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Staying Active May Add Years to One’s Life.

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Among a group of nearly 1,500 Brazilian seniors, researchers found that those with the highest daily physical activity levels were more likely to survive the following five years than the most sedentary participants.

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, October 2019

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E-Bikes Can Provide a Worthwhile Workout.

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Pedal-assist bikes (also known as e-bikes) can provide basically the same level of workout as regular bikes. In this study, researchers pitted e-bikes against regular bikes on a six-mile test loop and found that riders were able to enter the vigorous-intensity zone for target heart rate on both types of bike, even though the average heart rate for e-bike riders was about ten beats per minute lower. Study author Dr. Cougar Hall writes, “This study could be a critical catalyst ...

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Health Benefits of Yoga

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Yoga is generally a safe way to increase physical activity that is linked to several health benefits. According to current research, yoga may reduce stress, relieve anxiety, help manage depression, improve quality of life in those with chronic conditions or acute illnesses, stimulate brain function, and help prevent heart disease.

Medical News Today, September 2019

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Exercise Helps Cancer Patients Ward Off Heart Damage from Chemotherapy.

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An article recently published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology notes that cancer treatment can impair heart function and structure, which can cause or accelerate the development of cardiovascular disease. Because of this, the article recommends that individuals under treatment for cancer should be given a tailored exercise prescription to protect their heart based on their history, cancer treatment, response to exercise, and personal preferences. Author Dr. Flavio D’Ascenzi adds, “Physical activity before, during, and after cancer treatment can ...

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Chair Yoga Benefits Those with Advanced Dementia.

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For seniors with moderate to severe dementia who are unable to participate in regular exercise due to cognitive impairment, problems with balance, or fear of falling, new research suggests that engaging in a chair-based yoga program can improve both mental health and quality of life.

American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias, October 2019

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