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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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Strength training with a spotter

Presence of Spotter Improves Bench Press Performance

December 18, 2019

New research shows that the presence of a spotter during bench press training is enough to improve training performance by reducing perceived exertion and enhancing feelings of self-efficacy. Leeds Beckett University researchers from the Centre for Human Performance in Leeds, England, conducted the study to better understand why exercisers perform better in the presence of personal
trainers, coaches or training partners.

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Exercise And Mindfulness Reduce Colds

December 9, 2019

In addition to getting a flu shot, you may want to exercise or meditate consistently to help protect yourself against winter colds and flus. New research shows that simple preventive measures like engaging in daily physical activity or mindfulness meditation may be almost as effective as a flu vaccine for lowering the odds of succumbing…

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Motivational Music and Interval Training

October 15, 2019

Get your high-energy playlists ready. Sedentary male and female adult participants worked harder and enjoyed cycling sprint intervals more when listening to motivational music with a tempo of 135–140 beats per minute as opposed to no music or an informational podcast, researchers reported in Psychology of Sport & Exercise (2019; 45 [101547]).

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Exercise Reduces Colon Cancer Growth

October 15, 2019

Colon cancer cell growth slows immediately after a HIIT session, according to a pilot study published in the Journal of Physiology (2019; 597 [8], 2177ÔÇô84). More physical activity is linked with a lower death risk for people with colorectal cancer.

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Significance of Kids’ Fitness

October 15, 2019

Fitness pros may want to put more emphasis on kids’ fitness to ensure that more adults choose an active lifestyle and become fitness enthusiasts.

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