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Physical Activity is on the Rise

More Americans are meeting recommended physical activity guidelines, but we still have a long way to go. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 24 percent of U.S. adults met the combined aerobic and muscle-strengthening physical activity guidelines in 2017, up from 18 percent in 2008. People who live in urban areas are more likely to meet physical activity guidelines (25 percent) than those in rural areas (20 percent), and no changes were reported among Hispanics and adults living in the South.

Time Outside May Benefit Health

According to a recent British study published in the journal Scientific Reports, spending at least two hours a week outside may be good for ones health. Nearly 20,000 English people were asked how many hours they spent in natural environments like parks, forests, and beaches in the last seven days; whether they considered their health to be good or poor; and if they felt their well-being was high or low. Those reporting nature contact of at least two hours per week were significantly more likely to report good health and high well-being compared to those reporting zero. (No additional benefit was seen from spending over 3.5 to 5 hours in nature.)

Physical Fitness Important for Longevity, Regardless of Weight

A prospective cohort study recently published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that a self-reported brisk walking pace was associated with longer life expectancy across all weight categories—from underweight to obese, compared with those who reported being slow walkers. The cohort included nearly 475,000 middle-aged British men and women followed over about seven years. The […]

Choose Your Post-Exercise Snack Before Your Workout

A recent research study, published in the journal Nutrients, found that visitors to a university recreational center were more likely to select a healthier post-exercise snack when the choice was made pre-exercise. Researchers asked 256 study participants to choose between a chocolate brownie and an apple to eat upon completion of their workout. All participants also had the choice to decline both snack options. Roughly half of the participants were randomly selected to make this…

Total Weight Loss Tied to Improved Health

When it comes to health, further research supports the notion that steadily losing weight over time (and keeping it off) is more important than losing weight quickly.

Any Physical Activity Better Than None for Survival in Cancer Patients

A recent study published in Cancer Causes & Control found an association between the occurrence of low-to-moderate frequency recreational physical activity and lower mortality in individuals diagnosed with various types of cancer.

Aerobic Activity May Improve Executive Functioning

A randomized trial published in the journal Neurology suggested that aerobic exercise may have neurological benefits for adults at risk for cognitive decline. One hundred and sixty sedentary participants with cognitive impairments (but no dementia) were randomly assigned to one of four study groups: aerobic exercise alone, DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet alone, a combination of aerobic exercise plus DASH diet, or health education alone.

New Physical Activity Guidelines Released

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, an update of recommendations published in 2008. The new guidelines provide more evidence-based reasons to be active than ever before, says Roger A. Fielding, PhD, director of Tufts Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Sarcopenia Laboratory, and they make it clear that even some activity is better than none.

Community-Based Physical Activity Promotes Health

The Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders (LIFE) trial showed that older adults who follow a structured physical activity program can reduce mobility-disability by up to 28 percent. Based on these encouraging results, a pilot study was recently conducted by Tufts University to test the approach among older adults in an existing community setting.

Chronic Sleep Loss May Impact Body Composition

Studies have found that people who routinely dont get enough sleep are more likely to be overweight than people who get adequate sleep. Additionally, two recent cohort studies of middle-aged and older community-dwelling adults have found insufficient sleep to be associated with lower muscle mass. A new study published in Science Advances delved into the reasons why.