News on Fitness

Fitness can be described as the ability to perform daily tasks vigorously and alertly, with energy left over for enjoying leisure-time activities and meeting emergency demands. It is the ability to endure stress, to continue on in circumstances where an unfit person could not continue and is the basis for good health and well-being.

Physical fitness involves the performance of the heart, lungs and the muscles of the body. What we do with our bodies also affects what we can do with our minds.  Fitness can influence, to some degree, mental alertness and emotional stability.

09/02/2010 - News

U.S. Obesity Just Keeps On Rising

It’s no secret that obesity is a growing problem in the United States. Read more

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05/26/2010 - News

American Heart Association Endorses Nintendo Wii

The American Heart Association (AHA) has given video game manufacturer Nintendo permission to place the AHA ‘heart check’ logo on all Nintendo Wii virtual exercise and active game systems. As part of this partnership, Nintendo has agreed to donate $1.5 million to the AHA over a period of three years. Read more

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12/22/2009 - News

Get Tai-Chi-ing!

Tai chi was originally created as a Chinese martial art. Today it's seen as a slow, graceful exercise program that some people call "a moving meditation". Its health benefits have been revealed in clinical studies. A recent one found that tai chi can boost immunity, helping protect older people against shingles. Other studies report lower blood pressure in people with hypertension. Read more

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12/22/2009 - News

Strength Training for a Pain in the Neck?

Chronic neck pain is often seen in people (more often women) who have jobs involving monotonous work in a fairly fixed position, e.g. work at a computer. Read more

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10/28/2009 - News

Physical Activity Plummets After Age 45

Physical activity levels drop more quickly after the age of 45 years, particularly in men, according to a new study published in the October 26, 2009 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. The results of this study also showed that regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy body mass index, and not smoking were associated with better fitness levels and cardiovascular health. Read more

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09/16/2009 - News

Physical activity in midlife means better mobility in later life

A study shows that physical activity in middle age helps people keep their mobility later on. Read more

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08/20/2009 - News

Mediterranean Diet and Physical Activity Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk

 Previous studies have shown that a Mediterranean diet and higher physical activity are each associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Read more

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08/09/2009 - News

Lifestyle Changes Affect Sleep-Related Risk of Diabetes

Sleeping too little or too much has been found to be associated with an increased risk for diabetes. Finnish researchers now report that lifestyle interventions may reduce the excess risk of diabetes associated with long sleep duration. Their findings were published online before print on August 3, 2009. Read more

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08/03/2009 - News

Exercise At Least 30 Minutes to Reduce Risk of Cancer Death

According to a study published online July 28, 2009 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, men who participate in moderate to high intensity exercise at least half an hour a day significantly decrease their risk of premature death due to cancer. Read more

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07/22/2009 - News

Leave Your Car at Home When You Go to Work

Surprisingly, there has been very little research on the relationship between lifestyle exercise and fitness, obesity, and cardiovascular disease risk factors. Read more

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