Exercise

exercise-weight-bering.jpg
Exercise

Muscle Mass May Mean Longer Lifespan

Posted by Jane Farrell

Being stronger may equal a longer lifespan, according to new research. The findings, by researchers from UCLA, indicate that the more muscle mass older Americans have, the less likely they are to die prematurely. The study, published in the American Journal of Medicine, was led by Dr. Preethi Srikanthan, an assistant clinical professor in the endocrinology division at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. It seems to support a growing body of research that muscle mass may be a better predictor of all-cause mortality than the Body Mass Index (BMI).

exercise-walking.jpg
Exercise

Exercise and Chronic Disease: Get the Facts

Posted by Jane Farrell

From the Mayo Clinic If you have a chronic disease — such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, or back or joint pain — exercise can have important health benefits. However, it's crucial to talk to your doctor before starting an exercise routine. He or she might have advice on what exercises are safe and any precautions you might need to take while exercising. How can exercise improve a chronic condition? Regular exercise can help you manage symptoms and improve your health. For example:

bare back.jpg
Aging Well
Beauty & Style
Exercise

The Secrets to Banishing Back Fat

Posted by Soriyya Bawa

By Soriyya Bawa When it comes to anti-aging fitness, the back area can sometimes be one of the hardest areas to tone. According to anti-aging fitness gurus, a lot of women forget to include the muscles in their upper and middle back in their total body workouts, resulting in poor posture and the visible appearance of back fat. Poor lifestyle habits and ill-fitting clothing often contribute further to the problem.

exercise-equipment.jpg
Exercise

Good News for Lifelong Exercisers

Posted by

Along with its salutary effects on the heart, weight, and other facets of health, physical activity also helps to regenerate muscle mass, which tends to diminish as people age. That’s the finding of research done at the University of Utah and other institutions published in the March 6th 2014 in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine.

119639062.jpg
Exercise

Need Motivation At The Gym? Just Add Music

Posted by

By Joe Vennare, PT We will try anything to get a boost in the gym. Caffeine and pre-workout supplements might do the trick for some, but they come with a host of potential side effects in tow. Other people opt for performance enhancing drugs, legal or otherwise. This probably isn’t the best bet either. Breaking the law seldom is.

woman sitting, cartoon.jpg
Exercise

New Sitting Risk: Disability After 60

Posted by

Regardless of exercise, too much sedentary time is linked to major disability after 60. If you're 60 and older, every additional hour a day you spend sitting is linked to doubling the risk of being disabled , according to a study done at a new Northwestern Medicine and published February 19th 2014 in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health.

pedometer.jpg
Exercise

Picking the Right Pedometer

Posted by Jane Farrell

Walking can help pave the way to fitness. But are you taking enough steps to get results? Using a pedometer can help you set and achieve fitness goals. A pedometer can offer motivation and accountability. See how to choose and use a pedometer — it can be a powerful reminder that every step counts on the path toward better health. Choosing a pedometer

56957052.jpg
Exercise

How to Do Yoga the Right Way

Posted by Jane Farrell

Editor’s Note: Yoga, once practiced by only a few people, is a growth industry in the U.S.  According to recent statistics, 15 million American adults practice yoga, a mind-body technique that combines physical and mental aspects. It can be beneficial in a number of ways, including increasing flexibility, battling lower back pain and providing peace of mind.

foot.jpg?itok=p0uOezHC.jpg
Exercise

Better Design for Running Shoes on the Horizon

Posted by

If running is your exercise of choice, you may soon have the option of wearing dramatically improved shoes when you train. A study of how foot muscles support the arch of the foot, led by researchers at t he University of Queensland in Australia used retro-reflective skin markers for three-dimensional motion capture on the right foot of each participant. The results were published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface on January 29th 2014.

brain stroke.jpg
Exercise

Video Improves Post-Stroke Exercise Results

Posted by

About 80% of stroke survivors experience a condition called hemiparesis that causes weakness or the inability to move one side of the body. Core stabilization exercise to improve postural stability and independent walking in chronic hemiparetic stroke patients could be enhanced by real-time video feedback, according to research done at Sahmyook University in the Republic of Korea and published in the journal Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience.

running in cold weather.jpg
Exercise

The Superior Fat Burning Power of Cold Weather Workouts

Posted by

By Joe Vennare, PT & Fitness Program Director at LeanonLife.com When winter rolls around and temperatures begin to fall, do you shut down or layer up? Hibernating until spring might sound like a good plan -- that is, until cabin fever sets in and extra pounds start to creep on. There’s no reason to let all of the fitness gains you’ve made during the summer slip away.

178127118.jpg
Exercise

Stronger and Safer with “Cane Fu” Class

Posted by

Seniors are learning to defend themselves with an unlikely tool -- their canes. "We turned the fitness equation on its head," said Mike Merino, CEO of “Nifty After Fifty” fitness centers, which are offering "Cane Fu" classes.

serenity-exercise.jpg
Exercise

Exercise and Menopause

Posted by Jane Farrell

Along with managing weight and avoiding smoking or excess alcohol use, exercising regularly is one of the most important health habits women can practice throughout their lives.  And working out becomes especially important during menopause, because it helps prevent osteoporosis as well as illness such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. It may also improve mood disorders that some women go through and help avoid middle-aged weight gain.

blood-pressure-breathing.jpg
Exercise

The Benefits of Correct Breathing

Posted by

By Joe Vennare, PT & Fitness Program Director at LeanonLife.com Just breathe. Seems simple right? Whether you’re relaxing or running breathing is kind of essential for performance and well, staying alive.

mature-woman-bicycle.jpg
Exercise

Reaching Your Fitness Goals: Easier than You Think

Posted by Jane Farrell

It’s no surprise to see your local gym packed to the gills in January. Whether you’re swearing up and down that 2014 will be the year you get in shape or you’re trying to shed some of those holiday pounds, you might be trying to draw up a plan of attack. Low carb? Low fat? Weight lifting? Running? Maybe a combo? Here’s some advice from Florida State University exercise and willpower experts on how to make the most out of your health and fitness goals in the new year.

senior-women-in-gym.jpg
Exercise

Safety for Senior Athletes

Posted by Jane Farrell

Aging affects multiple organ systems, from the heart and lungs to your bones and metabolism. Of all the changes, musculoskeletal issues have the most impact on the aging senior’s sport. These changes include:an overall decrease in muscle and bone mass; stiffening of muscles; weakening of tendons and cartilage.