Pinpointing one exercise as the single best exercise is impossible. If you were to choose one single exercise and deem it best, you would be essentially condensing the entire field of exercise science. But there is one exercise that can be superb for both weight control and mindful relaxation.
A new study including several hundred thousand participants has found that just 15 minutes per day of exercise can extend your lifespan by up to 3 years. The study, published in the journal Lancet, highlights the extreme benefits of a natural health lifestyle.
There are certain things someone should know when reaching for the physique of a Greek god. Too often, people neglect certain muscle groups and over-train others, which results in injury and imbalance. In addition, the challenges of plateaus (a halt in progress) are also faced all too often. The best way to to avoid as many roadblocks as possible when on the path to sculpted physique is to pinpoint the weak spots and create total balance within muscle groups.
Aerobic exercise not only has amazing fat loss and cancer prevention benefits, but new research has found that it is also effective in preventing your risk of dementia and preserving your brain health. Any physical fitness that gets your heart pumping faster not only prevents your risk of developing dementia, but also slows its progression if you already have the disease.
Studies have shown that exercise is an excellent way to prevent cancer, but what about if you are already suffering from cancer? New research suggests that virtually all cancer patients should be exercising for a period of 2 1/2 hours per week.
Exercise is one of the simplest ways to slash your risk of disease, improve your mood, your energy levels, and provide relief from anxiety and depression. Even a little exercise each day goes a long way. Small amounts of aerobic exercise can help lower coronary heart disease risk, according to a study published in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association.
Danish researchers took a group of sedentary, overweight men and women and over 18 months trained them to run a marathon. The findings were very telling. Of the men, there was an average weight loss of something like a few pounds but the women in the study averaged no change to their weight. Imagine running 26.2 miles (42km) and not losing anything? This is consistent with my own experience.
Heart disease, strokes, and other serious health conditions that affect the circulatory system or brain have long been thought to contribute to an increased risk of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. Now, a new study suggests that even relatively minor health problems seemingly unrelated to the mind—such as how well dentures fit—may affect a person’s risk as well. Researchers in Canada analyzed data on 7,239 older people who periodically filled out detailed questionnaires about their overall health.
Why does exercise make us happy and calm? Almost everyone agrees that it generally does, a conclusion supported by research. A survey by Norwegian researchers published this month, for instance, found that those who engaged in any exercise, even a small amount, reported improved mental health compared with Norwegians who, despite the tempting nearness of mountains and fjords, never got out and exercised.
Believing popular misconceptions can keep you from taking the right course of action to reach your goals, says Julia Valentour, MS, program coordinator and media spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise. Blaming a plateau (or a gain) on any of these half-truths will keep you stuck in your rut and derail your motivation. Here, 10 of the most pervasive diet-related rumors and the real scoop on how to hit your goal weight for good.
High intensity interval training (HIIT) has become universally known for its beneficial properties and speedy completion. While at first scrutinized by health professionals, HIIT is now recommended by a large number of fitness experts across the globe. Check out this infographic (picture containing information) for a closer look at HIIT and how to perform this amazing exercise routine:
A recent study published in Panminerva Medica reveals that a Pycnogenol® and Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) combination (PycnoQ10®) taken by stable heart failure patients as an adjunct to medical treatment naturally strengthens the heart, increasing the blood volume ejected with each beat. As a consequence, the oxygen-rich blood supply to the organs improves, and patients become more physically energetic. Furthermore, blood pressure, heart rate and respiratory rates were improved among patients.
Sitting for long periods of time may be just as deadly as smoking cigarettes, according to research from the American College of Cardiology. Previous studies have found that those who sit for longer than 6 hours per day were 37% more likely to die from any given cause than those who sat for less than 3. But could sitting truly be as bad as smoking cigarettes? With an expected death rate of 8 million per year by 2030, smoking is an extremely prevalent yet preventable killer.
Older people who regularly exercise at moderate to intense levels may have a 40% lower risk of developing brain damage linked to ischemic strokes, certain kinds of dementia and mobility problems. New research published Wednesday in the journalNeurology says the MRIs of people who exercised at higher levels were significantly less likely to show silent brain infarcts — caused by blocked arteries that interrupt blood flow and are markers for strokes — than people who exercised lightly.
Hip strengthening exercises performed by female runners not only significantly reduced patellofemoral pain — a common knee pain experienced by runners — but they also improved the runners’ gaits, according to Indiana University motion analysis expert Tracy Dierks. “The results indicate that the strengthening intervention was successful in reducing pain, which corresponded to improved mechanics,” said Dierks, associate professor of physical therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
Outside of soccer, running is the most popular participatory sport in the world, and for good reasons. It’s an efficient cardio workout. Running is the most effective way to boost cardiovascular fitness and burn body fat in the shortest time. If you run at a pace of six miles per hour for one hour, you will burn roughly 700 calories. That’s roughly one-fifth of a pound of pure body fat in one workout. It’s cheap. You don’t have to join a gym or buy fancy gear.
What happens if I work out on an empty stomach? For decades, sports nutritionists have been devising ever more sophisticated ways to ensure your body is perfectly fueled before, during and after every workout. With gels, bars and belt-mounted drink bottles, you can have calories within reach no matter where you are. But what if quaffing fewer carbs and calories – or even none – resulted in a better workout?