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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Any Physical Activity Better than None!

Are. you tempted to say you are too tired or too busy to exercise? An 18-year study of 24,000 adults ages 39-79 has found a significant link between physical activity and a reduced risk of heart disease. The elderly who engaged in moderate intensity exercise were 14% less likely to experience a cardiovascular event than…

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Small Amounts of Alcohol Increase Risk of Breast Cancer

Consuming just one glass of wine (or other alcoholic drink) a day increases the risk of breast cancer, the most common global cause of cancer in women! Excess body fat also increases the risk. Regular physical activity and breastfeeding decrease the risk.  PositiveTip: Click on this link to view an intriguing infographic on how you, a loved one…

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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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Some Exercise Better than None

Study participants were placed in one of five quintiles of gait speed and function and followed for 2 years. Those engaging in 45 minutes a week or more of moderate to vigorous activity (highest quintile) saw significant improvement in knee and hip pain (34-38% better). These findings were independent of sex, BMI, and age. This…

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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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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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Sedentary Work Offset by One Hour of Daily Exercise

About an hour of moderate-intensity activity (i.e. brisk walking) can erase the increased death rate associated with sitting at work all day. More than 1 million men and women were included in a meta-analysis which found when the least active participants (5 min. per day of moderate activity) sat all day their death rate increased by…

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