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Yoga may guard against heart disease

Yoga for eldersDoing yoga may be a good way to protect against heart disease, particularly if you cannot do more vigorous exercise, research published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology suggests.

A review 37 studies involving nearly 3,000 people found yoga was independently linked to a lowering of heart risk factors such as high blood pressure and cholesterol.

Yoga does not count towards the recommended physical activity that we should all do each week, but experts say it may still be beneficial.

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Slowing the ageing process

mediterranean-diet-680x280Adopting a Mediterranean diet could slow down the ageing process according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

Researchers have found that the Mediterranean diet is associated with longer telomere length, which is considered to be a marker of slower ageing.

Telomeres are DNA sequences situated at the end of chromosomes that help to protect the physical integrity of the chromosome.

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About the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity

JAPAThe Journal of Aging and Physical Activity (JAPA) provides researchers and practitioners with up-to-date scientific information that can be applied directly to practise.

It focuses on the ageing process and the role of physical activity in promoting health and preventing or delaying the onset of disability.

It also explores the ageing process from psychological, physiological and sociological perspectives.

JAPA is the official journal of the International Coalition for Aging and Physical Activity.

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Does playing video games constitute a workout?

Elderly Wii playersThe benefits of a variety of physical and social activities such as gardening, resistance training and walking have already been examined for older nursing home residents.

While these studies have reported several physical and psychosocial benefits for the residents, there can be many barriers that prevent these activities being easily accessible.

Therefore, cost, space and time-effective strategies that allow more opportunities to engage in physical and social activities are needed.

A study published in the April issue of the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity looks at one such option that warrants further investigation.

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