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"The study found that 30 minutes of light physical activity per day lowered mortality risk by 12 percent while an additional 30 minutes of moderate activity, such as bicycling at a leisurely pace or brisk walking, exhibited a 39 percent lower risk."
A study by University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found women over age 65 who engaged in regular light physical activity had a reduction in the risk of mortality.
The good news in this study is that positive benefits were found in women who didn't meet the recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise. A benefit of lifespan extension was found in women who simply remained active by going about their daily tasks, like walking to the mailbox.
A greater benefit was seen in women who also participated in light daily activity, such as walking.
Researchers from Australia's National Institute of Complementary Medicine at Western Sydney University and the Division of Psychology and Mental Health at the University of Manchester in the UK examined the effects of aerobic exercise on a region of the brain called the hippocampus, which is critical for memory and other brain functions.
This study is the first of its kind because this type of brain research is typically done with rats and mice.
However, in this study, researchers reviewed 14 clinical trials which examined the brain scans of 737 people before and after aerobic exercise programs or in control conditions.
Participants either used stationary cycling, walking, and treadmill running as their aerobic exercise.
The results showed that while exercise had no effect on total hippocampal volume, it did significantly increase the size of the left region of the hippocampus in humans.
"When you exercise you produce a chemical called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which may help to prevent age-related decline by reducing the deterioration of the brain," Mr Firth said.
"Our data showed that, rather than actually increasing the size of the hippocampus per se, the main 'brain benefits' are due to aerobic exercise slowing down the deterioration in brain size. In other words, exercise can be seen as a maintenance program for the brain."
Push ups and sit ups could add years to your life according to a new study of over 80,000 adults led by the University of Sydney.
In this interesting study, researchers studied a large population and found that participation in any strength-promoting exercise was associated with a 23 percent reduction in all-cause mortality and a 31 percent reduction in cancer mortality.
Wow! And the great news is, it doesn't have to be done in a gym with weights. Simply using your own body as resistance weight with exercises like sit-ups, push-ups and lunges, can reap the same results.
So, add a few sets of these body weight exercises into your weekly routine. Combined with a weekly waking habit, you are not only possibly extending your life span, but you feel better physically and emotionally, too, and enjoy all the benefits that exercise can bring.
How fast would you say you walk? New research shows that it is a predictor of heart-related death.
In a study published in the European Heart Journal, researchers collected data between 2006 and 2010 by the UK Biobank from nearly half a million middle-aged people across the UK. 420,727 people were included in the research because they were free from cancer and heart disease at the time of collecting their information.
The data showed that self-reported Slow walkers were around twice as likely to have a heart-related death compared to brisk walkers.
They also found that self-reported walking pace was a good indicator of exercise tolerance, which is related to physical fitness. So, those who said they were slow walkers weren't as physically fit as those who said they were brisk walkers.
This study can help healthcare providers when assessing patients. If the patient says they are a slow walker, then that may mean they have a low tolerance for exercise, aren't physically fit and are more likely to have a heart-related death.
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