Physical Activity

Physical Activity Articles

Dance your way to better heart health?

Regular, moderate-intensity dancing may lower the risk of dying of cardiovascular disease. Aside from the exercise benefits, dancing is often a lifelong habit and provides stress-lowering social connections.  More »

Exercise-free activities that work your muscles and heart

Engaging in recreational or household activities that work the heart and muscles is an effective way to get a workout. Examples include swimming, gardening, dancing, bowling, playing tennis, brisk walking, playing with kids, golfing, vigorous house cleaning, and any other activities that increase heart rate and make the muscles move. It’s important to track the time doing these activities when substituting them for a traditional workout. Activity trackers and journals are handy tools for this.  More »

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 »

Our best balance boosters

Poor balance is a common cause of falls, which send millions of people in the United States to emergency departments each year with broken hips and head injuries. Many strategies can improve balance, such as physical therapy, muscle strengthening, and tai chi or yoga. Vision is key to balance, so it’s important to get a comprehensive eye exam. A cane or a walker can complement balance and give a person more stability. It’s best to get measured for such a device and then get physical therapy to learn how to use it. More »

Step lively with walking

Walking tends to be unappreciated as adequate exercise. But approached the right way, at a certain speed and pace, it can be a primary form of fitness and possibly reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. (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 »

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. More »