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20-Minute Workout Boosts Cognitive Ability

In study, no such effect from shorter or longer workout.<p>Different workouts have different short-term effects. If you want to feel the stress of a busy day gradually disappear, go on a relaxed trail run. If you've been dragging and want to jumpstart your central nervous system, sprint up a steep …

Cognition

The 30 best bodyweight exercises for men

1. Pushup<p>This one's a timeless classic. The pushup is essential for building a big chest, cannonball delts, and triceps that look like the wishbone …

What to eat to avoid garlic breath. - Seriously, Science?

By Seriously Science | April 3, 2014 3:52 pm<p><i>Photo: flickr/Sebastian Mary</i><p><i>Garlic! So delicious, yet so stinky. If only there were foods you could eat</i> …

Is Age-Related Muscle Loss Reversible?

Stanford researchers explore muscle cell rejuvenation.<p>Last week, Stanford researchers published a paper called "Rejuvenation of the muscle stem cell population restores strength to injured aged muscles" in <i>Nature Medicine</i>. It's an interesting study, showing that the loss of strength and muscle mass …

Exercise

5 Things Runners Should Know About Knees

Starting with whether "running will ruin your knees."<p>If we had a fast-twitch muscle fiber for every time we've heard "running will ruin your knees," we'd be able to outsprint Usain Bolt. And our knees would feel good while we did so, because despite what your potentially well-meaning but definitely …

Marathons

How to Lose Weight with Running

Will running actually help you achieve your weight-loss goals, and how much running do you need? Here are some answers to common beginner questions …

Workout Secrets To Get Your Best. Sleep. Ever.

Illustrated By Ammiel Mendoza.<p>No matter the frequency or type of sweat session, we feel better when we workout. And, while it’s been touted that …

Strength Training May Burn More Calories Than Previously Thought

New study doubles the calorie-burn estimate for bodyweight exercises.<p>It sometimes seems there are just two kinds of exercisers in the world: those who toss around weights in the gym, and those who hit the roads (or treadmills) to enhance their aerobic fitness. Health authorities eagerly endorse …

Research

5 exercises to work your abs to exhaustion

1. Spiderman Plank Crunch<p>- Start in a traditional plank position with your forearms on the ground and your body perfectly straight.<br>- Bring your right …

Should you stretch before running?

It's a generally accepted part of running lore that you loosen up before you start. But does it really help? Some exercise physiologists are suggesting it can be worse than useless<p>Running magazines have long extolled the virtues of stretching, so much so that it's become an accepted part of many …

What To Do If You Can't Fall Asleep

<i>By Jennifer Abbasi</i><p>Sleepless nights aren't a modern invention. But modern life is making them increasingly common. Instead of winding down and relaxing before bed, we're doing chores, checking email and getting riled up by the TV news till we hit the sack.<p>Here's a step-by-step guide to help you …

HIIT Workout: What It Is And Why It Works

<i>By Amy Schlinger for Life by DailyBurn</i><p>HIIT is all the hype lately. According to a survey conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine, it’s one of the two top fitness trends for 2014 (the other being bodyweight training). So what’s this type of training all about? What is it with HIIT?<p>HIIT, …

Steps to Reducing Postrun Recovery

Training phases should dictate your methods.<p>You’ve pounded the protein shake, shivered in the ice bath,and mastered the art of self-massage. Because you should do everything you can to speed your recovery from today’s run, right? Maybe not. How much recovery work you do depends on how close race …

Marathons

中大指不運動人士患情緒病風險特高

中大醫學院於今年5月至7月電話訪問2744位18至75歲市民,再以國際標準的情緒病風險指數,評估受訪者患上情緒病的風險。結果發現,每星期運動兩次或以上、每次30分鐘以上的受訪者,患上情緒病的風險是3.7%;不定期運動和不運動的受訪者,患上情緒病的風險分別是6.5%及13.7%,兩個數字均比定期運動的 …

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Oxytocin: The "Love Hormone" Might Also Help in Autism

A new study suggests oxytocin could benefit autistic kids. But is it ready for prime time?<p><i>Part of our weekly "In Focus" series—stepping back, looking closer.</i><p><b>Anything nicknamed the "love hormone" probably needs a closer look and a dash of skepticism. After all, nothing in biology is simple.</b><p>But …

How Exercise Makes Your Brain Grow

Research into “neurogenesis”—the ability of certain brain areas to grow new brain cells—has recently taken an exciting turn. Not only has research discovered that we can foster new brain cell growth through exercise, but it may eventually be possible to “bottle” that benefit in prescription …

Burn Calories

Which Workout Burns The Most Calories After It’s Over?<p>A.K.A. the magic workout<p>Thinkstock.com<p>Since you're well-read in the fitness department, you probably already know about the afterburn effect—i.e. how some workouts help you burn calories even <i>after</i> your sweat session is over. But what you may not …

The Askling L Protocol for Hamstring Strains | Chris Johnson PT

Top 10 Reasons to Exercise Regularly (Besides Losing Weight)

You've been told a hundred times that exercise is good for you, and it's true—but it's good for a lot more than just losing weight or building …

Self-improvement

Two Simple Tests To Predict Shin Splints

Think you have them? Try these now.<p>The current issue of the <i>British Journal of Sports Medicine</i> has a study by Australian researchers who worked with a group of 384 soldiers during training. At the start of the study, they performed a couple of simple diagnostic tests; then, over the next 16 months, …

Marathons

Why It's Never Too Late to Start Running

Study: People who began exercising in their 60s better at aging healthfully.<p>Sometimes research is helpful at confirming common-sense suppositions. Such is the case with a new study that shows that people in their 60s who are aerobically fit do better at healthy aging, even if they start working out …

Cognitive Impairment

The Health Benefits of Cranberries

They're increasingly throught to aid heart health as well as urinary tract issues.<p>Here's your well-timed research review for the weekend: An article in the journal <i>Advances in Nutrition</i> that reviews information on the bioactive components in cranberries and the effect of cranberry consumption on …

Alternative Medicine

Head Movement Is Bad News For Neuroscience (Again) - Neuroskeptic

By Neuroskeptic | November 26, 2013 3:53 pm<p>Claims that children with autism have abnormal brain white matter connections may just reflect the fact …

夏日水果高糖 致肥陷阱 - 太陽報

時下人人講Keep Fit,一日三餐都要計算卡路里攝取量,為了飽腹又可享受味覺滿足,有人選擇以水果代餐,邊食邊唱「士多啤梨蘋果橙,甚麼A餐B餐不敢揀」!大家以為水果體積細小兼維他命豐富,就算多吃也不會致肥?事實是進食過量的水果,同樣可以令你變肥仔肥妹,而且以水果代餐,更隱藏危機,令你不知不覺吃得更多 …

Does Varying Bed Time Make You Fatter?

In study, inconsistent sleep patterns linked to storing more fat.<p>Not getting enough sleep has been linked to higher weight. According to new research, your sleep habits could still affect your body composition, even if you get sufficient rest.<p>Researchers at Brigham Young University assessed the …

Sleep

Fat But Fit? Study Reveals That Fitness, Not Weight, Predicts Risk Of Early Death

When it comes to living a long and healthy life, a meta-analysis of mortality studies finds that being physically active, no matter what your weight, trumps being thin and unfit.<p>Researchers at Middle Tennessee State University, led by exercise scientist Vaughn Barry, Ph.D., examined 10 past studies …

How to Measure Your Effort

From the high-tech to no-tech, it's easy to gauge your effort and the fitness gains you’re racking up.<p><b>The talk test.</b> This is one of the most widely used methods of determining whether you’re working out at the appropriate level of effort. Informal as it sounds, research has shown that it’s an …

Heart Rates