Sedentary lifestyle and women: Do some exercise daily, else you’ll age faster

Elderly women who sit for more than 10 hours a day with low physical activity have cells that are biologically older by eight years than those who are less sedentary, a new study has warned. Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine in the US found elderly women with less than 40 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per day have shorter telomeres — tiny caps found on the ends of DNA strands that protect chromosomes from deterioration and progressively shorten with age. As a cell ages, its…

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‘Sedentary lifestyle may lead to lower grades in boys’

Parents, take note! A sedentary lifestyle may impair your child’s reading skills and academic performance, a new study has warned. In the study, a sedentary lifestyle was linked to poorer reading skills in the first three school years in six to eight year old boys. The study conducted at the University of Eastern Finland investigated the longitudinal associations of physical activity and sedentary time with reading and arithmetic skills in 153 children aged six to eight years old in Grades 1-3 of the primary school. Physical activity and sedentary time…

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Sedentary lifestyle may impair academic performance in boys

A sedentary lifestyle is linked to poorer reading skills in the first three school years in 6-8 year old boys, according to a new study from Finland. The study conducted at the University of Eastern Finland in collaboration with the University of Jyväskylä and the University of Cambridge was recently published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. “Low levels of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and high levels of sedentary time in Grade 1 were related to better reading skills in Grades 1-3 among boys. We also observed that…

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