Archive for April, 2012

Exercising Around the World

Nerd Fitness | 18 Months in the Making: Exercising Around the World.

“My dear Rebel friend, I’m excited to share something with you I’ve been working on for a LONG time.  Eighteen months ago, I took my first trip outside of North America, visiting the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru.  Energized by the adventures I had there, I decided that I needed to see the rest of the world too.  So, I took an even CRAZIER trip , spanning 15 countries and over 120,000 miles.  Because my decision to travel the world was heavily inspired by Where The Hell is Matt, I wanted to pay homage to his video by exercising along the way and eventually turn it into a cool video. That day is today. 18 months and 120,000+ miles of travel later, I present to you, ‘Exercising Around the World.’” – Steve Kamb

The Atlantic | Confirmed: He Who Sits the Most Dies the Soonest.

A study of more than 200,000 Australians adds to the growing body of evidence that people who sit the most die the soonest. It also found that you can’t exercise this effect away, though exercise does help reduce it greatly. The study’s simple message is that spending more time standing and less time sitting prolongs life. Continue.

NPR | Staying Active Fends Off Alzheimer’s, Even In People Over 80.

Activity cuts the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and slows cognitive decline, even in the very old, according to a new study. There’s been plenty of evidence for the “use it or lose it” theory of brain capacity. But this study is one of the first to show that activity of all sorts benefits people over age 80, even if they’re not “exercising.” Continue.

e! Science News | Kids get more active when given more toy choices, studies show.

In an age when even preschoolers have electronic toys and devices, many parents wonder how to get their children to be more physically active. Now, two studies published by University at Buffalo researchers provide some answers. The UB studies are among the few laboratory-controlled studies of how the choice and type of toys given to children affects their physical activity. Study subjects were 8-12 years old. The goal of the research, led by James Roemmich, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics in the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, was to identify basic factors that make children more physically active. Continue.

UI Employee Wellness Newsletter | The Yard Workout.

Here’s a quick quiz: Which burns more calories walking at a 20-minute mile pace or mowing the lawn? You might be surprised to learn that mowing the lawn with a push mower burns more calories per minute than walking at a 20-minute mile pace. People don’t think of gardening and yard work as physical activity but it is. Remember, when it comes to being active everything counts. Continue.

ESPN | Illinois wins men’s gymnastics title.

Trailing by more than two points with two rotations remaining, Illinois coach Justin Spring guided his gymnasts toward the pommel horse, an event in which the Illini had been inconsistent all season. They picked the right time to post their season-high score in the event. A 60.75 put Illinois within striking distance and the Illini followed with a strong performance on the rings to pass No. 1 Oklahoma on Friday night and win their first NCAA men’s gymnastics title since 1989. Continue.

NYT | How Exercise Could Lead to a Better Brain.

The value of mental-training games may be speculative, as Dan Hurley writes in his article on the quest to make ourselves smarter, but there is another, easy-to-achieve, scientifically proven way to make yourself smarter. Go for a walk or a swim. For more than a decade, neuroscientists and physiologists have been gathering evidence of the beneficial relationship between exercise and brainpower. But the newest findings make it clear that this isn’t just a relationship; it is the relationship. Using sophisticated technologies to examine the workings of individual neurons — and the makeup of brain matter itself — scientists in just the past few months have discovered that exercise appears to build a brain that resists physical shrinkage and enhance cognitive flexibility. Exercise, the latest neuroscience suggests, does more to bolster thinking than thinking does. Continue.

| 2012 SBM Presidential Keynote Address – Abby King, PhD |

Behavioral Medicine in the 21st Century:
Transforming “the Road Less Traveled” into the “American Way of Life.”

During the last half-century, behavioral medicine has made significant advances and contributed important insights relating to the prevention and control of America’s major health threats. So why, at the end of the first decade of the 21st century, do many Americans remain on a path culminating in (largely preventable) disease and disability? In this presentation, the argument will be set forth that it is not a lack of evidence that has prevented a shift onto an alternative, more health-promoting path; but, rather, a lack of a collective set of tools and language for communicating our evidence in ways that compel action at the individual, organizational, & societal levels. Is narrative communication the answer, at least in part, to moving sound behavioral medicine evidence into the American mainstream? This premise will be explored, along with several other emerging scientific trends of particular relevance to both the behavioral medicine field as a whole and to SBM.

USA Today | Any kind of physical activity lowers Alzheimer’s risk.

Cleaning house and doing yardwork are taking on new importance. A higher level of physical activity — not just exercising — is linked to a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease even in people over 80, suggests research published Wednesday in the journal Neurology. Protective activities include washing dishes, cooking, cleaning, gardening — even playing cards. People who scored in the bottom 10% of physical activity were more than twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s. Continue.

Gizmodo | Who Needs a Bike When Your SUV Has a Built-In Exercise Machine?

We’ve all seen these ridiculously-equipped SUVs designed for the one percent before. They’re full of stained wood accents, plush leather seating, and everything from big-screen TVs to coffee makers. But this is the first time we’ve seen one with a full-on exercise machine inside. Continue.