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Source: National Institute on Aging

“I’ve been exercising for some time now. Why am I not seeing any more real improvement?” Once you start being physically active, you’ll begin to see results in just a few weeks. You may feel stronger and more energetic than before. You may notice that you can do things more easily, faster, or for longer than before. As you become more fit, you may need to make your activities more challenging to see additional results. It’s time to build up the benefits.

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Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

Living in easy-to-walk communities may slow mental decline in older adults, according to a small study.

The research included 39 older adults with no thinking or memory problems and 25 older adults with mild Alzheimer’s disease. Over two years, the participants were given a series of tests to assess mental skills such as attention and memory.

By the end of the study, those who lived in easy-to-walk communities had better outcomes both in physical health — such as lower body fat and blood pressure — and in mental skills.

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Give your heart a workout

January 20, 2015

Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

Being physically active is one of the best things you can do for your heart. Regular exercise helps reduce your risk of heart disease and adds years to your life.

You don’t need to spend hours in the gym every day to see benefits. Moving your body just 30 minutes a day is enough to improve your heart health.

In this article, find:
-The benefits of exercise
-The best activities for your heart
-Track the intensity of your workout
-Track your target heart rate
-More…

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Exercising on a budget

January 15, 2015

Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

You don’t need a pricey gym membership or fancy equipment to get regular exercise. With a little creativity, you can find many ways to exercise for little or no money.

In this article you’ll find ideas for:
-Walking
-Creating a home gym
-Using your own body weight
-Finding other low-cost fitness options

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