Step up for health: Pedometers 'boost exercise levels for years'
- But if you're looking to improve your exercise levels and overall fitness, a new study suggests that a pedometer could offer a long-term solution.
- Victor and colleagues analyzed the data of 1,023 adults aged 45–75 years who were a part of the PACE-UP Trial, which is a randomized, controlled trial to see how a pedometer intervention influences physical activity levels.
- When the researchers assessed the participants' physical activity 3 years later, they found that participants who received exercise advice in person or through the post were still walking an additional 600 steps per day, compared with study baseline.
- The team looked at the subjects' physical activity 4 years later, and they found that people who received exercise guidance from a nurse engaged in 400 more steps each day, and they also engaged in 33 more minutes of moderate to vigorous activity every week.
High fitness may slash dementia risk, study says
- A new study from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden has now found that women who are very physically fit in middle age have an almost 90 percent decreased risk of being diagnosed with dementia later in life, unlike their moderately fit peers, who are more exposed to this condition.
- The participants' cardiovascular fitness — or their ability to sustain physical effort over a prolonged period — was assessed through a bicycle exercise test.
- In contrast, 25 percent of the moderately fit participants and 32 percent of the women with low physical fitness levels developed the disease.
- In other words, the women who were highly fit in middle age had an 88 percent lower risk of dementia than their moderately fit counterparts.
- Also, the highly fit women who ended up receiving a dementia diagnosis did so at a much later stage in their lives — 11 years later, on average, than moderately fit women.
Fitbit takes a second swing at smartwatches with the $199 Versa
- At a press event in New York City, Fitbit executives were covertly wearing the new smartwatches ahead of their keynote, and it was difficult to tell the devices apart from the Apple Watches attendees had been wearing until you start looking for a digital crown.
- The features aren’t particularly exciting, especially if you’ve been following Fitbit’s products for awhile, but they’re what you’d expect from a smartwatch trying to take a bite of the wearables market that continues to aggressively grow year over year.
- The question is whether the lower-priced Versa will help Fitbit regain some of its steam in the smartwatch market, having just ceded the title of number one US wearable maker to Apple and coming off a disappointing holiday earnings report.
How Would An “Exercise Pill” Actually Work?
- We’re all aware of the benefits that come from exercising regularly, and while a lot of us enjoy a good run in the park, there are just as many people in the world to which this pleasure is denied, whether it’s because of health conditions, mobility-limitations, or age.
- Thinking about them, or perhaps about the many couch potatoes out there who would rather swallow a pill than wear their trainers, a group of scientists have developed a commercial drug that mimics the effects of exercise while eliminating the need to run a mile three times a week.
- Evans and Tavassoli are aware that both compounds could be abused by athletes if they’re ever approved and sold for commercial use; the World Anti-Doping Agency has already banned 516 to prevent further abuse.
5 tips for dealing with urinary incontinence
- Medical News Today detail the best strategies to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and retrain your bladder, as well as lifestyle changes that you can make to ensure your symptoms of urinary incontinence are a thing of the past.
- Pelvic floor exercises, which are sometimes known as Kegel exercises, aim to strengthen your muscles to support your organs, improve bladder control, and prevent urine leakage.
- Practicing the combined program on a video game console led to a decrease in daily urine leakage in women over the age of 65 years, compared with the pelvic muscle floor program alone.
- After menopause, physical therapy involving pelvic floor muscle exercises has also been found to dramatically reduced urine leaks by 75 percent in women with urinary incontinence and osteoporosis.
- Regularly practicing yoga might also help to strengthen pelvic floor muscles that support the bladder and safeguard from incontinence.
How fasting boosts exercise's effects on endurance
- As expected, the results showed that the mice that exercised daily (the EX and EXADF groups) performed better in endurance tests than the two groups that did not exercise at all (CTRL and ADF).
- However, the ADF mice that exercised daily (the EXADF group) had better endurance — that is, they could run farther and last longer — than the daily exercise mice that were allowed to eat what they wanted (the EX group).
- The results showed that the effect of ADF was to "shift fuel preference" in muscles toward fatty acids and away from carbohydrates, and it also "enhanced endurance" in the ADF mice that exercised (EXADF).
- Instead, the increased endurance in the exercising ADF mice (EXADF group) compared with the unrestricted eating exercising mice (EX group) came from a reduction in their respiratory exchange ratio, or the ratio of CO2 produced to O2 consumed.