Every extra hour of physical activity was associated with an 18-minute earlier bedtime and with 10 more minutes of sleep throughout the entire night, on average.
The study also found that adding brief three-minute walking breaks during the rest of the day appears to provide an extra cognitive “boost.”
The analysis also found that people tend to report less lower-back pain and a greater sense of physical comfort when working at a standing desk than at a sitting one.
The study found that women with large breasts spend almost 40 percent less time exercising than women with smaller breasts.
The finding that individuals who become physically active later in life can “catch up” with life-long exercisers was unexpected, say the study’s authors.
The study also found that taking frequent breaks from sitting throughout the day enhances the beneficial effect of exercise on blood pressure. But that effect was seen only among women.
“These observations support the early evening as a viable time of day for individuals to engage” in high-intensity exercise, the study’s authors conclude.
Researchers describe the findings as “startling.”
For adults aged 21 to 40, walking about 100 steps per minute constitutes moderate intensity, the study found.
Gyms are notorious breeding grounds for a host of unpleasant pathogens that can cause skin infections.
The study’s findings are potentially important, for falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in Americans aged 65 and older.
The study found that adopting those two healthful behaviors improved people’s cognitive skills by an average of almost nine years.
Only 30.2 percent of adults engage in muscle-strengthening activities for the recommended two or more sessions a week.
“People may think they need to spend a lot of time lifting weights, but just two sets of bench presses that take less than five minutes could be effective,” says Duck-Chul Lee, the study’s senior author.
Despite all the benefits of exercise, only 26 percent of men in the U.S., 19 percent of women and 20 percent of adolescents meet the recommended levels of physical activity.
Helping family caregivers take care of themselves is an urgent and growing health issue.
Few of us ask where the 10,000-steps-a-day goal came from. Why that particular number of steps? Why not 5,000 — or 15,000?
“I was disappointed by the results, although I probably wasn’t completely surprised,” said Sarah Lamb, the study’s lead author and a researcher at Oxford University.
The authors conclude “that leading an active lifestyle is likely to be beneficial, rather than detrimental, to immune function, which may have implications for health and disease in older age.”
You don’t need vitamin D supplements — with or without calcium — as added insurance against a bone fracture, new recommendations say.