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Tai Chi Improve Respiratory Function for Those with COPD.

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients who engaged in a twelve-week tai chi intervention experienced similar improvements on the Saint Georges Respiratory Questionnaire—a standard measure of health status for patients with airway obstruction—as patients in a traditional pulmonary rehabilitation program.
Chest, March 2018

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Yoga and Exercise Help Atrial Fibrillation Patients.

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Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a condition that causes a rapid and irregular heartbeat, which can lead to cardiovascular events like stroke and heart failure. A systemic review of studies published in over 1,800 journals concluded that both yoga and moderate physical exercise can help patients manage the symptoms associated with AF and improve their overall quality of life.
American Journal of Cardiology, February 2018

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Encourage Teens to Play Organized Sports.

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Previous research has demonstrated that individuals with poor fitness levels as they enter adulthood have an increased risk for a number of negative health outcomes. In this study, researchers found that teens who participated in organized sports during late adolescence had higher fitness levels at age 19 than their peers who did not. The authors conclude, “From a health perspective, in terms of [cardiorespiratory fitness], the findings highlight the importance of encouraging adolescents to participate in organized sport and to ...

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Exercise Reduces Recurrent Fall Risk.

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New research suggests that engaging in regular physical activity can protect seniors from falls. In this study, investigators found that older adults who exercise are 39% less likely to experience recurrent falls than their more sedentary peers.
Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, March 2018

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Is Exercise an Antidote for Aging?

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Exercise may be the best option to counter the physical effects of aging. In this study, investigators assessed both female and male cyclists, aged 55 to 79, and found that compared with non-exercisers, the cyclists did not exhibit age-related muscle mass or strength loss, they did not experience age-related increases in body fat or cholesterol levels, and their immune system was as robust as that of a younger person. Researcher Dr. Janet Lord writes, “Our research means we now have ...

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