Fitness and Exercise

Fitness and Exercise
Sedentary Job? Try Pedaling at Your Desk
Portable bicycle-like devices that allow people to pedal at their desks or workstations could counter some of the negative effects of sedentary behavior on the job, a new study says.
Where Do the Most Active People Live?
People in the South and the Appalachian region are the least likely of all Americans to be physically active in their leisure time, the CDC says in a new report.
Exercise Good for Knees, Study Finds
Despite some previous research casting doubt on the value of physical activity for the knees, a new study says it’s beneficial for the knee joint health.
Whey Protein May Help Build Muscles
Eating whey protein may help build muscle mass even if the dairy substance is taken a day after a workout session, a new study indicates.
Americans Walk and Bike More, but Just a Little
Despite repeated calls over the years by public health officials for people to increase exercise and physical activity, Americans are walking and cycling only a little more now than they were a decade ago, a new study shows.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Nabs 'Fittest City' Title
Minneapolis-St. Paul has plenty of parks and recreational facilities, an increase in the number of farmers markets, and low smoking rates. Those attributes helped the Twin Cities garner the No. 1 spot in the American College of Sports Medicine’s 2011 list of America’s fittest cities.
Job-Related Exercise Helps People Stay Healthy
About two-thirds of U.S. adults meet minimum physical activity guidelines while doing leisure activities, but walking or moving around more at the workplace could help, the CDC says.
Drinking Chocolate Milk May Help Your Workout
Drinking low-fat chocolate milk after a workout helps endurance, builds muscle, reduces fat, and seems to improve performance, according to new research.
Older People Must Work Out More to Keep Muscles
The older you get, the more you may have to work to maintain your muscles, according to a new study.
Dementia Risk for Retired Football Players?
One in three retired NFL football players appear to have mild cognitive impairment (MCI), researchers report.
Heat Illness Sends Thousands to ER Each Year
About 6,000 people a year seek emergency treatment for heat illnesses suffered while playing sports or participating in other recreational activities outdoors, the CDC says in a new report.
Bad Golf Swing Can Be Rough on the Body
A biomechanical study shows exactly how duffers' and pros' golf swings differ -- exposing the amateurs to back and elbow injuries.
Do Pools Expose Swimmers to Potentially Harmful Chemicals?
Swimmers have detectable levels of a potentially dangerous chlorine by-product called haloacetic acids (HAAs) in their urine within 30 minutes of a swim, a study shows.
New Advice for Keeping Young Athletes Safe in Heat
As aspiring football and soccer stars hit the fields for preseason training, there’s new advice on how to keep young athletes safe and healthy when exercising in the heat.
Love May Boost Athletic Performance
Being in love may enhance your athletic prowess, a survey of about 400 competitive athletes suggests.
15 Minutes of Exercise Every Day Reduces Risk of Death
A study published by The Lancet shows that if inactive people increased their physical activity by just 15 minutes per day, they could reduce their risk of death by 14% and increase their life expectancy by three years.
Whey Protein May Beat Casein After Workouts
Eating or drinking protein after exercise, experts agree, can help muscle recovery and growth.
To Banish Belly Fat, Keep Moving
If you want to get rid of your belly fat, vigorous aerobic exercise such as jogging or brisk walking beats weight or resistance training, a new study shows.
Why Cardiac Rehab Saves Lives
Cardiac rehabilitation can improve the ability of the heart to return quickly to a normal rate after exercise, and that in turn can double the chances of survival.
Does Beetroot Improve a Runner's Time?
Eating beetroot before a workout gave runners a modest edge in speed during a 5K run when they were close to the finish line, new research shows.
Heading Soccer Ball Linked to Brain Injury
Regularly hitting a soccer ball with your head -- even just a few times a day -- has been linked to traumatic brain injuries, researchers report.
Want to Live Longer? Fit Outweighs Fat
In a new study of more than 14,000 men, those who maintained or boosted their fitness level were less likely to die from any cause, including heart disease even. This was true even if their weight stayed the same or increased compared to men whose fitness levels dipped over time.
Head Traumas: Big Source of Young Athlete Deaths
A new study suggests blunt traumas may be an underappreciated and preventable source of sports-related deaths.
Does Watching TV Shorten Your Life Span?
Watching six hours or more of TV per day could shorten the average life expectancy by nearly five years, a study suggests.
Weight Loss: Is Bypass Better Than Banding?
Gastric banding doesn't work as well as bypass surgery, according to a new study.
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