Exercise/Fitness News

Best Practice for Weight Control Targets Preschoolers and Parents

July 28th, 2014
New research finds a key element in the treatment of overweight and obese preschoolers is parental involvement. Investigators discovered traditional approaches to overweight prevention and treatment focusing only on the child are outdated, with interventions targeting both parent and child more effective. The ...

Blend Nature into School Playgrounds to Reduce Stress, Improve Attention

July 23rd, 2014
School playgrounds that feature natural habitats and trees do more than just provide a unique outdoor adventure as researchers discover the environment can reduce children's stress and inattention. University of Colorado Boulder researchers also found that working on class assignments or gardening ...

Weight Management Program Also Reduces Depression

July 19th, 2014
A program aimed at helping obese women maintain their weight also significantly reduced depression in nearly half the women, according to a new study from Duke University. The study was conducted with 185 low-income black women between the ages of 25 and 44, ...

Exercise, Relaxation Can Reduce Social Anxiety

July 18th, 2014
Researchers from Queen’s University have found that exercise and relaxation practices can help people with social anxiety disorders view the world more positively. Adam Heenan, a Ph.D. candidate, discovered exercise and relaxation activities like yoga can literally change the way people perceive the ...

Poor Sleep Lowers Activity Level of Those With PTSD

July 17th, 2014
A new study suggests that compromised sleep quality as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can lead to a reduction in physical activity. Limited physical activity, in turn, is linked to negative health outcomes such as obesity. “We found that sleep quality was ...

Study IDs Teens Prone to Emotional Problems After Concussion

July 13th, 2014
A new study has found that after a concussion, teens who are sensitive to light or noise may be more likely to have emotional symptoms such as anxiety. "While most people recover from a concussion within a week, a number of factors affect ...

Winning Not Essential for Having Fun in Sports

July 11th, 2014
Refreshing new research finds that for kids, having fun while playing organized sports means much more than winning. Winning ranked near the bottom of 81 determinants of fun, each of which falls into one of 11 big fun factors, according to a new ...

Depression Can Hinder Pulmonary Rehab

July 10th, 2014
Pulmonary rehabilitation helps improve functional abilities for individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). But if someone is depressed, they often have trouble sticking to the rehab program. Researchers from The Miriam Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Brown University's Alpert Medical School, found that depression ...

Perception of Exercise as Fun Helps to Control Diet

July 10th, 2014
For some, the caloric benefit of a good workout is often negated by increased consumption of calories afterward. That bowl of ice cream or chips and dip becomes a reward for the treadmill grind. New research suggests a remedy: the way you perceive the ...

Healthy Lifestyle Can Add 10 years to Life Expectancy

July 9th, 2014
Simply put, "A healthy lifestyle can help you stay 10 years' younger," said Swiss researcher Eva Martin-Diener, M.Sc., M.P.H. While chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and arthritis are on the rise, these can be controlled by improving lifestyles. In ...