Physical and Mental Health - Exercise, Fitness and Activity

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

Stress

What is stress?<p>Stress is healthy response to challenging or dangerous situations.<p>Stress is an expected human response to challenging or dangerous …

Mental Health

Ten habits of people who lose weight and keep it off

Most people who diet will regain 50% of the lost weight in the first year after losing it. Much of the rest will regain it in the following three …

Weight Loss

Omega 3 supplements don't protect against heart disease – new review

Many people take a daily omega 3 supplement in the belief that it is good for their heart. But our latest research, a systematic review of 79 …

Should you work out when you're sick?

Loading<p>"I generally advise my patients to listen to their bodies. If they're really sick, it makes logical sense for them to take it easy until …

Why alcohol after sport and exercise is a bad idea

Drinking alcohol after sport is a social ritual that has become ingrained in Australian culture, and it seems professional athletes are no exception, …

How much protein do you really need in your diet?

• Share<br>• Post on facebook wall<br>• Share on twitter<br>• Post to Linkedin<br>• Share on Google Plus<br>• Share via Email<p>What came before the Big Bang? Did VAR get it right in …

Unfit in middle age: Are you doomed?

<b>Are you someone in middle age who keeps putting off that planned health kick for another day?</b><p>If so, a couple of new studies may give you a sense of urgency.<p>One paper found that elevated blood pressure in middle age increases the risk of dementia, while another says being frail at this time raises …

Can’t Do the 7-Minute Workout? Neither Can I

It’s been four years since researchers from the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute in Orlando first published a series of 12 exercises that became a fitness craze known as the 7-Minute Workout.<p>After the workout was first reported in The New York Times, dozens of 7-Minute Workout apps and …

Exercise

Emmanuel Stamatakis: The faster you walk, the better for long term health – especially as you age

Some of us like to stroll along and smell the roses, while others march to their destination as quickly as their feet will carry them. A new study …

The faster you walk, the better for long term health – especially as you age

Some of us like to stroll along and smell the roses, while others march to their destination as quickly as their feet will carry them. A new study …

Walking

The brain-changing benefits of exercise

What's the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain today? Exercise! says neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki. Get inspired to go to the gym …

The Brain

Maintaining a daily rhythm is important for mental health, study suggests

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sticking to a normal daily rhythm -- being active during the day and sleeping at night -- can have more benefits than you might expect.<p>A new study found that it is linked to improvements in mood and cognitive functioning as well as a decreased likelihood of developing major depression and …

Hot or not? Bikram no more beneficial than any other yoga, says vascular study

While the popularity of practising yoga in sweltering rooms is booming around the world, researchers say benefits to blood vessels are the same whether the moves are performed in the heat or not.<p>Bikram yoga was founded by controversial instructor Bikram Choudhury and involves 26 poses and two …

Exercise is good for you – unless it's part of your job

Men who work as labourers or in other physically demanding roles have a greater risk of dying early than those with more sedentary jobs, researchers say.<p>The finding, from scientists in the Netherlands, reveals an apparent “physical activity paradox” where exercise can be harmful at work but …

Public Health

Most experts agree: Walking is good exercise

We humans need to exercise in order to stay healthy. Exercise protects against disease and early death, and keeps us mobile and able to perform daily tasks.<p>Walking is an easy, free and enjoyable form of exercise. But is a nice stroll enough to confer the life-saving benefits we know come from …

Fitness apps found to make almost no difference to users' health

Researchers studied a range of apps and found only one was effective, while others failed to spark improvements or made the problem worse<p>• Sign up to receive the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning<p>An app developed by the Swedish government to curb drinking among university students …

This Type of Exercise May Help Relieve Depression

Strength training is good for your body and your mind, according to a new review of more than 30 previously published studies.<p>The paper, published in …

Strength Training

Saunas May Reduce Stroke Risk

Taking saunas may reduce the risk for stroke.<p>Researchers studied 1,628 men and women aged 53 to 74, free of stroke at the start. They had data on body mass index, alcohol consumption, smoking, blood pressure, blood lipid levels, and other health and behavioral characteristics that affect …

Even a Little Exercise Might Make Us Happier

Small amounts of exercise could have an outsize effect on happiness.<p>According to a new review of research about good moods and physical activity, people who work out even once a week or for as little as 10 minutes a day tend to be more cheerful than those who never exercise. And any type of …

Exercise can prevent depression, study finds

Physical activity can prevent depression, across all ages and around the world, a new study has found.<p>You may have heard before that exercise can …

Yes, your kids can run all day – they’ve got muscles like endurance athletes

Most of us know children who can run and play for hours and hours, taking only short rests.<p>As a parent or carer, it can be exhausting. For …

Health check: why do we get muscle cramps?

Many of us know the feeling of a cramp – whether you’ve been struck down on the sports field or woken with a start in excruciating pain in the middle …

Should the Commonwealth Games come with a health warning?

Governments often justify spending money on sports events like the Commonwealth Games because they leave a “legacy”, including increases in physical …

Do athletes really need protein supplements?

Protein supplements for athletes are literally sold by the bucketful. The marketing that accompanies them persistently promotes the attainment of …

Bananas vs. Sports Drinks? Bananas Win in Study

A banana might reasonably replace sports drinks for those of us who rely on carbohydrates to fuel exercise and speed recovery, according to a new study comparing the cellular effects of carbohydrates consumed during sports.<p>It found that a banana, with its all-natural package, provides comparable or …

Plogging: the fitness craze that's sweeping the streets

It’s time to embrace the Scandinavian trend for picking up litter while jogging – even if the word ‘plogging’ is a bit rubbish<p>Fitness crazes, like much else, are born of lexical innovation: “spinning” for riding stationary bicycles, or HIIT (high-intensity interval training) for running fast then …

Heart attacks of the mega-fit: how safe is extreme sport?

Indeed the Mercer family, still reeling from the abrupt passing of a son, brother, husband and dad – and in no way ready to speak about the tragedy …

Carb-loading explained

What is meant by the term 'carb-loading'?<p>This is used to describe a period of high carbohydrate eating that maximises the body's glycogen stores in …

Buying Viagra: What you should know

<b>Men can now buy the impotence pill Viagra Connect without a prescription at some UK pharmacies.</b><p>Health experts hope it will mean more men get help for erectile dysfunction - a condition thought to affect up to one in five adult men, 4.3 million in the UK.<p>Like any medication though, the drug can …

Pharma