Exercise/Fitness News

Yoga May Benefit Heart as Much as Aerobics

December 31st, 2014
New research reveals that the ancient mind-body practice of yoga may provide the same benefits for your heart as traditional types of aerobic exercise, such as biking or brisk walking. The similarity of yoga and exercise's effect on cardiovascular risk factors, according to the ...

Health Coach Helps Those with Severe Mental Illness Lose Weight, Stay Fit

December 30th, 2014
A unique health program, called In SHAPE, developed specifically for people with serious mental illness was found to be far more successful in helping its participants achieve weight loss and fitness compared to a typical gym membership. The key component of the program ...

Teens Successful at Losing Weight Do It For Their Own Sakes

December 28th, 2014
A new study reveals that teens who are successful at losing weight do it more for their own sakes rather than to impress their peers or please their parents. "Most parents have the view that their teen is largely influenced by other people's ...

Fear of Terrorism Can Up Heart Rate, Risk of Death

December 28th, 2014
A new study has found that long-term exposure to the threat of terrorism can elevate people’s resting heart rates and increase their risk of dying. The study of more than 17,000 Israelis is the first statistics-based study, and the largest of its kind, ...

Cardiorespiratory Fitness Improves Memory in Older Adults

December 25th, 2014
A new study has found that older adults who have greater heart and lung health also have better memory recall and cognitive capabilities. For the new study, researchers at Boston University Medical Center compared 33 young adults between the ages of 18 and ...

Keeping Weight Off Requires Personalized, Innovative Approach

December 15th, 2014
The holiday season is supposed to be a time of joy, fellowship, and family -- but it is also a time when many people struggle with weight control. A new National Institutes of Health (NIH) report explains that weight loss and long-term weight control ...

Obese Kids’ Brains Respond More to Sugar

December 14th, 2014
A new study has discovered that the brains of obese children literally light up differently when tasting sugar. The study, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, does not show a causal relationship between sugar hypersensitivity and ...

Early Warning Signs of Cognitive Impairment Provide Opportunity to Act

December 12th, 2014
New research suggests indications of cognitive decline associated with aging may surface during midlife. Recognition of these warning signs may allow individuals to modify behavior and lower their risk of cognitive deficits later in life. As presented at American College of Neuropsychopharmacology annual ...

Safe, Walkable Neighborhoods Enhance Mental Health in Older Latinos

December 10th, 2014
Older Latinos living in the U.S. who feel that their neighborhoods are safe and walkable exhibit fewer symptoms of depression, and the effect may be long-term, according to a new study by the University of Illinois. “Many times we look at individual-level factors ...

Obesity Can Shorten Life Up to 8 Years

December 8th, 2014
A new Canadian study finds that overweight and obese individuals may have their life expectancy shortened by up to eight years. Researchers from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, examined the relationship between body weight and life expectancy. Their study is published in the journal ...