Archive for the ‘Exercise’ Category

Exercise and migraines

July 30, 2009

Exercise reduces the incidence and severity of migraines in some sufferers. A regular exercise program, leading to a high level of fitness, may be necessary for the best results. (Headache 31:616- 618, 1991) Copyright 1991 Phylis Austin


Exercise, stroke prevention

July 26, 2009

Exercise sufficiently vigorous to work up a sweat decreases the risk of stroke in men, according to a report from the Division of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. The exercising subjects had lower body weights, lower blood pressures, reduced cholesterol levels and improved glucose tolerance.
(Stroke 30:1-6, 1999)
Copyright 1999 Phylis A Austin

Exercise, mental performance

July 26, 2009

People who participate in regular physical exercise scored better on mental performance tests, including such things as cognitive ability, memory and reasoning. (The Physician and Sportsmedicine 19(4)22, April 1991)
Copyright 1991 Phylis A. Austin

Exercise, mental ability in elderly

July 14, 2009

Elderly people may experience an improvement in short-term memory, problem solving ability and concentration with a regular physical exercise program. (Geriatrics 41(3)24, March 1986)
Copyright 1986 Phylis A Austin

Exercise, epileptic seizures

July 10, 2009

A study at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program Clinic at Ohio State University demonstrated that epileptic patients who exercised regularly had fewer seizures than those who did not exercise. (Journal of Medicine 20(2)171-176, 1989)
Copyright 1989 Phylis A Austin

Exercise for Alzheimer’s disease

July 10, 2008

Progression of Alzheimer’s disease symptoms may be slowed by exercise, according to a study reported at the 2nd International Conference on Physical Activity, Aging, and Sports at West Point, New York. Certain aspects of brain function may be retained longer by exercise. Dr. Ronald M. Lawrence, assistant clinical professor of the UCLA School of Medicine in Los Angeles, concluded that walking for 30 to 35 minutes daily is the best exercise program for elderly persons. (Geriatrics 40(11)115, November, 1985) Copyright 1985 Phylis Austin

Migraine headaches and exercise

July 9, 2008

A report from Netherlands shows that migraine headaches can sometimes be treated by vigorous exercise. A 44-year-old physician who suffered migraine noted relief after several hours of cycling; the next time he developed a migraine headache he was unable to cycle, so he ran. To his surprise about 20 minutes of running was adequate to relieve the migraine headache. He continues to treat his migraines with exercise. (Journal of Neurology, Surgery and Psychiatry 50(12)1700-1701, December, 1987) Copyright 1987 Phylis Austin

Exercise and lung cancer

July 4, 2008

Six to eight hours of moderate exercise per week significantly reduces the risk of lung cancer in middle-aged men, according to a report from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts. (International Journal of Epidemiology 28:620-625, 1999)

Copyright 1999 Phylis A Austin

Aged, exercise and physical function

July 1, 2008

An exercise program at the University of Florida Health Science Center revealed that even debilitated elderly persons can benefit from an exercise program.

Muscle function is often decreased as a person ages, reducing the ability to perform activities of daily living. While studies in healthy elderly have shown benefit from exercise, no studies had been undertaken on the most dysfunctional elderly. Some of the subjects in this study were in wheelchairs, and surprisingly, those who were the most dysfunctional at the start of the exercise program seemed to benefit the most. (Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 81:312-318, March 2000)

Copyright 2000 Phylis A Austin

Exercise and menopause symptoms

June 30, 2008

A study presented at the Society of Behavior Medicine meeting in San Diego revealed that exercise helps to control the mental and physical symptoms associated with menopause. Christina Lee from the department of psychology at the University of Newcastle, Australia, observed that women who exercised regularly had less stress and fewer menopause related symptoms than non-exercisers. Those who participated in exercise reported less depression and anxiety, fewer hot flashes, fewer night sweats, and better sleep patterns. Interestingly, even those women who were on hormone replacement therapy showed benefit from exercise. (Medical Tribune 26(8)20, April 20, 1995)

Copyright 1996 Phylis A Austin