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Rethinking the Goal of 10,000 Steps a Day
- Exercise Is Even Better in Nature, Research Says
April 12, 2023 — Take exercise outside to nature if you want greater benefits, including mental clarity and motivation, new research into “green exercise” suggests.
- Study Suggests the Least Exercise People Can Do for Health
March 29, 2023 — A new study found that people who take 8,000 steps a day once or twice per week get almost all the cardiovascular health benefits as people who do it almost every day.
- People Took Fewer Steps After Pandemic Started, Study Shows
March 20, 2023 — People took fewer daily steps after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and haven’t gotten back up to their old numbers yet, according to a study published Monday in JAMA Open Network.
- Extra 20 Minutes of Daily Exercise Cuts Hospitalization Risk: Study
February 27, 2023 — An extra 20 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise per day helps keep middle-aged and older people out of the hospital for serious medical conditions, a study published in JAMA Open Network says.
- Midday Exercise More Beneficial Than Morning Workouts: Study
February 22, 2023 — People who engaged in midday exercise lowered their risk of premature death more than people who exercised in the morning or in the evening, a new study shows.
- Exercise Training Reduces Liver Fat, Even Without Weight Loss
February 13, 2023 — Exercise training can lead to a significant reduction in liver fat for patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which is a leading cause of liver disease worldwide, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.
- Cardiac Arrest Risk Low for Active Seniors During Sports
January 30, 2023 — Adults ages 65 and over who engage in regular physical activity are at low risk of sports-related sudden cardiac arrest, a new study suggests.
- Nearly Half of Americans Don’t Get Enough Physical Activity: CDC
January 27, 2023 — Most American adults are not meeting physical activity guidelines, the CDC said this week.
- Climbing Back: One Woman's Triumph After Near-Fatal Injury
January 26, 2023 — After a near-fatal accident left Melissa Strong's fingers a mangled, charred mess, the climber was told her days on the rock were over. Her story is a testament to determination in the face of grievous injury, and the importance of physical activity and mindset in any recovery.
- Belly Bulge Linked to Being Frail Later in Life: Study
January 24, 2023 — Managing belly bulge earlier in life could help prevent becoming medically frail, which is a major health risk for the elderly, according to a new study from Norway.
- Little-Used Fitness Measure Could Be Key to Exercise Results
January 6, 2023 — Crafting exercise programs around a long-ignored measure of fitness could help us more accurately predict health outcomes, enabling doctors to prescribe exercise as medicine.
- The Real Reason You’re Not Motivated to Exercise
January 4, 2023 — The difference between an active person and a sedentary one could come down to the microbes that live in our gut.
- NFL Player May Face Neurological Risks After Cardiac Arrest
January 3, 2023 — Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin experienced cardiac arrest and is listed in critical condition at a Cincinnati hospital. After receiving CPR and oxygen assistance for several minutes, experts are sharing what can happen if your brain loses oxygen for an extended period.
- How Fitness Trackers Will Help Us Keep an Eye on Disease
December 12, 2022 — A new study suggests that Fitbit data – including heart rate and step count – could serve as proxy for important clinical metrics, providing key insights to help treat chronic disease.
- Short Bursts of Physical Activity Could Prolong Your Life: Study
December 9, 2022 — People who exert themselves for 1 or 2 minutes a few times daily while climbing stairs, walking to work, or doing routine tasks around the house can greatly reduce their risk of heart disease and cancer, according to a new study.
- Don’t Lift Weights – Lower Them Instead
December 6, 2022 — New research suggests you can focus on lowering the load, and cheat on the lifting part, without sacrificing results.
- Move Faster, Live Longer? A Little More Effort Goes a Long Way
November 30, 2022 — Boosting the intensity of your workouts even a little may significantly reduce your risk of heart disease and add years to your life.
- Just 8 Minutes of Exercise a Day Is All You Need
November 22, 2022 — Vigorous exercise provides the same benefits as moderate exercise, only faster. Now researchers have found the sweet spot that gives you the most benefit in the least amount of time.
- Dead Man Walking? Smartphone Data May Predict Mortality Risk
November 3, 2022 — Even if you don't have a smartwatch or fitness tracker, your smartphone could provide an indicator of your overall health and projected life span, a new study suggests.
- AI-Powered 'Iron Man' Boots Could Someday Help You Walk Better
October 31, 2022 — Stanford engineers have developed robotic boots that learn how you walk and provide just the right boost for you.
- Want to Tone Your Muscles? Try an ‘Activity Snack’
October 31, 2022 — Healthy snacks can be an important part of a nutritious diet, as small bites between meals can help keep our energy levels high. Turns out, our muscles may benefit from snacks too – "activity snacks," that is.
- Yoga Can Benefit Older Adults, Including Those With Memory Loss
October 4, 2022 — Online yoga became part of the “new normal” during the COVID-19 pandemic, and its use has remained since then. And although some people prefer in-person settings, many continue to prefer the convenience, affordability, and other benefits of online yoga.
- What if You Could Get the Benefits of Exercise Without Working Out?
September 19, 2022 — We all know exercise is good for us. It helps you manage weight and lowers the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even some cancers. Yet nearly half of U.S. adults don’t get the recommended 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity a week.
- Fitness Consumers Want Choices, Just Not Pelotons
September 12, 2022 — Fitness consumers are flipping demands they made 2 years ago in the darkest days of the COVID pandemic.
- Can You Still Be a Runner if You Don’t Look Like One?
September 8, 2022 — A study linked a narrow torso to faster running – but that’s only part of the story. Anyone who runs, regardless of body shape, can excel and reap health benefits.
- How Strength Training Can Help You Live Longer
August 31, 2022 — A growing body of research shows that strength training, even in modest amounts, can lower disease risk and add years to your life.
- Power of the Streak: Could It Be Our Best Motivational Tool?
August 30, 2022 — From word games to workout challenges to staying sober, tracking a streak has never been easier. How can we leverage that motivational power to keep from being totally derailed when a positive streak, inevitably, ends?
- More Athletes Using IV Nutrition With No Evidence it Works
August 17, 2022 — It used to be the treatment of last resort, but for competitive athletes, getting nutrition through an IV is threatening to become the norm, despite no scientific evidence that it works, or is safe, experts warn.
- Does Adding Nudity to Your Routine Help Your Health?
July 19, 2022 — Fitness ad features the Law and Order star doing squats and cycling in the buff
- Scientists Create Artificial Muscle That’s Stronger Than Human Muscle
July 14, 2022 — Scientists from UCLA and nonprofit SRI International are experimenting with a strong, stretchy polymer to create an artificial muscle they describe as stronger and more flexible than human muscle.
- What’s the Best Time of Day to Exercise? It Depends on Your Goals
June 20, 2022 — Exercise anytime is good, but more and more research shows the right timing can make it even better.
- Cycling 'protects against ageing'
March 9, 2018 — Cycling may be an important strategy for staying active and keeping the body young and healthy, a study suggests.
- Middle aged people 'should walk faster'
August 24, 2017 — Middle aged people should be encouraged to take a brisk 10-minute walk every day to boost their health and cut their risk of dying early, say health officials.
- Compression tights 'don't help runners go faster'
June 2, 2017 — Many distance runners swear by the use of compression tights to help improve their performance, but a medical conference has heard they don't help you go any faster, or further.
- Accuracy of fitness trackers called into question
May 26, 2017 — If you're using a fitness tracker to keep a check on your heart rate and calories burned, how do you know the information is accurate?
- Exercise 'boosts mental health in over-50s'
April 25, 2017 — A study finds that aerobic exercise and resistance work may be the magic combination to boost brain power from late middle age.
- Fidget Your Way to Longer Life
July 10, 2006 — Even the simplest physical activity may lengthen lives -- no sweating required, new research shows.