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Chair Yoga Improves Quality of Life for Adults With Dementia

February 25, 2020

Dementia, the fifth-leading cause of death for Americans over 65, affected 5 million American adults in 2014, with numbers growing annually. Psychotropic drugs are often prescribed as therapy, but side effects include dizziness and a higher risk of falls. In the United States, polypharmacy is also an issue for this age group, with more than 44% of men and over 57% of women currently taking five or more medications. Ironically, a side effect of polypharmacy is cognitive impairment.

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Tai Chi

Personalized Tai Chi

February 25, 2020

Are customized routines really better than a standard protocol? One recent study posed this question in reference to tai chi: Is it better to offer a standard tai chi sequence or to individualize moves to a person’s needs?

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Hip fractures

Hip Fracture Risks and Postmenopausal Women

February 25, 2020

Hip fractures have serious consequences, including an increased risk of death within the first year following the accident. Findings from a recent study offer good news on the benefits of physical activity for postmenopausal women.

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Skill based training for cognitive health

Skill-Based Exercise for Cognitive Health

February 25, 2020

These days, we hear a lot about the cognitive benefits of exercise. A recent research review examined 72 studies (including literature reviews and meta-analytic reviews) to clarify the relationship between exercise and cognition.

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Aquatic Walking Benefits

Aquatic Walking Benefits

January 28, 2020

Water exercise is a great alternative to treadmill or outdoor walking for people who experience discomfort when training on land.

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Exercise for Cancer

Exercise as Medicine in Cancer Care

January 28, 2020

Serving cancer survivors is another area in which exercise is being acknowledged as an important part of the healthcare continuum. New guidelines, developed by an international group of experts, advise people living with cancer to avoid inactivity.

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Gender equality and spotters

Gender Equality Among Spotters

January 28, 2020

A spotter’s gender does not influence bench press performance during a 1-RM testing protocol, according to a 2019 report in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (2019; doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000003156) This is true whether the weightlifter is male or female.

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Cold weather training

Cold-Weather Clothing Training Impact

January 28, 2020

State-of-the-art cold-weather protective clothing adds a metabolic cost from the extra weight, independent of thermal effects, and you may not need bulk to optimize comfort and warmth, according to a study published in Applied Ergonomics (2020; 82, 102956).

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health and wellness coaching

Health and Wellness Coaching Approved as Healthcare Service

January 27, 2020

Health and wellness coaching has hit an important professional milestone. The AMA has officially recognized the role of health and wellness coaches as nonphysician healthcare professionals by approving procedural codes for tracking health and well-being coaching services. This means that health and wellness coaches who are certified by either the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) or by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc. are recognized as Category III healthcare professionals.

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Dogs and Physical Activity

Dogs Help People Get Active

January 17, 2020

In a review of 10 studies—published between 1950 and 2019—that included 3.8 million people, researchers found that dog owners had a 24% lower risk of dying than nonowners during follow-up periods averaging 10 years.

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