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Major Consequences of Physical Inactivity

July 26, 2016 Major Consequences of Physical Inactivity

by Galen A. Morton, MA and Len Kravitz, PhD on Jul 12, 2016In the fifth century BC, the famous Greek physician Hippocrates observed, “All parts of the body, if used in moderation and exercised in labors to which each is accustomed, become thereby healthy and well developed and age slowly; but if they are unused and left idle, they become liable to disease, defective in growth and age quickly” (Kokkinos & Myers 2010).Scientists have proved Hippocrates right time and again in recent years. In a review of the latest science, Booth, Roberts & Laye (2012) point to 35 chronic diseases and health conditions (see the sidebar “Combating 35 Health Problems”) that regular exercise and physical activity do much to prevent. Booth and colleagues also indicate that 92% of adolescents and 95% of adults in the U.S. do not meet minimum guidelines for physical activity. This presents countless opportunities for personal trainers and other exercise professionals to make a difference in...

Cycling May Help Lower Risk For Type 2 Diabetes: Study

July 14, 2016

Riding a bike to work or cycling for fun could help reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. Researchers say it is not too late to pick up the habit.  (Joel Henner | Flickr )A two-wheel ride instead of four could help lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes among adults, a new study in Denmark revealed.People who rode a bike to work or cycled just for fun were less likely to get the illness, researchers found. This was true even for those who only began habitual cycling later in life.Routine CyclingThe cohort study, which was led by Martin Rasmussen from the University of Southern Denmark, involved about 24,000 males and 27,000 females from Denmark who were recruited at the age of 50 to 65 years old.Researchers examined the link between the study participants' self-reported commuter and recreational cycling habits and their type 2 diabetes incidence, which was already measured in the Danish National Diabetes Registry.In the end, Rasmussen and his team found...

Physical Activity May Help Improve Memory Issues In Breast Cancer Survivors

July 11, 2016

Physical Activity May Help Improve Memory Issues In Breast Cancer SurvivorsTEXT SIZE - +PRINTE-MAILMegha KediaFirst Posted: Jul 10, 2016 05:35 AM EDTA new study found that exercise may help in improving the memory of breast cancer survivors. (Photo : Matt Cardy / Getty Images)A new study has found that exercise may help in improving memory issues in breast cancer survivors.According to Siobhan Phillips, the main author of the study, moderate to vigorous physical activity everyday helps in reducing stress and benefits cancer survivors psychologically, thereby resulting in improved memory. Phillips is assistant professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.Chemotherapy or radiation treatments given to cancer patients during treatment lead to memory issues, which is often termed as "chemo brain." The study has found that such memory problems may be linked to emotions and stress. Phillips claim that women who go through cancer...

Adult Obesity Statistics

July 1, 2016

The State of Obesity inFloridaAdult ObesityFlorida now has the eighth lowest adult obesity rate in the nation, according toThe State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America. Florida's adult obesity rate is currently 26.2 percent, up from 18.4 percent in 2000 and from 11.4 percent in 1990. U.S. adult obesity rates remained mostly steady — but high — this past year, increasing in Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Utah and remaining stable in the rest. Rates of obesity now exceed 35 percent in three states (Arkansas, West Virginia and Mississippi), 22 states have rates above 30 percent, 45 states are above 25 percent, and every state is above 20 percent. Arkansas has the highest adult obesity rate at 35.9 percent, while Colorado has the lowest at 21.3 percent. View data for all states Current adult diabetes rate (2014)