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2021

Re-focusing on Getting Fit? Heart Experts Offer These Tips

Re-focusing on Getting Fit? Heart Experts Offer These TipsSATURDAY, April 10, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Want to get rid of all that weight you put on during the pandemic?To help out, the American Heart Association (AHA) is launching an initiative called Move More.One in four U.S. adults is sitting for longer than eight hours each day, which can harm one's mental and physical health, according to the AHA."For too many of us, our daily routines have become more sedentary over the past year due to the pandemic, making it even more important to find ways to increase physical activity in our day," said Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, the AHA's chief medical officer for prevention. "Any movement is better than no movement, and more is better. Even small breaks of activity throughout the day will benefit health and reduce stress," Sanchez said in an AHA news...

Kids With Autism Can Really Benefit From Exercise

9 April 2021
Kids With Autism Can Really Benefit From ExerciseFRIDAY, April 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) – Being active is good for most everyone, and new studies now show it can help kids with autism manage common behavioral issues."Exercise goes beyond health-related benefits and increased levels of fitness for those with autism," said David Geslak, a pioneer in using exercise to help kids with autism. "Research shows that exercise can increase focus, improve academic performance, reduce stereotypical behaviors and build confidence."A study in the April issue of the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise journal reported that 10 minutes of low-intensity exercise reduced verbal repetition of phases or words and hand-flapping, two common behaviors associated with autism.Another recent study from Oregon State University found that targeted exercise...

For People With PAD, Exercise Can Be Tough But Rewarding

7 April 2021
For People With PAD, Exercise Can Be Tough But RewardingWEDNESDAY, April 7, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Fast-paced walking is painful for the millions of people with peripheral artery disease (PAD). But new research shows that a slower, pain-free pace won't cut it if improvement in mobility is the goal.The study included more than 300 of the roughly 8.5 million Americans with PAD. It's a condition in which plaque build-up in arteries slows the flow of blood to the legs."People with PAD can typically walk only a couple of blocks before they have to stop and rest," said study author Dr. Mary McDermott, a professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in Chicago.PAD makes walking difficult because narrowed arteries prevent delivery of oxygen to leg muscles during activity, she explained."Inadequate oxygen delivery to leg...

Forget the 'Lazy Stoner': Marijuana Users Don't Exercise...

5 April 2021
Forget the `Lazy Stoner`: Marijuana Users Don`t Exercise Any LessMONDAY, April 5, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The stereotypical image of pot smokers has long been one of "stoners" parked on the couch, surrounded by snacks and glued to the television, but a new study dispels that notion.Instead, people who use marijuana may exercise just as much as other people do, and perhaps even a little more, researchers report.Considering how important regular exercise is to one's overall health, the finding could dissipate some of the health concerns surrounding the drug, the study authors said.For the study, researchers from the University of Miami's Herbert Business School and the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., analyzed data from a national health survey that has followed over 20,000 people, starting in their teenage years, from 1994 through 2018.The...

Healthy Living in Middle Age Really Pays Off in Senior Years

31 March 2021
Healthy Living in Middle Age Really Pays Off in Senior YearsWEDNESDAY, March 31, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Live well, live longer.New research offers more evidence that the mantra rings true: People who got regular exercise and ate a healthy diet in middle age had a reduced risk of serious health problems as seniors."Health care professionals could use these findings to further promote and emphasize to their patients the benefits of a healthy diet and a regular exercise schedule to avoid the development of numerous chronic health conditions in the present and in later life," said study author Vanessa Xanthakis, an assistant professor of medicine and biostatistics in the Section of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology at Boston University School of Medicine.Her team analyzed long-term data from nearly 2,400 Americans in a large ongoing U.S....
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