Dr. Ann

February 16, 2015 • Fitness, Healthy Living

Stand Up to Sitting

  Want an easy way to lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and premature death? Stand up. In a powerful new review study that loudly echoes what previous studies have shown – simply taking a stand may be one of the most life-changing and life-saving of all simple maneuvers. This new analysis, which […]

Physical activity really is the “universal life preserver.” That is the conclusion from a powerful new study that followed the health and physical activity levels of 334,000 men and women over a 12-year period. But first some bad news. According to this analysis, being sedentary is deadly-in fact twice as deadly as being obese. As for the […]

Over the past few years a slew of studies has linked prolonged sitting to cardiovascular disease and premature death. Now for the first time, scientists have some concrete experimental evidence that sheds light on how sitting actually harms the heart and arteries.  For this study, scientist had a group of healthy, non-obese men sit continuously for three […]

One of my biggest pet peeves is the ever-exploding selection of designer waters now available on the grocery shelves. Despite their labels that include ultra healthy words like “vitamin”, “fitness”, or “skinny”, there is no evidence that fortifying water with vitamins, minerals, herbs, or antioxidants has any health benefits. To the contrary, given the growing […]

Hitting the gym for better weight control? Try thinking about it as “fun and pleasurable” and not “exercise” for best results. In an intriguing series of two separate experiments, researchers from Cornell’s famed Food and Brand Lab found that we eat significantly more after physical activity perceived as “exercise” vs. the same activity perceived as “a pleasurable pastime”. In the […]

It begins the day on a positive “healthy” note that can set the tone for the rest of the day. It provides an opportunity to tackle and fully complete an activity critical for your health that allows you to begin the day with an immediate sense of accomplishment and empowerment. It increases the chances that […]

As the wife of an ophthalmologist, I have a special appreciation for the value of good eyesight, and a new study suggests that lifestyle factors under our direct control may help protect our vision. For this evaluation, researchers tracked vision and lifestyle factors in nearly 5,000 US adults over a 20-year period. Study subjects who […]

In the first large population-based study to evaluate the relationship between self-rated fitness level at midlife and future dementia risk – scientist noted some compelling findings. The evaluation included 3,559 Finnish adults followed for 30 years. Study subjects who reported their fitness levels at age 50 as “poor” were four times more likely to develop […]

The benefits of physical activity are so potent and work so quickly that it is never too late to reap its remarkable rewards. In a new study that carefully monitored the physical activity levels of almost 3,500 elderly adults over an eight-year period, those who became physically active after the study began were more than […]

November 11, 2013 • Fitness

Exercise News Flash

The science extolling the amazing benefits of exercise just keep rolling in. Here are three recent study highlights that I hope bring a smile to your face and more movement to your life and the life of your loved one’s.   Regular moderate to vigorous exercise in youth was linked to significantly superior academic standing, […]

September 25, 2013 • Fitness, Healthy Living

STAND UP TO SITTING

One of the most important scientific revelations of recent is the realization that sitting is clearly hazardous to our health. Because I want you to live a long, active, and productive life, I am determined to keep you abreast of the latest science on the perils of inactivity in hopes that you will ‘stand up’ […]

A systematic review of 11 controlled studies that included 833 study subjects concluded that exercising outdoors offers significant benefits for the body and the mind.  Relative to indoor exercise, being physically active in a natural environment was associated with numerous advantages including a greater lift in mood, stronger feelings of revitalization, better clarity of thought, and less tension and anger. […]