Health and Fitness News - Exercise
A combined program of meditation and exercise can reduce depression, according to a Rutgers study. Scientists say learning new cognitive skills can help reduce overwhelming negative thoughts.
Small amounts of physical activity, including standing, are associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. The American College of Cardiology Sports and Exercise Cardiology Council found that moderate and vigorous intensity exercise significantly lower mortality risk in different populations around the globe.
Short bursts of high-intensity exercise improved cholesterol, blood sugar and weight among Type 2 diabetes patients more than 30 minutes of sustained, lower-intensity exercise. Burst exercise patients experienced more than a two-fold greater improvement in HbA1c levels which is a measure of blood sugar levels and greater reductions in body mass index.
In a review article highlighting the results of more than a hundred recent human and animal studies, findings show that aerobic exercise is important for getting a head start during childhood on cognitive abilities that are important throughout life. For example, physical inactivity is associated with poorer academic performance and results on standard neuropsychological tests, while exercise programs appear to improve memory, attention, and decision-making. These effects also extend to young and elderly adults, with solid evidence for aerobic training benefiting executive functions, including multi-tasking, planning, and inhibition, and increasing the volume of brain structures important for memory.