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Steps to Long Life: Short Walk Each Day Helps Folks Over 85

Steps to Long Life: Short Walk Each Day Helps Folks Over 85THURSDAY, Aug. 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- It’s never too late to benefit from regular walks.A new study suggests that a 10-minute daily stroll can prolong life in folks well into their 80s and beyond.“Adults are less likely to meet activity recommendations as they get older,” said study author Dr. Moo-Nyun Jin of Inje University Sanggye Paik Hospital in Seoul, South Korea. “Our study suggests that walking at least one hour every week is beneficial for people aged 85 years and older.”Though people tend to be more inactive as they age, the U.S. government says all adults should get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous activity.For this new study, Jin's team looked at links between walking and the risks of death from...

Regular Exercise Can Help Shield You From Severe COVID

23 August 2022
Regular Exercise Can Help Shield You From Severe COVIDTUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Looking for a new reason to work out?Here's a good one: Regular exercise appears to significantly reduce your risk of getting COVID-19, a large international research review has found.And, if you do get COVID, the study found, routine moderate and/or intense exercise dramatically lowers your odds for serious illness, hospitalization and/or death."There is evidence that regular physical activity might contribute to a more effective immune response, providing enhanced protective immunity to infections, which could explain the relationship between exercise consistency with COVID-19 infection," said study author Antonio Garcia-Hermoso. He's a senior researcher with Navarrabiomed and the Universidad Pública de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain.The...

Are You Among the 'Diet-Resistant'? Workouts May Be Key...

22 August 2022
Are You Among the `Diet-Resistant`? Workouts May Be Key to Weight LossMONDAY, Aug. 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- "You can't run from the fork."It's an old weight-loss saying, reminding folks that diet is more important than exercise when it comes to shedding excess pounds.But is that true for everyone? New research suggests there's a category of "diet-resistant" people who need to work out and watch what they eat if they want to shed pounds.In fact, these folks should prioritize exercise, because it decreases their fat mass and boosts their muscles' ability to burn calories, the Canadian study concluded.“We found that the slow losers responded much better to exercise than the fast losers did," said senior study author Mary-Ellen Harper. She is research chair of mitochondrial bioenergetics at the University of Ottawa. "We hope these findings will allow a...

Want to Maintain Muscle?  Frequency of Workouts Is Key

22 August 2022
Want to Maintain Muscle?  Frequency of Workouts Is KeyMONDAY, Aug. 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Whether the goal is bulging biceps or just a bit more strength and mass, a relatively light workout several times a week beats a more intense one done just once a week.That’s the conclusion of a small Australian study in which researchers spent a month tracking muscle-building progress among 36 college students.“We have shown that a very small amount of exercise is still effective to increase muscle strength,” as long as it's done frequently, said study author Ken Kazunori Nosaka, lead professor of exercise and sports science at Edith Cowan University in Joondalup, Australia.“So we hope,” he added, “that this would encourage people to start a daily exercise from a small amount. It is not difficult to find a time for daily...

Tips to Food-Fueling Your Active Vegan Child

20 August 2022
Tips to Food-Fueling Your Active Vegan ChildSATURDAY, Aug. 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Kids can take part in sports while on vegetarian and vegan diets, but parents and caregivers must help them select foods that will fuel them and meet their nutrition needs.Vegan athletes can become deficient in vitamin B12, vitamin D, long-chain omega-3 fats, riboflavin and calcium, so it’s important to find good substitutes, said Roberta Anding, a registered dietitian at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.A vegan diet excludes all meat and animal products, including dairy and eggs, while a vegetarian diet excludes meat, poultry and seafood. Good carbohydrates include breakfast choices such as whole grain toast, oatmeal or roasted sweet potatoes. Anding also suggests offering vegetarian kids rice, quinoa and pasta.While there are fewer...

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