Physical and Mental Health - Exercise, Fitness and Activity

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

Fitness trackers 'poor at measuring calories burned'

<b>Most fitness trackers are good at measuring heart rate but poor at measuring calories burned, a study suggests.</b><p>As a result, people should be cautious about using them to judge what to eat, Stanford University scientists said.<p>The study recommended that companies release data showing how their …

Wearable Tech

The best place to work out is totally free

• Share<br>• Post on facebook wall<br>• Share on twitter<br>• Post to Linkedin<br>• Share on Google Plus<br>• Share via Email<p>Local parks are a lovely place for a picnic in the sun, …

Exercise

Explainer: what is positive psychology and how can you use it for yourself?

Many people have probably heard the term “positive psychology”, but know little about what it means in practice. Positive psychology aims to find …

Happiness

Why running isn't damaging to your knees

Your excuse for not going jogging may have just been debunked.Experts say running is not actually bad for the knees - a view held by many who love to …

New Zealand News

New Advice to Move More After a Concussion

When young athletes sustain concussions, they are typically told to rest until all symptoms disappear. That means no physical activity, reading, screen time or friends, and little light exposure, for multiple days and, in severe cases, weeks.<p>Restricting all forms of activity after a concussion is …

Concussion

Run for your life! At a comfortable pace, and not too far: James O'Keefe at TEDxUMKC

No, Your Fitness Tracker Won’t Give You Cancer

Have you heard the claim that wearable tech devices like Fitbit and the upcoming Apple Watch may pose a cancer risk?<p>A recent column in <i>The New York</i> …

What Is Jogging Doing to Your Dog?

Exercising with people can be great for some dogs, but a lot of the science is unclear.<p>Growing up in Ithaca, New York, I lived with as many as three Australian Shepherds at a time. My mother trains the breed for competition in a sprint-speed sport known as dog agility, so it was a common weekend …

Dogs

9 Common Myths About Exercise

<i>In the new book Fitter Faster, health journalist Robert J. Davis and celebrity fitness trainer Brad Kolowich, Jr. show how it's possible to spend far</i> …

Exercise

No, Mr. President, Exercise Does Not Deplete Energy

A correction<p>In September, a concerned elementary-school teacher asked a question of the soon-to-be President Donald Trump from among the audience at <i>The</i> <i>Dr. Oz Show</i>: “How would you go about handling the obesity problem in the country—especially among children—and the fact that many schools are not …

Sociology

Exercise Makes You Younger at the Cellular Level

The more exercise people get, the less their cells appear to age. In a new study in <i>Preventive Medicine</i>, people who exercised the most had biological …

Longevity

Don't Be A Dumbell. Observe Gym Etiquette.

We've all been there -- jumping on a treadmill at the gym, only to find that the inconsiderate user beforehand has left behind most of his sweat. …

Etiquette

Nine-month stretch: The rise of prenatal exercise classes

BBC News, Singapore<p><b>As a growing number of pregnant women are joining prenatal exercises classes, the BBC's Sarah Porter - 34 weeks into her pregnancy - attends a boot camp in Singapore.</b><p>It's 8.45am on a Saturday and Singapore's Botanic Gardens are alive with people and activity.<p>Local walking groups …

Pregnancy

What does it mean to be fit?

When a stranger suggested that my fitness levels were lacking because I can't swim 100 metres, I questioned the meaning of fit.<p>To me, being fit means …

A genius teacher installed bike pedals underneath her students' desks

WRAL<p>At one middle school in North Carolina, bike pedals are making kids better at math.<p>Seriously: Ever since eighth grade math teacher Bethany …

Could your daily protein shake be doing your body harm?

I'm often asked by my clients whether or not they should be taking supplements to help them achieve their health and fitness goals. Most frequently, …

Muscle

Beware the hype – springy soles won’t make you run much faster

Most runners believe a good pair of running shoes is worth the investment. But advances in running shoe technology have sparked debate about whether …

Shoes

Extremely healthy or excessive

I get grumpy if I don't move for more than a day or two and during the week, I prioritise exercise over social engagements.<p>I'm not alone, I'm not …

Wellness

Regrets. You Have a Few. Don’t Beat Yourself Up Over Them.

Having regrets is O.K. We all have them. It’s only human. But regretting those regrets is not O.K.<p>I regret not becoming a helicopter pilot. I always wanted to, ever since I was a child. You know, the person with a chest-mounted walkie-talkie, flying into the mountains for search-and-rescue …

Happiness

Experts' favorite walking workouts

It's easy to take walking for granted as a form of exercise. After all, it's how we move around in the world every day, so it can be hard to believe it'll knock off pounds. But research shows that walking is a surprisingly strong health and fitness strategy.<p>It matters how you walk, though.<p>A study …

Fitness

Skip The Gym Today? You May Be Healthier For It

No bones about this one: If you’re a fitness fiend with a rigorous workout schedule, it’s a good idea to take a day off every now and …

Fitness

Runner up: How to prepare for your first half marathon

• Share<br>• Post on facebook wall<br>• Share on twitter<br>• Post to Linkedin<br>• Share on Google Plus<br>• Share via Email<p>If 10kms are starting to lose their appeal and you're …

Marathons

Yoga Classes Should Be Shorter

The light in me honors the light in you, but it is also extremely busy.<p>Here’s the health reform we really need: 90-minute yoga classes should be banned.<p>Everywhere I look—whether in my ClassPass app, which is like Blue Apron for exercise, or in MindBody, which is like Uber for your glutes—too many …

Yoga

Your sons and your daughters: mental health in the age of overtime

<i>This piece is republished with permission from Millennials Strike Back, the 56th edition of Griffith Review. Articles are a little longer than most</i> …

Mental Health

Prioritizing these three things will improve your life — and maybe even save it

VANCOUVER — Want to live longer, enjoy life more and actually find that elusive happiness?<p>Among the dozens of big ideas shared this week at the international TED conference — from a robot that could outperform students on college exams to an ultraviolet light that could kill superbugs — were some …

Happiness
Gender

How to workout at home

Going to the gym isn’t for everyone. The costs can be high, you may find it hard to get to a convenient location or you may feel self-conscious if …

Workouts

Futuristic fitness: Would you actually exercise on this thing?

• Share<br>• Post on facebook wall<br>• Share on twitter<br>• Post to Linkedin<br>• Share on Google Plus<br>• Share via Email<p>Johannes Scholl is betting virtual reality can keep …

Exercise