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COVID-19: Early Symptoms of Infection Vary

By Kate Watson / September 2, 2021

With COVID-19, early symptoms of infection vary among age groups and between men and women. That’s the conclusion of a paper that appeared recently in The Lancet Digital Health. The biggest differences occur between older adults (60 and over) and younger people (16–59 ). However, the first signs of illness also vary between women and men. Researchers from…

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Woman performing Pilates training on a reformer.

Pilates Training Is a Game-Changer

By Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA / August 19, 2021

Strong evidence shows that Pilates training is an effective conditioning method for healthy individuals, particularly those wanting to increase core stability. Furthermore, Pilates can be a game-changer for athletes. Benefits of Pilates Training Here’s a quick look at some of the evidence-based benefits of this style of exercise: Builds Muscular Strength and Endurance Multiple studies…

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Enjoyable exercise can lift mood and improve neuroplasticity in adults.

Exercise Boosts Neuroplasticity, Helping Depression

By Kate Watson / August 12, 2021

In studying physical activity’s effect on depression, researchers from Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany found that exercise simultaneously lifts mood and boosts neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to change. It is neuroplasticity that lets us adapt to challenges and learn new processes. With its key findings, this research provides further evidence that physical activity benefits the brain. The…

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Diverse group doing tai chi outdoors.

Tai Chi Is Good for Older Adults

By Cody Sipe, PhD / July 8, 2021

Why tai chi? These Chinese movement patterns have been around for centuries. In recent years, study after study has proven their benefits—particularly for older exercisers—yet most fitness professionals seem to know little about the practice. That’s too bad, because just about any fitness client can learn tai chi, and any fitness professional can teach it.…

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Two male friends jogging in a forest.

Why the Benefits of Exercise Vary

By Kate Watson / July 1, 2021

We know that everyone can experience the benefits of exercise, but it has remained unclear why different people may respond to the same exercise program in different ways. The mechanistic links between physical fitness and general health have also been unclear. “While groups as a whole benefit from exercise, the variability in responses between any…

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Muscle Cramps? Find Out Why

By Len Kravitz, PhD / September 11, 2019

Muscle cramps can stop athletes in their tracks. Although they usually self-extinguish within seconds or minutes, the abrupt, harsh, involuntary muscle contractions can cause mild-to-severe agony and immobility, often accompanied by knotting of the affected muscle (Minetto et al. 2013). And cramps are common; 50%–60% of healthy people suffer muscle cramps during exercise, sleep or pregnancy or after vigorous physical exertion (Giuriato et al. 2018).

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Fitness Motivation Research and Reality

By Len Kravitz, PhD / December 8, 2010

Although the list of exercise benefits is impressive, it is apparent that just hearing about them does not assure consistent exercise compliance in most individuals. Regular exercise is a complex, multifactorial behavior that fitness professionals and scientists need to understand better in order to help clients stay active and healthy.

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