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Swimming, Racquet Sports and Aerobics associated with best Odds of staving off Death: Study

In death from heart disease and stroke, the study found racquet sports players had a 56 percent lower risk

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Rob Muffels of Germany competes in the men's 5km open water race at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia, July 25, 2015. A recent British study reports that participation in specific sports - including swimming - reduce the risk of dying from heart disease or stroke. VOA
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London, November 30, 2016: Swimming, racquet sports and aerobics are associated with the best odds of staving off death, and in particular of reducing the risk of dying from heart disease or stroke, scientists said on Tuesday.

In a study of various types of exercise and their risk levels, the researchers found that participation in specific sports showed significant benefits for public health, and urged doctors and policymakers to encourage people to take them up.

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While the research, published in the British Journal and Sports Medicine, showed no added advantage for people who favor running and football or rugby, independent experts said this was purely due to the design of the study.

“This study must not be misinterpreted as showing that running and football do not protect against heart disease,” said Tim Chico, a consultant cardiologist at professor at Britain’s Sheffield University who was asked to comment on the findings.

Over 80,000 adults studied

The study analyzed data from 11 annual health surveys for England and Scotland carried out between 1994 and 2008, covering 80,306 adults with an average age of 52.

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Participants were asked about what type and how much exercise they had done in the preceding four weeks, and whether it had been enough to make them breathless and sweaty.

Britain's Andy Murray, who finished the season as the world's top player, is a tennis star, a sport reportedly among the best odds of staving off heart disease or stroke. VOA
Britain’s Andy Murray, who finished the season as the world’s top player, is a tennis star, a sport reportedly among the best odds of staving off heart disease or stroke. VOA

Racquet sports score highest

Exercise included heavy domestic chores and gardening; walking; cycling; swimming; aerobics, gymnastics or dance; running; football or rugby; and badminton, tennis or squash.

The survival of each participant was tracked for an average of nine years, during which time 8,790 of them died from all causes and 1,909 from heart disease or stroke.

Overall, compared with respondents who had not done a given sport, risk of death during the follow up period from any cause was 47 percent lower among those who played racquet sports, 28 percent lower among swimmers, 27 percent lower among dance aerobics fans and 15 percent lower among cyclists.

Exercise better “than any drug”

In death from heart disease and stroke, the study found racquet sports players had a 56 percent lower risk, with 41 percent for swimming and 36 percent for aerobics, compared with those who did not participate in these sports.

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Chico said the study did find that both runners and footballers had a lower rate of death from heart disease.

“Although this was not ‘statistically significant’, many other studies have found that runners live longer and suffer less heart disease,” he said.

“I will continue to tell my patients that regular physical activity [including running] is more effective in reducing their risk of heart disease than any drug I can prescribe.” (VOA)

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5 Healthy Ways To Get Back In Shape After Pregnancy

The number of calories your body burns depend largely on what you eat, so it’s sensible to fuel your body with healthy food

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Protein responsible for postpartum depression in pregnancy found
Protein responsible for postpartum depression in pregnancy found. IANS
  • Getting back in shape after pregnancy can be tough for new moms
  • However, there are few tips which can help you get back in shape after pregnancy
  • These tips are easy and highly effective

Losing baby weight and getting back in shape after delivery is a hot topic. Most moms pack on extra pounds during pregnancy and want to drop them as fast as possible. However, don’t be too hard on yourself and don’t stick to all those crash diets. Follow these tips, and you will be able to get rid of excess weight without harm to your health.

Losing weight after pregnancy is not as tough as you may think it is.. Pixabay.
Losing weight after delivery is not as tough as you may think it is. Pixabay.

Breastfeed If You Can

It’s true that breastfeeding burns about 400-500 extra calories a day. Even if you just sit comfortably on your couch and feed your newborn baby, you will still lose some weight.

Sleep Well

Take a nap every time your baby does, laundry or dishwashing should be damned. Extra sleep reduces stress hormones and keeps your energy levels up.

Also Read: Smoking during pregnancy linked to asthma severity in kids

Eat Smart

The number of calories your body burns depend largely on what you eat, so it’s sensible to fuel your body with healthy food. Choose foods packed with lean protein, whole grains, and healthy fats. Include foods that are rich in calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, fibre, and protein into your diet. And cut down junk food. Try to keep your portions smaller and eat 5-6 meals in a day. If you often feel super hungry (yeah, that often happens with new moms) but don’t have time to eat a full portion, stock up on healthy snacks like cut vegetables, whole-grain crackers, nuts, fruit, and yoghurts. Also, drink at least 8-10 glasses of water per day. This will help you flush out toxins from your body and boost metabolism.

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It is important to eat smartly after childbirth to avoid weight gain. Pixabay

Exercise!

Exercises are great stress-busters! Long gone are those years when doctors kept women physically restricted after pregnancy. Six weeks after delivery are quite enough for your body to heal. Start with gentle 20-min workouts. Focus on basic exercises like stretching, jogging, swimming, or doing aerobics. A waist trimmer can come in great use since it will help you not only sweat out more calories but cinch you post-pregnant belly as well. If you don’t know what model to choose, we have prepared this waist trainers review for you. Yet, if you don’t have time to hit the gym, you can do weight exercises with your baby at home. For example, you can hold your little one close to your chest and do some lunges. However, it’s always sensible to take your doctor’s approval first.

There are a set of exercises which women can use after their pregnancy to reduce the excess fat. Pixabay
There are a set of exercises which women can do to reduce the excess fat. Pixabay

Move it, Move it!

If you are too sleep-deprived and can’t even think about exercising, start to walk more during your strolls. Walk a little farther every next day. It’s a great cardio workout. Also, you can start your day with dancing. It will not only improve your morning mood but also help you burn those extra calories.You and your baby will definitely have a great fun. To stay motivated during your way to a slimmer body, don’t buy new clothes! Instead, try to fit into your pre-pregnancy garments. You can even keep your sexy dresses at the front of your wardrobe. Work harder towards your goal and the results will come soon.