Researchers from France have found that higher heart rate before exercise is a strong predictor of the risk of sudden death from heart attack later in life. Professor Xavier Jouven, of the Hopital Européen Georges Pompidou (Paris, France), and colleagues found that merely taking a pulse before an exercise stress test is an inexpensive way to predict risk of sudden cardiac death. Men whose pre-exercise heart rate increased in response to mental stress had double the risk of sudden death.
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The Move More After-School Collaborative today released a set of recommended standards for physical activity in North Carolina’s after-school programs. After-school providers now have a guide they can use to help young people meet the 60 minutes or more of daily physical activity recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Move More After-School Standards were unveiled at the SYNERGY Conference in Greensboro, sponsored by the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs.
Did you know that you don’t need to sweat in a gym or run a marathon to reap the health benefits of daily physical activity? Even 30 minutes of physical activity a day, reduced into shorter increments of ten or fifteen minutes, can greatly improve your health.
That’s the message the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and the Strong and Healthy Oklahoma Initiative, along with the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, are using to challenge Oklahomans to get moving for health during May, National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.
Belly fat has been linked to the development of metabolic syndrome that can lead to diabetes, heart disease and stroke. A new study shows that moderate exercise eliminates the harmful inflammatory effects of abdominal obesity, even without dieting.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a widespread recall of unsafe fitness balls. The balls, manufactured and sold between from May 2000 to February 2009, are unsafe, and can cause injuries if overinflated. There have been about three million unsafe rubber fitness balls sold nationwide.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, “An overinflated fitness ball can unexpectedly burst while in use, causing the user to fall to the floor.” So far, forty-seven injuries have occurred from the unsafe fitness balls resulting in bruising and one bone fracture.
The 2012 Olympics should be promoted as part of a series of "festival events" in order to involve as many people as possible and to leave a lasting legacy, a team of experts from Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent have concluded.
The team analysed the potential impact of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games on physical activity, sports participation and health as part of a programme of research commissioned by the Department of Health.
We all recognize the importance of exercise, or just moving for that matter. The under-the-desk pedal exerciser is a handy little device that can increase alertness, keep you moving, and burn some calories when you are working long hours at a desk. It can also keep your legs healthy, preventing swelling and broken blood vessels from sitting too much.
Something about encouraging exercise seems to lead people to eat more food.
According to a study, published in the journal Obesity, some health campaigns may actually have the opposite effect on individual health behaviors - exercise campaigns may lead us to the food table, rather than to the gym.
Psychology professor Dolores Albarracín led research showing that campaigns encouraging people to exercise may subliminally have the opposite effect of the intended message. Albarracín says the findings are important for those who design public health campaigns.
Although Michael Torchia has received criticism about his plight to get Nintendo Wii creators to make important changes to their system, he is not backing down. His fight is not against the creation of the system, but rather the manner in which it has been marketed as a fitness tool and the lack of proper instruction involved with the Wii system.
When I give talks as a personal trainer in Singapore, many of the questions I am asked revolve around what exercise programs work. Or why a person's exercise and fitness program is not getting him or her results. Here are 3 factors that will make your exercise program give you the results you want.
Today, the Obamas and America are making history. The Obamas become the first African-American couple to be president and first lady. They are also thought to be the fittest first couple ever.
The Obamas are a great example in the commitment to fitness. Perhaps they will inspire the sedentary Americans to get up and move. Both managed to squeeze in workouts despite their hectic schedules both before and during the campaign.
I want to encourage you all to use their example to show you that fitness CAN be done.
What if free exercise classes were offered in public spaces such as parks, beaches and recreation centers? When a city government in Brazil tried such a program, it greatly increased physical activity among community members. A group of health researchers who studied the program believes it could also work in U.S. cities with warm climates.
College-age football players who gain weight to add power to their blocks and tackles might also be setting themselves up for diabetes and heart disease later in life, a new study suggests.
Nearly half of a sample of collegiate offensive and defensive linemen who underwent a battery of tests for the study had metabolic syndrome. This means the players had at least three of five risk factors that indicate a person has higher chances of developing heart disease and diabetes than those without the risk factors.
iTMP Technology, a pioneering smartphone hardware and software developer, has introduced SMHEART LINK, a highly-anticipated new technology that is poised to bring unparalleled health and fitness capabilities to Apple iPhone and iPod touch users. iTMP will debut and demonstrate SMHEART LINK and its iPhone fitness apps this week at Macworld Expo in San Francisco.
Gym memberships in the United States were down 3 percent in 2007, due to the sagging economy, according to the Los Angeles Times. But the good news - it's getting cheaper to keep New Year's resolutions to get into shape.
The economic downturn has would-be exercisers cutting back on extra costs, fitness centers, health clubs and gyms across the country. So the facilities are offering an array of reduced-price deals for new, current and former members looking to tone up, the newspaper reported.
Many gadgets these days are able to track our physical activities as well as our sleep patterns. From that on, they tend to lead you to adjust to some suitable frequencies and patterns, to make you a healthier one. Fitbit is another gadget that tracks your physical activities and sleep patterns.
Exercise on prescription increases physical activity and quality of life and should become part of wider population strategies to promote exercise, concludes a study published on bmj.com today.
Regular exercise reduces the risk of heart and lung disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers and death from all causes by an estimated 20-30%. The UK government wants at least 70% of the population to be active (30 minutes of moderate physical activity five times a week) by 2020. Currently, only 40% of men and 28% of women in the UK are meeting this target.
Are you one of the more than 68 million people who have a Facebook.com account? If so, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) challenges you to get up, get out and get moving! The free AAOS application, available for download on Facebook, "Get Up! Get Out! Get Moving! Let's Exercise!"
Set fitness goals (promoting weight-bearing exercises)
Track those goals
Join teams that can also set and track fitness goals
Challenge friends and teammates on Facebook to meet and/or beat goals
In this funny video about the the exercise and workout the authors show how daily exercise can benefit not only your health but also will give you a natural look.
It's fun to watch, but makes a good point about the benefits of daily exercise.
APTA releases injury prevention tips in observance of National Physical Therapy Month.
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is urging female athletes - particularly soccer players - to consider a new warm-up program to help lower their growing risk of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. The announcement comes as APTA celebrates National Physical Therapy Month this October, an annual observance designed to educate the public about the important role physical therapists and physical therapist assistants play in the health care system.
In competitive athletes >35 years of age with a high-risk profile for future cardiovascular events, an exercise test is mandatory to rule out/confirm the presence of (silent) underlying ischemic heart disease
· For recreational sports/leisure-time activity, the exercise test today is recommended on an individual basis
· Exercise tests do have proven weaknesses, showing both false positive and false negative results, making additional testing necessary, especially in uncertain case.
Researchers have identified two drugs that mimic many of the physiological effects of exercise. The drugs increase the ability of cells to burn fat and are the first compounds that have been shown to enhance exercise endurance.
Balance Sport Wheelchair becomes the winner of International Design Excellence Award 08, in Medical and Scientific Concerts Category. This wheelchair allows good balance when doing sports and gives an opportunity to elderly wheelchair users to get some exercise.
While observing a wheelchair basketball scrimmage, it became apparent to the designers that hands have two primary roles in the game: propelling, turning or stopping the player's own chair and shooting, passing, dribbling, stealing and blocking.
The key to good health is to be physically active. The key to being active is… to be born that way?
The well-documented importance of exercise in maintaining fitness has created the idea that individuals can manage their health by increasing their activity. But what if the inclination to engage in physical activity is itself significantly affected by factors that are predetermined? Two new studies suggest that the inclination to exercise may be strongly affected by genetics.
Americans are looking for clear and concise answers when it comes to how to drop a few pounds this summer and many are turning to their personal trainers to show them the way. The American Council on Exercise (ACE) recently conducted a survey of 1000 ACE-Certified Personal Trainers to get their advice regarding the best techniques to get fit for summer.
They recommended strength training, interval training and increased cardio as their top three exercise approaches for a summer, total-body makeover when combined with a sensible, portion controlled, healthy diet.
Silvia Giamanco, a native of Brazil and world ranked triathlete, has launched a Brazilian fitness attire line in San Diego. A long time personal trainer and owner of Vai Fitness and Spa (vaifitness.com) , Silvia wanted to bring the sexiness, style, and boldness of her country’s flair into fitness attire that is breathable, functional, and fun.
If you have any upcoming fitness-geared photo shoots, Silvia would love to give you whatever clothes you would like. Also, if you’re up to writing a little blurb about her new line of the clothing, she’d be thrilled for that, too.
Tiger Woods will undergo reconstructive knee surgery, his website reports, and will miss the remainder of 2008 season due to knee injury.