The latest research seems to show that some type of aerobic activity (walking, running, etc.) before cognitive activity can improve both our short- and long-term memory function. And it does not have to be vigorous exercise to be beneficial. Also, other studies of older adults show a decreased likelihood of developing dementia if we stay relatively active rather than sedentary. Check out this link for a brief explanation.
In the link below, we find a summary of the most recent annual report, “The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America.” For such an advanced nation, we still tend to ignore what we know to be healthy lifestyle changes. Yet, for the time being we seem to have at least stunted the growth of obesity in America. Now, we must do better at reducing obesity in America.
The latest research (National Cancer Institute, Mar 2018) questions the theory and practice that cardiorespiratory exercise must be of at least 10 minutes in duration to be effective. Now, it could be that all chunks of moderate to vigorous physical activities—i.e., not merely strolling—accumulated throughout the day may be sufficiently beneficial. Follow this link for more details.
Recent research strengthens the concept that physical activity not only benefits our bodies and hearts, but also improves our minds and moods. It is well known that older persons suffer depression at a high rate following cardiovascular disease events. However, in this study, researchers suggest that persons engaging in cardiorespiratory fitness during middle-age are less likely, in later life, to suffer depression in general and to avoid cardiovascular related death even if they are diagnosed with depression. Follow the link for details.
Being overweight is an accepted suspect for numerous metabolic syndromes, such as heart disease, hypertension, osteoarthritis, and diabetes. Less known is the impact of obesity as a cancer causing agent. Read this short article for more information.
Research continues to show the direct benefit of exercise for our children’s physical and mental well-being. Exercise reduces childhood obesity and increases academic performance, according to study after study. Check out this link for summaries of 2 research projects which support this concept.
Exercise and Children: Better Brain Health, Less Obesity, Less Stress
We are killing ourselves in America. The good news? Exercise is medicine.