Physical and Mental Health - Exercise, Fitness and Activity

By Peter Mellow | Selected articles from my Scoop.it curated collections on health and fitness.

Loneliness epidemic will hit in 2030, say researchers

By Olivia Lambert A loneliness epidemic will become a huge crisis in the future and will be a public health issue as big as obesity.Modern life and …

Australian Universities

Exercise expert answers whether you should start with strength or cardio at the gym

How many times have you gone to the gym and asked yourself, "Which should I do first: cardio or strength training?"Truth is, there's no hard and fast …

Exercise

Does exercise make you eat more?

New research has looked into how different exercises affect appetite – but it’s a tricky area to study<p>After an hour in the gym you’re feeling pretty good about yourself. Less so two hours later, when you’ve demolished half the fridge. But the relationship between exercise and weight loss is …

Weight Loss

What causes depression? What we know, don’t know and suspect

The term and even diagnosis of “depression” can have different meanings and consequences. Depression can be a normal mood state, a clinical disorder, …

Depression

Exercise does so much for you. Why won’t it make you lose weight?

Exercise by itself won’t help you lose weight.<p>This is not to say that exercise isn’t good for you; it is, in fact, great for you. It conveys an astonishing array of health benefits.<p>But — and we all hate hearing this — many experts, while extolling the benefits of exercise, say the primary villain …

Weight Loss

Both men and women need strong bones, but their skeletons grow differently across ages

<i>Men and women respond differently to diseases and treatments for biological, social and psychological reasons. In this series on Gender Medicine,</i> …

Vitamins

Exercise as a Weight-Loss Strategy

Some types of exercise may be better than others at blunting appetite and potentially aiding in weight management, according to an interesting new study of workouts and hunger. It finds that pushing yourself during exercise affects appetite, sometimes in surprising ways.<p>As anyone who has begun an …

Weight Loss

Better hearing, less constipation and other surprising benefits of exercise

<b>(CNN) —</b> Periodically, we see reports that scientists are closer to developing a pill that would mimic the benefits of exercise.<p>The truth is that no medication or supplement even comes close to exercise for being able to do so much for so many people -- or probably ever will.<p>While we've all heard …

Why exercising for weight loss just doesn't work

By Max Lowery Right, before we get going, a disclaimer: exercise is one of the most powerful ways to take control of your health. Not only can it …

Weight Loss

Cycling to work: major new study suggests health benefits are staggering

Research has consistently shown that people who are less physically active are both more likely to develop health problems like heart disease and …

Cycling

Health Check: in terms of exercise, is walking enough?

We all know we need to exercise to stay fit and strong, stave off disease and maintain a healthy weight. Walking is the most popular physical …

Exercise

The deadly truth about loneliness

Almost all of us have experienced loneliness at some point. It is the pain we have felt following a breakup, perhaps the loss of a loved one, or a …

Psychology

How Much Exercise Is Too Much?

Whether you're just starting a fitness regime or trying to get back your summer body after hibernating in winter, exercising is an effective way to …

Wellness

Just add water for a healthier heart and brain

WA researchers believe improved blood flow when people exercise in the water could give them the edge in keeping their heart and brain …

Wellness

The Best Thing to Eat Before a Workout? Maybe Nothing at All

For those who can stomach it, working out before breakfast may be more beneficial for health than eating first, according to a useful new study of meal timing and physical activity. Its results indicate that when we eat affects how much fat we burn during exercise and also alters molecular activity …

The Best Running Stride? The One That Comes Naturally

Runners, if you have worried about your stride, relax. It is almost certainly fine, according to a comforting new study.<p>Researchers found that both experienced and beginning runners tend to settle into the stride that is most efficient for them. Tinkering with how you run is unlikely to be …

USATF

When it comes to sport, boys 'play like a girl'

Girls in primary school are just as physically capable as their male classmates, according to our research, taking the sting out of the insult “you …

Gender

Train slow if you want to run faster

It's counter-intuitive and counter to the fitness zeitgeist of hard and fast interval training. But if you want to speed up – running, cycling or …

Triathlons

They offered to pay people to go to the gym. Guess what happened?

Have you ever thought, “You couldn’t pay me enough to go to the gym”? You’re not alone.<p>When researchers offered new gym members $30, $60 or a gift worth about $30 for going to the gym nine times in six weeks, attendance increased only slightly, according to the “Can Financial Incentives Help People …

Fitness

So many in the West are depressed because they're expected not to be

Depression is listed as the leading cause of disability worldwide, a standing to which it has progressed steadily over the past 20 years. Yet …

Psychology

A World Without Suicide

A growing number of mental-health experts are taking a proactive approach to suicide prevention—and they have a bold goal.<p>Steve Mallen thinks the signs first started to show when his son stopped playing the piano. Edward, then 18, was a gifted musician and had long since passed his Grade 8 exams, a …

Mental Health

The Case for Cursing

You know when you stub your toe and involuntarily utter an expletive? You probably didn’t give it much thought, but you might have been on to something.<p>As children we’re taught that cursing, even when we’re in pain, is inappropriate, betrays a limited vocabulary or is somehow low class in that …

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<b>Impossible Dreamers</b> is an inspiring documentary featuring legendary golfer Gary Player, along with a multitude of other amazing Senior Citizen …

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Better Health Through the ‘Lassie Effect’

Researchers commonly use the term the “Lassie effect” to describe the wide-ranging health benefits of walking a dog. The name refers to the television collie that nobly saved Timmy’s and so many other people’s lives week after week on her popular show.<p>But even though walking the dog can have …

12 Clever Ways To Motivate Yourself To Wake Up For The Gym

This goes out to anyone whose snooze alarm always wins out over exercise.<p>Waking up to hit the gym is as much of a motivational workout as it is a …

Wellness

How Tattoos Might Affect Your Workout

Tattoos may permanently alter the physiology of skin in ways that affect sweating.<p>According to a small, new study, the amount and saltiness of sweat change after skin has been dyed, a finding that might have implications for athletes who ink large swaths of their bodies and maybe even for those of …

Tattoos

Stroke survivors and their carers often have poor mental health. Here's how we can help them

Recent research has shed light on how stroke impacts not only a person’s physical health and well-being, but also their social and mental health. …

Mental Health

Not Accounting For Fatigue Between Gym Sessions Means Fewer Results

Whatever the routine -- whether it's lifting weights, braving the icy morning air to go for a run or riding five kilometres -- through the pain and …

Muscle