Entries Tagged as Exercise

Walking Combats Bad Habits and Boosts Creativity

The New York Times reported that two new studies indicate that “walking at least 12,000 steps a day effectively wiped out all of the disagreeable changes wrought” by consuming 75 grams of fructose in two sodas per day. The second of these studies published this month in The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “focused on blood-sugar responses to fructose and activity, and found equally striking changes among the young people when they didn’t move much.

In another study, Stanford researchers found that walking boosts creative inspiration. They examined creativity levels of people while they walked versus while they sat. A person's creative output increased by an average of 60 percent when walking.

The Summer Blog Edition

Go to to see the latest video (yes, I am in it sharing some sectrets you do not want to miss), summer recipes and more. Below is our Summer Newsletter with more helpful tips of how to enjoy the summer produce.

Watermelon and Exercise

l-Citrulline, an amino acid shown in previous studies to reduce muscle soreness, is found abundantly in watermelons, as well as certain squashes, cucumbers, and other melons.  Martha P. Tarazona-Díaz, from the  Universidad Politecnica de Cartagena  (Spain), and colleagues found thatthat: “watermelon juices helped to reduce the recovery heart rate and muscle soreness in athletes after 24 h.”

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Tai Chi Linked to Reduced Mortality

A form of mind-body exercise that originated in ancient China, tai chi combines slow motion exercise and mind concentration to focus on movement.  Xianglan Zhang, from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (Tennessee, USA), and colleagues studied data collected on over 61,000 middle-aged and elderly men in Shanghai, China.  Researchers tracked their health and lifestyle for more than five years: nearly 22,000 participants reported that they exercised at least once a week, and the rest were considered non-exercisers.  Factoring in the men's age, health conditions and whether they smoked, exercise was tied to a 20% lower likelihood of dying. 

Hipocrates, the Greek Goddes Iris and You

What Hipocrates and the Greek Goddes Iris have to do with you? Watch the video to find out.

Health Hazards of Modern Living

Another powerful study on the effect of physical activity (note: no streneous work or exercise!) on ones health. A number of previous studies conducted in developed countries show a relationship between higher levels of physical activity and lower risks of cardiovascular disease.  In a case-control study of 10,043 cases of first myocardial infarction (heart attack) and 14,217 controls who did not report previous angina or physical disability, Claes Held, from Uppsala University (Sweden), and colleagues assessed leisure-time and occupational physical activity. 

Fitness Levels, Healthy Weight May Be Independently Linked To Reduced Heart Risks

A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, maintaining fitness levels, as well as maintaining a healthy weight, may both be independently linked to a reduced risk of developing certain heart risk factors. Investigators followed more than 3,100 individuals. The researchers found that "individuals who maintained or improved their fitness levels had a 26% and 28% lower risk of developing hypertension, a 42% and 52% lower risk of developing metabolic syndrome, and a 26% and 30% lower risk of developing elevated levels of LDL cholesterol, respectively." The investigators also found that, "for those subjects who got fatter in follow-up, as measured by percentage of body fat, they had a 26%, 71%, and 48% higher risk of developing hypertension, metabolic syndrome, and hypercholesterolemia, respectively, when compared with individuals who lost weight." 

J Am Coll Cardiol, 2012; 59:665-672

Another New Year's Resolution

Take a good look at this bike. Yes, it looks cool but what is more important is that it is so much fun that you will want to ride it all the time. And this is good for your health and the enviroment. Who knows, you may save the Earth riding in style! Do not miss ththis VIDEO. Available also in HD at VIMEO.

Hormone Produced By Exercise May Help Control Obesity, Blood Sugar Levels

Irisin is a hormone which is found naturally  in muscle cells...rises during exercise, converting white fat into brown fat, a substance whose primary function is to generate body heat." When irisin was injected "into obese, pre-diabetic mice, the animals lost weight and their blood sugar levels improved." Researchers suggested that this finding "may lead to treatments for obesity and diabetes, as well as other disorders where exercise may benefit patients who are too weak to engage in it."

Since making irisin pills is still only an idea, you are better off making your muscles produce more of it. Plus, a pill will not tone your muscles and you will not look good. 

Get Off Your Butt!

Research published in the American Journal Of Physiology-Cell Physiology found that the pressure put on areas of the body used for sitting or lying down produces up to 50 per cent more fat in those parts. And "even those with healthy diet and exercise habits will be affected if they spend long periods sitting behind a desk."  Dr. Jim Levine of the Mayo Clinic found obese people sit an average two and a half hours more each day than thinner people." The story concludes: "Take some pressure off your own bottom line and stand up

Age Related Memory Decline

A recent study published in the journal “Nature“ 2011; 476 : 210 – 3, clearly demonstrates that memory declines starting from mid-age and progressing into older age. The authors (Wang, et al) measured neuronal firing rate of neurons (brain cells) as an expression of these cells’ activity in monkeys. Almost any daily activity requires the temporary retention of some type of information (working memory). Working memory is critically important for a variety of cognitive functions including language comprehension, reasoning, decision making and planning. So anything that will help prevent or at least delay age associated memory decline can benefit anybody above the age of thirty. Pharmacological interventions are being investigated. In the mean time, there are several recent studies that show that cognitive training and a variety of exercises are very effective in slowing down age associated memory decline.

Living Long - It is All in the Genes... almost

In a recently published study, the authors interviewed people living independently at ages 95 to 109, and asked them to recall things such as their weight, height, alcohol consumption, smoking and their physical activity at age 70; they were also asked whether they ate a low-calorie, low-fat or low-salt diet at that age. What they found may surprise you.

July 4th, 2011 - a day to remember!

It happens about once every 25 years - a great skiing season that extends all the way to July. As a believer in Lifestyle In Motion, I could not miss this opportunity. There was a great deal of pessimism when we decided to go skiing on July 3. The temperature while we were driving was over 100 F (38 C). However, great time was had by all. Some people felt strange skiing in shorts and t shirts but let me assure you - it is much more comfortable than with 3 layers of winter clothes. And no gloves! Check out the video.

Some of us value freedom more than others because at some point of our lives we have been deprived of it. Fourth of July is not only a memmory of the stirring events of 1776. It is a symbol of freedom. In the words of John Adams ...

Skiing At 82!!!

As a part of a documentary I am working on, titled "Age Wisdom", recently I went skiing with a friend of mine who is 82. I srapped a POV camera on my head and we skied at Squa Valley anything from untracked powder to corn snow. This guy is amazing. By the way, he also bikes 20 miles a day and surfs. My doc is not finished yet but this is very inspirational, so I decided to share some of the footage with you. Watch VIDEO.

Exercise May Diminish Negative Impact Of High-Salt Diet On Blood Pressure

High salt diet is known as the "silent killer". This is because it leads to hypertension (high blood pressure), a condition which may go undetected until it presents itself as a heart attack or a stroke. And it is not the salt you use to season your meals at home; rather, it is the enormous amounts of salt present in every day foods you buy - bread, butter, anything in a jar or can, The salt in fast foods is truly dangerous to your health. Even reputable chefs use too much salt to satisfy your palete. Lifestyle plays a major role in offsetting the danger of hypertension including the consumption of too much salt. A new study presented at the American Heart Association serves as a further confirmation.

Exercise and Sex

According to research Share to FacebookShare to Twitter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  "people who don't exercise on a regular basis, and then have episodes of intense exercise or sex are more likely to experience a heart attack or die suddenly than those who are more active."

Outdoor Activities Promote Well-Being

Revitalizing one’s mental and emotional health may be just a few footsteps away.  Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry (United Kingdom) researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 11 clinical studies involving 833 adult subjects, each of which assessed the effects of outdoor exercise initiatives against indoor activities and reported at least one physical or mental well-being outcome.   The team found that most of studies involving outdoor-located  activities correlated to improvements in mental well-being: compared with exercising indoors, exercising in natural environments was associated with greater feelings of revitalization, increased energy and positive engagement, together with decreases in tension, confusion, anger and depression. Participants also reported greater enjoyment and satisfaction with outdoor activity and stated that they were more likely to repeat the activity at a later date.  The team observes that:  “[These findings add] significant weight to the case for spending more time in the natural environment as members of the public and their clinicians fight to counteract the negative outcomes of modern living, such as obesity and depression.”

Walking Decreases the Risk of Diabetes

Those who walk more not only promote their overall physical and mental wellness, but may prevent or delay the onset of diabetes as well.

The World Cup and You

If you have not watched over the last month the FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association ) World Cup from South Africa, you have missed many outstanding games, great individual and team performances as well as plenty of drama. The final is tomorrow, so you have one last chance to get a taste of the most significant sports event in the world. Otherwise you will have to wait until the next World Cup in four years. Why football (soccer in the US) should be important to you? Read More >>




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