Better designed mobile phone app boosts physical activity in women

Activity trackers and mobile phone apps are all the rage, but do they really help users increase and maintain physical activity? A new study has found that one mobile phone app designed for inactive women did help when combined with an activity tracker and personal counseling. Researchers said the findings offer important clues about how … Read more

Obese people can reduce risk of atrial fibrillation with exercise

Obesity is known to increase the risk of heart failure, but new results indicate that physical activity can reduce the risk. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that can increase the risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications. It’s more common in older people, and as it happens, in … Read more

Active exercise and sports impact the healthfulness of men over 70

The Secret to Fewer Doctor Office Visits after 70 – Play High School Sports – Seventy year olds who don’t frequently visit the doctor have something unexpected in common – most played high school sports. They were active on a team over 50 years ago and are more likely to be active into their late 70s.

Endurance exercise improves brain health

Scientists identify protein linking exercise to brain health – A protein that is increased by endurance exercise has been isolated and given to non-exercising mice, in which it turned on genes that promote brain health and encourage the growth of new nerves involved in learning and memory.

Exercise improves memory and thinking after stroke

Exercise improves memory, thinking after stroke, study finds – Just six months of exercise can improve memory, language, thinking and judgment problems by almost 50 per cent. Toronto researchers found that the proportion of stroke patients with at least mild cognitive impairment dropped from 66 per cent to 37 per cent during a research study on the impact of exercise on the brain.

Heart failure depression symptoms reduced by exercise

Exercise boosts mental and physical health of heart failure patients — Exercise results in modest reduction in depressive symptoms for patients with chronic heart failure – Moderate exercise helps ease depression in patients with chronic heart failure, and is also associated with a small but significant reduction in deaths and hospitalizations.

Exercise helps to eat a healthy diet and nutrition

Exercise helps us to eat a healthy diet – A healthy diet and the right amount of exercise are key players in treating and preventing obesity but we still know little about the relationship both factors have with each other. A new study now reveals that an increase in physical activity is linked to an improvement in diet quality.

Exercise reduces frequency and severity of colds

Physical fitness curbs frequency and severity of colds — Upper respiratory tract infection is reduced in physically fit and active adults – People who are physically fit and active have fewer and milder colds, indicates research published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Headaches in teens tied to overweight, smoking and lack of exercise

Headaches in teens tied to overweight, smoking and lack of exercise – Teens who are overweight, get little exercise or who smoke may be more likely to have frequent headaches and migraines than teens with none of these factors, according to a study published in the August 18, 2010, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Exercise can reduce anxiety symptoms by 20 percent

Regular exercise reduces patient anxiety by 20 percent, study finds – The anxiety that often accompanies a chronic illness can chip away at quality of life and make patients less likely to follow their treatment plan. But regular exercise can significantly reduce symptoms of anxiety, a new University of Georgia study shows.

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