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Keeping Busy Is Good

We do hear a lot from our parents saying that we need to be keeping ourselves busy and we mostly say that we do a lot in a day, but we still hear from our parents that we need to fix our rooms, we should spend some time in a day to exercise and we have been saying to our parents that why do they stress that we keep ourselves busy throughout the day, we need some leisure time, but this is something that the research has proved that it is really important that an individual keep him or herself busy as much as they can. This does not mean that we overdo on things, but what it means is that we should spend a good amount of time in a day where we are just going through the physical work out and being on our toes for as long as we can.

When our parents used to say that we need to be physically active most of the day, I used to think that why do they say that, why do they emphasize on it so much that we keep ourselves busy, but when I read this research on the topic that keeping busy is good, I just remembered my parents saying those words and I felt that it is they who are right in front of me and saying that. When our parents used to say that we should work, in my opinion they were just trying to get us into a habit that we should be physically active and that we should spend a lot of time during the day where we are doing chores, going to gym, going out shopping etc. because this latest research says that being physically active is something that prolongs life and the people who are physically active during the later years in their life are the ones who have longer life span than the ones who are not physically active at all. It was also said that people who do shopping or walk their dogs when they are above 70 is something that is going to prolong their life because they are keeping themselves busy.

The study was conducted so that it could be seen that whether this hypothesis of keeping busy was right or not and for this reason there were about 300 elderly people who were being followed for a span of about eight years and the activities of their daily living were being recorded to see as to how they spend their time most of the day and it was found that that the elderly people who were keeping themselves active were the ones who survived during the course of the study rather than the ones who were not living with an active lifestyle. It was also mentioned in the study that the elderly individuals who were burning the energy from their body were the ones who were 67 percent less likely to die than the ones who were the least active. The death toll of the elderly individuals who were the least active was marked at about 25 percent and the rate of death among the individuals who were the most active was only about 12 percent and there was a big difference between the percentages of the two groups.

The researchers added that they were not emphasizing that the elderly individuals should go through an aggressive exercise program or spend a very upbeat lifestyle, it is just that they should be keeping themselves busy in activities that would keep them physically active and they enjoy that at the same time like walking the dog, taking walks in the parks, bowling with the peers of their age groups, playing nine pins etc. any thing that would be considered an enjoyable physical activity by them and among them there is one most important thing that is loved by women and that is shopping, even shopping keeps one physically active and helps the individuals to burn a lot of energy.

It was also added that if the elderly people have jobs that are absolutely according to their physical capacity would be very much keeping them healthy and in a lot better shape than the elderly who do not have any job at all and this just would have a very positive impact on their lives. The scientists also added that keeping busy can be graded as something that is next to life for them because there has been an increased death rate seen in the elderly individuals who have not been exercising. Therefore it is very important for them to be working so that their life is prolonged and they live healthy.

The researchers also added that this research can change the lives of so many elderly people because the most important thing is that they just burn their energy in tiny bits and pieces. It is not important that they just burn their energy at a very rapid pace but to burn it slowly and gradually by keeping them busy throughout the day in the activities that they like the most so that they are able to see a major difference in their life and see as to how important it is for them to be stronger and healthier at an age where they are going weak, where the different diseases and medical issues are just waiting to put them through a lot of pain and misery, and only just by burning the energy little by little every day can be just another name for life for these people.

The researchers also suggested that the elderly individuals who do not have any specific routine can just set themselves a specific course of activities throughout the day that they like the most with which they are able to burn their energy slowly and gradually. It is so important for these individuals who do not realize that activity is so important for them that it is considered as next to life, which is proven through this research by going through the death rates and following the individuals for about eight years, which is a long segment of time that showed that people who were keeping themselves active had lesser death rates than the individuals who were not active or were least active. So it is very important for them to organize their day and set a pattern of activities for them that they enjoy the most.

The researchers also suggested that the nature of the exercise is not strenuous at all and it is not going to be something that will be harmful for them but will be something that is going to keep them in better shape. The researchers also said that if the senior citizens have any doubts regarding the above said research, they can contact their family doctors and can get an opinion from them to see what can be best for them.

Another thing that the researchers added was that this study was not enough and that there will be still more studies that will be conducted so that they are able to find a lot of the other hidden aspects that would greatly benefit the senior citizens.


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Risk Of Using Steroids In Teenagers

A recent study suggested that the use of steroids in children may have a longer lasting effect on the brains of teenagers.

The study that was conducted to look at the different anabolic steroids on the hamsters found that the drug just causes a trigger that results in an aggressive state.

They also found that the effects of the steroids may also last for at least two years and they may cause permanent brain changes. The scientists also added that one cannot say as to how the length of the effects from the steroids in humans, since the study was conducted on hamsters.

It was also being stated that the long term use of steroids can cause mood swings, hallucinations, paranoia, liver damage, high blood pressure, as well as increased risk of heart disease and stroke and some types of cancers. It was also noted that coming off of steroids can lead to depression as well.

In another study that was conducted by a university in Boston, they studied the behavior of an adolescent hamster when another hamster was put into their cage. It was found that the hamster naturally defended their territory by wrestling, play fighting, wrestling.

But when the hamsters were injected with the commonly used steroids that were suspended in the oil, the hamsters became extremely aggressive and when the drug was withdrawn, even then the newly vicious hamster attacked, bit and chased the intruder.

It was found that the aggressiveness of the hamster increased to about 10 times more than that of the other hamster who was only injected with the oil.

They found that the effect lasted for almost two weeks and after that the animal just reverted back to its normal playful defensive state.

On the post mortem of the hamsters, it was found that there had been changes in the brain of those hamsters and while the time in which they were being given the steroids, the anterior hypothalamus regulates the aggression and social behavior, secreted more neurotransmitter known as vasopressin.

It was found that about three weeks after the withdrawal, the vasopressin levels had subsided and the aggression levels subsided with it.

The scientists also found that the portion of the brain that they studied in rodents is similar to that in humans and therefore this might be applicable to humans as well.

The researchers said that the developing brain in children is more adaptable and pliable, the steroids could change the trajectory if the steroids are administered during development.
The researchers said that if the steroids hit the right areas of the brain at the right time then they can cause permanent changes.

It is being said that the people who are abusing steroids and especially these are young athletes or weight lifters and the effects of these steroids can have long term effects even after they are stopped.


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Yoga Gives Ease To Patients With Low Back Pain

Low back pain is the main problem that the adults suffer from and this is something that really hurts the back where one feels like a catch in the back or something is just tearing up the back in two or a stabbing pain that people experience in the back.

There are many treatments that are available for the low back pain such as pain killers, massages, acupuncture, back exercises to strengthen the back etc. There is another method, which is currently being used to help relieve the back pain and relax the muscles of the back, which is yoga. Yoga is considered to be a better approach to help the back of the people who are suffering from chronic low back pain.

In the study, researchers randomly assigned 101 adults to take either 12 weeks of yoga class or 12 weeks of a standard therapeutic exercise class, or to follow the advice of a self-care book.
The effects of yoga on the back are being evaluated through a study conducted on 101 adults in whom they had to go for about 12 weeks of yoga. The yoga class was carried out in the viniyoga style, which goes by the idea that the poses should be adapted to the individual’s needs. This session was conducted by an experienced teacher who had been conducted sessions of therapeutic yoga and the classes were limited only to basic poses that would not be putting too much pressure or strain on the back.

The individuals going through that therapy showed that their back functioning is better than their peers who were going through the same back problems.

It is said that yoga is making the mind and body work for you and to help you with the problems that you are going through with both your body and mind. So with the poses that were being made during the class, helped the individuals to get trained as to how they need to go through those poses and it helped them register those poses in their mind, and whenever they use their back to lift things or bending, they know how to perform those maneuvers in order to help them prevent from the agonizing pain that they suffer from their back pain by doing the movements the wrong way.

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Improve Your Memory By Exercising Your Mind And Body

Memory problems are a rising dilemma in the recent era. The results of the research conducted showed that memory exercises and stress reduction when coupled with a healthy diet and regular physical workout improves memory in older adults.

The scientists have proved that memory can be improved with these important lifestyles and one can enhance the efficacy of brain in just a span of two weeks.

At the start of the study the researchers were not sure whether they would be able to get the desired results from their study, but to their surprise it was totally amazing that the volunteers who followed the lifestyle program not only noticed enhanced memory, but this was rather confirmed when they were being put through different memory tests to further back their statements and their memory did improve after following the lifestyles that were put down out for them.

This study was conducted on 34 adults, which was for a total of about 14 days. The plan that was set for the individuals is as follows: These individuals had to eat five small healthy meals per day, which were rich in omega-3 fats from fish and olive oil, healthy whole grain carbohydrates and antioxidants. The purpose of giving five meals instead of three meals was to prevent the decrease in the blood sugar level of blood, which is the main source of energy for the brain.

Then these individuals had to walk briskly along with physical conditioning to help brain circulation, as this is known to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. They were also asked to perform stretching and relaxation exercises, which decreases the body’s production of the stress hormone, cortisol. Cortisol can weaken the memory by decreasing the brain’s memory centers.

These candidates were also given memory training and crossword puzzles and the basic memory training regimen to improve everyday memory skills.

The researchers had taken the PET scans of these individuals right before and after the study to look for the activity of the brain.

The results after 14 days were that the PET scans showed a marked decrease in brain metabolism in an area of the brain directly linked to working memory and other cognitive functions, which suggested that were using their brains more efficiently.

So this study ultimately showed that with getting onto better lifestyles, we can definitely improve our memory as is being proved by seeing the individuals performing much better than before.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!! May god bless you with optimum health this year :)


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