Dr. Ann

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. […]

If you want to improve your sleep – get moving! In a new poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation – the results were compelling – exercise is fantastic for sleep. Highlights from this evaluation included the following… (National Sleep Foundation, news release, March 4, 2013) People who engaged in any level of exercise were much more […]

Loss of muscle mass, known as sarcopenia, is a common and potentially deadly accompaniment to aging and good nutrition proves to be a powerful ally to help counter this debilitating state. Maintaining muscle mass is fundamental to ensuring a healthy metabolism and plays a defining role in maintaining functionality in old age. In fact, muscular […]

Regardless of your health status or body weight, sitting for prolonged periods of time dramatically boosts your risk of premature chronic disease and death – in some studies on par with smoking and obesity.   To learn more, listen to my podcast “The Dangers of Sitting”.

High intensity interval training, known as HIIT, has been scoring one scientific victory after another, and I am excited to share two new study findings that I hope will excite you as much as they did me. HIIT involves brief (generally 30 seconds), yet very intense aerobic activity alternating with 3-4 minutes of very light […]

Exercise is helpful for weight control on many different fronts and helping you eat less should be added to the list. New research conducted in a group of 18 normal weight and 17 overweight women found that 45 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise blunted the brain’s appetite-stimulating responses to pictures of foods. It is well-documented […]

Thanks to a new scientific analysis, it appears that coconut water can rightly claim its reputation as Mother Nature’s sports drink. Coconut water is the clear liquid harvested from young green coconuts and is now available at many grocery outlets and health food stores. Researchers analyzed the components in coconut water relative to those in […]

Genetic influences on obesity are a well-documented reality, but thanks to an encouraging new study, we have further evidence that our behaviors have tremendous influence on whether or not obesity genes will do their dirty work. In this Harvard based study that included over 12,000 adults, researchers determined that taking a brisk walk for an […]