Physical Activity

Physical Activity Articles

It's never too late to start exercising!

The older people get in the United States, the less active they are. But it’s never too late to become physically active, and evidence shows that changing from being inactive to active benefits health. More »

Need to remember something? Exercise four hours later

Research suggests that exercising four hours after learning may improve your memory of the new information. People who exercised four hours after a learning session retained information better than those who exercised immediately after the lesson and those who did not exercise. More »

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 »

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 »