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Sit Less to Live Longer

Replacing a half hour of sitting or lying around with brisk walking and other moderate physical activities reduces the risk of dying over 14 years by 45 percent.

Dancing Prevents Senior Decline

Elderly Japanese women who danced for exercise were 73 percent less likely to be impaired eight years later doing “activities of daily living” such as walking, cooking, dressing and bathing.

Prenatal Yoga Reduces Caesareans and Labor Pain

Mothers-to-be that practiced yoga had fewer C-sections, fewer low-weight newborns, and milder and briefer labor pains.

Exercise Improves Young Brains, Too

Aerobic activities improve the executive thinking skills of both young and old people, report Columbia University researchers.

Exercise Boosts Good Gut Bacteria

Exercising 30 to 60 minutes three times a week improved healthy gut microbes in people even without dietary changes.

Yoga Soothes the Blues

A twice-weekly yoga class lowered symptoms of depression in participants within eight weeks.

Physical Activity Deters Alzheimer's

Walking, dancing, gardening and other physical activities significantly improve brain volume and lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Aerobics Keep the Brain Young

Exercise such as brisk walking or jogging for 45 minutes protects not just the heart but the brain from age-related decline.

Tai Chi Eases the Blues

Weekly lessons in tai chi along with thrice-weekly home practice sessions significantly lowered depression in Boston Chinese-Americans.

Aerobics Improve Brain Function

People with mild cognitive impairment that exercised aerobically four times a week for six months had increases in overall brain volume and gray matter and enjoyed better cognitive functioning.

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