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Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Beat back Alzheimer’s in just 20 minutes a week

People who live with mild cognitive impairment, where their memory has “slipped” but not so much that it significantly interferes with their daily life, are at ten times higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. But just because you’ve begun to experience the symptoms of MCI doesn’t mean dementia is inevitable. Espeically if you have 20 minutes to spare once a week.

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

The best prescription for better blood pressure and cholesterol

You might want to ask your dotor about your prescriptions. If they’re treating your cholesterol, you could end up with double the dementia risk. If it’s your blood pressure, they may have you on the medication found to thicken blood vessels and makes things worse. Maybe it’s time to walk away with a brand new and surprising prescription.

Carolyn Gretton

Want to lose belly fat? Give tai chi a try

The gentle, flowing movements of tai chi aren’t usually the types of exercise you’d associate with losing weight or inches around your middle (where that dangerous fat collects). But a recent study suggests this seemingly sedate practice actually packs a fat-loss punch…

Joyce Hollman

When housework can lengthen your life as much as a workout

About 30 minutes of daily exercise is ideal. But, in addition to what kind of exercise is best, what sorts of activities count as “exercise” and what else you do with the other 23 and half hours in the day, there’s one thing that can negate all the benefits of even the most intensive and sweatiest workout….

Joyce Hollman

No time for heart-healthy exercise? Try a hot bath

Exercise. Either you love it, or you hate it. But it’s proven good preventive medicine. It’s been shown that regular exercise can prevent heart disease, diabetes and even cancer. The good news? There’s an indulgent activity that carries a lot of the same benefits.

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

It takes fewer steps than you’d think to live longer

Walking is one of the safest and easiest ways to stay active. It’s also great for your heart health and can help you live longer, reducing your risk of death as much as 32 percent. Better news? Retire your Fitbit… it doesn’t take near as many steps as you’d think…


Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Hitting the stairs: Exercise after heart surgery

Exercise plays a vital role in heart health and is often recommended by experts as one of the best ways to avoid heart problems. But what if you’ve actually had to undergo heart surgery? Can you get the cardivascular and muscular benefits you need to reduce frailty without danger? You bet, especially if you take the stairs…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

A little exercise can make a big difference against COVID-19

It’s no secret that exercise is good medicine and one of the keys to better health and longer life. In fact, physical activity has been shown to reduce risks for high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and dementia, to start. Now, we might add COVID-19 to that list…

Joyce Hollman

The exercise sweet spot that keeps blood pressure in check

Three decades of research have further validated the role of exercise for healthy blood pressure. But it’s also shown that the “long game” matters. But if you haven’t stuck to your exercise routine, it’s not too late…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Dopamine: The link between exercise and cognitive health

For decades, aerobic exercise has been linked to improved cognitive function. But the “why” hasn’t been clear. New research connects it to a feel-good neurotransmitter that may not only help your brain but help you with the motivation you need to get fit.

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Drink this 30 minutes before exercise to burn more fat

Many products and supplements claim to enhance sports performance and even muscle gain and weight loss. But what if you just want to maximize your fat burn without mazimizing your workout? Crank up that machine that makes your favorite morning beverage before your next workout.

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

How your walking speed affects your COVID-19 risk

Early on we learned that many factors could contribute to our risk of becoming infected with COVID-19. Those factors even impact the severity and outcome of a bout with the virus. Now, a risk factor has been identified that seems really odd, but when you understand why it matters, it makes perfect sense.