Physical and Mental Health - Exercise, Fitness and Activity

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

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 …

Exercise

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 …

The Workplace

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> …

Emotions

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 …

Sleep

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 …

Wellness

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 …

Smartwatches

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

Thinking about running a 26.2? You've probably budgeted how much time you'll need to train. But you might be wondering just how much money a marathon …

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 …

Circuit Training

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

Fitness May Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Aerobic fitness seems to alter the interior workings of cells in ways that may substantially lower the risk of breast cancer.<p>A new study with female rats found that those that were the most fit were much less likely than other animals to develop cancer after exposure to a known carcinogen, even if …

Fitness

The Risk of Exertional Heatstroke to Young Athletes

Growing up as an athlete in Louisiana, I was one of many teenagers who took to the football field for summer two-a-day practices. In the nearly tropical summer heat and humidity, we would practice and play in triple-digit temperatures – almost always in full padding. Between sessions, my teammates …

Wellness

Are you part of a social group? Making sure you are will improve your health

It’s well established that people who feel socially isolated, or as though they don’t belong, have worse mental health than those who feel socially …

Psychology

The unhealthy habits killing Australian women

Share selection to:<p>Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in Australia and has been for more than two decades. But despite ongoing …

How to Recognize Burnout Before You’re Burned Out

Emma Seppala was working as an intern at The International Herald Tribune (the past iteration of The International New York Times) one summer in college in Paris, shuttling between the newsroom writers and editors on the second floor and the workers at printing presses in the basement.<p>Ms. Seppala, …

Burnout

Dear guys, this is why you should never wear a FitBit during sex

It has been said that the mark of a gentleman is one who takes his weight on his elbows. I'm sad to say that because it's 2017 and we've lost sight …

New Zealand News

Sitting significantly increases chance of bowel cancer

Bowel cancer is one of the biggest killers in the Western world but new research has singled out an easy way to ward it off.<p>The Victorian Cancer …

Cancer

Why Women Need To Prioritise Their Fitness Now More Than Ever

Monday is the start of Women's Health Week and it couldn't have come at a better time.<p>The Jean Hailes Woman's Health Survey of just over 10,000 women …

Women's News

Why Running May Be Good for Your Back

People who regularly run or walk briskly appear to have healthier discs in their spines than people who do not exercise, according to one of the first studies to closely examine links between movement and disc health.<p>The findings refute a widely held belief that activities like running might …

Australian Universities

Doping among amateur athletes like CrossFitters is probably more common than you'd think

Earlier this month the 11th annual CrossFit Games took place in the US. While the event has come a long way from humble beginnings, the prizemoney …

Olympics

You’re Sorry for Their Loss. But How Do You Say It?

Expressing condolences to a grieving friend or loved one can make the most articulate of us feel tongue-tied.<p>It often feels like an obstacle course of etiquette and taste: What should you say? Should you send a card or meet in person? Is an email or Facebook message acceptable? The answers to those …

Empathy

How Well Do Health Trackers Really Work for Managing Chronic Conditions?

Advances in technology only help if patients will use them, and the evidence shows that oftentimes, they won’t.<p>Physicians call it the 5,000-hour problem. If you have a common chronic condition such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes, the expert in charge of your health for almost all of your …

Digital Health

Google will ask: 'Are you depressed?'

Dave Lee North America technology reporter<p><b>People searching for “depression” on Google will soon be prompted to take a questionnaire to assess if they may be suffering from the illness.</b><p>The search giant has partnered with the US National Alliance on Mental Illness (Nami) to roll out the project which …

Depression

Loneliness epidemic will hit in 2030, say researchers

By Olivia Lambert A loneliness epidemic will become a huge crisis in the future and will be a public health issue as big as obesity.Modern life and …

Psychology

Should you start with strength or cardio at the gym?

By Kathleen Alleaume How many times have you gone to the gym and asked yourself, "Which should I do first: cardio or strength training?"Truth is, …

Exercise

Does exercise make you eat more?

New research has looked into how different exercises affect appetite – but it’s a tricky area to study<p>After an hour in the gym you’re feeling pretty good about yourself. Less so two hours later, when you’ve demolished half the fridge. But the relationship between exercise and weight loss is …

Weight Loss

What causes depression? What we know, don’t know and suspect

The term and even diagnosis of “depression” can have different meanings and consequences. Depression can be a normal mood state, a clinical disorder, …