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Seniors Getting Pumped

February 5, 2015
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A study examined “the effect of 26 weeks of low-load high-repetition resistance training (BodyPump™) on maximal strength, gait speed, balance and self-reported health status in healthy, active middle-aged and older adults.” This study divided seniors (over 55 years) into two groups, a control group and a group that “trained twice per week for 26...
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Save Money on Health Care

December 25, 2014
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A recent study compared the cost of health care for those suffering from metabolic syndrome (MetS) and those who weren’t. Metabolic syndrome is a combination of high blood pressure, high blood sugar and excess body fat, particularly around the middle. It increases your chances of stroke, heart disease and diabetes. In addition, it costs...
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Sports Help Bones 30 Years Later

December 18, 2014
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A study followed “397 retired male elite soccer players” for 30 year after they quit playing soccer. The researchers measured and evaluated their bone traits finding that “exercise-associated bone trait benefits are found long term after retirement from sports together with a lower fracture risk. This indicates that physical activity in youth could reduce...
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Physical Activity = Brain Power

December 9, 2014
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There are a number of published studies demonstrating the association between physical activity and cognition. Looking at these studies, researchers found that “results of the review support that physical activity is associated with cognition, but more research is needed to clarify the role of sex, intensity and type of physical activity and some psychological...
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More Calories Eating Out

December 4, 2014
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Home cooked meals are considered more nutritious by many people. A recent study found them to contain fewer calories as well. Researchers interviewed 12,528 people of all ages and found that “fast-food and full-service restaurant consumption, respectively, was associated with an increase in daily total energy (calories) intake of 813·75 kJ (194·49 kcal) and...
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Don’t’ Psych-Up Too Soon

November 6, 2014
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A study of athletes looked at the impact of “psyching-up” before they compete. Researchers tested “imagery vs. distraction” and looked at how long (0, 1, 2, 3, and 5 minutes) before their event short distance runners should tune themselves up mentally. The “findings showed that the imagery significantly improved sprint performance. Specifically, the imagery...
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Body Mass and Foot Joint Pain

November 4, 2014
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It is reasonable to believe that the more a person weighs, the more stain they place on their feet. While this may seem obvious, the first large study over an extended period of time was only recently conducted. Researchers looked at “body mass index (BMI) and foot joint pain (FJP) over a 5-year period...
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Magnesium Keeps Senior Women Fit

October 28, 2014
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Vitamin supplementation can be a very important way of maintaining health, especially for older adults. One study examined whether magnesium supplements could help improve physical function for older women. The study found that “daily magnesium oxide supplementation for 12 weeks seems to improve physical performance in healthy elderly women. These findings suggest a role...
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More Green Space = Longer Life

October 23, 2014
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The impact of green space (parks, gardens, etc.) in our community is many times underestimated. These are not only places to relax and exercise, they can increase the life expectancy (LE) and healthy life expectancy (HLE) of the people living around them. A study from The Netherlands notes “the quantity and particularly quality of...
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Slim Down to Reduce Hot Flashes

October 2, 2014
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A pilot study of overweight and obese menopausal women found that they were able to reduce their hot flashes. The study divided 40 women into weight loss and control groups. The results were that “women randomized to weight loss also showed greater reductions in questionnaire-reported hot flashes than did women in the control group.”...
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