Exercise Studies Making News


June 20 - UBC research shows upbeat music can sweeten tough exercise. "New research coming out of UBC’s Okanagan campus demonstrates that upbeat music can make a rigorous workout seem less tough. Even for people who are insufficiently active." Stork’s research revealed music has the power to enhance people’s workouts and may ultimately give people the extra boost to stick with a workout program.

June 11 - How many steps for better health? Researchers analyzed the daily activity of close to 17,000 women with an average age of 72 years and found those “… who took 4,400 steps a day had a lower risk of dying than those taking 2,700 steps a day. Death rates declined with more steps taken each day until about 7,500 steps a day, when the benefit leveled off.”

May 16 - Faster walkers more likely to live longer. "The research, using data from the UK Biobank of 474,919 people recruited within the UK, found those with a habitually fast walking pace have a long life expectancy across all levels of weight status..."

March 25 - A new study from researchers at the American Cancer Society finds that even light levels of physical activity are healthier than just sitting. Replacing 30 minutes of sitting a day with activities like slow walking and light housework was linked to a 14% lower risk of dying and moderate activity such as brisk walking to vigorous activity like jogging or running was linked with a 45% lower risk of dying.

March 19 - Getting active later in life brings benefits.'“Midlife is not too late to start being active,” Saint-Maurice says. “People who have been physically inactive throughout much of their adulthood can gain substantial health benefits by increasing their physical activity.”'

March 15 - Light physical activity linked to lower risk of heart disease in older women. Light physical activity such as gardening might be enough to "...reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease events such as stroke or heart failure by up to 22 percent, and the risk of heart attack or coronary death, by as much as 42 percent."

Feb. 21 - Keeping Active in Middle Age May Be Tied to Lower Risk of Dementia according to Swedish researchers. “The study found that women with a high level of mental activities were 46 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and 34 percent less likely to develop dementia overall than the women with the low level of mental activities. The women who were physically active were 52 percent less likely to develop dementia with cerebrovascular disease and 56 percent less likely to develop mixed dementia than the women who were inactive.”

Feb. 15, 2019 - Push-up capacity linked with lower incidence of future cardiovascular disease events among men. “The researchers calculated that men able to do more than 40 push-ups had a 96% reduced risk of CVD events compared with those who were able to do less than 10 push-ups.”

Jan. 23, 2019 - Study supports physical activity as a preventive strategy against depression. "Now a team led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has used a novel research method to strongly support physical activity as a preventive measure for depression."

Jan. 18, 2019 - " A few minutes of stair climbing, at short intervals throughout the day, can improve cardiovascular health , according to new research from kinesiologists at McMaster University and UBC Okanagan." Study participants climbed a 3-flight stairwell 3 times per day (separated by 1 to 4 hours of recovery), repeated the protocol just 3 times a week for 6 weeks and it seemed to be effective.

Jan. 18, 2019 - "A few minutes of stair climbing, at short intervals throughout the day, can improve cardiovascular health, according to new research from kinesiologists at McMaster University and UBC Okanagan." Study participants climbed a 3-flight stairwell 3 times per day (separated by 1 to 4 hours of recovery), repeated the protocol just 3 times a week for 6 weeks and it seemed to be effective.

Nov. 13, 2018 - Weightlifting is good for your heart and it doesn’t take much. According to Iowa State University researchers, “Less than an hour of weekly resistance exercise (compared with no resistance exercise) was associated with a 29 percent lower risk of developing metabolic syndrome, which increases risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.”

Oct. 3, 2018 - Exercise reduces stress, improves cellular health in family caregivers. "Exercising at least three times a week for six months reduced stress in a group of family caregivers and even appeared to lengthen a small section of their chromosomes that is believed to slow cellular aging, new UBC research has found."

Sept. 24, 2018 - Short Bout of Exercise Might Boost Your Memory. “The small study involved 36 healthy college-aged men and women and found that just 10 minutes of relaxed cycling on a stationary bike was all it took to improve recall during memory testing conducted right afterwards.”

Sept. 5, 2018 - Study: Walk more to reduce heart failure risk. "Each additional 30 to 45 minutes per day of activity was associated, on average, with a risk reduction of 9 percent for overall heart failure..."

Aug 8, 2018 - University of Bristol researchers find "Adults in their early 60s, who spend less time sitting and more time engaged in light to vigorous physical activity, benefit with healthier levels of heart and vessel disease markers..."

May 30, 2018 - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center BIDMC Researchers Determine Exercise Dose Linked to Improved Cognitive Performance in Older Adults. “The team found that nearly any type of exercise, from aerobic exercises such as walking, running and cycling to weight-lifting and mind-body exercises such as yoga and tai chi, can contribute to improved cognitive performance. Interventions that had individuals exercising for at least 52 hours over a period of six months led to the greatest improvement in thinking abilities.”

May 15, 2018 - Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers conclude Six Years of Exercise -- or Lack of It -- May Be Enough to Change Heart Failure Risk.

April 4, 2018 - Get moving to get happier according to University of Michigan researchers.

March 22, 2018Duke-led "...study found that even brief trips up and down stairs would count toward accumulated exercise minutes and reducing health risks so long as the intensity reaches a moderate or vigorous level."

March 8, 2018Study by researchers at the University of Birmingham and King’s College London find a lifetime of regular exercise slows down aging.

March 8, 2018 - Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim report older adults with heart disease who regularly exercise, even a little bit, may live longer than they would without any physical activity.

Feb. 14, 2018Univ. of Texas Southwestern study suggests exercise may help protect your brain from cognitive decline and dementia.

Jan. 8, 2018New study by cardiologists at UT Southwestern and Texas Health Resources find proper exercise can reverse damage from heart aging.

Dec. 12, 2017 - High-intensity exercise delays Parkinson's progression according to a new phase 2, multi-site trial led by University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Northwestern Medicine scientists.

Nov. 6, 2017 - Brigham and Women’s Hospital study reveals moderate to vigorous activity associated with 60-70% lower risk of death.

July 21, 2017 - Study by Goethe University in Frankfurt shows how physical exercise may prevent dementia.

June 7, 2017 - Study from researchers at Deakin University in Australia discover joggers or walkers with brisk pace appear to have healthier back discs.

July 19, 2016 - Study Shows Tai Chi and Physical Therapy Were Equally Helpful for Knee Osteoarthritis “… according to a new study partially funded by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.”

June 29, 2016 - Landmark study shows single best way for women to stave off dementia is to move according to University of Melbourne research.

May 16, 2016 - Increased physical activity associated with lower risk of 13 types of cancer from researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the American Cancer Society.