Exercise & Fitness Archive


Exercise trend alert: Walking soccer

A gentle form of soccer called walking soccer is packed with health benefits. It's a great way to socialize, exercise, and keep knee cartilage healthy. Playing the game also helps reinforce a person's ability to maintain balance and the ability to produce physical power, such as the force needed to get out of a chair and stand up. However, the game does pose some physical risks, such as ankle sprains, flare-ups of knee arthritis, and falls that result in wrist, arm, or elbow fractures.

Incentives help people become more active

A 2024 study found that adults can benefit from receiving financial or game-like incentives to become more active.

Taking the Presidential Physical Fitness Test

The original Presidential Physical Fitness Test consisted of five exercises: a one-mile run, pull-ups or push-ups, sit-ups, shuttle run, and sit-and-reach. The test gauged upper-body and core strength, endurance, flexibility, and agility for America's youth. Still, with some modifications, older adults can use the test to assess a baseline of their fitness and identify areas where they need to improve.

Motivate yourself to walk more

A 2024 study found that offering reminders or incentives seems to motivate people to walk more than they normally do. And people who are offered incentives such as money or game points walk more than people who receive only daily reminders to walk.

Does exercise protect against COVID-19?

A 2024 study found that people who exercise regularly are much less likely to get COVID-19 or be hospitalized with it, compared with people who don't exercise regularly. That's because exercise keeps the immune system strong and able to fight off infection. Exercise enhances the ability of white blood cells to do battle; stimulates the production of antibodies in the lining of the nose, throat, breathing tubes, and lungs; and keeps the immune system from overreacting to infections and harming the body.

Power your paddle sports with three great exercises

Like kayaking or canoeing, paddleboarding provides a serious workout. But before you head out on the water, you'll want to get some key muscle groups in shape, especially ones that probably have not been used much during winter.

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