Common Irregular Heartbeat May Hamper Seniors’ Walking Ability

Older adults who develop atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm irregularity, may be more prone to walking problems — including reduced speed, strength and balance, a new study suggests. The physical decline associated with atrial fibrillation was equivalent to about four years of aging, the researchers said. “Atrial fibrillation is a serious disease that can…

Intensive Exercise a Fountain of Youth for Aging Muscles

One key to keeping muscles young is as close as the nearest gym, researchers say. “High-level” exercise appears to help keep older people’s muscles young at the cellular level, the Canadian study finds. “Exercise is definitely an important contributor to functional performance,” and even non-athletes can benefit from workouts, study lead author Geoff Power, of…

8 Phrases a Nutritionist Would Love to Never Hear Again

As a nutritionist, I’m pretty much the ideal audience for people who want to talk about how they eat – or at least that’s what everyone thinks. It’s sort of like when you meet a dentist at a party and you can’t help but ask for his or her advice on how to treat your…

Finding Wellness on a Surfboard

Surfing is about more than just standing up. A killer core, cardio and strength workout, the paddling and pop-ups push new and old – and not just in the physical sense. As it turns out, surfing functions as a life and wellness tool in and out of the water. Like yoga, surfing embodies a holistic…

Health Tip: Need a Time-Out From Athletic Training?

Training for an athletic event can push your body to its limits, so it’s important to know when to back off. The American Council on Exercise mentions these warning signs that you’re overdoing it: It’s very difficult to get through your entire routine. You’re always in pain, sore, sluggish or fatigued. You’re having strong cravings…

Exercise May Counter Harms From Too Much Sitting, Study Says

Regular exercise helps counteract the harmful health effects of too much sitting, a new British study suggests. “This research is significant because it demonstrates yet again why physical activity and exercise is so important. It shows that people who spend large amounts of time not moving, either through work, leisure or lifestyle, can counteract some…

Too Much Sitting May Shorten Your Life, Study Suggests

Get off your duff: A new study finds that sitting less may extend your life. Brazilian researchers who analyzed data from 54 countries linked sitting for more than three hours a day to 3.8 percent of deaths from all causes. Limiting sitting time to less than three hours a day would increase a person’s life…

Health Tip: Exercise for a Healthier Heart

It’s common knowledge that exercise helps you shed pounds. But it also can help your heart. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says exercise: Boosts lung function and makes your heart stronger, allowing more oxygen-rich blood to be pumped throughout your body. Reduces the risk of plaque formation inside your arteries, which can lead…

Schools in Most States Skimp on Phys Ed, Study Finds

Most states don’t provide students with enough physical education, a new report finds. Just 19 states require elementary school students to take physical education classes for a set amount of time, and only 15 set minimum rules for middle school students. Only Oregon and the District of Columbia require the amount of physical education time…

The 6 Best Yoga Poses You Can Do at Your Desk

Researchers say our chair culture is literally killing us. And they might be right: Because most of us sit at desks in front of computer screens for hours, many of us are in debilitating, chronic back pain frombad posture. What’s more, tilting your head to hold your phone strains your neck and can create permanent…