Physical and Mental Health - Exercise, Fitness and Activity

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

How to Maintain Friendships

Age and time have a funny relationship: Sure, they both move in the same direction, but the older we get, the more inverse that relationship can feel. And as work and family commitments take up a drastically outsize portion of that time, it’s the treasured friendships in our life that often fade.<p>A …

Relationships

9 Historic Moments that Changed Sport and Fitness Forever

1. Let’s Dance<p>2. Horsing Around<p>3. Warrior Yogis<p>4. Knights in Training<p>5. A Real Renaissance Man<p>6. Walking the Walk<p>7. Fitness For Everyone<p>8. Riding …

Surprising factors that may keep you thin

<b>(CNN) —</b> Have you ever wondered why some people seem to stay trim effortlessly, while the majority of Americans struggle with their weight?<p>Sure, genetics and a healthy lifestyle play a large role, but there are other, more surprising correlations that may be helping them stay slim.<p>They live near a …

Weight Loss

How to Choose a Balance Board for Your Standing Desk

Balance boards are steadily gaining the favor of the standing desk mainstream, and it doesn’t seem like that trend is going to end any time soon. …

The Workplace

The perfect workout for you

What it means to be physically fit is a 'how long is a piece of string?' question, says celebrity trainer Luke Istomin, who has worked with Hugh …

Horse Racing (Australia)

He was 21 and fit. He tried to push through the flu — and it killed him.

Local 21-year-old dies of flu complicationsSAD STORY: A 21-year-old man from Latrobe died of complications from the flu. http://on.wpxi.com/2ElTmwDPosted by WPXI-TV Pittsburgh on Monday, January 8, 2018<p>Kyler Baughman seemed to be the face of fitness.<p>The aspiring personal trainer filled his Facebook …

Public Health

Just Eat More Fiber

Diets can be overwhelming, but one small change can do a lot.<p>In the spirit of Drynuary, I’d like to propose another health-oriented month of the year. Perhaps called Crunch-uary or Poop-tober, it would be 30 days in which Americans, for once, eat enough dietary fiber.<p>Currently, Americans only eat …

Nutrition

She Missed Watching the Wheels Go Round and Round

Between living alone and working at home, and food delivery, Netflix and FaceTime, I sometimes feel like a particularly luxe and cheerful agoraphobe. But exercising remains something I have to leave the house for.<p>Maybe not for long, though. There’s no excuse that applies to trekking to the gym if …

Don’t listen to Gwyneth Paltrow: keep your coffee well away from your rectum

The colonic irrigation and coffee enemas promoted on Paltrow’s website Goop are not merely unnecessary, they are potentially dangerous<p>It seems January is Gwyneth Paltrow’s go-to month for promoting potentially dangerous things that should not go in or near an orifice. January 2015 brought us vagina …

Gwyneth Paltrow

How to spend less time in the gym and still get results

Play Video<p>Replay Video<p>Play Video Don't Play<p>From fat to Fitz<p>SMH writer Peter FitzSimons explains the simple changes he made to his diet and lifestyle …

Fitness

How to Counter the Circus of Pseudoscience

Maybe one day, once I have decades of experience as a doctor and further training in my area of specialization, I will be able to speak about health matters with the tone of authority of the average naturopath.<p>That was the thought that crossed my mind recently while I waded through the online world …

Health

Micro moments of exercise you can squeeze into your day, even at your desk

A lack of time is perhaps the most common excuse for not exercising, but we can get a lot of bang for our proverbial buck in a very short …

David Beckham

You Can Reverse the Effects of Being a Couch Potato, But Here’s What It’ll Take

Sitting too much can be deadly. But all hope is not lost, even for the most committed of couch potatoes: In a new study published in the journal</i> …

Wellness

Middle-aged can reverse heart risk with exercise, study suggests

<b>The new year is a time when many plan to shape up after the excesses of the festive period.</b><p>Now there is good news for those who fear it might be too late in life to improve their fitness.<p>People into late middle age can reverse or reduce the risk of heart failure caused by decades of sedentary …

Longevity

Exercise Alters Our Microbiome. Is That One Reason It’s So Good for Us?

Exercise may change the composition and activity of the trillions of microbes in our guts in ways that could improve our health and metabolisms over time, a new study finds.<p>The results provide novel insights into how exercise can affect even those portions of our bodies that seem uninvolved in …

Microbiome

CES 2018: Black Box VR wants to make gamers fit

<b>Start-up Black Box VR has developed a full body work-out in the form of a 30-minute virtual reality experience.</b><p>It uses a bespoke resistance training machine and an HTC Vive headset. The entire set-up is about the size of a family bathroom.<p>It is one of several innovations at the CES tech show in Las …

Virtual Reality

Boutique Fitness Studios Are Remaking Urban Neighborhoods

Wellness, not drinking and dancing, now defines the character of many city blocks.<p>Back in the 1970s and ‘80s, Lower Manhattan was known for two things: its nightlife, and being a haven for artists, musicians, writers, and intellectuals. Bars, pubs, and clubs that were popular 30 years ago such as …

Cities

This One Exercise Helps You Become a Better Runner

As good as running is for your health, it can come with some unpleasant side effects, from shin splints to chronic low back pain.<p>But for back pain, …

Health

Why couples should never go running together

If you want a training buddy, look elsewhere: exercising with your other half can be a nightmare<p>Fingers frozen solid, I stagger light-headed through the front door, ecstatic that I have managed to avoid a coughing fit on my latest training attempt. My skin is still emitting its post-run Martian-red …

Marriage

Alcohol can cause irreversible genetic damage to stem cells, says study

Link between drinking and cancer clarified by study which indicates alcohol causes cancer by scrambling DNA in cells, eventually leading to mutations<p>Alcohol can cause irreversible genetic damage to the body’s reserve of stem cells, according to a study that helps explain the link between drinking …

Biology

Why getting enough sleep should be on your list of New Year's resolutions

If you need an alarm to get up in the morning, you’re probably not getting enough sleep.<p>More than 40% of Australians get too little sleep to feel …

Wellness

Should gyms step in on anorexic members?

January 2, 2018 8:00PM<p>THERE’S a girl in my gym class who looks like she’s about to faint.<p>She has large, ‘deer in the headlight’ eyes, her hands are …

Fitness

Three reasons to get your stress levels in check in 2018

It’s difficult not to get stressed in our fast-paced lives. Whether you’re working overtime, battling exams, or caring for a sick relative, chronic …

Wellness

Why we still allow bullying to flourish in kids sports

In the cellphone video, a teenage boy stands at the front of the classroom as his football teammates laugh. The coach walks to the door and closes it. “We don’t want no witnesses,” he says, to more laughter. After hesitating, the boy complies with the coach’s orders to close his eyes and clasp his …

Parenting

10 Simple Ways to Actually Enjoy Running

Though he’s now a pro trail runner—a two-time national champion, in fact—David Roche didn’t naturally love the sport. “I will always remember my …

Happiness

Go to Health podcast: Why gym bunnies are mixing it up

In this summer podcast series, the New Zealand Herald and Newstalk ZB's Go to Health podcast tackles a different health issue each week. Today, it's …

New Zealand News

Some simple ways to make your life better in the new year

No demands for resolutions that will burden you with guilt. No promises that five easy steps will change your life around this year. What we have here is something far more modest, and so much better: simple things you can incorporate into your daily routine that may make your life just a little …

Productivity

NIAAA Alcohol Treatment Navigator

Who is the <i>NIAAA Alcohol Treatment NavigatorSM</i> for?<p>The <i>Navigator</i> helps adults find alcohol treatment for themselves or an adult loved one. If you are …

Health

The heat of hot yoga can be very good, but also risky for some

Brian Tracy first heard about Bikram yoga in 2005, when a graduate student approached the exercise scientist with an idea for studying the classes, …

Yoga