Dr. Ann

Regular exercise has a rock-solid reputation for slowing the aging process and a new study points to HIT as the most effective of all. HIT stands for “high-intensity interval training” and is defined by very brief, but very vigorous bouts of aerobic activity alternating with longer intervals of light activity. For example, pedaling on a […]

March 30, 2017 • Fitness

Why You Should Stretch

Stretching or engaging in flexibility exercises is an under-appreciated and underutilized means to improve the quality of your life! Here are five reasons to do it: Less back and joint pain Superior muscle health Better athletic performance Greater range of motion Improved circulation Yoga is a great example of a flexibility practice I really enjoy. […]

February 8, 2017 • Fitness

Move to Quiet Inflammation

If you want a quick, easy and super-healthy way to douse the fire of inflammation in your body, get up and move. According to a new study from the University of California, San Diego, it seems even a small amount of physical activity delivers a significant anti-inflammatory punch. For this investigation, scientists had 47 study […]

Mounting evidence has shown that prolonged sitting is a massive driver of chronic disease risk. In a study that included over 63,000 adult males – those who sat for more than four hours a day were much more likely to have diabetes, heart disease, cancer, or high blood pressure than those who sat less than four hours […]

  Want a nifty way to boost your memory for something you’ve just learned? Exercise four hours later. In an intriguing new study scientists were able to show that exercise four hours after learning new material significantly improved retention and memory consolidation. For this study scientist had 72 study subjects learn a series of picture-location […]

  The studies confirming movement as a “magic pill” for vitality and health protection just keep rolling in. Here are two new exciting ones to get you going. In a study that was the first to evaluate the relationship between fitness, heart function and blood flow to the brain, scientists concluded that exercise at any […]

Rejoice! Just a single minute of intense movement results in health benefits on par with much, much longer periods of continuous exercise.  That was the conclusion of a new report that is fantastic news for the millions of Americans who claim they “do not have enough time to exercise.” For this evaluation  scientists assigned 27 […]

Want to add up to ten years of healthy brain function to your later life? Then be sure to exercise! In a totally inspiring new study that once again echoes the profound benefits movement has on the brain, researchers documented that older adults who regularly engaged in moderate to intense physical activity like jogging or […]

Metabolism is the process by which your body uses fuel provided by foods you eat to produce energy at the cellular level. Of all the things you could do to insure a healthy, robust metabolism – nothing is more effective than regular physical activity. The reason is simple – exercise can enhance metabolism through four […]

Caution couch potatoes! Lack of fitness in middle age may mean a smaller brain in later years. According to a new study published in the journal Neurology, scientist uncovered a direct correlation between poor fitness and less brain volume years later. For this study, researchers had 1,583 people enrolled in the famed Framingham Heart Study […]

Rejoice! Obesity genes do not have the final word-you do! In a highly encouraging new report, scientists concluded that regular physical activity can dramatically diminish the activity of the FTO gene, the most common and powerful obesity gene. For this study, researchers carefully monitored the activity levels of over 17,000 multiethnic adults from 17 different countries for […]

Woohoo! Scientists have uncovered a super-easy way to burn even more calories during walking– simply vary your walking speed. For this first-of-its-kind study, researchers had study subjects walk at varying speeds on a treadmill set at a constant rate. The researchers then measured the “metabolic cost” of alternating walking speeds as the study subjects purposely changed […]