Physical and Mental Health - Exercise, Fitness and Activity

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

Regular brisk walks at work reduce risk of clogged arteries

Regular brisk walks throughout the work day has been found to lower levels of fatty acids which lead to clogged arteries.<p>A University of Otago study …

Wellness

Can sitting cancel out the benefits of exercise?

<b>(CNN) —</b> You've probably heard the trendy phrase that "sitting is the new smoking." Although it's an exaggeration to equate the two behaviors -- nothing comes close to smoking in its many ruinous and deadly effects on the body -- research does show that prolonged sitting may be harmful, even if you …

Wellness

To Train an Athlete, Add 12 Minutes of Meditation to the Daily Mix

If athletes practice meditation for a few minutes a day, they may become better able to withstand the mental demands of hours of strenuous physical training, according to an interesting new study of Division I college football players.<p>The study, which compared different types of mental training for …

Exercise

Exercise and Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI) – To rest or play?

“Doc, I’m not feeling well today, I’ve got a bit of cold. Should I go to training?”. <b></b>This is a question I get asked commonly working with athletes at …

Exercise

Teens Are Just As Sedentary As 60 Year Olds

Obesity in American shows no signs of slowing, and the reasons why it's so widespread can be traced to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle that keeps …

Wellness

The 10-20-30 Workout for Swimmers

<b>Question:</b><p>What would be your recommendation for translating the “10-20-30″ training program for swimming?<p><b>Answer:</b><p>Last year, I wrote about the 10-20-30 program, an entertaining version of interval training recently developed by Danish physiologists, originally for runners. During 10-20-30 training, …

Exercise

Hot Weather Workout? Try a Hot Bath Beforehand

There are many ways to cope with exercising in hot weather. But one of the most effective may be, surprisingly, to soak in long, hot baths in the days beforehand, according to a well-timed new study of how best to prepare for athletic competitions in the heat.<p>Across the United States and much of …

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Night owls, rejoice: A late workout shouldn’t hinder your sleep. It could even help.

Although elite athletes and experienced runners compete in the Marine Corps Marathon, it’s widely recognized that the race is beginner- and family-friendly. That means there’ll be first-timers at the start on Oct. 22, and second-timers.<p>Like me.<p>As I consider a typical beginner 20-week marathon …

Sleep

Why dancing is good for your health

<b>(CNN) —</b> Whitney Thore had gained nearly 100 pounds. It stemmed from polycystic ovary syndrome, and she found it hard to accept her larger figure.<p>Her emotional distress peaked while she was living abroad and dealing with a breakup. Frustrated and unable to find relief, she turned on some music and …

Exercise

Health risks from hitting the gym identified in new study

Studies released today show that, despite good intentions, those who regularly exercise for two hours or more could be doing more harm to their …

Wellness

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

A 1-Hour Walk, 3 Times a Week, Has Benefits for Dementia

Exercise may bolster the brain function and thinking skills of people with dementia, according to a new report. The study’s findings suggest that walking a few times per week might alter the trajectory of the disease and improve the physical well-being of people who develop a common form of …

The Brain

The world's most amazing hotel gyms | CNN Travel

(CNN) — Veteran road warriors know that the best way to beat jetlag and energy-zapping meetings is by working up a serious sweat.<p>That schedule of constantly changing time zones, back-to-back meetings and intense pressure can wreak havoc on your mind and body.<p>But studies show that exercising …

Hotels

How has the fitness video adapted to the YouTube age?

Technology of Business reporter<p><b>In the 1980s, a Lycra-clad Jane Fonda sold millions of her pioneering workout video cassettes. But videotape gave way to DVDs, then along came the internet and digital streaming. So how has the workout video adapted?</b><p>When Cassey Ho, 30, logs on to her YouTube page …

Fitness

Gyms are in a position to spot eating disorders — but actually helping is tricky

During a recent Zumba class at the Washington Sports Club in Dupont Circle, an emaciated woman came in a few minutes late and began to follow the class’s movements. One class participant was alarmed enough to tell the front desk.<p>“I was very concerned she would break a bone or sustain a heart …

Fitness

Compression Tights Won’t Make You a Better Runner

Compression tights are the latest in athletic performance wear, and some runners swear they improve their performance by helping them to run longer, …

Ohio State University

Boost Your Workouts With Caffeine, Even if You Chug Coffee Daily

Caffeine improves athletic performance. This is a truth almost universally acknowledged in exercise science.<p>But scientists, coaches and athletes also have thought that to gain any performance boost from taking caffeine before an event, an athlete had to abstain from the stuff for days or weeks …

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Here's How to Make Yourself Love Exercise

It's not just you: Many people are turned off by the thought of exercise because they think it has to be intense or time-consuming. But the findings …

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Exercise Can Almost Halve The Risk Of Death Or Recurrence In Cancer Patients

While it may be the farthest thing from the minds of its sufferers, Australian research has shown regular, moderate exercise can almost halve the …

Cancer

Fitness trackers 'poor at measuring calories burned'

<b>Most fitness trackers are good at measuring heart rate but poor at measuring calories burned, a study suggests.</b><p>As a result, people should be cautious about using them to judge what to eat, Stanford University scientists said.<p>The study recommended that companies release data showing how their …

Wearable Tech

The best place to work out is totally free

• Share<br>• Post on facebook wall<br>• Share on twitter<br>• Post to Linkedin<br>• Share on Google Plus<br>• Share via Email<p>Local parks are a lovely place for a picnic in the sun, …

Explainer: what is positive psychology and how can you use it for yourself?

Many people have probably heard the term “positive psychology”, but know little about what it means in practice. Positive psychology aims to find …

Why running isn't damaging to your knees

Your excuse for not going jogging may have just been debunked.Experts say running is not actually bad for the knees - a view held by many who love to …

New Zealand News

New Advice to Move More After a Concussion

When young athletes sustain concussions, they are typically told to rest until all symptoms disappear. That means no physical activity, reading, screen time or friends, and little light exposure, for multiple days and, in severe cases, weeks.<p>Restricting all forms of activity after a concussion is …

The Brain

Run for your life! At a comfortable pace, and not too far: James O'Keefe at TEDxUMKC

No, Your Fitness Tracker Won’t Give You Cancer

Have you heard the claim that wearable tech devices like Fitbit and the upcoming Apple Watch may pose a cancer risk?<p>A recent column in <i>The New York</i> …

What Is Jogging Doing to Your Dog?

Exercising with people can be great for some dogs, but a lot of the science is unclear.<p>Growing up in Ithaca, New York, I lived with as many as three Australian Shepherds at a time. My mother trains the breed for competition in a sprint-speed sport known as dog agility, so it was a common weekend …

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