Heart disease patients improve their odds. With growing research supporting the long-term health benefits of meditation, doctors may soon be prescribing the practice as a means of stress reduction for patients with heart disease.
Weight training has many benefits. Warding off metabolic syndrome may be one of them, suggests a recent study.
Part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the study set out to determine (1) how many adults lift weights regularly and (2) the impact of weight training on the prevalence and risk of metabolic syndrome. The findings, reported in the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research (2012; 26 , 3113–17), included data on 5,618 adults aged 20 and older from 1999–2004. Here are some takeaways:
In last month’s issue, it was reported that only a small portion of the population walks for extended periods on a regular basis. According to researchers from Spain, women should take up the activity to reduce stroke potential.
People with heart disease are at higher risk for cognitive impairment, providing more evidence of the interconnection between our physical and mental health. Mayo Clinic researchers found that in a study of more than 2,719 people aged 70–89, those with heart disease—especially women—were more likely to experience mild cognitive impairment, exemplified by problems with language, thinking and judgment.
Study findings appeared in JAMA Neurology
(2013; doi: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2013.607).
client: Ray | personal trainer: Julie Lombardo, owner, Sweet Success Personal Training | location: Chino Hills, California
Making the switch. In 2005, now 80-year-old Ray suffered a hemorrhagic stroke that resulted in numbness on the left side of his body. Interested in improving function and fitness, he sought the guidance of physical therapists. Eventually, he was forced to give up treatment because his insurance coverage had reached its maximum.
An adaptive group yoga program for stroke survivors has the potential to improve balance, reduce fear of falling and improve quality of life, according to a new study.
Chronic stroke patients are those who survive a stroke for more than 6 months. Studies show that 83% of people who have had a stroke will experience balance problems and 73% are likely to experience a fall. Current clinical practice guidelines from 2005 recommend balance training for people with poststroke balance impairment; however, no specific balance training recommendations are available.
For heart disease patients who also struggle with depression, exercise may offer as much relief from depressive symptoms as do prescription drugs, say researchers from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.
Client: George | Personal Trainer: Valentin, owner, Pilates Body by Valentin | Location: Dublin, CA
Weighty issues. George first began working with Valentin in 2006. “He came to me when he was at his maximum weight,” she recalls. “He was waddling around with a pair of bad knees and needed to get the strength to do activities of daily living.”
In the July–August issue of IDEA Fitness Journal, we reported on a study that found participation in endurance activities like marathons was not harmful to health. A new study suggests the opposite may be true.
Various research organizations suggest specific amounts of weekly physical activity for losing and managing weight and improving health. A study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (2011; 43 , 1884–90) says that men who do at least 3 hours of vigorous-intensity exercise per week can reduce myocardial infarction (MI) risk by as much as 22%.