The Heart Beat’s Guide to Exercise, Part 3

8 Ways to Energize Your Exercise Routine

Exercise knows no age limit. Whether you’re 8 or 80, you can always be working to improve your cardiovascular health. Of course, older folks need to take precaution to make sure they are working out safely. “If an older person has not been active in a structured exercise program, they must first get permission from their physician on what they can and cannot engage in,” Morgan says. “After that, here are some great classes designed with the older exerciser in mind.” Morgan lists Jazzercise, chair aerobics, stretching classes, line-dancing classes, water aerobics, walking clubs, low-intensity strength training, recumbent biking and Tai Chi as good exercises for older people to try out. Remember a couple of things before getting started with a physical activity plan.
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Exercise no help against hot flashes: study

Previous studies that looked at whether exercise helps reduce hot flashes – when blood vessels near the skin enlarge and blood flow increases – have found mixed results. “Many (of the studies) show no effect, some show a small protective effect but the ones that have been well done have showed really no effect,” Caan said. “We did this study because we wanted to do a really good controlled trial,” she added. For the new study, published in the journal Menopause, the researchers randomly assigned 248 women from three U.S. medical centers to one of two groups. Women in one group exercised three times per week for 12 weeks on a treadmill, elliptical or stationary bicycle. Those in the second group stuck to their usual activity.
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For example, hit the treadmill one day and ride the stationary bicycle the next. Also, vary your weight-lifting schedule. Isolate a different part of your body for each workout and work those muscles hard. Hit your arms and shoulders one day, your back the next, etc.
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Exercise Could Slow Memory Loss Among People At Risk For Alzheimer’s

Soldiers for ours.” At the end of the field event, the participants received a distinct patch that combined graphic elements of the 2nd Bn., SIR, and 4-23 Inf. unit patches – an enduring symbol of partnership. “The Lightning Strike patch represents not just two weeks of training but the long lasting ties we anticipate going forward between these two armies,” Boon said. For the SAF and U.S. Soldiers on the ground, the exercise was more than just training on military techniques, but a chance to absorb one another’s culture. “Something I will remember forever, is the combined arms exercise we did together,” said U.S.
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Exercise Lightning Strike Comes to a Close

Researchers had all the study participants undergo 12 weeks of of a trainer-guided exercise program, that involved regular walks on a treadmill. By the end of the 12 weeks, both those with mild cognitive impairment and those with healthy brain functioning had improved cardiovascular fitness by 10 percent. Plus, both groups had improved performance on memory tests, as well as improved neural efficiency, after the program. This is hardly the first time research has highlighted the brain-boosting effects of exercise. A study from the University of California, Irvine, showed that short bursts of exercise improved memory consolidation among older people both with and without memory deficits. And another study, conducted on women with mild cognitive impairment, showed that endurance and strength training boost memory , while toning exercises — like stretching — don’t seem to have any effect, The New York Times reported.
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