Lately, several research reports have shone an unfavorable spotlight on the impact of prolonged sitting on health and mortality rates.
A new study from the American Cancer Society, The Cooper Institute and the University of Texas suggests that while extended bouts of sitting can lead to health problems, regular exercise may soften the impact.
Various organizations suggest engaging in physical activity for specific amounts of time in order to improve health markers. According to the Danish Diet, Cancer and Health cohort, participation in leisure-time activity—regardless of amount of time spent—may improve mortality rates.
Studies have shown that students who are physically active tend to test better academically. Recently, researchers from the University of Madrid tested for possible associations between certain types of physical fitness—motor ability, cardiorespiratory capacity and strength—and scholastic performance.
According to a recent survey from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, health- and fitness-related self-monitoring is a popular practice among U.S. adults.
The survey, which included data from 3,014 respondents nationwide, found that 69% of adults use some form of tracking for themselves or someone they love.
Here are a few other survey tidbits:
There is no place for stereotypes in the American kitchen these days. It’s not unusual to see dad writing the grocery list, poring over recipes and wearing the apron.
According to a study just released by Edelman Berland and the Edelman Food Sector, women and men are dividing and conquering in the kitchen.
Here’s some good news for colder climate dwellers. According to new research, people who live in chillier climates may produce more brown fat.
Scientists have discovered that individuals with more brown fat tend to be leaner and have smaller sugar stores—which is why this fat is known anecdotally as “good” fat. Researchers believe that brown fat burns energy and glucose for warmth. In this current study, authors found an apparent link between brown fat and colder climates.
In another recent study of the effects of exercise on academic performance, researchers looked at how much exercise is required to enhance student attention and reading comprehension. The scientists also wanted to know if results would be different for low and high-income families.
A plethora of scientific evidence clearly
depicts how regular aerobic exercise and resistance training can help to prevent and/or manage hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes,
osteoporosis, arthritis, stress, colon cancer, abnormal cholesterol levels and depression (Kravitz 2007). More recently, research on the favorable effects of exercise and brain function has been emerging.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC 2009), by 2030 the portion of the U.S. population aged 65 and older will double to about 71 million. The growing number of older Americans will put unique demands on public health, aging services and the nation’s healthcare system. The CDC suggests that chronic diseases (e.g., cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes) place a profound health and economic burden on older adults, owing to associated long-term illness, diminished quality of life and greater healthcare costs.