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Talking Health: The Vocabulary of Fitness 11Sep
2019

Talking Health: The Vocabulary of Fitness

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Doing the right amount of exercise every day is a top health goal. To make sure you're getting all the right types of exercise, you want to get familiar with these key...
AHA News: It's Never Too Late to Reap Health Rewards of...

AHA News: It's Never Too Late to Reap Health Rewards of...

29 August 2019
THURSDAY, Aug. 29, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- As people age, physical activity still needs to be part of the game plan for living a healthy, happy life – and experts say it's never too late to get...
THURSDAY, Aug. 29, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- As people age, physical activity still needs to be part of the game plan for living a healthy, happy life – and experts say it's never too late to get active and build strength. "We try to tell people the body can still adapt, and it can still improve," said Barbara Nicklas, a professor of gerontology and geriatric medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Those who engage in more occupational or leisure time physical activity have a lower risk of disease and death, and the health benefits of movement can extend to all ages, Nicklas explained in an editorial in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Nicklas cautions against placing all "older adults" who are age 60 and up into one category. Rather than...
Do More to Strengthen Your Core

Do More to Strengthen Your Core

26 August 2019
MONDAY, Aug. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Developing core strength is essential for fitness and overall health, but it doesn't have to be a drudge. If you're ready to go beyond crunches -- or never liked them to...
MONDAY, Aug. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Developing core strength is essential for fitness and overall health, but it doesn't have to be a drudge. If you're ready to go beyond crunches -- or never liked them to begin with! -- consider these moves that target the muscles in your torso and spine. The Advanced Bird Dog: Begin on your hands and knees. Contract your core muscles and straighten your right leg behind you until it's level with your hip. Now raise your left arm straight out in front of you to shoulder level. From this start position, draw in your right knee and left elbow, touch the elbow to the knee if you can, and then straighten them back to the start position without touching the floor. Do one set, then switch sides and repeat. The Plank With Knee Drive: Begin on your...
Do You Know Your Cardiorespiratory Fitness Level?

Do You Know Your Cardiorespiratory Fitness Level?

16 August 2019
FRIDAY, Aug. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You might know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers, but do you know your cardiorespiratory fitness level? Experts at the American Heart Association think this number...
FRIDAY, Aug. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You might know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers, but do you know your cardiorespiratory fitness level? Experts at the American Heart Association think this number may be an even better gauge of heart health. Cardiorespiratory fitness shows how aerobically fit you are and how effectively your circulatory system sends oxygen throughout your body. Research indicates that poor aerobic fitness is associated with a high risk of heart disease as well as death from various causes. It's as dangerous as chronic illnesses and smoking. Yet cardiorespiratory fitness is the one risk factor not routinely checked at doctor visits -- unless you request it. Your doctor can measure cardiorespiratory fitness through what's called your maximal oxygen...
The Return of a Training Classic for Runners
14 August 2019

The Return of a Training Classic for Runners

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- With running, proper form is essential for everything from desired speed to injury prevention. But for many people, muscle memory has locked in less-than-perfect form. A very simple technique, popularized in the 19th century by chemist-turned-runner W.G. George and re-introduced a few years ago by reporter and author Christopher McDougall, offers a re-set. Known as the 100-Up, it involves two stages. First you need to master the Minor -- 30 knee raises, much like marching in place, done with perfect form. Stand with shoulders over hips over ankles, feet about eight inches apart. Then bring your left knee forward and up to hip level as you press your left elbow back behind you. Return to start and repeat up to 30 times. Then repeat with...
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