Category: PA & Health


Science Daily | Math learned best when children move

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Children improve at math when instruction engages their own bodies. This is one of the findings from a recent study coming from the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports. The results also document that children require individualized learning strategies. Well-being and learning among school age children has a significant impact on how children fare later on in life. Therefore, frameworks for elementary school teaching and learning must be optimized.  Continue.

Move More & Be Happy

NYT Well | Get up and move. It may make you happier.

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When people get up and move, even a little, they tend to be happier than when they are still, according to an interesting new study that used cellphone data to track activities and moods. In general, the researchers found, people who move are more content than people who sit. There already is considerable evidence that physical activity is linked to psychological health. Epidemiological studies have found, for example, that people who exercise or otherwise are active typically are less prone to depression and anxiety than sedentary people. Continue.

BBC Health | Sedentary lifestyle in older women ‘ages body cells’

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Women who lead a sedentary lifestyle have faster-ageing cells than those who exercise every day, research suggests. Research on 1,500 women aged 64 to 95 found those who spent many hours sitting and exercised for less than 40 minutes a day had cells that were biologically eight years older. As people age, their cells age, causing DNA protectors to shorten and fray. But health and lifestyle factors may speed up the process, researchers from California said. Even in old age, it was important to keep active and avoid sitting for more than 10 hours a day, they said. Continue.

Well | Work. Walk 5 Minutes. Work.

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Stuck at your work desk? Standing up and walking around for five minutes every hour during the workday could lift your mood, combat lethargy without reducing focus and attention, and even dull hunger pangs, according to an instructive new study. The study, which also found that frequent, brief walking breaks were more effective at improving well-being than a single, longer walk before work, could provide the basis for a simple, realistic New Year’s exercise resolution for those of us bound to our desks all day. Continue.

CBC News | Why ‘fitness is something we should be measuring’ at the doctor’s office

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Doctors should assess and estimate the cardiorespiratory fitness of adults during routine visits just as they measure blood pressure, according to the Canadian author who chaired a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Cardiorespiratory fitness refers to the ability to do aerobic activities.  A growing body of medical research shows it’s potentially a stronger predictor of death risk than more established risk factors such as smoking, high cholesterol and hypertension. Continue.

NYT Well | How exercise might keep depression at bay

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Exercise may be an effective treatment for depression and might even help prevent us from becoming depressed in the first place, according to three timely new studies. The studies pool outcomes from past research involving more than a million men and women and, taken together, strongly suggest that regular exercise alters our bodies and brains in ways that make us resistant to despair. Continue.

NBC Chicago | At over 75 years old, brothers return to run Chicago Marathon

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At over 75 years old, two brothers are proving that age is truly just a number. Frank Abramic, 81, and his 78-year-old brother John return as veterans to this year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon. “We are doing this to redefine out limits just like everyone else,” the brothers said. “How many people can run 26 miles, especially at our age?” The brothers discovered their love for running in their 60s, after retirement. Frank returns to run his 18th Chicago Marathon, and John his third. “When I first started out, I couldn’t run more than a few blocks,” Frank said. “But it really makes me feel better when I go on a run.” Continue.

Reuters | Poor exercise habits may follow teens into adulthood

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Most American teenagers don’t get enough exercise, and they often stick with their sedentary ways as they enter adulthood, a U.S. study suggests. More than 9 in 10 adolescents fail to get the minimum 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous daily physical activity recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers report in the journal Pediatrics. Continue.

NYT Well | Why fidgeting is good medicine

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Are you a fidgeter? From now on, you can ignore the frequent requests you undoubtedly receive to just sit still. A new study finds that fidgeting — the toe-tapping, foot-wagging and other body movements that annoy your co-workers — is in fact good for your health. Continue.

Science Daily | Moderate physical activity linked with 50 percent reduction in cardiovascular death in over-65s

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Moderate physical activity is associated with a greater than 50% reduction in cardiovascular death in over-65s, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2016 today. The 12 year study in nearly 2500 adults aged 65 to 74 years found that moderate physical activity reduced the risk of an acute cardiovascular event by more than 30%. High levels of physical activity led to greater risk reductions. Continue.