Pediatrics

Q and A: Biggest benefits of exercise for teens

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: When my daughter was young, she spent hours playing outside and running around. That happens a lot less now that she is a teen. I'm worried that she is not getting enough exercise. How much does she need ...

Health

Your brain needs proper diet and exercise too

Healthy brain aging is a concern for all of us. June is recognized as Brain and Alzheimer's Awareness Month. It's normal to struggle with small things such as recalling names—and we all experience some slowing of the thought ...

Parkinson's & Movement disorders

Boxing may ease Parkinson's symptoms

Researchers are looking to the boxing ring for new options in the fight against Parkinson's disease symptoms.

Cardiology

Computer tool can track stroke rehabilitation to boost recovery

A sensor-equipped computer program can accurately identify and count arm movements in people undergoing stroke rehabilitation, a new study shows. Now that it can do so, the next step, say the study authors, is to use the ...

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Physical exercise

Physical exercise is any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health. It is performed for many different reasons. These include strengthening muscles and the cardiovascular system, honing athletic skills, weight loss or maintenance and for enjoyment. Frequent and regular physical exercise boosts the immune system, and helps prevent the "diseases of affluence" such as heart disease, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and obesity. It also improves mental health and helps prevent depression. Childhood obesity is a growing global[citation needed] concern and physical exercise may help decrease the effects of childhood obesity in developed countries.

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