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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.

Former graduate student Liang Hu and six undergraduate students from Zhejiang University visited the EPL and the University of Illinois during their US visit, which also included a week at Iowa State University.

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Dr. Hu is now an Associate Professor and Associate Head of the Department of Sport Science at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China.

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.

The EDDIE Award: Sigal Sasson

Presented to a current Undergraduate Research Assistant who has demonstrated the EDDIE qualities of Excellence, Dedication, Diligence, Integrity, and Efficiency in the Exercise Psychology Lab.

Students who have been chosen to be members of the EPL research team have already shown themselves to be exemplary students in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health.  The recipient of this award, presented on a regular basis throughout the academic year, has been chosen because actions demonstrated in recent weeks exemplify the EDDIE qualities that help make the EPL a success.

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The EDDIE Award goes to: Sigal Sasson

…for her diligence, friendly manner with participants, and outstanding attention to detail 

Thanks for all of your hard work, Sigal!

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.

NPR | Walking fends off loss of mobility, and it’s not too late to start

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People who have reached their later years may think it’s primarily a time to relax, not to increase their physical activity. Not so. Previous research has suggested that exercise can improve memory and reverse muscle loss in older adults, among other benefits. And a study out Monday finds that a regular program of physical activity reduces the time spent with mobility-limiting disability. 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.