Dr. Ann

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 […]

If shedding some weight via exercise is one of your health goals for the New Year and you want to get the most bang for your time, you would be best served to incorporate aerobic vs. resistance exercise. In a new study that marks the largest randomized trial ever undertaken to directly quantify changes in […]

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 […]

In a stunning affirmation of the profound health-boosting effects of regular physical activity, European Cardiovascular researchers concluded that regular jogging can dramatically increase life expectancy. As part of the Copenhagen City Heart Study, investigators followed 19,329 adult study subjects over a period of up to 35 years. Study subjects who reported regular jogging at a […]

Regardless of how much you exercise, your body weight, or health status, prolonged sitting appears to dramatically boost the risk of dying. This is the riveting conclusion from a landmark new report, and everybody needs to take heed. This new study is part of the largest ongoing evaluation of healthy aging in the southern hemisphere […]

Want to dramatically improve the quality of your sleep and boost your daytime effectiveness? Get up and move! A wonderful new report that carefully and accurately measured study subject’s daily physical activity found a striking relationship between physical activity levels and sound, effective sleep. Specifically, those who engaged in 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous […]