Physical fitness adds years in life of patients with high blood pressure

Physical fitness adds years in life of patients with high blood pressure

Elderly men with high blood pressure can lower their risk of death with even moderate levels of fitness, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension. “This level of fitness is achievable by most elderly individuals engaging in a brisk walk of 20 to 40 minutes, most days of the week,” said …

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Physical fitness improves brain health and academic performance

Physical fitness improves brain health and academic performance

Physical fitness in childhood and adolescence is beneficial for both physical and mental health throughout life. However, a growing body of evidence suggests that it may also play a key role in brain health and academic performance. In a new study in the Journal of Pediatrics, researchers studied the independent and combined influence of components …

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Physical fitness improves kidney function in type 2 diabetes

Physical fitness improves kidney function in type 2 diabetes

Adults with Type 2 diabetes who improve their physical fitness lower their chances of getting chronic kidney disease (CKD), and if they already have kidney damage, they can improve their kidney function. Health care providers have long known that exercise has a beneficial impact on overall health and wellness in both the general public and …

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Physical fitness can help prevent young adolescents’ depression

Physical fitness can help prevent young adolescents’ depression

Physically fit sixth-graders – especially girls – are less likely to report feeling depressed when they reach seventh grade. Even when researchers considered existing symptoms of depression and weight, sixth-grade girls who performed better on a cardiorespiratory fitness test were less likely to feel depressed when they were surveyed again in seventh grade. There was …

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5 Fitness Myths

5 Fitness Myths

Even when you know physical activity is good for you, it’s easy to keep dragging your feet—literally. We all have reasons to stay inactive, but sometimes those reasons are based more on myth than reality. Here are some of the most common myths about physical activity and ways to replace them with a more realistic, …

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3 physical fitness activities for better health

3 physical fitness activities for better health

While not usually aerobic, the activities below offer numerous health benefits and are enjoyable ways to get and stay in shape. All are offered at many community or recreation centers, and gyms. 1. Yoga Yoga is a system of physical postures, stretching, and breathing techniques that can improve flexibility, balance, muscle strength, and relaxation. Many …

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8 Tips for Heart Health

8 Tips for Heart Health

A healthy diet and regular exercise are key to preventing heart disease. Following eight tips would help you to improve your heart health: 1. Become—and stay—physically active. 2. Balance your calorie intake with the calories you burn in physical activity. 3. Lose weight if you’re overweight. 4. If you smoke, stop. Avoid other people’s smoke …

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Physical Activity and Your Health

Physical Activity and Your Health

If you currently get regular physical activity, congratulations! But if you’re not yet getting all the activity you need, you have lots of company. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 60 percent of Americans are not meeting the recommended levels of physical activity. Fully 16 percent of Americans are not active …

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