Physical and Mental Health - Exercise, Fitness and Activity

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

Explainer: what is heat stroke?

Nearly two weeks into the longest heatwave in seven years, the UK has been basking in temperatures of up to 32C. But while the weather is welcome for …

Wellness

What Michael Mosley has learnt since the 5:2 diet

It's a distinctly unsexy message to move more, eat less and eat your greens. But, break down most research about health, nutrition and exercise to …

Diabetes

Men, Is Exercise Putting a Damper on Your Sex Life?

Men who exercise strenuously may have a lower libido than those whose workouts are lighter, according to one of the first studies to scientifically delve into the relationship between men’s workouts and their sex lives.<p>For years, scientists and active people have debated whether and how exercise …

Exercise

Why Exercise Is Good for the Heart

Even a single workout could be good for the heart. That’s the conclusion of a fascinating new study in mice that found that 30 minutes on a treadmill affects gene activity within cardiac cells in ways that, over the long haul, could slow the aging of the animals’ hearts.<p>Although the study involved …

Longevity

Fitbit fitness tracker helped diagnose Kiwi mum's serious medical condition

A passing glance at a brand new Fitbit may have just saved a Kiwi mother's life. Felicity McQueen, 34, was sitting down and doing paperwork when the …

New Zealand News

The truth about 10,000 steps a day and other health myths - Lifestyle

New Zealand News

Wearable Fitness Devices Don’t Seem to Make You Fitter

I once received a lot of blowback for an Upshot article in which I showed (with evidence) that exercise is not the key to weight loss. Diet is. Many, many readers cannot wrap their head around the notion that adding physical activity, and therefore burning more calories, doesn’t necessarily …

How to exercise for free

With the rising cost of gym membership, personal trainers and fitness gear, exercise can be costly. Yet with more of us taking up sports, thousands …

Exercise

Obese does not necessarily mean unhealthy

Regularly physically activity is more important than weight. Creativa Images/www.shutterstock.comSelf-proclaimed “weight loss hypnosis master” Steve …

Obesity

Lower Back Ache? Be Active and Wait It Out, New Guidelines Say

Dr. James Weinstein, a back pain specialist and chief executive of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System, has some advice for most people with lower back pain: Take two aspirin and don’t call me in the morning.<p>On Monday, the American College of Physicians published updated guidelines that say much the …

Chronic Pain

Why sitting is not the 'new smoking'

Sitting down at work all day may not be so bad for you after all. How did we get it so wrong? from www.shutterstock.comSitting has been branded the …

Obesity

Protein Powder and the Promise of Transformation

18-30 grams of protein and a lot of internalized ideas about masculinity per serving<p>Starting around the time I was 10, my brother took me with him on runs I could barely complete—off our street, across the Brooklyn Bridge, and back. I hated every minute of it. Each time my chest filled with a …

Nutrition

Cold water poured on ice baths as effective recovery for elite athletes

Ice baths, used by the All Blacks and other elite athletes, are no more effective than active recovery according to new research undertaken in part …

Exercise

How to do the shortest workout possible

Super-short workouts are a favourite topic in this column. I have written about seven-minute, six-minute, four-minute, and even one-minute workouts. …

HIIT

How athletes can avoid — or at least minimize — cramps

Cramps are terrible. Even the word is displeasing — it’s dismal and clunky — so it’s kind of a perfect descriptor for when your muscles tighten but don’t have enough fuel or spirit to relax back to their original happy state. The good news is that most of us who aren’t training for endurance runs …

Exercise

Is Running Backward Good Exercise?

<b>Question:</b><p>Is retro running (running backward) a good exercise? I read it was popular in Europe.<p><b>Answer:</b><p>The answer may depend on what you mean by “good exercise.” Recent studies show that running backward improves fitness. It may result, though, in falling.<p>The biomechanics of running backward are, …

Exercise

This So-Called Natural Cure Can Cause Heart Attacks

Drinking high-concentration hydrogen peroxide is a tactic sometimes promoted in alternative medicine circles as a so-called "natural cure," but …

Medicine

Fitbit fitness watch can exaggerate your step count

They are the must-have gadgets for the health-conscious striving to walk 10,000 steps a day.But new research suggests activity monitors such as …

Wearable Tech

How athletes can avoid - or at least minimize - cramps - Lifestyle

Cramps are terrible. Even the word is displeasing - it's dismal and clunky - so it's kind of a perfect descriptor for when your muscles tighten but …

Stretching Exercises Are In as the Next Fitness Fad

Nazare Rodrigues is 41 in human years. But as she learned recently at Power Stretch Studios when she sat on the floor, extended her legs and tried valiantly to touch her fingertips to her toes, she is a lot older — 56 — in stretch years.<p>“I feel very stiff, you know?” said Ms. Rodrigues, a legal …

It May Be Unhealthy to Drink Tears

The resurgent ritual of mocking people for crying is a suboptimal source of social validation.<p>On Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer appeared to suck back tears as he condemned Donald Trump’s travel ban. “This executive order … ,” he said, fading to a pause. The cameras zoomed on his …

Steve Bannon

Exercise list shows what you should be able to do to be fit for your age - Lifestyle

New Zealand News

A machine that used to be considered punishment is now a $1.4 billion fitness industry

As the weather turns colder, Jen Forman will do what she’s always done to get her runs in: She’ll go to her treadmill in her home, press start and run until she’s done.<p>And she will hate every moment of it.<p>“I will continue to press the speed button to get a treadmill workout done as quickly as …

Exercise

This is probably the most important element missing from your exercise regime

Ten years ago, Nathan Helberg was training as a powerlifter. Far from making the elite forces trainer feel strong, Helberg says he began to feel weak …

Australian News

How To Care For Your Feet During Running Season

Forrest Gump may have just started running and not stopped, but that's not the best approach when it comes to learning to run long distances.<p>In fact, …

Exercise

Dear Gwyneth Paltrow, I’m a GYN and your vaginal jade eggs are a bad idea

Dear Ms. Paltrow,<p>I’ve been reading all about the jade eggs you are selling on GOOP for $55-66 a pop and the corresponding interview with a jade egg …

Being fit and working out with cancer

It was just before Thanksgiving when 38-year-old Christian Diompy got the most unexpected news. The reason he was having a hard time swallowing and …

Cancer

Hot tips: Eight tricks for joggers to outrun a heatwave

• Share<br>• Post on facebook wall<br>• Share on twitter<br>• Post to Linkedin<br>• Share on Google Plus<br>• Share via Email<p>Dedicated runners have already roasted themselves and …

Do you really want to get fit? Observations from a PT

You've vowed to get fit. Great. The thing is, it's a promise you've made to yourself before. So how can you tell if things will be different this …