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Older Adults Dodge Physical Disability by Remaining Physically Active

A new, first-of-its-kind study proves daily physical activity can mean the difference between older adults’ abilities to keep their independence versus becoming housebound. University of Florida researchers found seniors who engaged in moderate physical activity were 28 percent less likely to permanently lose their ability to walk easily compared to inactive older adults.

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Postmenopausal Women of All Fitness Levels Who Spend Too Much Idle Time at Increased Risk for Premature Death

Postmenopausal women who spend most of their days sitting or resting are doing themselves far more harm than good, according to a new study.

Cornell University researchers studied 93,000 postmenopausal American women. They found women with the highest amounts of sedentary time, which researchers defined as sitting and resting, but not including sleep, died […]

Physical Therapy Shown to Help Parkinson’s Disease Patients Stay Active

Parkinson’s disease, the second most common degenerative brain disorder after Alzheimer’s disease, can greatly affect a person’s ability to move and remain active in daily life. Physical therapy has been shown to help patients remain physically active, and programs designed specifically for Parkinson’s disease patients might delay disease progression.

Parkinson’s disease patients lose nerve […]

Walking Briskly for One Hour a Day Cuts Genetic Effect of Obesity in Half

What you do and don’t do affects your genetic tendency toward obesity, according to a new study presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2012 Scientific Sessions.

For example, researchers found that people can cut the genetic effect of obesity in half by walking briskly for an hour […]