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Can't Get in 10K Steps a Day? Get to 2.2K
Falling Short of
10K Steps a Day?
Try 2.2K

Falling Short of 10K Steps a Day? Try 2.2K

One's risk of early death, heart disease begins to drop at that level, study finds

(Newser) - If you can't get in 10,000 steps per day, even making an effort toward that goal is likely to be beneficial. New research shows every step above 2,200 per day, up to roughly 10,000, reduces one's risk of heart disease and early death, even if...

Women Get Exercise Benefits in Half the Time as Men

'For a given amount of time and effort put into exercise, women had more to gain'

(Newser) - Women who exercise for 150 minutes per week will lower their risk of death significantly more than men who do the same. That's according to a new observational study suggesting that when it comes to exercise, women can do less and benefit more. "The beauty of this study...

These Are the Most, Least Active US Cities

Honolulu takes the top spot on WalletHub's list, while North Las Vegas comes in last

(Newser) - If you haven't ditched your New Year's fitness resolutions yet and are looking for the best place to help them come to fruition, WalletHub has some insight on that. To seek out the cities in America with the most active lifestyles, the site pulled out the 100 most...

WHO Has a Warning for Couch Potatoes

Agency notes 'severe' cost for physical inactivity, with various diseases looming

(Newser) - Get active or risk disease. That's the message from the World Health Organization, whose first global report on physical activity indicates 500 million people in 194 countries will develop heart disease, obesity, diabetes, stroke, dementia, depression, or other diseases unless they boost their physical activity. "There are few...

This Is the Best City in America for Staying Active

So eat all the deep-dish pizza you want, Chicagoans

(Newser) - If your New Year's resolution involves getting active, your location could play a role in your success. WalletHub reviewed sports facilities, outdoor activities, fitness club fees, and other metrics in the 100 most populated US cities and found getting active is a piece of cake in some areas, much...

'Activity Inequality' Behind US Obesity Problem: Study

US ranks 30th out of 46 countries in activity level

(Newser) - Americans are lazier than people from Russia, China, Switzerland, Belgium, Turkey, Chile, and a whole host of other countries—at least according to a new study of walking habits published in Nature . The study tracked the walking activity of more than 700,000 people using cellphone data, USA Today reports....

Pokemon Go Could Help You Live Longer
Pokemon Go
Could Help You
Live Longer

Pokemon Go Could Help You Live Longer

All those additional steps could boost longevity, scientists say

(Newser) - More people than ever are squeezing in some light cardio on the streets of America thanks to Pokemon Go, and that game play may also have a side benefit that could increase users' life spans—to the tune of 2.83 million combined years for the estimated 25 million US...

5 Most Active Cities in the US
5 Most Active
Cities in the US

5 Most Active Cities in the US

Put on your walking shoes and hit the Freedom Trail in Boston

(Newser) - Whether it's their public parks, bike paths, or just because they're easy to amble around, more and more America cities are staking claims to promoting physically fit lifestyles. But some communities are more on the go than others, and as ABC News reports, a Gallup and Healthways list...

Tired Brain Makes Us Overeat, but There's a Fix
Tired Brain Makes
Us Overeat, but
There's a Fix
study says

Tired Brain Makes Us Overeat, but There's a Fix

Quick workout after mental activity seems to do the trick

(Newser) - Feel like stuffing your face after a grueling day at the office? Try exercising instead. A new study suggests that exercise keeps you from chowing down on more than your body needs after a tough mental task. Previous research has shown that people eat more after such tasks, like tests...

It's Not the Sitting That's Killing You
 It's Not the Sitting 
 That's Killing You 

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It's Not the Sitting That's Killing You

It's the lack of movement, so physical activity can help: study

(Newser) - The UK's National Health Service says desk jockeys should get up and move every 30 minutes to avoid an increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular problems, and premature death attributed to too much sitting. A new study , however, suggests that may not be necessary. Why? The risk of early death...

Health Damage From Sitting Can Be Walked Back

Short breaks to walk can improve blood flow

(Newser) - Scientists have long warned that spending too much time sitting can put you in an early grave through heart disease , obesity , cancer , or other health problems—but a new study says at least some of the damage can be reversed by simply getting up and walking every so often. Researchers...

When Shoveling Increases, So Do Heart Attacks

Studies show exertion-related cardiac deaths surge during storms

(Newser) - Take it easy, snow shoveler—your activity causes heart attacks. Well, not exactly, Slate reports, but 2 studies show a strong correlation between heavy snowfall and an increase in heart attack deaths. In one, deaths went up 22% in the week of Northeastern blizzards and remained up in the next...

Exercise Curbs Colds, Even Cancer
 Curbs Colds, 
 Even Cancer 

Exercise Curbs Colds, Even Cancer

Moderate, regular activity is like a 'drug' that boosts immune system

(Newser) - Some benefits of exercise are less visible than weight loss and muscle mass, but no less tangible. In fact, the most awesome effects of physical activity are measured by what doesn’t happen: A brisk walk five times a week has been shown to ward off respiratory infections, and regular...

Hula-Hooping Comes Around as Workout Craze

Hooping burns as many calories as running

(Newser) - The hula-hoop is seeing a revival as a fitness tool, with out-of-shape Americans finding twirling a plastic tube a more enjoyable way to burn calories than running or weight-lifting. Companies like HoopGirl and Hoopnotica have seen sales of weighted hula-hoops and enrollment in hoop fitness classes surge. "I finally...

Ladies, Pick Up Thy Power Tool
 Ladies, Pick Up Thy Power Tool 

Ladies, Pick Up Thy Power Tool

(Newser) - Sara Mosle “came of age betwixt and between,” she writes on DoubleX—after feminism had freed women from the need to learn “traditional female skills” but before “they had begun to make real inroads into traditional male pastimes and professions.” So that left her with...

Night Owls Outmuscle Early Birds: Study

(Newser) - Night owls may have a tough time conforming to normal work schedules, but they do have one advantage in athletic ability that early birds can’t match, CNN reports. A new study tested leg strength at various times during the day and found that morning people were consistent while late...

Poverty, Heat, Infrastructure Make Southerners Fat

(Newser) - The American South is the most obese region in the country because of a “perfect storm” of factors, Claire Suddath writes for Time. Mississippi, whose 33% adult obesity rate makes it the fattest state, is also the poorest, with 21% of people living under the poverty line. That means...

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