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A Better Mood May Be a Short Walk Away: Study

Tue Jun 25, 2002

By Charnicia E. Huggins

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adding more evidence of the benefits of walking, a new study shows that even a quick 15-minute walk can help healthy older adults gain energy and feel better.

This is in contrast to previous exercise-psychology assumptions that such mood changes "occur only with exercise that exceeds certain strenuous 'thresholds' of intensity and duration," according to study authors Dr.


More Clues on How Exercise Protects the Heart

Mon Jun 24, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who are more physically fit may have
lower levels of inflammation in their bodies--and, therefore, a lower risk of
heart attack--than those who exercise less, according to researchers.
This finding suggests that the benefits of exercise on the heart may, in
fact, stem from its ability to reduce inflammation within blood vessels, a
supposed risk factor for heart attack, the authors note.
"The health benefits from enhanced fitness may have an anti-inflammatory


Weight Training Trims More Tummy Fat in Women

Thu Jun 20, 2002

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Elderly women tend to lose more fat from their abdomens than men as a result of resistance training using weights, according to researchers.

However, the lead author told Reuters Health, these results do not suggest that elderly men should abandon resistance training. Although men did not lose any fat from a particular region in their guts, both men and women increased their strength by a similar amount, and both lost the same amount of total fat mass as a result of the exercise.


Tai Chi Can Help People As They Get Older, Recover from Illness

June 7, 2002,

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Tai chi, the 3,000-year-old Chinese practice, is part exercise, part meditation and part martial art.

Although tai chi's moves were founded in martial arts, the exercise form has evolved into exercise meant for stress reduction, stamina and balance skills.

It combines slow, controlled movement with regular, calm breathing. Anyone can do tai chi - you don't need special clothing or to practice in a particular place.


Bone-Building Exercise

Fri May 31, 2002

(HealthScoutNews) -- For prevention of osteoporosis (soft bones), here's some advice for women on which forms of exercise are the most helpful.

The European Journal of Radiology says the best sports seem to be those that call for lots of exertion for a short period of time, like tennis, sprinting or fencing.


Doctors Need to Tell Older Adults to Exercise: CDC

Thu May 16, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Thursday that doctors need to increase their efforts to promote physical activity among the older set.

Their campaign is based on data from the 1998 National Health Interview Survey of 6,154 healthy US adults aged 50 or older.


Europe Concerned About Doping in Amateur Sport

Wed May 15, 2002

LONDON (Reuters Health) - The European Commission said on Wednesday it was worried about the extent of doping in amateur sport after a study showed that more than 5% of fitness centre users admitted regularly taking drugs to improve performance.

The study is the first to investigate the issue across the European Union, and highlights the urgent need to quantify the scale of the problem, said the commissioner responsible for sport, Viviane Reding.


The Exercise Paradox: Why Staying Fit Increases Your Need for Antioxidants

By Jack Challem
Copyright © 1997 by Jack Challem, The Nutrition Reporter™
All rights reserved.

Most people know that physical activity is good for health. However, in one of the ironies of biology, regular and strenuous exercise can increase formation of dangerous free radicals. These rogue molecules damage cell membranes, proteins, and deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) - the material that forms your genes. The long-terms consequences may be faster aging and an increased risk of cancer.