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A recent study suggests that exercising or doing regular physical activity during childhood days may be linked with lower risk of fracture as people age due to increase in peak bone mass that occurs in growing children who are active. Lead author Bjorn Rosengren, Md, PhD and colleagues conducted a 6-year population-based controlled exercise intervention in Swedish children ages 7 to 9 years old.  The study involved two groups:  the intervention group and the control group.  The intervention group was composed of 362 girls and 446 boys who had 40 minutes of daily physical education at school.  The control group […]

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Exercising for the Heart

People are often taught that one must engage in regular physical activity consisting of moderate to intense aerobic exercises and muscle-strengthening exercises to maintain a healthy heart. The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans further recommends that one must undertake about 150 minutes of exercise in a week, but suggests doing these in small chunks at a time for beginners. The American Council on Exercise warns, however, that people with heart disease who want to exercise must first obtain a doctor’s permission and follow certain health and safety measures in doing so. In a recent news release, the council advised […]

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Proper Diet and Exercise for Obese Pregnant Women

Researchers from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Italy report that regular physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle that begins during the first trimester can prevent excessive weight gain in obese pregnant women, which can help avoid complications like hypertension, preterm delivery, and gestational diabetes. Dr. Fabio Facchinetti, author of the study, states that according to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in the United States, women of normal body mass index (BMI, a measure of body fat) could gain 11-16 kilograms during pregnancy. However, obese women (with BMI > 25) should not gain more than 5-9 […]

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Exercise Prevents Brain Shrinkage in Old Age

Scottish researchers report that they have found evidence that regular physical activity can prevent loss of brain volume and other brain structure changes in elderly people. Lead author Alan J. Gow, PhD, of the Center for Cognitive Aging and Cognitive Epidemiology, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom adds that this study is the first to investigate in detail the effects of exercise on the brain structure and that compared to other studies, theirs involved more participants. The research also shows that no association is found between leisure activities involving mental and social stimulation and brain changes. The researchers analyzed data from […]

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