Exercise ‘Wonder Drug’ for Cancer

 

A new British study brings hope for millions of cancer sufferers and survivors: Exercise is a “wonder drug” that reduces the side effects of cancer treatments and may even keep the disease from returning. “If physical exercise were a drug, it would be hitting the headlines,” oncologist Jane Maher said in a press briefing.

 

Maher is chief medical officer of Macmillan Cancer Support, a U.K.-based charity which reviewed more than 60 cancer studies. It found that staying active has positive effects on depression, anxiety, and weight gain during treatment, and can reduce the risk of dying as much as 50 percent. Exercise can also lower the risk of getting another cancer.

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Does Walking Really Help You Lose Weight?

Weight loss includes a simple formula: calories in versus calories out.  If you want to lose weight, you need to expend more calories than you eat.  There are ways that help you to expend calories.  They are:

 

-cut calories from your diet through calorie restriction

-exercise more, which will help expend extra calories

 

Important News: Walking is good for your health!

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A Quandary for Those With High Blood Pressure

My brother-in-law has high blood pressure and a family history of stroke. So in addition to taking antihypertension medication, he practices an exercise program developed by his trainer. The problem: His doctor informed him that exercise can elevate his blood pressure (and in fact he takes scheduled breaks during his workout so that his blood pressure can return to normal). He’s walking a difficult line in doing his best to keep healthy — but I’m happy to say that now a small study from University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center has shed at least some light on this tricky issue.

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Trained body burns more fat with gentle endurance exercise

Whether and how much endurance training bodybuilders should do is a subject that athletes and trainers will never agree on. Irritating? Well, we’re only too happy to fan the flames, so we dug up an article from fifteen years ago which suggests that endurance training can help keep fat reserves under control – even when athletes don’t exert themselves too much.

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What You Must Eat After Exercising

Let’s face it, movement is important for the body. We need to get some exercise in order to be healthy. But have you ever given much thought to what you eat after excercising?

According to a new study it’s equally important. In fact, together excercise and your post-excercise food choices can create the perfect platform for building your optimal natural health.

Surprisingly, it turns out that what you eat after exercising can actually affect all the effort you did before. What you choose to eat will have different effects on the body’s metabolism. (more…)

9 Steps to Perfect Health – #7: Move Like Your Ancestors

There’s no question that regular exercise is essential to health. Our paleolithic ancestors had a different word for exercise: life. For the vast majority of our evolutionary history, humans had to exert ourselves – often quite strenuously – to get food. We naturally spent a lot of time outdoors in the sun, walking, hunting, gathering, and performing various other physically-oriented tasks. We had no concept of this as “exercise” or “working out”. It was just life. (more…)

Exercise Builds the Brain

Since the 1960s, scientific research has revealed that adult brain cells can regenerate – a process known as neurogenesis.  Suk-Yu Yau, from China Medical University Hospital (Taiwan), and colleagues have discovered that neurogenesis in linked to the benefits of exercise as a stress reducer. In that previous research has shown that exercise can improve mood and cognition and has also demonstrated that a deficit in adult neurogenesis may result in depressive disorders, the team’s examined the relationship between exercise as a way of combating stress and the possibility that exercise may promote neurogenesis. According to the researchers, one important adult brain area that is a “neurogenic zone” is the hippocampus, an area involved in memory and emotional regulation. The role of new neurons in hippocampal functions is not well defined, but the team reports that: “Recent findings suggest that hippocampal neurogenesis plays a role in the beneficial effects of exercise in countering stress.”

Yau, S-K.; Lau, B. W-M.; So, K-F. “Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis: A Possible Way How Physical Exercise Counteracts Stress.” Cell Transplantation 20(1):99-111(13); 2011.