eat a healthy diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, high-fiber foods and lean cuts of meat, poultry and fish. Cut...

Use Your Legs, Boost Your Brain

29 May 2018
Use Your Legs, Boost Your BrainTUESDAY, May 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Walking, running, crouching, lifting and exercising the legs is critical to optimizing your nervous system's ability to function, new animal research suggests. Based on work with mice, the finding highlights the complexity of the brain-muscle connection. And it suggests that the nervous system communication moving from an individual's large leg muscles up to the brain is just as important as communication that originates in the brain before heading down to the muscles. The finding could have broad implications for efforts to better understand all sorts of neurological diseases -- such as motor neuron disease, multiple sclerosis and spinal muscular atrophy -- as well as how a sedentary lifestyle might undermine overall brain health. "It is no...

Take Your Swim Workouts to the Next Level

29 May 2018
Take Your Swim Workouts to the Next LevelTUESDAY, May 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Swimming is a great way to stay in shape while having fun and without stressing your joints. If you're ready to take your lap swimming to the next level, consider joining a masters swimming program. U.S. Masters Swimming is a nonprofit that promotes the activity and works with 1,500 clubs around the United States. It's open to beginners as well as competitive swimmers and offers tons of online information, including charts to track your sessions and swim workouts for people who don't live near one of their member clubs. Another way to step up a swim program is with water equipment to boost strength training. Hand paddles increase the resistance of each stroke, giving you a more challenging workout. Hydro-bells function like dumbbells but...

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