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More Exercise in Adults Urged

According to a telephone survey, only one out of five US adults meet the government guidelines for aerobic and muscle strengthening exercises. One-half of the 450,000 respondents in the nationwide survey met the aerobic guideline while only one-third met the muscle strengthening exercise. Carmen Harris, MPH, and her group used data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey in 2011 and found out that only about 21% of the respondents reached the recommended levels for Americans issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services (2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans). However, half of the respondents reached the […]

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Exercise Reduces Risk of Kidney Stones

Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle report at the American Urological Association meeting that women who exercise even minimally have a significantly lower risk of developing kidney stones. Mathew Sorensen, MD and colleagues found that physically active women had an overall 30% lower risk of kidney stones compared with women who do not exercise, although in one analysis, the risk reduction was as high as 80%. They add that the intensity of exercises does not matter and there was no difference whether women performed mild, moderate, or strenuous activity. Studies show that about 10% of people in the […]

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New Menu Strategy Impacts Food Choice

Menus displaying the amount of exercise required to burn off calories in a meal had some impact on food choice, researchers found. Ashlei James, a graduate student at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, and colleagues report that when individuals are given menus with information about how much exercise was needed to burn the calories contained in each food choice, they not only ordered those foods with fewer calories, but they also consumed fewer calories. This was significantly different from their food choices and their calorie consumption when no such information was provided in the menus. James also reports […]

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Forced Exercise Helpful for Anxiety and Stress

Studies have shown exercise protects against stress-related disorders, and it is believed that this may be related to the perception of control, which can benefit one’s mental health. However, scientists wonder if a person who feels forced to exercise would still benefit from exercise without the perception of control. A new study from the University of Colorado Boulder examined the effects of forced exercise on laboratory rats. Benjamin Greenwood, an assistant research professor in CU-Boulder’s Department of Integrative Physiology and colleagues designed an experiment where some rats remained sedentary, while others exercised by running on a wheel. Rats in the […]

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Researchers led by Kaisu H. Pitkälä, MD, University Helsinki, Finland report that regular exercise may help slow down the physical function deterioration in patients with Alzheimer’s disease who live at home. The results of the randomized Finnish Alzheimer Disease Exercise Trial (FINALEX) also showed that exercising can reduce the patients’ risk for falls without increasing health care costs. The researchers note that while previous studies have shown the benefits of regular exercise in dementia patients staying in nursing homes, this new study shows that exercise intervention can help patients and their families maintain their way of life longer without increasing […]

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