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Brisker walks may be healthier

Walks are great. Picking up the pace is much better for you, according to recent data.

In a first-of-its-kind study, data from the National Walkers' Health Study shows that walking faster, as compared to the same distance but at a slower pace, is better for you.

Health guidelines suggest people exercise for 30 minutes a day in a moderate intensity activity. For walkers that results in 15 minutes per mile.

Almost 40,000 people were in the study, that has tracked data from the late 1990s. More than 2,000 participants had died, with the death rate highest among slower walkers.

For more, check out the New York Times Health article.


Study: not too late to start exercising

A new study from British researchers shows how older adults who started to become active later in life lived healthier final years than those who continued to remain sedentary.

The study of 3,450 adults ages 64 and older resulted in the active participants being seven times more likely to age healthily.

Factors looked at were the occurance of chronic diseases like Alzheimer's and diabetes, as well as overall mental and physical health.

Visit Huffington Post to learn more.


One day of heavy eating and lounging is OK

For exercise enthusiasts, Thanksgiving is like the feeling of bugs crawling all over their skin.

The thought of gorging on a mostly carbohydrate-rich meal and sitting in the house all day talking with family and friends and watching football is a death knell.

A recent experiment in Bath, England, published in the Journal of Physiology, showed that one day of inactivity will not wipe out all of the work that was done beforehand.

Check out more Gretchen Reynolds's New York Times blog.


How does exercise affect cells?

Recent studies have shown just how exercise affects fat and muscle cells.

Contrary to popular belief, genes can change. Depending on what signals they receive from the body they can change for the good or for the bad, based on one's habits.

The studies have shown evidence that exercise can change cells. One study had the genes that are associated with fat storage affected the most. That could mean alot for the risk of developing diabetes or becoming obese.

For more, click here.


Exercise helps combat depression

Everyone probably has woken up on the wrong side of the bed. While getting back under the covers probably would be most people's preference, we have to get up and go to work, run errands, watch kids, etc.

Many studies show, though, that one way to combat being grumpy and depressed is exercise. One showed that walking and jogging a few times a week is as effective as antidepressants.

Of course, aerobic exercise is not the only answer. Any workout that produces endorphins will turn your attitude around.

Visit this Greatist story for more.


Study: good and bad news for Americans' health

There is good news and bad news concerning Americans' health, according to a new study.

Americans are living longer than they had in the past, but death rates and illnesses related to obesity and Alzheimer's disease is on the upswing. 

While the longer lifespan seems to be a positive, the later years in life is not necessairly healthy. Thus, quality of life has dropped.

The study, the most comprehensive study of health in the U.S. in the past 15 years, was conducted at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle.

For more, click here.


Cold weather not good for obese trying to lose weight

In order to keep warm in a cold climate one needs to burn energy. A recent study shows that obese individuals burn less energy to stay warm in cold weather while at rest or doing normal activities.

What that means is overweigth individuals in Canada, where the study was done, have a more difficult time losing weight.

The study took groups of men ages 19-45 and guaged their metabolic response in different temperatures. They found that as the thermometer dropped those who were not obese burned more calories.

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Study: exercise and diet together is the answer for obese children

It goes without saying that putting an overweight child on a diet is the obvious solution to the problem. But researchers say that a diet and exercise together is the optimal answer.

A group of doctors at Children's Hospital at Westmead in Australia looked at diet and exercise separately, instead of the normal studies of the two at the same time. Their results showed that doing one or the other was not as successful as dieting and exercise together.

Click here to read the entire story.


Exercise leads to better sleep

Among the benefits for IHRSA members is Health E-Review. The every-other-week, members-only online publication is a mix of tips, suggestions, studies and more on how to live a healthier life. 

Last week IHRSA Health Promotion Manager Alexandra Black wrote a column on the benefits of exercise for one's sleep, for National Sleep Awareness Week. While that was last week (March 3-10), the information, obviously, is good all year round.

For all of the IHRSA member benefits, click here.

To read the column, read on.

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Most Britons do not exercise

A new survey shows that the vast majority of Britons have not exercised in 10 years and most give up on it after the age of 56.

A survery of 2,000 adults by the British Heart Foundation found that an astounding 90% do not exercise at all.

Some other intestesting findings: 

  • 21% said the last time they were active was in school - university of public
  • two-thirds have not run further than 100 yards in the past year
  • half of those under 24 years old have not run further than 100 meters in the past year. 

For more, click here.