6 months of exercise may reverse mild cognitive impairment

By Ana Sandoiu New research finds that a 6-month regimen of aerobic exercise can reverse symptoms of mild cognitive impairment in older adults. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is characterized by a mild loss of cognitive abilities, such as memory and reasoning skills. A person with MCI may find it hard to remember things, make decisions,Continue reading “6 months of exercise may reverse mild cognitive impairment”

Increasing muscle strength through weight resistance training improves cognitive function and may prevent dementia

In Australia, a University of Sydney study has linked improved cognitive function with stronger muscles using a steady regime of weightlifting exercises. Published in the Journal of American Geriatrics, the study used a system known as SMART (Study of Mental and Resistance Training). A trial was done on a group of patients age 55 toContinue reading “Increasing muscle strength through weight resistance training improves cognitive function and may prevent dementia”

Slow running is better in the long run

by JENN SAVEDGE A new study has found that slower runners live longer than those who push the pace For the study, which was published recently in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, researchers surveyed about 5,000 people, including 1,100 runners and 4,000 people who identified themselves as “non-runners.” Participants in the non-runningContinue reading “Slow running is better in the long run”

Fear of financial loss helps people exercise more.

By Morgan Manella Companies that want their employees to exercise more might want to skip the promise of prizes or pats on the back. Instead, a new study shows, giving someone a financial incentive and then threatening to take it away might work better. Workplace wellness programs are gaining popularity, and more than 80% ofContinue reading “Fear of financial loss helps people exercise more.”

People who exercise at middle age might have bigger brains later on

Poor physical fitness in middle age might be associated with a smaller brain size later on, according to a study published in an online issue of Neurology. Brains shrink as people age, and the atrophy is related to cognitive decline and increased risk for dementia, a researcher said, and exercise reduces that deterioration and cognitiveContinue reading “People who exercise at middle age might have bigger brains later on”

Here’s why you exercise so much and still can’t lose weight

By Carina Storrs If you are intensifying your running regimen in hopes of losing weight, you might be running around in circles: There is a limit to how many calories we can burn through exercise, a new study suggests. The grim message comes from a small study of a group of 332 adults living inContinue reading “Here’s why you exercise so much and still can’t lose weight”

Exploring the Biology of Eating Disorders

With the pressure for a certain body type prevalent in the media, eating disorders are on the rise. But these diseases are not completely socially driven; researchers have uncovered important genetic and biological components as well and are now beginning to tease out the genes and pathways responsible for eating disorder predisposition and pathology. AsContinue reading “Exploring the Biology of Eating Disorders”

Sitting too much may be twice as dangerous for your health as being obese.

There’s been a fast growing body of evidence in the last several years that lack of exercise – or sedentariness – is a major risk factor in health. It’s been linked to heart disease, cancer, and to an early death. And now, a new study finds that lack of exercise may actually be even moreContinue reading “Sitting too much may be twice as dangerous for your health as being obese.”