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Physical Activity and Competition

Add Competition to Boost Benefits of Wearables

December 18, 2019

If you use wearables with clients, consider adding competitive challenges to improve results. University of Pennsylvania and Deloitte Consulting LLP researchers found that simply giving wearables to people in the workplace did not increase physical activity; the key was to add fun and competition.

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Cycling and virtual reality

Virtual Reality and Indoor Cycling

December 18, 2019

Indoor cyclists who wore virtual-reality headsets experienced less leg-muscle pain during brief, high-intensity intervals than cyclists who wore headsets showing static images, according to a study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (2019; 51 [10], 2088–97).

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Older adults building muscle mass

Building Muscle Mass at Any Age

December 18, 2019

Here’s motivating news for older adults and those who train them. New research shows that older men, even in their 80s, can build muscle mass regardless of training background.

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Outdoor Mindful Movements

Outdoor Mindful Movement Training

December 18, 2019

Ready to give your mindful movement activities an additional boost? Look for ways to take them outdoors. Findings from a systematic review published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2019; 16 [17], pii E3202) showed that nature-based mindfulness activities have positive mind, body and social effects.

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Physical activity good for longer life span

Any Amount of Exercise is Good

December 18, 2019

Another study adds to growing evidence that any amount of physical activity is linked with living longer and that prolonged sitting is bad for health. Study authors support the message to “sit less—move more and more often” to promote health.

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