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October 7th, 2010
06:09 PM ET

More faithful, more fit?

Editor's Note: Over at the Chart, CNN's medical blog, Faseeha Altaf files this report.

Church groups emphasizing the importance of exercise inspired formerly sedentary older African American women to get fit, according to a study published Thursday in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

The "Sisters in Motion" study used a cornerstone of the African American community – faith – as a tool to promote physical activity among African American women, a group considered to be one of the least physically active in the U.S., according to Dr. O. Kenrik Duru, a primary care physician at University of California, Los Angeles and the study's lead researcher.

"Older African American women are very religious and spiritual. I think over 90 percent pray every day," said Duru, "When you're targeting community members like this, you want to focus on strengths."

Duru and his research team devised an eight-week, faith-based intervention program for 62 African-American women, age 60 or older, who reported engaging in 30 minutes of exercise less than three times per week.

Read the full story here.

- CNN Belief Blog

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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. hahaha

    wanna be fit? try kicking yourself in the ass with both legs.
    watchout for your head.
    oops

    October 11, 2010 at 5:58 am |
  2. Iqbal khan

    This Surah is the opeing of prayer every muslim who pray has to recite this at least 27 times in 5 prayers in 24 hours
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YyazVSVC1s&w=640&h=390]

    October 9, 2010 at 11:25 pm |
  3. Iqbal khan

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIPhUY8kIBo&w=640&h=390]

    October 9, 2010 at 9:48 pm |
  4. Godzilla

    I like to exercise by crushing large cities while blasting everything in sight. I do it faithfully. Does that count?

    October 9, 2010 at 12:58 am |
  5. Ahmad Hosein

    moslem extemists like the devious peace2all are very fit, because they go up and down five times a day worshipping their Allah God.

    October 8, 2010 at 4:29 am |
    • Mike J.

      -ahmed hosein

      Why would you think that peace 2 all is mulim extemist? I have not seen anything in peaec's writing ever that he was a muslim extremist?

      Why put out lies like that unless you have some kind a proof, especially attacking peace who seems to be about peace?

      that just don't make any sence.

      October 8, 2010 at 4:40 am |
    • JohnQuest

      Mike J., as I read Ahmad Hosein was only comparing fitness not ideology.

      October 8, 2010 at 8:19 am |
    • peace2all

      @Mike J.

      You are correct, I am definitely *not* a muslim extremist, but I certainly can be 'devious' in a good way.... as @Ahmad Hosein suggested.. :-)

      There is a lot of 'razzing' and 'teasing' and 'baiting' that goes on here on these blogs, as well as a lot of people being mean spirited, and would rather personally attack someone, rather than debate. Just have to recognize it for what it is, when people are just troll's trying to come after you.

      Peace...

      October 8, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  6. Mike J.

    Exercise is very under rated for sure.

    October 8, 2010 at 4:24 am |
  7. Peter F

    Exercise is so under-rated.

    October 8, 2010 at 12:39 am |
  8. CatholicMom

    Would exercising one’s facial muscles with daily smiles count?

    October 8, 2010 at 12:07 am |
    • peace2all

      @CatholicMoM

      Hello CM...! How are you...?

      Strangely enough, there was a study done at the Univ. of SF (I believe) and they had severely depressed patients smile as much as they could over a period of time (sorry about the lack of details, since it has been awhile since I went over the study).

      And what the researchers found was that they became less depressed and some even stopped taking their meds.... or the smiling became as effective for most as taking meds... Something like that.

      This may not apply to physical exercise per say..... but, it does certainly offer an interesting and simple natural way towards good mental and emotional health, which may help lead someone to better themselves physically.

      So, yeah....I would say smiles count in a way...!

      What do ya' know....? Again, hope that you are well...!

      Peace...

      October 8, 2010 at 12:26 am |
    • NL

      CatholicMom-
      Well, I'm not sure if research has actually proven it, but the old saying has always been that it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile, so continuously dour faced people might be getting more exercise than us happy people. Maybe that explains why nuns always seemed so healthy, eh?

      October 8, 2010 at 8:31 am |
    • CatholicMom

      NL,
      The nuns that I have seen during my life time seemed to be smiling all the time! Were the nuns looking at you when you saw them frowning?

      October 8, 2010 at 10:32 am |
    • NL

      CatholicMom-
      Most of my experience with nuns was when I went to Catholic schools and, you have to bear in mind, I asked too many questions during religion classes. So, of course, all I ever saw was their frowning, but as long as I could repeat the 'correct' answers on exams everyone was basically happy.

      October 8, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      NL,
      An inquisitive boy should have been just fine in the class room; sometimes there could be one, I suppose, who would raise his hand for an important question such as… ‘How many persons are there in God?’ And the little boy would be called on to answer because he was so eager with the hand up, but then his answer might have been something like…. ‘Is recess before 3?’ Then some other little boy would say, ‘Yeah! It’s recess!!’ And everyone runs for the door!
      That could produce a frown on a nun who wasn’t on ‘her toes’, I suppose….

      October 8, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
    • Know What

      CatholicMom,

      I had 12 years of schooling by nuns. Some were friendly and happy, some stern and humorless, some in between... just like any other teachers I have known, or people in general. Nothing 'magic' happens to a woman's personality when they take those vows.

      October 8, 2010 at 7:09 pm |
    • NL

      CatholicMom & Know What-
      The range for nuns is extreme in by school experience. My best ever math teacher was a nun while the sister who was principal of my high school once walked into class and, without any preparation whatsoever, told a girl in front of us all that she had to pack her things and go hame because her brother had just been killed in an accident. Yup, she was a real charmer.

      October 9, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
    • hahaha

      @CatholicMom
      could you face the other way when you do that? geeze..

      October 11, 2010 at 5:55 am |
  9. Reality

    Once again some economic incentives to live a healthy life style and also ways to pay for universal health care. And no doubt more effective than having "god" involved in promoting a healthy life style:

    1. An added two dollar health insurance tax (or higher) on a pack of cigarettes. Ditto taxes on alcolholic beverages, the higher the alcohol content, the higher the tax. Ditto for any product shown to be unhealthy (e.g. high caloric/fatty foods??)

    2. Annual physicals akin to those required for life insurance- the overly obese will pay signficantly more Medicare and universal health insurance (unless the obesity is caused by a medical condition). Tax discounts for those who do not smoke, drink, do drugs and stay within healthy weight ranges.

    3. No universal health care coverage for drivers driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or using cell phones while driving.

    4. No universal health coverage for drug addicts or for those having self-inflicted STDs.

    5. No univeral health coverage for abortions unless the life of the mother is at significant risk and judged to be so by at least two doctors.

    6. No universal health coverage for euthanasia.

    7. No foreign aid given to countries who abort females simply because they are female.

    October 7, 2010 at 11:54 pm |
  10. Wick

    Seeing how physical labor does not require much thinking, religious followers should find it very easy to exercise, but why would they want to avoid the afterlife in this way?

    They choke on the slightest things, those religious people...too bad they don't die of apoplexy as often as they should. Maybe they need to stop exercising and just die.

    October 7, 2010 at 8:34 pm |
  11. peace2all

    Interesting.... And if you help to associate exercise or any other behavior with something someone is passionate about, your chances of creating a conditioned 'connection' to the desired behavior will go up.

    With that said, I am always happy with anyone who is bettering their lives in healthy ways, whether they are believers on not.

    My 'hat' goes off to those people making a healthier lifestyle, and if they think that somehow religion is part of the equation for them, as they are passionate about it, .... go for it...!

    Peace...

    October 7, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
    • twkurnoz

      @peace2all

      So how healthy is your lifestyle? So much "peace" must surely make you one of those unhealthily sedentary people the doctors love to abhor....

      Maybe you need a little more stress in your life to strengthen your heart and get that old blood a-flowin'...
      ...can I offer you a taze, bro? Can I come over to your place with a cattle prod and zap you into moving around?
      :P

      October 7, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
    • NL

      peace2all-
      Yes, sometimes religion can be employed to purely better people's lives. I've come to appreciate these rare instances.

      October 7, 2010 at 11:19 pm |
    • peace2all

      @twkurnoz

      LOL...!!! Sure, come over and give me a 'taz'..! :-)

      But, in answer to your question/assumption..... Actually, I am a martial artist with a black belt in kenpo karate with a sub-discpline in brazilian jiu-jitsu. I run and workout.... bench press over 300 lbs.

      But, thanks for your concern...twk...!!!!

      Peace....

      October 7, 2010 at 11:31 pm |
    • peace2all

      @NL

      Hey Pal..

      Yes, agreed.... I thought I was clear in my point about that. Religion making a difference in their lives... or no religion, just glad to see people being happy and healthy. And if they believe that it is religion....beautiful.

      Peace...

      October 7, 2010 at 11:34 pm |
    • twkurnoz

      @peace2all
      Oh, an internet-tough-guy, eh?

      You assert what you cannot prove. Bad block. Your nose remains tweaked. You could simply be a fat guy weighing over 300 pounds who got his black belt before he got fat. Now I am pulling on your nose. How far will it stretch?

      I suggest you study the "Way of No Way" while you recuperate from my tweaking and pulling your trollish nose. You can award yourself whatever belt you like after thinking it over.

      zzzzapp! (you just got tazed, bro!) Now let's see you move around a bit more! :D

      PpPpPpP

      October 8, 2010 at 12:09 am |
    • peace2all

      @twkurnoz

      LOL..!! Thank you for the laughs @twk.... you have been crackin' me up... Thanks...

      Peace...

      October 8, 2010 at 12:30 am |
    • peace2all

      @twkurnoz

      Also, i forgot to ask... "Way No Way" wasn't that a book on Bruce Lee and JKD, or something like that....?

      Just curious...

      Peace...

      October 8, 2010 at 12:34 am |
    • peace2all

      @twkurnoz

      Maybe we should come over and see who really is the most fit... and prove it...! :-)

      Now, I am pullin' on your trollish nose... I am thinking that you maybe just a bit out of shape, my friend...?

      Hmmmmm... How can we prove this....?

      LOL...!!!

      Peace...

      October 8, 2010 at 1:08 am |
    • twkurnoz

      @peace2all

      See? Three posts in a row. You ARE moving around more. It works! LOL

      By the way, that is your own nose you have ahold of, not mine. Sorry.

      There is a reason why watching you post is like watching someone wrestle themselves to the ground while shouting "peace! peace!"......it might even be good exercise for when you can no longer channel your violence through your martial arts, so don't stop on my account.

      I don't think I've ever seen anyone twist themselves into a pretzel like that. You must be a "black belt" after all. Sorry I doubted you.....
      :D

      October 8, 2010 at 1:44 am |
    • peace2all

      @twkurnoz

      LOL..!!! O.K... I am 'tapping' out... saying 'uncle' ... :-) Again, thanks for the laughs....

      Peace...

      October 8, 2010 at 1:55 am |
    • Yehudi

      @peace2all

      Why did you say "uncle" when you were supposed to be wrestling with yourself? Which part of you won and which part lost?
      I am curious....

      October 8, 2010 at 2:44 am |
    • brad

      peace2all, with your credentials I thing we'd all want to live in peace with you ! Have a healthy day !

      October 8, 2010 at 10:51 am |
    • peace2all

      @brad

      Hey brad..!

      LOL..!!! No problem. While I have certainly mastered and honed my skills in those disciplines, I truly am a man of peace... as much as possible..

      Hope that you are well brad..?

      Peace...

      Peace...

      October 8, 2010 at 3:23 pm |

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