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Does Exercise Improve the Cognitive Ability of the Brain?

Q: Does exercise improve the cognitive ability of the brain? A: From a previous stump the staff question, we learned exercise protects your brain from the normal deterioration that occurs with aging.  Specifically, exercise has a positive impact on the health/condition of the brain’s white matter.  White matter is the connective material of the brain.  [...]

By |2020-03-04T15:30:38-06:00March 4th, 2020|Stump the Staff|

Does Exercise Help Prevent Kidney Stones?

Q: Kidney stones run in my family.  Does exercise help prevent kidney stones or help pass a kidney stone? A: If someone in your family has had kidney stones, you are more likely to develop stones.  If you previously had a stone, you have a 50% chance of getting another stone in seven years. Does [...]

By |2020-03-04T15:52:10-06:00February 6th, 2020|Stump the Staff|

Does Science Support Seven to Nine Hours of Sleep a Night?

Q: Does science support seven to nine hours of sleep a night? A: Neuroscientists from Western University’s Brain and Mind Institute launched the world’s largest sleep study in June of 2017.  More than 40,000 participants from around the world took part in the online study.  The initial results of the study were released in 2018. [...]

By |2019-08-15T14:35:35-05:00August 5th, 2019|Stump the Staff|

Energy Drink Consumption

Q: Is regular consumption of energy drinks bad? A: The drinks are promoted as a way to boost performance, alertness, and stamina.  Studies have found that 80% of athletes, 53% of military members, and 30% of college students frequently consume the drinks. The drinks are classified as dietary supplements or food/beverages by the U.S. FDA. [...]

By |2019-07-29T15:35:30-05:00July 3rd, 2019|Stump the Staff|

How Can I Stop Restless Sleeping?

Q: What should I do if I wake up tossing and turning in the middle of the night? A: Get out of bed.  If you are not asleep within 20 to 30 minutes, get out of bed.  Go into a different room and do a relaxing activity (listen to relaxing music, knit, draw, or read). [...]

By |2019-07-29T15:35:27-05:00February 22nd, 2019|Stump the Staff|

National Heart Awareness Month

Q: February is national heart awareness month.  How can strength training help heart disease? A: Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. One in four deaths is caused by heart disease. Per last month’s stump the staff, heart disease is also a key factor that influences [...]

By |2019-07-29T15:40:01-05:00February 15th, 2019|Stump the Staff|

Tips for the Holiday Season

Q: I have heard that American’s put on anywhere from 5 to 10 pounds during the holiday season.  Is that true and what are some tips to prevent the weight gain? A: Recent research by Cornell University found the average weight gain by Americans during the holiday season to be 1.3 pounds.  This amount may [...]

By |2019-07-29T15:44:41-05:00December 5th, 2018|Stump the Staff|

Tech Neck

Q: What is Tech Neck and how can you combat it? A: Tech Neck is the overuse of the muscles that support the head, neck and shoulders due looking forward and downward at any hand held device (i.e. phone, video game unit) or computer.  Tech neck started to be an issue with the introduction of [...]

By |2019-07-29T15:41:41-05:00October 30th, 2018|Stump the Staff|

Additional Information on Strength Training and Bone Health

Q: The Fitness First staff has commented that strength training improves bone mass/density.  Please explain. A: To start, the primary purpose of bones is to provide a structural frame for the body, to work with muscle, ligaments, tendons, and joints to provide movement, to protect vital organs, and to produce blood cells and calcium for [...]

By |2019-07-29T15:45:57-05:00August 17th, 2018|Stump the Staff|
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