Benefits of Tai Chi

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

In an article in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers examined if there were benefits to Tai Chi or conventional exercise on central obesity in middle-aged and older adults. Hundreds of participants were assigned exercise interventions including aerobic exercise, strength training, and tai chi. What this study found was that Tai Chi was effective at reducing waist circumference in the …

“Fat and Fit” in Doubt – Darn!

Angie Szumlinski News

The prevalence of overweight and obesity has reached pandemic proportions and people with these conditions present with an increased cardiometabolic risk. Some evidence suggests, however, that a high cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) might mitigate the detrimental effects of excess body weight on cardiometabolic health, termed the “fat but fit” paradox. In a recent study “fat but fit” identified that although physical …

Tango Anyone?

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

I remember as a young child my parents would dance the “Tango” and I thought it was funny. As I got older I thought it was cute that they could still dance together and not step on each other’s feet! The Argentine Tango is a partnered dance focused on walking and balance dynamics. Partners learn correct posture and the ability …

Parkinson’s and Physical Activity

Angie Szumlinski News, Studies

It is no surprise to most of us that physical activity has long-lasting, positive effects on the human body. But a recent study published in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease reaffirmed this long-standing belief. The study evaluated long-distance skiers and found that although their brains may have degenerative changes associated with Parkinson’s disease, they didn’t experience the physical symptoms usually …