When you were young and summer arrived, that usually meant more time on your bicycle, pedaling anywhere you wanted to go. There’s no reason that has to change in adulthood. In addition to the fun it provides, riding a bike also delivers some valuable benefits for your health. It’s a … Read More
In youth, falling is embarrassing, but in older age, it can be downright dangerous, leading to injuries, broken bones, and even institutionalization. Recurring falls are one of the top reasons that seniors are placed in nursing homes. While exercise, in general, is an excellent way to improve stability and balance, … Read More
Aerobic exercise may be the kind of workout most closely associated with brain health benefits. Think about the circulation boost you get from a brisk walk or game of tennis. But strength training with weights, machines, resistance bands or your own body weight (think push-ups) also may help improve cognition.
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Walking is one of the most enjoyable and healthful activities you can do. It’s good for both body and mind. As you walk, blood vessels in your arms and legs expand and fill with fresh
oxygen and nutrients, and your muscles reach out to … Read More
While we already know that exercise can help fight depression, a new meta-analysis has shown that the benefits aren’t limited to aerobic activity. Researchers at the University of Limerick in Ireland reported in JAMA Psychiatry that resistance training, such as lifting weights, using resistance bands, or doing calisthenics, can significantly … Read More
In 2008, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion developed the first set of physical activity guidelines ever for the American public. These guidelines are the authoritative voice for how physical activity can help promote health and decrease a person’s risk of disease. But most Americans had difficulty following … Read More
You likely already know that you lose muscle as you get older. But did you know that muscle mass and strength begin to decline in your 30s? If you’re not active, you can lose as much as 5% of your total muscle mass each decade after you hit the 30 … Read More
Dumbbells are handheld weights that are great for starting out in muscle toning and strength-training. Sizes range from 1 pound all the way up to 100 pounds and more, but you won’t need to purchase a complete set. Dumbbells can be bought individually for just a few dollars. Start with … Read More
Can taking a brisk walk help you stay organized? Does bicycling improve concentration?
According to a study published recently in the journal Neurology, a little aerobic exercise can make a noticeable improvement in executive functionÑa set of higher-level thinking skills that include things like paying attention and organizing.
The study involved 160 … Read More
Surgery is stressful on the body and mind. The degree of stress depends upon many factors, including the magnitude of the surgery, the preoperative condition of the patient, and the risk of postoperative complications. Of course, every surgical procedure carries with it some risk, however small. In older adults it’s … Read More