Athletes have long acknowledged that working out makes them feel good due to the release of endorphins that boost mood. Now there is evidence coming out of animal studies at Columbia University that exercise produces another hormone, irisin, that may improve memory and protect against Alzheimer’s disease. Irisin is present in the brain’s hippocampus, the … Read More

Federal guidelines recommend 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise weekly. For the average person, this recommendation does not translate into practical daily advice. In scientific terms, moderate intensity exercise is defined as an activity that requires 3 METs (metabolic equivalents of a task). Or in plain English, an activity that uses … Read More

For a person who weighs 150 pounds, 10 minutes of lying on the couch watching TV burns about 15 calories. If you simply sat up, you would burn 20 calories. Walking in place for 10 minutes burns 40 calories, jogging bumps you to 90. Adding a leisurely 10-minute walk a day can burn 14,600 calories … Read More

  The benefits of exercise are undisputed including weight control, strengthening the heart, bones and muscles, and reducing the risk for disease. Researchers at the University of California San Diego recently showed that just one, 20 minute session of moderate exercise can also stimulate the immune system producing an anti-inflammatory response. Forty-seven people walked on … Read More

The typical American adult spends 3 to 5 hours a day watching TV. Each hour of TV averages about 12 minutes of commercials. Researchers had men step in place at a moderate pace during the commercials. The men burned 150 calories, more than double the amount of calories they would have used sitting and watching TV. … Read More

20% of Americans are meeting the federal government’s physical activity recommendation for both aerobic and muscle strengthening activities. 50% are meeting the aerobic activity guidelines – walking, jogging, bike riding – and 30% are involved in strength training activities each week. As a nation we are heading in the right direction. … Read More

Most of us can walk – from the end of the parking lot, around the mall, through the building at work, around the neighborhood, or in the park. But we don’t. The average American walks very little. Research reported at the 74th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association cited Canadian adults living in the … Read More

Most obese adults started as overweight kids. Researchers have found that to initiate good health habits as adults you need to start when children are in preschool, between the ages of 3 to 5. This is a critical window to teach important, lifelong health habits. Kids need to understand how their bodies work. Good food … Read More

Aim for 100 steps a minute – moderate intensity exercise is a great recipe for good health. Use a pedometer and aim to walk 3,000 steps in 30 minutes or 100 steps per minute.   … Read More

Researchers found that women in their 70s who were the most physically active and ate the most fruits and vegetables lived the longest. A healthy diet and high levels of physical activity are the strongest predictors of health and a long life. It’s never too late to start living well. A study from Sweden showed a healthy … Read More