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Topic: Exercise

Exercise. It Could be Good for... Your Eyes!

Dust off that treadmill – there’s even more evidence that exercise is good for your health! A study published last month demonstrated that mice that were exercised and then exposed to a searingly bright light, as opposed to a control group of unexercised mice exposed to the same light, fared much better.  
How so? The mousey calisthenics seemed to armor the retinas of the exercised mice.  
Even better news, a second study not only supported the finding that exercise protects eye health but also found that an occasional drink also can bolster eye health. Salud!

More on Positive Aging: Forget Your Troubles, Come on, Get Happy!

        Yet one more benefit for a sunny outlook—it’s likely to help with mobility.  Sour pusses beware: you’re also likely to die before your more ebullient peers.
        A new study doesn’t prove that happiness preserves mobility. "The research suggests that enjoyment of life contributes to healthier and more active old age," said study author Andrew Steptoe, Director of the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care at University College London.
        "We have previously shown that positive well-being and enjoyment of life are predictors of longer life," Steptoe said. "Older people who report greater enjoyment are less likely to die over the next five to eight years than those with lower enjoyment of life."
       Rock on! (But not in a chair.)

If You’ve Got Your Health, You’ve Got (Almost) Everything

Exercise and a healthy diet can go a long way in improving mood. This combo can lower your risk for serious conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure and ease depression, stress, and anxiety. is a great resource for helping you develop an exercise routine and providing tips to keep it fun and different. This website also has a terrific diet and nutrition area with practical tips and easy suggestions to change and improve your diet gradually, in slow manageable steps rather than your trying to change everything at once and giving up on the whole shebang.

Think Better, Get Stronger, Avoid Disease. Here's How

“Whenever I feel the need to exercise, I lie down until it goes away.”
Paul Terry
We know that exercise is good for us-- it increases metabolism, lowers weight, and improves mood and brain power-– yet some of us still struggle to get motivated. Here's some news that may help you get moving! A new study indicates exercise may improve cognitive function for those at risk for Alzheimers. And several other new studies report on how exercise changes fat and muscle cells. Walking has been connected to decreasing the risk for diabetes and peripheral artery disease. Pilates versus Yoga? If you want to strengthen your midsection, do Pilates. Try yoga to strengthen larger areas of the body. Even shopping can have a positive effect as long as you’re a “happy hedonist.”

Can’t Think of the Word? Can’t Find the Keys? What Does That Mean?

It’s a thought that crosses many a middle-aged mind when a word is forgotten or a set of keys misplaced: Is this a fluke or the first sign of dementia? More and more, physical exercise rather than vitamins and supplements, is being seen as a way to improve and/or retain memory. One research publication shows that reading and solving everyday problems—daily mental activities— also can help ward off forms of dementia. A recent Princeton study focused on the number of different exercises and their effect on the body. The study suggests that physical activity “reorganizes the brain so that its response to stress is reduced and anxiety is less likely to interfere with normal brain function.” We like the sound of that. We’d write more, but the treadmill is calling.

Exercise Improves Attitudes about Aging

We have all heard about how important it is to exercise, especially as we age. What we probably haven't considered is that exercise can actually improve a person's attitude toward aging and make them feel happier and fulfilled. The researchers gathered 240 sedentary women from ages 70 to 93. They were divided into three groups and were studied over a 6-month period, with the first group following an exercise routine, the second learning computer skills, and the third going about their lives as usual. By the end of the program, the physical exercise group showed significant improvement in their positive attitude toward getting older compared to those in the other groups. The findings are illuminating and very positive... keep reading for the details.

Exercise...and Cut Down on Sitting

Topics: Exercise, Health

It probably comes as no surprise that the more time someone spends sitting, especially in front of the television, the "less robust" his or her life may be. One recent study isolated the effect that sitting has on people’s life spans and the findings were sobering: every single hour of TV watched after the age of 25 reduces the viewer’s life expectancy by 21.8 minutes. So, consider cutting back on TV time and look at the rest of your day and find ways to walk, stand, and move around more, even if you are in an office. This article points out that sitting less doesn't take the place of exercise. Both are needed to maintain good health. 

Changing the Tune on Exercise

Topics: Exercise, Health

If you are told to exercise because it will help you fend off obesity, disease, or old age, you probably won't find your way off the couch. The latest research strongly suggests that we stop thinking of future health and consider how keeping active today will enhance our current well-being and happiness. Whatever you choose to do...a walk, a bike ride, going to the gym...has to fit into your schedule and have immediate benefits. Keep reading for more on how this "new tune" for exercise will get you into your Zumba togs and keep you going back for more.

Intensity is Not a Perfume

The writer of this article is a disciplined athlete whose love of sports has kept her 57-year-old body in shape as she raised her seven children, held a full-time job, and coped with her husband's cancer. Being fit and feeling healthy rate on top of her list, but she finds her athletic regimen is just as important in keeping her mentally in tune -- exercising relieves stress, helps her sort out work issues and deal with general day-to-day problems. She offers tips to those 50 and older who want to try exercise but are not sure where to begin

Are You Heart Smart?

There is so much information around about what it takes to keep your heart healthy that it is hard to know what is actually true and what can possibly be dangerous. How do you make decisions about what to eat, how much to exercise, and how to evaluate medical advice? This article is an interview with two cardiology experts who have written a book to help people make smarter choices about their health. There are lots of good questions answered and a quiz to test your knowledge. This article is a "keeper."