source Shutterstock/Jacob Lund Not getting enough exercise is a global problem. Around the world, at least 1.4 billion adults are putting themselves at risk for chronic disease because of their low levels of physical activity, according to a new World Health Organization report published in the Lancet Global Health journal. The WHO’s recommended physical activity guidelines are fairly close to those set by the Centers for Disease Control: healthy adults should get at least two and half hours of moderate-intensity activity – or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity – per week, plus at least two muscle-strengthening days. The new report found that around the world, 32% of women and 23% of men don’t get enough exercise, even when accounting for time spent walking or biking to work and physical activity on the job. (The CDC’s measurements of physical activity levels in the US don’t count commuting or activity at work, since … [Read more...] about 1.4 billion people are putting themselves at risk for disease by not exercising enough, according to a new report — here’s what you should be doing
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source Shutterstock/ESB Professional Regular exercise is essential for health, butthere’s tons of conflicting fitness advice out there. Those misconceptions range from outdated ideas about weight lifting to popular myths about the proper time to dedicate to a workout. Make sure you’re not falling into any of these common workout traps. When even researchers seem conflicted on exercise subjects ranging from the amount of time we’re supposed to dedicate to exercise to the proper time for a workout, it can be tough to feel motivated enough to get moving. Because there’s so much conflicting health and fitness advice out there, we’ve outlined all of the biggest workout myths and misconceptions and countered them (where possible) with truth. Use this as a guide to get fit in the most efficient way possible. Learn the reality about the best time of day to hit the gym, the quickest ticket to 6-pack abs, and why running a … [Read more...] about 15 fitness ‘tips’ that are doing more harm than good
Follow our new CNA LIFESTYLE page on Facebook for more wellness stories and videosNEW YORK: If you have ever run a marathon, you know that the effort can cause elation, exhaustion, achy legs, blackened toenails and an overwhelming urge to eat.But it is unlikely to have made you vulnerable to colds or other illnesses afterwards, according to a myth-busting new review of the latest science about immunity and endurance exercise.The review concludes that, contrary to widespread belief, a long, tiring workout or race can amplify immune responses, not suppress them.For decades, most researchers, coaches, athletes and athletes’ mothers have been convinced that a single long, hard distance race or other strenuous activity can leave the body so fatigued that it becomes unable to fight off cold viruses and other microbes that cause infections.RUNNERS DEVELOPING COLDSScience supported this idea. Beginning in the 1980s, a number of studies of marathon and ultramarathon … [Read more...] about Does strenuous exercise really leave your fatigued body vulnerable to catching a cold?
source Shutterstock Want an all-natural way to lift your mood, improve your memory, and protect your brain against the decline that comes with aging? Get moving. Exercises that get your heart pumping and sweat flowing – known as aerobic exercise, or “cardio” – have significant and beneficial effects on the brain and body, according to a wealth of recent research, including two new studies published this month. “Aerobic exercise is key for your head, just as it is for your heart,” according to an article in a Harvard Medical School blog. Here are some of the ways cardio is such a boon for our bodies. The newest study, published March 14, suggests a potentially powerful link between regular aerobic exercise and a lower risk of dementia. source Shutterstock A study published this week in the journal Neurology suggested that women who were physically fit in middle age were roughly 88% less likely to develop dementia (defined … [Read more...] about 14 ways one type of exercise is the closest thing to a miracle drug we have
source Shutterstock Want an all-natural way to lift your mood, improve your memory, and protect your brain against the decline that comes with aging? Get moving. Exercises that get your heart pumping and sweat flowing – known as aerobic exercise, or “cardio” – have significant and beneficial effects on the brain and body, according to a wealth of recent research, including a new study published Thursday. “Aerobic exercise is key for your head, just as it is for your heart,” according to an article in a Harvard Medical School blog. Here are some of the ways cardio is such a boon for our bodies. The most recent study on the benefits of exercise found that workouts may protect your immune system from some age-related decline. source Shutterstock For a small study published this week in the journal Aging Cell, researchers looked at 125 amateur male and female cyclists aged 55 to 79. They compared those individuals with 75 … [Read more...] about 13 ways one type of exercise is the closest thing to a miracle drug we have