The dog days of summer are upon us, with lots of sunshine and hot weather to push yourself. There are plenty of opportunities to hit the road (or mud in some cases) and push yourself to a personal best.
Summer break is just a few weeks away. For school-age kids, that's freedom. For parents, a look into the mirror may reveal they have a ways to go to get that "beach body" back. The goal though should be to keep that beach body year-round.
A sedentary lifestyle now ranks right behind smoking as leading risk factors for an early demise, according to the results of a longitudinal study from Sweden. Researchers from the University of Gothenburg and their colleagues started following a group of nearly 800 Swedish men born in 1913 (hence the study's name, the Gothenburg Study of Men Born in 1913) starting in 1963, when they were 50 years old. In 1967, researchers started regularly tracking the men's physical fitness levels and overall health, up until 2012 for surviving participants when the study ceased.