Mindfulness Exercises Reduce Stress And Fatigue

Mindfulness exercises, which focus on experiencing the present moment, can help curb the stress and fatigue associated with painful rheumatoid joint disease, according to a study published in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases. … Read More

Exercise For Chronic Disease Prevention

The beneficial health effects of exercise—including reduced risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes—are well known, but the underlying biological mechanisms of these benefits are unclear. A new study takes a look at how regular exercise impacts health and metabolism. Using a system that analyzes blood samples, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers have developed a "chemical snapshot" of the metabolic effects of exercise. Their findings may improve understanding of the physiologic effects of exercise and may help develop new therapies for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. . The study appears in the May issue of Science Translational Medicine. "We found new metabolic signatures that clearly distinguish more-fit from less-fit individuals during exercise," says study author Gregory Lewis, M.D., of the MGH Heart Center. "These results have implications for the development of optimal training programs and improved assessment of cardiovascular fitness." Benefits of exercise: • Prevents chronic disease. • Aids in weight management. • Boosts energy level. • Regulates sleep patterns. • Lowers blood pressure. After exercising, participants who were more fit had a 98 percent increase in the breakdown of stored fat, sugar and amino acids, while less-fit people had only a 48 percent increase. "Our results have implications for development of both diagnostic testing to track and improve exercise performance and for interventions to reduce the effects of diabetes or heart disease,” says study author Robert Gerszten, M.D. … Read More

Physical Activity For Weight Maintenance

For long-term weight maintenance, women who are middle-aged or older must exercise daily, incorporating at least 60 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity into their schedule, according to a new Journal of the American Medical Association study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital. … Read More

Exercise And Healthy Aging

Regular exercise is associated with a slower progression or reduced risk of age-related health conditions as well as overall health improvements in older age, according to a new study appearing in JAMA’s Archives of Internal Medicine. Exercise has been associated with beneficial effects on diabetes, obesity, arthritis, falls and fractures, heart disease, cancer, and lung disease, write Marco Pahor, M.D. and Jeff Williamson, M.D., M.H.S., from the University of Florida. These specific health conditions can impair the independence, everyday functioning and task activities of older adults. “Regular physical activity has been associated with greater longevity as well as reduced risk of physical disability and dependence,” the authors comment. The new research examines important aging-related outcomes for which exercise has a relevant impact. Health benefits of exercise include: • Weight management. • Increased energy levels. • Improved mood. • Chronic disease prevention. Moderate or vigorous physical exercise also appears to be linked to a lowered risk of developing cognitive impairment in older adults. Activities such as aerobic exercise, balance and strength training, and physical activities like dancing can help to prevent or delay cognitive function and are recommended. … Read More

Exercise Improves Cognitive Abilities

Physical activity performed in midlife or later appears to be associated with improved cognitive function, according to a report in the January Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Mild cognitive impairment can occur with age and dementia, affecting normal thinking, learning and memory. Each year, 10 to 15 percent of individuals with mild cognitive impairment develop dementia, compared to 1 to 2 percent of the general population. Previous studies have indicated that exercise may improve cognitive abilities. Exercise can benefit health by: • Improving mood. • Combating chronic disease. • Maintaining weight loss. • Increasing energy. • Regulating sleep patterns. The study, led by Laura D. Baker, Ph.D., of the University of Washington, evaluated findings from a trial involving 33 adults with mild cognitive impairment. A group of 23 were assigned to an aerobic exercise group and exercised at high intensity levels for 45 to 60 minutes per day, four days per week. A second group of 10 individuals performed non-aerobic stretching exercises. The individuals in the high-intensity aerobic exercise group experienced improved cognitive function compared with those in the non-aerobic group. "Aerobic exercise is a cost-effective practice that is associated with numerous physical benefits. Exercise also provides a cognitive benefit for adults with mild cognitive impairment without the cost and adverse effects associated with most pharmaceutical therapies," the authors say. Physical exercise may protect against mild cognitive impairment via production of nerve-protecting compounds, greater blood flow to the brain, improved development of neurons, and the decreased risk of heart and blood vessel diseases. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine therapy and massage for a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso. Feb.2. … Read More

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