Exercise of any kind should be fun. After all, it’s basically playing. But a lot of folks don’t feel that way. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that only about 22 percent of Americans meet even the minimal physical activity guidelines for aerobic and strength- building activities. DENNIS ODA / AUG. 17 Hikers on the Koko Head trail on Aug. 17. There are some cool tools that will make it a whole lot easier for you to start and continue to add at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day to your routine. The benefits are enormous: You can dramatically reduce your risk for diabetes, cancer, a lousy sex life and depression. Exercise of any kind should be fun. After all, it’s basically playing. But a lot of folks don’t feel that way. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that only about 22 percent of Americans meet even the minimal physical activity guidelines for aerobic and strength- building activities. The … [Read more...] about Exercise tools designed to help get you moving
You probably have a vague sense that exercise is good for you—and you’ve probably heard that it’s “healthy for the heart.” But if you’re like most people, that’s not enough motivation to get you to break a sweat with any regularity. As I report in the TIME cover story, “The Exercise Cure,” only 20% of Americans get the recommended 150 minutes of strength and cardiovascular physical activity per week, more than half of all baby boomers report doing no exercise whatsoever, and 80.2 million Americans over age 6 are entirely inactive. That’s bad news, but emerging evidence shows that there are plenty of compelling reasons to start moving at any age and even if you’re ill or pregnant. Indeed, scientists are learning that exercise is, actually, medicine. “There is no pill that comes close to what exercise can do,” says Claude Bouchard, director of the human genomics laboratory at Pennington Biomedical … [Read more...] about 7 Surprising Benefits of Exercise
By Karen D'Souza | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: June 28, 2018 at 7:14 am | UPDATED: June 28, 2018 at 7:15 am Just as suicide rates are spiking and a national conversation has begun on to how to fight depression, a disease that impacts 16 million adults in the U.S., a new study shows that exercise may be a key weapon in the battle. Published in JAMA Psychiatry, this new study shows that exercise combats depression, particularly in middle-age. Led by Dr. Madhukar Trivedi, director of the center for depression research and clinical care at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, the researchers found that being fit can lower the risk of developing depression. Bonus: working out also fights the risk of developing heart disease and dying early. “Depression doesn’t exist in a vacuum,” says Trivedi, senior author of the paper, as Time notes. “Especially for people who are older, depression has a complicated … [Read more...] about Can exercise battle depression?
"Exercise lowers the risk of CVD and that’s been associated with depression," Willis says. "Fitness turns out to be one of those modifiable risk factors that can favorably affect risk."How favorably? Results showed people with high levels of fitness around age 50 were found to have the following in later years:16 percent lower risk of depression. 56 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease death after a diagnosis of depression.61 percent lower risk of cardiovascular death without a depression diagnosis.Sandra Bond Chapman, founder and chief director at the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas, has not read the study but has long believed in the connection between physical and emotional health."Based on our research," she writes in an email, "we have shown it is important to be physically fit AND cognitively fit for psychological well being. Thus, if you do have a cardiovascular event, you are better protected against the potential … [Read more...] about Want to lower your risk of depression and dying from heart disease? Do this
Reuters Health June 15. 2018 3:21AM People who do resistance exercises like weight lifting and strength training may experience fewer depression symptoms, a research review suggests.The study team analyzed data from 33 clinical trials that randomly assigned a total of 947 adults to participate in resistance training programs and another 930 adults to be inactive.Resistance workouts were associated with fewer depression symptoms regardless of whether participants had a physical or mental health problem, although the effect was most pronounced in adults with mild to moderate depression, the study team reports in JAMA Psychiatry.“Previous reviews have shown that exercise training of all types improves depressive symptoms among otherwise healthy adults, adults with a variety of medical conditions, and adults with major depressive disorder,” said lead author Brett Gordon, a researcher at the University of Limerick in Ireland.Most prior research, however, has focused more on … [Read more...] about Resistance exercise linked to reduced depression symptoms