Physical Activity

Physical Activity Articles

Make a home gym work for you

Making physical activity a habit takes determination and perseverance no matter what the setting. People who find time and convenience the main obstacles to getting to the gym may benefit from creating a simple workout area at home. Inexpensive items such as small hand and leg weights, portable pedaling machines, resistance bands, and a foam floor mat are perfect for a beginner’s needs. The dedicated exerciser may decide to invest in a professional-quality treadmill or other aerobic machine, or a home gym weight system. (Locked) More »

How to keep your brain healthy through exercise

Exercise helps keep the brain healthy by improving memory and problem solving, and may even reduce the risk of dementia. Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone advocates regular exercise as a treatment for all people and explains more about the benefits for the brain. More »

Exercise by the numbers

The standard guideline for fitness is 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week. There are many ways to reach those 150 weekly minutes, but focusing on this duration and intensity can enable people to gain optimal benefits from exercise.  (Locked) More »

Yoga: Another way to prevent osteoporosis?

A 12-minute routine, involving holding each of 12 yoga poses for 30 seconds, done at least three times a week for two years, increased bone density in a small study of postmenopausal women with low bone density. (Locked) More »

Danger-proof your walking routine

Physical and environmental dangers may turn a walk outside into a trip to the hospital, sabotaging good intentions to stay healthy. Hazards include gait problems, hearing impairment, distractions from electronic gadgets, and walking alone or without a way to call for help in case of an emergency. It’s best to seek a physical evaluation if any underlying health conditions could put a person at risk of falling while walking, such as back, hip, knee, ankle, or foot pain; muscle weakness; imbalance from neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease; dizziness from inner ear conditions; or vision problems. More »

Put your heart in the right place

Cardiac rehabilitation can speed recovery from a recent heart attack, stroke or heart-related surgery. It is also helpful for people diagnosed as a high risk for cardiovascular disease. However, many eligible patients do not partake. Eligible patients need to be proactive and discuss this option with their physician. (Locked) More »