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May 11, 2017

Increasing Kids' Exercise Levels Will Improve Our Nation's Bottom Line

We've known for awhile that is important for our children to be physically active. So I'm happy to see this study that puts a price tag on it.

In this study, increasing the percentage of elementary school children in the United States who participate in 25 minutes of physical activity three times a week from 32 percent to 50 percent would avoid $21.9 billion in medical costs and lost wages over the course of their lifetimes, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests.

I hope that this encourages educators and legislators to invest more time in physical education funds for elementary schools. It has been cut from the budget in too many schools.

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May 04, 2017

Can We Increase Athletic Endurance With A Pill?

In a recent study, researchers were able to increase the aerobic endurance of mice with a pill. They gave the mice a chemical compound called GW1516 (GW).

The mice that were given the drug were able to run 70% longer than those who did not take the drug.

In addition to having increased endurance, mice who were given the drug were also resistant to weight gain and more responsive to insulin than the mice who were not on the drug.

Weiwei Fan, a Salk research associate and the paper's first author says, "It means you can improve endurance to the equivalent level as someone in training, without all of the physical effort."

I'm a firm believer in good old-fashioned exercise. The importance of living an active lifestyle go way beyond the physical benefits. There are emotional and mental benefits as well.

On the other hand, there are many people who are unable to lose weight and this drug could provide health benefits, prong lives and reduce medical costs.

What are your thoughts?

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Apr 26, 2017

Walking Boosts Blood Flow To Your Brain

We know that walking is good for you. It can improve your health, emotions and even your memory.

Now, new research shows that the foot's impact during walking sends pressure waves through the arteries that can significantly modify and can increase the supply of blood to the brain.

Previously this effect had been found in running but this was the first study to address walking. Researchers found hat walking still produces larger pressure waves in the body that significantly increase blood flow to the brain.

Even though the pressure waves weren't as strong as when running, they were greater than the effects seen during cycling where there is no foot impact at all.

This is interesting research that shows a direct physical effect of walking on our bodies. Fascinating!

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Apr 25, 2017

Feeling Sleepy? Take the Stairs!

A recent study in the journal Physiology and Behavior, found that 10 minutes of walking up and down stairs at a regular pace was more likely to make participants feel energized than ingesting 50 milligrams of caffeine-about the equivalent to the amount in a can of soda.

What's interesting is that after walking the stairs, participants felt more energetic and vigorous (temporarily), but this effect wasn't as strong after drinking caffeine.

This study has a lot of potential to help those who sit behind a desk every day.

I often felt the 2:00pm slump at my office job and would head off for a cup of coffee. Of course, I took the stairs to get that cup of coffee!

But this is great evidence of the beneficial effects of moving your body. Not only can it energize you, but staying active throughout the day will help to avoid "sitting disease" and the long term, chronic health problems associated with sitting too much.

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Apr 12, 2017

You've Been Tying Your Shoes All Wrong

Do your shoes come untied when you walk? There is now scientific evidence that explains why our shoelaces come untied and that the most popular method of tying our shoes, the bunny ears, is the culprit.

The researchers found that the simple act of walking is enough for a shoe to become untied. In fact, it only took two strides to become untied.

This study examined the "bunny ears" method of tying shoes which is what most of learned as children. They go on to describe a "strong knot" method that doesn't untie as quickly.

My solution is to simply double knot my shoes. I think that is easier than learning to tie my shoes a new way!

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