Physical and Mental Health - Exercise, Fitness and Activity

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

The Surprising Tweak That Makes Workouts More Effective

You know that not getting regular exercise can be bad for your health. But here’s a surprising twist: Apparently, just thinking that you’re not …

Wellness

Greg Bruce: Undercover at cult gym Les Mills

After entering through a sophisticated computerised identification gate, you descend straight down a narrow stairway into the fantabulous …

New Zealand News

How clean is your gym?

Hitting the gym is a national pastime for many Australians, but does handling all that equipment mean that your body is handling a lot more too?<p>With …

Medicine

Why running to burn off ice-cream doesn't work

By Gabriella Boston Frozen margarita, anyone? A calorie-counting app will tell you a margarita contains between 650 and 700 calories. For a 68kg …

Weight Loss

Why professional footballers are turning to ballet

• Share<br>• Post on facebook wall<br>• Share on twitter<br>• Post to Linkedin<br>• Share on Google Plus<br>• Share via Email<p>Maintaining core strength, flexibility and function is …

Exercise

As Workouts Intensify, a Harmful Side Effect Grows More Common

Three years ago, Christina D’Ambrosio went to her first spin class, pedaling fast on a stationary bike to the rhythms of popular music as an instructor shouted motivation.<p>But Ms. D’Ambrosio, who exercises regularly, found the hourlong class was harder than she anticipated. By the end her legs were …

Exercise

Wet Hot American Summer. In Running Shoes.

On a warm, rainy, summer day, I crunched up a gravel path at the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park in Blowing Rock, N.C. It was my third day of running uphill — in the rain.<p>On the way up, I tried to chat with Chrissy Stuckey, a 36-year-old dancer from Toronto, but I was running out of breath. She was …

Shoes

Diet drinks are associated with weight gain, new research suggests

The United States is the world's largest consumer of sugar, and the nation's top nutrition panel recently recommended that Americans cut down on consuming the sweet stuff. So our panelists tested five alternative sweeteners--stevia, sucralose, tagatose, yacón powder and xylitol--to see how they …

Artificial Sweeteners

Fighting obesity with hammers and nails

Memo mums and dads: It's time to get the kids out playing with hammers and nails, gardening tools, getting stuck in places hard to get out of and …

New Zealand News

Will running barefoot do you harm?

Running shoes help many of us keep fit – but for thousands of years, we ran without them. Is there any reason why we shouldn’t still run barefoot?<p><i>Join 800,000+ Future fans by liking us on</i> <b>Facebook</b><i>, or follow us on</i> <b>Twitter</b><i>.</i><p><i>If you liked this story,</i> <b>sign up for the weekly bbc.com features newsletter</b><i>,</i> …

Fitness

Why running to ‘burn off’ that ice cream is missing the point

Frozen margarita, anyone? A calorie-counting app will tell you a 12-ounce margarita contains between 650 and 700 calories; for a 150-pound person, that would equal about 60 minutes of spinning at a moderate effort .<p>Although it can be fun — and sometimes shocking — to match unhealthy foods with …

Weight Loss

Why Jumping Rope Is a Shockingly Good Workout

A jump rope feels decidedly old-school: something you played with as a kid but that most adults, except for boxers, leave behind.<p>That’s a shame, …

Exercise

You Asked: Am I Gaining Muscle Weight or Fat?

Apart from an iced latte here and a skipped workout there, you’ve been good about sticking to your new health regimen. So it’s frustrating to step on …

Weight Loss

High-Intensity Workouts May Be Good at Any Age

Abbreviated, intense workouts may help people of any age become healthier, a new study of old mice that ran on treadmills suggests. Although the experiment involved rodents, not humans, the study found that old mice can tolerate high-intensity interval training and rapidly gain fitness and …

Exercise

How to Survive Running Across the Grand Canyon

There are so many ways to die.<p>There’s a book called <i>Over the Edge: Death in the Grand Canyon</i>. The cover depicts a human skeleton lying at the canyon rim, not subtly. It’s not so much a safety manual as a collection of terrifying stories—it promises “gripping accounts of all known fatal mishaps” in …

National Parks

What's the best time of day to exercise?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Some fitness gurus recommend working out first thing in the morning because that's when you're least likely to have scheduling conflicts and therefore more likely to exercise regularly. Plus, early exercisers often say that a morning routine leaves them feeling more energized and productive …

Fitness

Long distance running is doing long term damage to your health

• Share<br>• Post on facebook wall<br>• Share on twitter<br>• Post to Linkedin<br>• Share on Google Plus<br>• Share via Email<p>We know that distance, and endurance, running can …

Wellness

E-cigarettes are some young people's training wheels for smoking. Here's the evidence

I started on mother’s milk, soon graduated to cow’s milk, went onto fizzy drinks, took a liking to beer, moved with gusto onto wine, and in my 30s …

Research

Where Women’s Empowerment Means Deadlifting 300 Pounds

There is nothing quite like watching a five-foot-tall woman in rhinestones deadlift more than twice her body weight and then celebrate with a high kick. While spectators cheered her on, an announcer shouted, “She smashed the patriarchy with that lift!”<p>The playlist was more Beyoncé than Black …

Women's News

TIME Guide to Exercise

Bring On the Exercise, Hold the Painkillers

Taking ibuprofen and related over-the-counter painkillers could have unintended and worrisome consequences for people who vigorously exercise. These popular medicines, known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, work by suppressing inflammation. But according to two new studies, in …

Pain

How to Beat Asthma

The common lung disease debilitates millions of Americans and costs the country billions of dollars, but some very new—and very old—methods are emerging in fighting it.<p>DENVER, Colorado—I had my first asthma attack in 10 years while working on this story about asthma.<p>The day had been a grind. I flew …

Medicine

The healthiest way to improve your sleep: exercise

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you're one of the third of all Americans who suffer from insomnia -- roughly 108 million of us -- put away your sleeping pills. Science has a much safer solution.<p>"There has been more and more research in the last decade showing exercise can reduce insomnia," Rush University clinical …

Wellness

What I Wish I’d Known About My Knees

Many of the procedures people undergo to counter chronic knee pain in the hopes of avoiding a knee replacement have limited or no evidence to support them. Some enrich the pockets of medical practitioners while rarely benefiting patients for more than a few months.<p>I wish I had known that before I …

Pain

Stigma and lack of awareness stop young people testing for sexually transmitted infections

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have afflicted humans for as long as records exist, but despite significant medical advances, we are not …

Medicine

3 Things You Didn't Know About Running

<i>The following story is excerpted from TIME’s special edition,</i> The Science of Exercise<i>, which is</i> <i>available at Amazon.</i><p>There’s no denying that running is …

Longevity

The yoga paradox: how yoga can cause pain and treat it

Yoga carries with it a higher than expected risk of a painful wrist, elbow and shoulder, possibly due to poses like downward dog, new research …

Pain

For Exercise, Nothing Like the Great Outdoors

Long walks can improve moods and reduce anxiety, but the benefits may be greatest if the walks take place outdoors rather than in a gym, according to a new study by researchers in Austria. And while the Alps may be a particularly fine place to hike, a vigorous walk in the woods or paths near home …

Exercise

How exercise can improve your love life

<b>(CNN) —</b> You've likely heard that regular exercise can reduce the risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or osteoporosis.<p>But a growing body of research shows it may have another, more surprising effect: improving your sex life.<p>In men, regular exercise appears to be a natural …

Exercise