Study: Exercise Protects The Brain Against Depression

Evidence from many credible studies shows that exercise is potent medicine for the mind. Both strength training and cardiovascular exercise yield benefits above the shoulders, like greater endurance under stress and more mental elasticity to bounce back from difficult situations. We know that some of these benefits come from exercise elevating brain chemicals, like endorphins, that produce a sense of well-being. But new research suggests that exercise may be helping our brains in an entirely different way as […]

Why a Brisk Walk Is Better?

Walking, fast or slow, is wonderful exercise. But now a first-of-its-kind study shows that to get the most health benefits from walking, many of us need to pick up the pace. The findings stem from a new analysis of the National Walkers’ Health Study, a large database of information maintained at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory about thousands of middle-age men and women who walk regularly for exercise. Recruited beginning in 1998 at walking events […]

Turn Your Walk Into a Workout

Walking is as simple as it gets for exercise. All you need is a good, supportive pair of walking shoes. “Just a few extra steps each day is a simple and easy way to take an active role in maintaining a significantly healthier life,” says Timothy Gardner, MD, past president of the American Heart Association. Get Started Set a baseline. If you’re not active now, “start walking three times a week at a stroll for 20 minutes,” says […]

Men Who Take Statins May Exercise Less

Older men taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins appear to be slightly less active than those who don’t take them, a new study suggests. Statin users logged about 40 fewer minutes of moderate activity each week compared to nonusers, according to the study. These findings confirm those of previous studies that found an association between a drop in activity and the use of statin medications such as Lipitor, Pravachol, Crestor, Zocor, Lescol and Vytorin, according to background information in the study. However, […]

Will Exercise Really Lower Triglycerides?

Exercise can help you lower unhealthy triglyceride levels. Start with 20-30 minutes of aerobic activity — anything that gets your heart rate up. Do that 5 days a week, and watch your numbers drop. The best part? You reap the benefits of exercise even if you don’t lose weight right away. Pick a Triglyceride-Trimming Exercise Aerobic activity (“cardio“) offers the best results. Find things you enjoy, and have a backup plan for those days when your first choice […]

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