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Lifting weights ‘protects the brain from long-term degeneration’

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By: theage.com.au Lifting weights can help protect the brain from degeneration, and its benefits last for many months after training, according to Australian research. A study by University of Sydney researchers has found that the areas of the brain affected by Alzheimer’s disease are protected for one year after training. The research, published in NeuroImage: Clinical, found that six months of strength …

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How Even a Little Sleep Loss Hinders Your Athletic Performance

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by: health.clevelandclinic.org Losing sleep reduces motivation and momentum You know you aren’t at your best when you don’t get enough sleep, right? Tired, cranky, forgetful, stressed — does that sound like you after losing some sleep? But shorting yourself on sleep takes a toll on more than just your mood. It can hurt your athletic performance too. And getting extra sleep …

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Is It Better to Do Cardio Before or After Weight Training?

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By: runnersworld.com The answer depends on what you hope to get out of your workout. Where do you head first when you get to the gym: the treadmill or the weight rack? Chances are, you prefer one over the other—and we’re guessing it’s the treadmill. But there are times you might want to add strength training into your workout. And while deciding …

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WHEN CAN YOU START RUNNING AFTER HAVING A BABY?

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Women’s Health by Exercise Right “When can I start running after having a baby?”. It’s a question asked by many postnatal women, and the answer isn’t always a simple one. If you’re keen to get back to pounding the pavement, we’re here to help. We asked Accredited Exercise Physiologist and women’s health expert, Esme Soan, to break it down for us. SO, …

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Fitness takes hard work to gain, but how fast does it fade?

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By: abc.net.au Use it or lose it. It may well be something you’ve heard a million times before. But when it comes to your fitness, it’s well worth remembering. If instant gratification is your thing, exercise can be a drag. It’s not something you do once, then sit back and reap a lifetime of rewards. Those rewards only come with …

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How Exercise Heals

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By: Susan Gaines, experiencelife.com Regular physical activity can help us recover more quickly, heal more easily, and get an edge over all kinds of disease and injury. In fact, exercise my just be nature’s best medicine. Want a stronger heart, a more alert mind and a better sex life? Would you like to be better equipped to combat cancer and …

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New studies find that exercising at different times of the day brings different benefits

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By: thenewdaily.com.au Three new studies find exercising at particular times of the day can suppress hunger, and have positive effects on cognitive performance, metabolism and energy expenditure. They add further to the idea that exercise can be tailored to the clock to attain specific results. Research from the University of Copenhagen finds that the circadian clock – the mechanism that governs …

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Physical Activity and Longevity: Which Sport Is Best?

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By: Medscape.com, Tom G. Bartol, MN, NP Are All Physical Activities Equally Beneficial? Physical activity is good for health, but does it matter which activity a person engages in? New evidence suggests that it does, and we have a winner. Investigators analyzed data from the long-term Copenhagen City Heart Study.This prospective population cohort study, initiated in 1976, followed 8577 white …

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Increased muscle mass improves response to cancer treatment

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By: oncologynews.com.au As far back as Ancient Greece, a sculptured physique has been heralded as the pinnacle of physical perfection. But now, researchers from Japan have found that increased muscle mass doesn’t just make you look good, it could literally save your life. In a study published in Scientific Reports, researchers from Osaka University have revealed that sarcopenia, or the loss …

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IS RESISTANCE TRAINING BETTER THAN AEROBIC EXERCISE FOR IMPROVING BODY COMPOSITION?

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By: fitgreystrong.com It is often assumed that the best type of exercise – for treating obesity and therefore reducing current widespread levels of societal adiposity – is to preferentially increase aerobic or cardiorespiratory physical activity rather than resistance exercise or training. This assumption is based on the premise that aerobic-based exercise substantially increases total daily energy expenditure (TDEE) compared to …