Exercise and Fitness

Heart disease and breast cancer: Can women cut risk for both?

Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Contributing Editor

While they share many risk factors, far more women are living with heart disease than with breast cancer. Exercise and a healthy diet can cut a woman’s risk for both.

6 steps toward a successful exercise resolution

Many people want to be more active, but don’t follow through on their fitness goals. First reflect on your reasons for wanting to exercise, and what’s holding you back from doing it. Then create a plan that is realistic and fits into your life.

Can exercise help conquer addiction?

Claire Twark, MD

Contributor

As the US contends with the ongoing opioid epidemic, the idea that exercise can help people cope with and ultimately overcome addiction is gaining traction. Exercise helps provide structure and focus, helps treat mental health issues related to substance use, and can bring together individuals with a common goal.

The new exercise guidelines: Any changes for you?

Lauren Elson, MD

Contributor

What do the new government guidelines for exercise and physical activity mean for you? It depends on your age and ability, but overall, move more, sit less.

Understanding and improving core strength

Lauren Elson, MD

Contributor

Learning to find your core, and finding the right exercises to increase your core strength, is valuable at any age, but especially as you get older, a strong ore can help prevent injuries and maintain independence.

5 habits for moms that help prevent childhood obesity

Claire McCarthy, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

It might be surprising to learn that parents can help fight childhood obesity by taking good care of themselves. A new study found that when mothers follow five healthy lifestyle habits, their kids are much less likely to become obese.

Multigenerational fitness parks

That playground you like to visit with your kids or grandkids may be morphing into a space that is “fun for the whole family” — fitness parks with exercise equipment suitable for people of all ages alongside the more typical child-focused play structures.

Exercise as part of cancer treatment

Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Contributing Editor

Based on analyses of multiple studies showing benefits of exercise, Australia’s national cancer organization has issued formal guidelines recommending exercise as part of cancer treatment for all cancer patients. The guidelines emphasize that exercise recommendations be tailored to each patient.

Obesity is complicated — and so is treating it

Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Contributing Editor

Along with the growing realization that obesity is a complex disease comes greater understanding that treatments need to be highly individualized and address the physical and emotional factors that contribute to it.

What kinds of exercise are good for brain health?

While the physical benefits of exercise have long been understood, exactly which exercises boost brain health is less clear, but the more diverse your exercise routine, the more likely your brain and cognitive health will benefit along with your body.