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Health Benefits Of Fitness
Cardiorespiratory fitness and body fatness were measured by treadmill in 21,925 men aged 30-83, of whom 428 died over 8 year followup. All cause mortality risk was correlated with poor fitness irrespective of body fatness. Thus, fitness is more important than leanness and may reduce obesity risk. (1999-03-01)

Obesity more dangerous than lack of fitness, new study claims
A new study, published today in the International Journal of Epidemiology, has dismissed the concept of 'fat but fit.' In contrast, the results from the new study suggest that the protective effects of high fitness against early death are reduced in obese people. (2015-12-20)

Physically fit women nearly 90 percent less likely to develop dementia
Women with high physical fitness at middle age were nearly 90 percent less likely to develop dementia decades later, compared to women who were moderately fit, according to a study published the March 14, 2018, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study measured the women's cardiovascular fitness based on an exercise test. (2018-03-14)

Teasing apart the effects of higher mutation load on fitness
As animals increasingly acquire interacting mutations that result in loss of gene function, the relative decline in their fitness may only be exacerbated, a new study in humans and fruit flies suggests. (2017-05-04)

Improving academic performance with physical fitness
Physical fitness in childhood and adolescence is beneficial for both physical and mental health throughout life. However, a growing body of evidence suggests that it may also play a key role in brain health and academic performance. In a new study scheduled for publication in the Journal of Pediatrics, researchers studied the independent and combined influence of components of physical fitness on academic performance. (2014-06-19)

Low fitness is associated with larger waist size and higher degree of inflammation
Low fitness is associated with a larger waist size and a higher degree of inflammation, according to a study published Jan. 17, 2018 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Anne-Sophie Wedell-Neergaard from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and colleagues. (2018-01-17)

More news in the battle between the sexes
As a consequence of investigating the short-term fitness consequences of mate choice, researchers had largely come to believe that sexual selection is beneficial. In a new study, researchers subjected flies to experimental evolution and looked at the fitness consequences of evolving under high, low, or relaxed sexual conflict. Their results indicate that foreign males from the conflict populations are more costly to females than familiar males and that sexual selection can be costly to fitness. (2004-05-24)

Physical fitness in US youth assessed: NFL PLAY 60 FITNESSGRAM shows more activity needed
Although it is well documented that child and adolescent overweight and obesity have been increasing, little is known about actual fitness levels in these age groups. FITNESSGRAM is a comprehensive youth fitness educational, reporting, and promotional tool developed for use in schools. In a new study scheduled for publication in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers used FITNESSGRAM to study the fitness levels of a nationwide sample of 1st through 12th graders. (2015-07-15)

New research shows shorter fitness test still accurately predicts risk of mortality
Queen's University researcher Louise de Lannoy has determined a short, five minute treadmill test can predict the risk of mortality. This risk is determined independent of other traditional risk factors including age, weight, blood pressure, smoking status, diabetes, cholesterol, and family history. (2018-02-12)

'Fitness' foods may cause consumers to eat more and exercise
Weight-conscious consumers are often drawn to foods such as Clif Bars and Wheaties, whose packaging suggests that they promote fitness. But according to a new study in the Journal of Marketing Research, such 'fitness branding' encourages consumers to eat more of those foods and to exercise less, potentially undermining their efforts to lose or control their weight. (2015-06-23)

Better physical fitness and lower aortic stiffness key to slower brain aging
The rate of decline in certain aspects of memory may be explained by a combination of overall physical fitness and the stiffness of the central arteries, researchers from Swinburne's Centre for Human Psychopharmacology have found. (2018-06-12)

Interacting mutations promote diversity
Frequency-dependent selection fosters the diversity of populations but does not always increase the average fitness of the population. (2012-06-28)

Biologists shed new light on an old question
For nearly 100 years biologists have argued about how exactly natural selection can possibly work. If nature selects the individuals with the best genes then why aren't all organisms the same? What maintains the genetic variation that natural selection acts upon, the genetic variation that has ultimately led to the spectacular diversity of life on Earth today? Recent findings made at Uppsala University suggest that the answer could be sex. (2018-12-12)

Indiana U. study points to health disparities in physical fitness
An Indiana U. study found surprising differences in physical fitness levels between more affluent members of a medically affiliated fitness center and patients of a safety net community health center, which serves more vulnerable populations. (2011-06-04)

Study finds childhood fitness reduces long-term cardiovascular risks of childhood obesity
Aerobic exercise might be a potentially effective tool to reduce the long-term health risks of childhood obesity. (2016-05-24)

Clumsy kids can be fit too
Clumsy kids can be as aerobically fit as their peers with better motor skills, a new Finnish study shows. The results are based on research conducted at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences of the University of Jyväskylä and the Institute of Biomedicine of the University of Eastern Finland, and they were published in Translational Sports Medicine. (2021-01-19)

Blink! The link between aerobic fitness and cognition
Researchers from the University of Tsukuba have found evidence that spontaneous eye blink activity, which reflects activity in the dopaminergic system, explains the connection between fitness and cognitive function. This is the first study to indicate that dopamine has an essential role in linking aerobic fitness and cognition. These findings open the door to new research regarding the mechanisms by which exercise improves brain function, and may lead to novel fitness strategies for enhancing cognition. (2021-02-03)

PE fitness tests have little positive impact for students
A new study reveals that school fitness tests have little impact on student attitudes to PE -- contrary to polarized views on their merits -- and for many students, fitness testing during PE may be wasting valuable class time when used in isolation from the curriculum. (2019-07-30)

Physical and cognitive fitness may affect ALS risk
New research suggests that physical fitness, body mass index (BMI), IQ, and stress resilience in young adulthood may have effects on the risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease. (2016-11-07)

Research reveals how succinate dehydrogenase is linked to both tumor and neurodegeneration
Sarah Fendt (VIB-KU Leuven): 'In this project we studied mutations in enzyme succinate dehydrogenase, which are associated with tumors, but also neurodegeneration. This is interesting, because tumors are defined by cells that show sustained proliferation and in this sense sustained fitness, while neurodegeration is defined by cells of impaired fitness. It is surprising that mutations in one and the same enzyme, which all lead to loss of enzyme expression result in two distinct disease phenotypes.' (2016-11-15)

Children with autism are more sedentary than their peers, new OSU study shows
A small new Oregon State University study of children with autism found that they are more sedentary than their typically-developing peers, averaging 50 minutes less a day of moderate physical activity and 70 minutes more each day sitting. (2014-09-26)

Study reveals connection between fitness level, brain activity, and executive function
Brain function associated with higher cardiorespiratory fitness plays a role in increased cognitive performance in older adults, according to a new study at the University of Illinois. (2015-09-11)

Exercise benefits when young could be undermined in people unable to cope with stress
Young people who exercise may be less likely to benefit from it in terms of avoiding heart disease later in life if they are prone to have a poor ability to cope with stress, reveals research published online in Heart. (2015-03-04)

Fidgeting your way to fitness
Walking to the photocopier and fidgeting at your desk are contributing more to your cardiorespiratory fitness than you might think. (2011-06-28)

Fitness levels decline with age, especially after 45
Men and women become gradually less fit with age, with declines accelerating after age 45, according to a report in the October 26 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. However, maintaining a healthy body mass index, not smoking and being physically active are associated with higher fitness levels throughout adult life. (2009-10-26)

Study finds cardiorespiratory fitness contributes to successful brain aging
Cardiorespiratory fitness may positively impact the structure of white matter in the brains of older adults. These results suggest that exercise could be prescribed to lessen age-related declines in brain structure. (2015-04-27)

Taking cues: Sometimes environmental cues can activate thrifty behavior
Consumers are constantly bombarded with subtle and even subconscious cues from their environment. A new study in the Journal of Consumer Research examines whether these cues activate goals that affect behavior in the long term or momentary desires that fade away. (2009-03-31)

Is fitness your New Year's resolution? You need professional help
If one of your New Year's resolutions is to start a fitness regimen, you might want to seek professional help. A study by McMaster University's Department of Kinesiology has found that people who are new to an exercise activity perform better when goals are set by a fitness professional rather than by themselves. This speaks to the important role health and fitness professionals play in increasing confidence and motivation among people starting an exercise program. (2004-12-09)

Study finds certain liver disease related to cardiovascular fitness
Patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease have suboptimal levels of cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, body composition and physical fitness, according to a new study. The findings appear in the April issue of Hepatology, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. The article is also available online at Wiley Interscience. (2008-03-24)

Low fitness linked to higher depression and anxiety risk
People with low aerobic and muscular fitness are nearly twice as likely to experience depression, finds a new study led by UCL researchers, published in BMC Medicine. (2020-11-10)

Fitness in childhood linked to healthy lungs in adulthood
Children who are fitter and whose fitness improves during childhood and adolescence have better lung function as young adults, according to a large study published in the European Respiratory Journal. (2018-01-31)

Fitness and childhood IQ indicators of cognitive ability in old age
How well your mind works in old age depends on physical fitness and your IQ score as a child, according to a study published in the October 10, 2006, issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2006-10-09)

Fitness in young adulthood protects heart health in middle age
Fitness in early adulthood greatly reduces the likelihood of developing high blood pressure and diabetes -- both major risk factors for heart disease and stroke -- in middle age, a new study has found. (2003-12-16)

Cardiorespiratory fitness reduces disease risk among smokers
Cardiorespiratory fitness is associated with reduced metabolic syndrome risk among smokers, according to researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health. (2015-04-16)

Getting fit, getting enough iron boosts students' grades, study suggests
An analysis of 105 female college students showed those with the highest levels of stored iron and those with higher fitness levels had better grades than less-fit women with lower iron stores. (2017-01-25)

Poor cardiovascular fitness raises heart disease risk in teens, adults
Poor cardiorespiratory fitness affects one of five persons aged 12 to 49 years in the United States, with a disproportionate impact on adolescents, adult females and non-white minorities. (2005-12-20)

Risk factors of type 2 diabetes and CVD accumulate in children with poor aerobic fitness
Risk factors of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease accumulate in children who have poor aerobic fitness, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows. The study also found that the traditional way of expressing aerobic fitness in proportion to total body mass overestimates the role of aerobic fitness in identifying children at an increased risk of these diseases. (2018-11-06)

Being fit protects against health risks caused by stress at work
It is a well-known fact that fitness and well-being go hand in hand. But being in good shape also protects against the health problems that arise when we feel particularly stressed at work. As reported by sports scientists from the University of Basel in Switzerland and colleagues from Sweden, it therefore pays to stay physically active, especially during periods of high stress. (2016-11-01)

Gym culture likened to McDonald's
Visit a typical gym and you will encounter a highly standardized notion of what the human body should look like and how much it should weigh. This strictly controlled body ideal is spread across the world by large actors in the fitness industry. A new study explores how the fitness industry in many ways resembles that of fast food. One of the authors is from the University of Gothenburg. (2014-04-22)

Lack of physical fitness causes higher sports injury rates among women
A new study may help explain why women are more prone to sports injuries than men, as previous research has suggested. Lack of physical fitness, rather than gender differences, may be the cause, according to a study of Army trainees. (2000-03-15)

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