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We Know Nature Makes Us Happier. Now Science Says It Makes Us Kinder Too

We Know Nature Makes Us Happier. Now Science Says It Makes Us Kinder TooI’ve been an avid hiker my whole life. From the time I first strapped on a backpack and headed into the Sierra Nevada Mountains, I was hooked on the experience, loving the way being in nature cleared my mind and helped me to feel more grounded and peaceful.

Should Children And Adolescents Lift Weights?

Should Children And Adolescents Lift Weights?We all know exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, and most will agree kids should be doing more of it. However, a recent study found while parents are positive about their children engaging in aerobic activities (running, playing sports), they have much more negative views when it comes to strength exercises.

Exercise May Protect The Liver From Booze

Exercise May Protect The Liver From BoozeOver time, excessive drinking can lead to several chronic conditions, such as fatty liver disease and cirrhosis. But there’s new evidence that aerobic exercise may protect the liver.

Even In Polluted Areas, It Is Healthier To Exercise Than To Stay Inactive

Even In Polluted Areas, It Is Healthier To Exercise Than To Stay InactiveIf you use your area’s air pollution as a reason not to exercise, you might need to find a better excuse. Even in heavily polluted areas, the benefits of exercise outweigh the harmful effects of air pollution in relation to the risk of premature mortality, a new study reports.

The Global Bike Sharing Boom And Why Cities Love A Cycling Scheme

Coming through! sama093/Flickr, CC BY-NC-NDAs urbanisation and modernisation reach unprecedented levels, road congestion has become a modern day menace. Heavy traffic is associated with air pollution, safety risks, and losses in terms of accessibility, economic competitiveness, sustainable growth and social cohesion. 

Working Out PTSD: Exercise A Vital Part Of Treatment

Working Out PTSD: Exercise A Vital Part Of TreatmentIn 1954, the first director-general of the World Health Organisation, Dr Brock Chisholm, famously stated: “Without mental health there can be no true physical health.” More than half a century later, we have large numbers of studies backing up his belief.

To Be More Active, Seniors Should Sit Less

To Be More Active, Seniors Should Sit LessGetting the recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week may be challenging for some older adults, but researchers say that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t work at it.

Killer Couches: Being Active Is Better Than Optimal Weight and Sedentary

Killer Couches: Being Active Is Better Than Optimal Weight and SedentaryThe link between exercise, diet and ill health has been recognised for a considerable length of time. The ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates (460-370BC), wrote: Eating alone will not keep a man well; he must also take exercise. For food and exercise … work together to produce health.

Office Workers Should Stand Up From Their Desk For Two Hours A Day

Office Workers Should Stand Up From Their Desk For Two Hours A DayWe’ve known for some time that too much sitting increases your risk of diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease and early death. But until now it’s been unclear how much standing during the work day may counter this increased risk.

Can Short Bouts Of Light Exercise Really Make You Healthier?

Can Short Bouts Of Light Exercise Really Make You Healthier?A growing body of advice suggests doing small amounts of moderate exercise can make a significant difference to your health. Academic research is being turned into headlines such as: “Spending two minutes an hour walking instead of sitting can help you live longer” and “Can’t be bothered to exercise? Just WALK”.

Do You Really Need Carbs To Recover From Exercise?

Do You Really Need Carbs To Recover From Exercise?Carbohydrate-rich diets are often recommended as part of exercise regimes to promote recovery and maximise performance. But recent research suggesting such foods may not help exercise recovery and their potential link with metabolic diseases are raising questions about whether this advice is still appropriate.

Getting Fitter Boosts Even The Survival of the "Fattest"

 Getting Fitter Boosts Even The Survival of the "Fattest"

Like many high school students I completely misunderstood the philosopher Herbert Spencer’s phrase “survival of the fittest.” I interpreted it to mean that those animals of a species that were the most physically fit were most likely to survive and reproduce.

Tai Chi Boosts Immunity to Shingles Virus in Older Adults

Tai Chi Boosts Immunity to Shingles Virus in Older Adults

Tai chi, a traditional Chinese form of exercise, may help older adults avoid getting shingles by increasing immunity to varicella-zoster virus and boosting the immune response to varicella vaccine, according to research supported by the National Institute on Aging and NCCAM.

Bicycle Commuting Can Improve Health And Mitigate Climate Change

Bicycle Commuting Can Improve Health And Mitigate Climate Change

It's that time of year: Bicyclists young and old are lubing chains and dusting off cheap supermarket bikes, top-of-the line Treks and everything in between. A bike, of course, offers a way to get exercise, reduce your carbon footprint or just have fun. But biking activity, in large part, is driven by the pedaling opportunities available in your community.

Get Up, Stand Up! Five Health Benefits of Standing Desks

Get Up, Stand Up! Five Health Benefits of Standing Desks

by Joseph Stromberg. There was a time when standing desks were seldom seen inside a regular office setting. That's changed, in large part due to research showing that the cumulative impact of sitting all day for years is associated with a range of health problems...