Coaching You to Better Health
Exercise and weight loss: the importance of resting energy expenditure (2015)
Regular exercise increases the amount of energy you burn while you are exercising. But it also boosts your resting energy expenditure — the rate at which you burn calories when the workout is over and you are resting. Resting energy expenditure remains elevated as long as you exercise at least three days a week on a regular basis. This will counteract the metabolic slowdown caused by reducing calories.
Physical activity, exercise coping, and depression in a 10-year cohort study of depressed patients (2006)
Alex H.S. Harris, Ruth Cronkite, Rudolf Moos
Main findings showed that in depressed patients higher physical activity was associated with less concurrent depression at 4 assessments spanning 10 years. Higher physical activity also counteracted the effects of medical conditions and negative life events on depression. This study highlights the long term effects of exercise on depression.
Physical exercise: does it help in relieving pain and increasing mobility among older adults with chronic pain? (2011)
Mimi MY Tse, Vanessa TC Wan and Suki SK Ho
The present study demonstrated the effectiveness of a physical exercise program in relieving pain, improving range of motion and enhancing functional mobility and activities of daily living for older persons living in nursing homes. It was found that pain was signiﬁcantly reduced for the older persons that reported having pain in the previous three months. The study shows that physical exercise can be a good non-pharmacological intervention for pain management among older people with chronic pain.
Exercise shown to be a non-pharmacological tool to treat ADHD.
Matthew Pontifex, Michigan State University http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2012/exercise-may-lead-to-better-school-performance-for-kids-with-adhd-1/
Exercise shown to be a non-pharmacological tool to treat ADHD. The study had children simply going for a walk. Children who exercised performed better at a mundane task then those who did not.
Effects of exercise on breast cancer patients and survivors: a systematic review and meta-analysis (2006)
Margaret L. McNeely, Kristin L. Campbell, Brian H. Rowe, Terry P. Klassen, John R. Mackey, Kerry S. Courneya
The article reviewed 14 relevant studies that summarize the best available evidence regarding the effects of exercise on quality of life and physical outcomes for breast cancer patients and survivors. The evidence suggests that exercise is an effective intervention to improve quality of life, cardiorespiratory fitness, physical functioning and symptoms of fatigue in breast cancer patients and survivors.
Exercise training increases size of hippocampus and improves memory
Kirk I. Erickson,a Michelle W. Voss, Ruchika Shaurya Prakash, Chandramallika Basak, Amanda Szabo, Laura Chaddock, Jennifer S. Kim, Susie Heo, Heloisa Alves, Siobhan M. White, Thomas R. Wojcicki, Emily Mailey,f Victoria J. Vieira, Stephen A. Martin, Brandt D. Pence, Jeffrey A. Woods, Edward McAuley and Arthur F. Kramerb
A number of studies have found that continued exercise of an aerobic nature (getting you heart rate up to higher levels) improves blood flow to the brain which results in improved functioning and even biological changes. Unfortunately when you stop exercising-within 3 weeks this change is reversed back to where you were before you started. You will need to continue an exercise program throughout your life span to notice these changes.
Aerobic Exercise for Alcohol Recovery
Richard A. Brown, Alpert Medical School of Brown University/Butler Hospital
Alcohol use disorders are a major public health concern. Despite the demonstrated efficacy of a number of different treatments for alcohol dependence, relapse remains a major problem. Healthy lifestyle changes may contribute to long-term maintenance of recovery, and interventions targeting physical activity, in particular, may be especially valuable as an adjunct to alcohol treatment. In this article, the authors discuss the rationale and review potential mechanisms of action whereby exercise might benefit alcohol dependent patients in recovery.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
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This preliminary study assessed the impact of a 12-session aerobic exercise program on symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression. Overall results show no symptom reduction during baseline phases but significant reductions in PTSD, anxiety, and depression following the exercise intervention. Reductions were maintained during a 1 month follow-up. Results suggest that exercise programs may be valuable resources for managing treatment-resistant participants with PTSD and may also have a beneficial effect on anxiety and depression.
Ann explains how ExerciseMD helped her get through her cancer treatments.
Exercise, like most things in life, isn’t a one-size-fits-all activity: what works for your son or daughter may not work for you. Exercise MD is a prescriptive exercise program, meaning we’ll tailor a program specifically to you, adapted to your current physical condition, and how your body reacts to physical activity.
Every member of Exercise MD will receive a program designed to specifically address his or her needs. We know, however, that some people prefer more active assistance in the pursuit of their health and fitness goals.
Using the exercise equipment you already own, walking the dog, or using the stairs in your home, you’ll follow your prescriptive exercise program from the place you feel most comfortable. Your personal coach will monitor your progress based on the information you provide via the online program. They’ll then call, text or email every two weeks with tips, information and – the most valuable tool of all – encouragement!
In addition to receiving all the great benefits of our basic membership; 'Premium' members are enrolled in our "Get Healthy - Get Wealthy" rewards program. This program gives you a cash reward for completing your daily tasks:
All the great benefits of our regular membership, plus; This program provides for one session per week at an authorized rehabilitation facility to provide the support and guidance needed to aid in the prescriptive exercise program. On other days you will work from a home gym with a wearable fitness device that will provide data to your coach-trainer for further analysis. Once the initial 3-6 month program is complete, you are ready to graduate to the home-only prescriptive exercise program.
You will need a heart rate monitor to take full advantage of our exercise programs. Purchase one of these monitors and get your first month of ExerciseMD for free. After your purchase use the code "fitbitamazon" on the payment page.
If you’re interested in starting a routine, the Exercise MD prescriptive exercise program is a great way to do it.
We can help you prevent and fight disease, even if you’ve never exercised before!