Physical and Mental Health - Exercise, Fitness and Activity

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

Want to Live Longer? Every Movement Counts, Even Cleaning the House

TIME Health<p>For more, visit TIME Health.<p>You don’t have to break a sweat to reap the health benefits of physical activity, according to new research in …

Longevity

How to Lower Your Blood Pressure

The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have released new treatment guidelines that sharply lower the threshold for high blood pressure, also called hypertension. As a result, tens of millions of Americans now qualify for the diagnosis.<p>The new guidelines have raised a …

Diabetes

A Lazy Person's Guide to Happiness

Find the right environment, and very little effort is necessary.<p>Happiness is an active process, not something you get by sitting back and waiting. It’s something to be grabbed by the horns or more vulnerable areas and then conquered. At least, this is the gist of the message from Tony Robbins and …

Happiness

To Maintain Muscle and Lose Fat as You Age, Add Weights

Trying to stay trim as you age? Surprisingly, if you’re cutting calories to lose weight, adding weights to your weight loss regimen may be more effective than beginning a walking program, according to a new study that adds to growing evidence that weight training is important for vigorous …

How People Came to Believe Blueberries Are the Healthiest Fruit

The story of antioxidants and highly colored foods involves as much marketing at science.<p><b>Jim,</b><p><b>I don’t like blueberries. Sometimes when I tell people that, they say, “but they have antioxidants!”</b><p><b>If I never eat blueberries, will my life be shorter, or more oxidized than a blueberry lover?</b><p><b>Asking for a</b> …

Healthy Eating

These scientists say you’ll probably never have heart-stopping sex

Heart patients have worried that they may die suddenly from having sex, but a new study suggests they probably won’t.<p>Researchers found that less than 1 percent of people who experienced sudden cardiac arrest were having, or just had, sex. Now Sumeet Chugh, one of the study’s authors, has some …

Medicine

The Growing Toll of Our Ever-Expanding Waistlines

I hope you’re not chomping on a bagel or, worse, a doughnut while you read about what is probably the most serious public health irony of the last half century in this country: As one major killer — smoking — declined, another rose precipitously to take its place: obesity.<p>Many cancer deaths were …

Mental health? It’s in the mind and the body, too

We are wrong to deny the link between physical and mental health, as emerging evidence suggests<p>Something is stirring in the world of mental health and for once the news is positive. This month, British scientists began testing a radically new approach to treating schizophrenia based on emerging …

Mental Health

Colouring books for adults benefit mental health, study suggests

New Zealand researchers say their study shows anxiety and depression may be reduced by colouring in for as little as 10 minutes a day<p>The adult colouring book craze has thereupeutic mental health benefits, New Zealand researchers have found, including reducing symptoms of depression and …

Research

For Your Brain’s Sake, Keep Moving

Because we can never have enough reasons to keep exercising, a new study with mice finds that physical activity not only increases the number of new neurons in the brain, it also subtly changes the shape and workings of these cells in ways that might have implications for memory and even delaying …

The Brain

Thunderstorm asthma: who's at risk and how to manage it

Late in the afternoon of a hot spring day, November 21, 2016, a thunderstorm from the northwest swept over Geelong and Melbourne, triggering the …

Medicine

What to eat before, during and after a workout

<b>(CNN) —</b> Scientists have long known that what you eat before, during and after you exercise can make or break a workout and possibly affect your fitness results.<p>So what do nutritionists recommend to munch on? It turns out that quality carbohydrates are important pre-workout and lean proteins …

Nutrition

Why adults should play, too

<b>(CNN) —</b> When's the last time you did something that was so engaging, so much fun, you lost track of time?<p>For some, it's belting out a karaoke tune. For others, it's exploring a new city or playing kickball.<p>That's what mortgage banker Sue Hamilton does for fun.<p>"It brings you back to a little bit of …

Flute

A Lesson From the Biggest Losers: Exercise Keeps Off the Weight

It is a question that plagues all who struggle with weight: Why do some of us manage to keep off lost pounds, while others regain them?<p>Now, a study of 14 participants from the “Biggest Loser” television show provides an answer: physical activity — and much more of it than public health guidelines …

Weight Loss

Health Check: do we lose gains from exercise as our bodies get used to it?

Many of us exercise on a regular basis, and we become comfortable with the same exercise routine. But is your standard routine leading to a plateau …

Exercise

Most adults are spending more time on the toilet than exercising

People are spending more time sitting on the toilet every week than exercising, a poll has revealed.<p>Adults clock up an average of three hours and …

A new study has found that household chores could save your life

Gardening, washing the floor or cleaning the kitchen could save your life, new research has revealed.According to the Daily Mail, a report from …

New Zealand News

The Toll of Exercise on the Heart (and Why You May Not Need to Worry)

Does spending years running marathons or cycling for long distances potentially strain someone’s heart?<p>Two major new studies of athletes and their coronary arteries suggest that the answer may be a qualified yes. Both studies find that endurance athletes, especially men, who spend years training …

Medicine

Is running on a treadmill as effective as running outside?

• Share<br>• Post on facebook wall<br>• Share on twitter<br>• Post to Linkedin<br>• Share on Google Plus<br>• Share via Email<p>Some runners love treadmills and some runners loathe …

Get Up, Stand Up!

Too much time spent in a chair could shorten our lives, even if we exercise, according to a study that uses objective measures to find the links between lengthy sitting time and death among middle-aged and older adults.<p>More hopefully, the study also suggests that we might be able to take steps to …

Research

How the media oversold standing desks as a fix for inactivity at work

Sitting is so culturally ingrained at work, at the wheel, in front of the TV and at the movies, it takes a great effort to imagine doing these things …

Wellness

This Is the Best Way to Recover From Failure

Embracing the sting of failure may not sound enjoyable — but new research shows it's the best way to learn from mistakes.<p>A study in the <i>J</i><i>ournal of</i> …

Power naps and meals don't always help shift workers make it through the night

Take a nap. But not for long. Eat a meal. No, just eat a snack. This is some of the varied and often contradictory advice shift workers receive to …

Charlie Teo: What Happens In Your Brain When You Run

Spring is here and that means it's officially running season. This time of year is marked by the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival each September …

How the Apple Watch Could Change How We Treat Heart Disease

The new Apple Watch Series 3 gives users more real-time information about their heart than ever, and Apple hopes that it will also be able to alert …

Yes, sitting too long can kill you, even if you exercise

<b>(CNN) —</b> Take a movement break every 30 minutes, say experts. No matter how much you exercise, sitting for excessively long periods of time is a risk factor for early death, a new study published Monday in Annals of Internal Medicine found.<p>There's a direct relationship between time spent sitting and …

Research

Here's How Much It Really Costs to Run a Marathon

TIME Health<p>For more, visit TIME Health.<p>Thinking about running a 26.2? You’ve probably budgeted how much time you’ll need to train. But you might be …

Fitness

Workouts To Do If You Hate Running

Go for a run, they said. It'll be fun, they said.<p>Committing to a running regime isn't the easiest -- in winter it can be too cold and too dark, in …

Doctors' warning: If you're fat you can't be fit

Being "fat but fit" is a myth, doctors have warned.<p>People who are overweight are at increased risk of having a heart attack, no matter how healthy …

Diabetes