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Vasper: A revolution in exercise technology or just another form of interval training?

by David Bunnell This past week my colleague Shirley Gines (pictured above) and I visited the Mountain View office of Vasper Fitness and Performance Systems to test their high-tech exercise machine.  Reportedly, it provides the equivalent of a two-hour workout in only 20 minutes. And you don’t sweat! Even more compelling, exercising more »

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Healthy brain aging & cognitive function promoted by exercise

The benefits of exercise are attributed to several mechanisms, many which highlight its neuroprotective role via actions that enhance neurogenesis, neuronal morphology and/or neurotrophin release. However, the brain is also composed of glial and vascular elements, and comparatively less is known regarding the effects of exercise on these components in the aging brain. more »

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Cybercycling helps older adults fight cognitive decline

Virtual reality exercise games, like the Wii Fit, may help older adults fight cognitive decline, researchers found. Older adults who played a racing game by pedaling a stationary bike saw a significant boost in overall executive function on cognitive testing compared with stationary bike use alone (P=0.002), in a clinical more »

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Playgrounds too safe, too boring to keep kids active

Boring playgrounds may be one reason preschoolers aren’t getting enough exercise, researchers found in interviews with childcare providers. Strict safety rules for equipment and low budgets at childcare centers were largely blamed for playgrounds that don’t make kids feel like playing, Kristen Copeland, MD, of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, more »

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Huff and puff your way to live longer: Norweigian study

Your aerobic exercise capacity is linked to how healthy you are and how long you will live. Aerobic exercise is long duration, low intensity exercise that consumes oxygen (jogging, vigorous walking, exercise that gets your respiration and heart rate up). Strength training and intense short distance intense running are consider more »

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