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Step lively with healthier feet

Over the years, feet can become more susceptible to problems that make walking more difficult and dangerous, such as bunions, hammertoes, claw toes, and heel pain. While some of these issues result from genetics or specific medical conditions, many are caused by poor footwear choices, inadequate foot care, and muscle imbalances. (Locked) More »

Why sitting may be hazardous to your health

Inactivity may be as powerful a risk factor for early death as smoking is. However, short bouts of exercise can diminish the adverse effects of inactivity, and 60 to 75 minutes of moderate exercise can erase the health effects of eight hours of sitting. Inactivity may be as powerful a risk factor for early death as smoking is. However, short bouts of exercise can diminish the adverse effects of inactivity, and 60 to 75 minutes of moderate exercise can erase the health effects of eight hours of sitting. (Locked) More »

Is an “exercise pill” coming your way?

Researchers are developing pills that provide many of the effects of exercise. But none provides all the benefits of physical activity—a reduced risk of many cancers, cardiovascular disease, dementia, diabetes, obesity, and osteoporosis.  (Locked) More »

Take a hike!

Hiking—especially on a trail with hills—can be a good way to improve cardiovascular fitness. Being outdoors in nature (such as a forest or even an urban park) may also ease stress, possibly reducing blood pressure and heart disease risk. On flat or slightly hilly terrain, using special poles that help propel the body forward can also help tone the arms, shoulders, and back. This so-called Nordic walking workout increases the number of calories people burn without making them feel as though they’re working harder.  (Locked) More »

Walking while golfing: Is this sufficient exercise?

Studies of golfers have found that playing 18 holes is about equal to brisk walking in terms of intensity—even though golf walking is stop-and-go. However, in order to gain the maximum cardiovascular benefit from exercise, people may want to add a day or two of higher-intensity activities, such as running, tennis, or something similar that raises your heart rate. (Locked) More »

Why push-ups help beat aging

The classic push-up offers a real-time measurement of strength and endurance. It can be modified to fit any fitness level or limitation and can be a valuable tool to improve muscular strength and muscle memory. By varying the speed of a push-up, the angle of the body, and even hand placement, a person can increase or reduce intensity as needed or focus on specific muscles. (Locked) More »

The perks of group fitness classes

Group exercise classes may offer certain benefits—such as motivation from fellow participants and trained instructors—that can help improve fitness. Classes that emphasize aerobic exercise, which boosts a person’s heart and breathing rate, include dancing, water aerobics, spinning, and kickboxing. Greater cardiorespiratory fitness lowers the risk of heart disease and may prolong life. Classes such as yoga and tai chi, which incorporate movement, breathing, and meditation, may also improve risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure. (Locked) More »

What a personal trainer can do for you

A personal trainer is a wise investment for an older man’s current and future health. He or she can identify fitness needs, teach proper workout form and execution, help to overcome exercise fears, and keep a man motivated to ensure he reaches his full potential during every workout session.  (Locked) More »