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Hate Long Workouts? 'Activity Snacks' May Work for You

Hate Long Workouts? `Activity Snacks` May Work for YouTUESDAY, Oct. 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Taking a quick walk or doing squats after you eat may help you retain muscle mass as you age, new research suggests.So-called “activity snacks” — short bouts of exercise — may help maintain muscle mass and quality by allowing your body to use more amino acids from food, explained study author Daniel Moore, an associate professor of muscle physiology at the University of Toronto, in Canada. When you eat protein, your body breaks the protein down into amino acids to repair and grow new muscle mass. “If we move, we are better able to use the food that we eat to build and maintain muscle mass,” Moore said.Other researchers have shown the benefits of small bursts of activity as opposed to longer bouts, but the new study is the first to...

Stay Fit & Your COVID Shot May Work Even Better

25 October 2022
Stay Fit & Your COVID Shot May Work Even BetterTUESDAY, Oct. 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The more often you work out, the more effective your COVID-19 vaccination will be, a new study suggests.Fully vaccinated folks who clocked high weekly levels of physical activity were nearly three times less likely to land in the hospital with COVID, compared to those who got the jab but didn't exercise often, researchers found."The findings suggest a possible dose response, where high levels of physical activity were associated with higher vaccine effectiveness," said the researchers led by Dr. Jon Patricios, from Wits Sport and Health (WiSH) and School of Clinical Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg-Braamfontein, South Africa. The study was published Oct. 24 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine."Public health...

Exercise During Chemo Helps Your Heart, Lungs Recover

18 October 2022
Exercise During Chemo Helps Your Heart, Lungs RecoverTUESDAY, Oct. 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- When you are getting chemotherapy, exercise may be the last thing on your mind. Now, new research suggests it should be the first.Exercising during chemotherapy is safe, improves long-term cardiac and respiratory function and may help ease some of the ravages of treatment, Dutch researchers report. If you can't exercise during chemotherapy, then you should start after treatment to get your heart function back to normal, they added."These findings suggest that the most optimal timing of physical exercise is during chemotherapy," said senior study author Dr. Annemiek Walenkamp, a medical oncologist at the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands. "However, initiating an exercise program after chemotherapy is a viable alternative...

Counting Steps? Here's How Many You Need to Boost Health

17 October 2022
Counting Steps? Here`s How Many You Need to Boost HealthMONDAY, Oct. 17, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Taking that often-cited 10,000 steps a day — or even slightly fewer — may indeed be enough to improve your health, a new study suggests.Researchers found that among 6,000 middle-aged and older adults, those who got at least 8,000 to 9,000 steps daily had reduced risks of developing an array of conditions over seven years. The list included obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, acid reflux and clinical depression.That step count is equivalent to walking roughly four miles, depending on the pace.However, experts who were not involved in the study cautioned against getting too caught up in a magic number of daily steps: If you can be more active, do it.In fact, the study found that when it came to warding off obesity and certain...

Is Exercise Getting Tougher for You? Long COVID Might Be to Blame

17 October 2022
Is Exercise Getting Tougher for You? Long COVID Might Be to BlameMONDAY, Oct. 17, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- After COVID-19, resuming regular exercise may be harder, and new research suggests this may be one more symptom of long COVID.For the study, the researchers reviewed 38 published studies that tracked the exercise performance of more than 2,000 people who had had COVID-19. Ultimately, the investigators zeroed in on nine studies that compared performance of 359 participants who had recovered from the virus to 464 who had long COVID symptoms.More than three months after having COVID-19, their capacity for exercise was like that expected from someone 10 years older. While not a proven symptom of long COVID, loss of exercise capacity seems to be a consequence of the disease for some, the researchers said."Reduced exercise capacity is one potential...

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