Video: Exercise Can Change Your Brain

Watch neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki as she discusses the life-changing benefits of physical activity on the most important organ in your body--your brain! You will be inspired by watching this short, fascinating video! PositiveTip: Take a 30 minute walk every day for your heart and brain!

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Regular Exercise Lowers Risk for Dementia

In the U.S. the total cost of caring for a person with dementia is $287,000, which is 57% higher than caring for a patient with any other disease. Sadly, there is no effective treatment for dementia. However, the Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Survey has revealed that people who regularly exercised had almost 50% lower odds of…

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Exercise and Air Pollution

Fifteen cities in the world have air pollution so bad that 60 minutes of daily cycling outweighs the benefits of exercise. By measuring the annual levels of PM2.5 pollution (tiny particles that embed themselves deep in the lungs) which are created mainly by vehicles and factories, scientists modeled the health effects of active forms of travel and air pollution. No…

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How Exercise Contributes to Cancer Prevention

Exercise contributes many direct and indirect biochemical changes that help explain its anti-cancer benefits. A few of these include: Changes to cell-growth regulators. Stimulate proteins involved in DNA repair. Improves immunity, especially regular, moderate exercise. Helps reduce chronic inflammation. Contributes to weight management. Outdoor exercise can result in increased exposure to sunlight and vitamin D. There…

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Exercise Lowers Depression in School Age Children

Almost 800 children in Norway were assessed for moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) at ages 6, 8, and 10 years old. Researchers found those with higher levels of MVPA at 6 and 8 years old experienced fewer symptoms of depression 2 years later. Each hour of MVPA per day resulted in about 0.2 fewer depression symptoms, similar…

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Diabetics Should Get Up and Move!

In a newly released position statement, the American Diabetes Association says everyone who has diabetes or is at risk of it should get up and move their body as vigorously as they can! In addition to regular, daily physical activity, diabetics should aim to move around every 30 minutes to improve their blood glucose management.…

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Can Cash Incentives Improve Exercise?

In Singapore, 800 adults were randomized to one of four groups: No Fitbit activity tracker Using a Fitbit Fitbit plus cash incentive for meeting daily goals ($20 max) Fitbit plus a charitable incentive At 6 months incentives were removed and participants asked to continue wearing the Fitbit for 12 months. The cash incentive stimulated 30 minutes…

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Physical Inactivity Leads to Higher Cancer Risk

More than a quarter of adults in America age 50+ reported no physical activity outside of work during the past month--that is about 31 million people at higher risk for obesity, heart disease, and cancer. The largest demographic of inactive people was in the South. The American Institute for Cancer Research reports too much body…

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Exercise First in Treating Fibromyalgia

Following a careful review of current evidence, a multidisciplinary group from 12 European countries, has unanimously endorsed the use of exercise as the first line of treatment for fibromyalgia. Exercise is very beneficial in pain management, and improves physical functioning and well-being--and is readily available, relatively low cost, and has few safety concerns. These new…

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Exercise Benefits Depression

A carefully designed, randomized, controlled 12-week study of 106 adults with nonpsychotic major depression with limited response to medication found both high- and low-dose aerobic exercise resulted in significant improvements in psychosocial functioning and quality o

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