Seven Wonderful Health Perks of Outdoor Exercise

Exercise has such powerful mental and physical benefits that it’s been called “the ultimate wonder drug.” Moving your workout outdoors can dramatically increase these beneficial effects: Physical activity in natural settings has been linked to longer life, lower rates of illness — including heart attack and stroke — and a greater sense of well-being, reports the American Public Health Association. …

The Habit that Helps Beat the Heart Attack Gene, Cutting Risk by 50%

About 50% of Americans carry genes that raise their risk for heart attacks and strokes, such as 9P21, often called “the heart attack gene.”  However, DNA doesn’t have to be destiny: Even if you have genetic risk for coronary heart disease (CHD), you can slash it by about 50% if you’re physically fit, according to a study of nearly 500,000 …

5 Healthy Lifestyle Steps that Lower Stroke Risk 90%

May is American Stroke Month, in which clinicians and patients are urged to take action, spread the word, and work “together to end stroke, before it even happens.” Rates of this devastating condition (also known as “brain attack”) are rising in younger adults, with the biggest surge in people ages 35 to 44, according to a new study published in …

Five Easy Ways to Boost Your Heart Health This Summer

Good news from the research front: several studies show that heart attack risk is lowest in the summer, possibly because people typically exercise more in warm months, eat a lighter, healthier diet, and get more heart-protective vitamin D than they do in winter, when days are shorter. Use these five simple, science-backed tips to keep your ticker in top condition …

6 Wonderful Health Benefits of Outdoor Exercise

As spring flowers blossom and gardens become green, it’s a great time to take your workout outdoors. Physical activity in natural settings has been linked to longer life, lower rates of illness–including heart attack and stroke–and a greater sense of well-being, reports the American Public Health Association (APHA). Here’s a look at 6 science-backed benefits of “green exercise.” A vitamin …