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Why More Time Walking Means Less Time In Hospital

Why More Time Walking Means Less Time In HospitalIn my practice as a GP, I have been impressed by a few energetic and active 80 year olds who remain in good health while many their age have succumbed to various chronic diseases.

Why Sitting Is Not The New Smoking

Why Sitting Is Not The New SmokingSitting has been branded the “new smoking” for its supposed public health risks, especially for people with sit-down office jobs.

Balancing The Emotional Flow Through The Psoas Muscle: Muscle of the Soul

Balancing The Emotional Flow Through The Psoas Muscle: Muscle of the Soul When we feel criticized (by others or by ourselves), it is often the psoas that reacts by contracting or hardening and becoming rigid. Taoists refer to the psoas as the muscle of the soul because of its connection to our deepest essence and core identity.

Why Obese Does Not Necessarily Mean Unhealthy

Why Obese Does Not Necessarily Mean UnhealthySelf-proclaimed “weight loss hypnosis master” Steve Miller has announced a campaign to see all overweight NHS staff wearing badges that read “I’m fat, but I’m losing it”.

Do Cold Showers Actually Cool You Down?

cold shower 2 13It’s normal to feel hot, sweaty and uncomfortable in warm weather, but what’s the best way to cool down?

How To Achieve Health And Fitness With Minimal Exercise

How To Achieve Health And Fitness With Minimal ExerciseWhen it comes to exercise, if there was a way to get more health benefits by doing less, then it’s likely a lot of people would be interested. This is probably the reason that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) gets a lot of attention.

How Wearable Devices Are Reinventing Our Cities As Open-air Gyms

How Wearable Devices Are Reinventing Our Cities As Open-air GymsWhen Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, arguably the “father of gymnastics” and the inventor of the horizontal and parallel bars, opened his first gym (or Turnplatz) in 1811, he decided to locate it outdoors in Berlin.

Is Weekend Warrior Exercise Good For You?

Is Weekend Warrior Exercise Good For You?There is no doubt that physical activity is good for you, but the optimal amount remains a topic of debate. The universally accepted recommendation is that we do at least...

Taking Up Running? Here's What You Need To Know

running 1 6If the statistics are correct, many millions of new runners have laced up for the first time in the last few days.

Exercise Snacking Is The Way Forward To Fitness

Exercise Snacking Is The Way Forward To FitnessOver the festive season, many of us will eat and drink much more than we usually would – it has been estimated that the average person in the UK consumes around 6,000 calories on Christmas day alone.

Your Brain Benefits From Exercise In These 3 Ways

Your Brain Benefits From Exercise In These 3 WaysThree things happen to the brain when we exercise, says Wendy Suzuki, professor of neural science and psychology at New York University. She offers a quick explanation in just 90 seconds.

5 Things You Need To Know About Fitness Trackers

fitness tracker 12 22Most modern fitness trackers are electronic devices you wear on your wrist to track steps, overall physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep.

Here's Another Reason To Exercise Every Day During The Holidays

Here's Another Reason To Exercise Every Day During The HolidaysYes, of course we all know we should exercise every day during the holiday season to help counter the onslaught of excess calories that started on Thanksgiving and will mercifully end with a New Year’s toast. But an equally important reason to exercise every day is...

Why Time Scarcity Is A Slippery Slope To Inactivity

Why Time Scarcity Is A Slippery Slope To InactivityEven though most Australians know we need to exercise more, many of us don’t. Our recent study suggests this is often due to diminishing availability of time.

How To Prevent Injury From Sport And Exercise

How To Prevent Injury From Sport And ExerciseRegular physical activity is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, protecting us from a host of modern ills such as heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, depression and some cancers.

How You Can Change Your Body Shape With Exercise

How You Can Change Your Body Shape With ExerciseFor most of us, heading into a gym can lead to confusion about what exercises to do. If you want to change the shape of your body, can selecting certain exercises really work?

Why Running Could Keep You Awake At Night

Why Running Could Keep You Awake At NightYou’ve probably heard people say they enjoy running because it lets them switch off. Perhaps you feel that way yourself. Brain activity really does decrease when you’re performing a simple, repetitive action...

Should We Get As Much Exercise As Hunter Gatherers?

Should We Get As Much Exercise As Hunter Gatherers?In a remote area of Tanzania, Hadza men leave their huts on foot, armed with bows and poison-tipped arrows, to hunt for their next meal. Meanwhile, Hadza women gather tubers, berries, and other fruits.

Can The Way We Move After Injury Lead To Chronic Pain?

Can The Way We Move After Injury Lead To Chronic Pain?When people suffer musculoskeletal pain – that is, pain arising from muscles, ligaments, bones or joints – they change the way they move. Sometimes these changes include completely avoiding certain movements, and sometimes they are more subtle.

Can Exercise Prevent Age-related Hearing Loss?

Can Exercise Prevent Age-related Hearing Loss?Everyone knows that exercise helps keep weight off and is good for your heart. Now, scientists say it also appears to prevent age-related hearing loss in mice.

How Just A Little Exercise Can Control Weight After Menopause?

How Just A Little Exercise Can Control Weight After Menopause?Minimal exercise may be all it takes for postmenopausal women to better regulate insulin, maintain metabolic function, and help prevent significant weight gain, a new study suggests.

Exercise Releases This Fat-burning Hormone

Exercise Releases This Fat-burning HormoneExercise releases irisin, a hormone that helps the body shed fat and keeps it from forming, new research shows.

Why Your Body Makeover Training Program Could Be A Waste Of Time

Why Your Body Makeover Training Program Could Be A Waste Of TimeThanks to social media, it’s hard to escape from hearing about people’s fitness levels. Sites like Facebook and Instagram provide a constant stream of information about user’s gym visits, nutrition plans and race results.

The Key To Sticking With An Exercise Program

The Key To Sticking With An Exercise ProgramThe key to sticking with an exercise program is actually enjoying it, new research shows.

Jogging Can Add Years To Your Life

Jogging Can Add Years To Your LifeThe sight of the determined, lycra-clad jogger has become a familiar feature of urban parks around the world. Jogging – defined as “the activity of running at a steady, gentle pace”

What Science Can Tell Us About Aging And Strength

What Science Can Tell Us About Aging And StrengthSometimes, older men seem to possess incredible strength for their age. People call it “old man strength”. But is it an actual phenomenon? Do older guys really retain their strength? Or even get stronger?

Menopause May Rob Women Of The Exercise High

 Menopause May Rob Women Of The Exercise HighAs women enter menopause, their levels of physical activity decrease, but it hasn’t been understood why.

Eat and Run: 8 Tips on Eating for Fitness and Health

Eat and Run: 8 Tips on Eating for Fitness and HealthBeginning exerciser to triathlete, we know that exercise does us good. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends a fitness program combining cardio and strength training. But what you eat is just as important...

The Battle For Yoga's Soul

The Battle For Yoga's SoulYoga has offered the Indian state unprecedented opportunities for global, media-savvy political performance. In recent years, the nation has made international headlines by creating a national ministry for yoga.

Is It OK To Have A Beer After Exercise?

Is It OK To Have A Beer After Exercise?People take up running, and other types of exercise, mainly to get fit and lose weight. But there’s often a social aspect, too. After a gruelling run, some people like to retire to the pub or club house for an ice cold beer.

Exercise May Be The Best Way To Prevent Dementia

Exercise May Be The Best Way To Prevent DementiaRegular exercise in middle age is the best lifestyle change a person can make to prevent cognitive decline in their later years, a 20-year study finds.

Why Lifting Weights Is More Important For Your Health Than You Think

Why Lifting Weights Is More Important For Your Health Than You ThinkRegular participation in muscle strengthening activity such as weight or resistance training has many health benefits. However, this mode of exercise has been largely overlooked in health promotion.

How To Get Off The Couch And Into Exercise

Starting an exercise regime from scratch can be daunting. Krissa Corbett Kavouras/Flickr, CC BY-SACurrent guidelines suggest adults should accrue at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week. However, 60% of us fail to meet this recommendation, and around one in six aren’t doing any regular exercise at all.

Older Adults Who Lift Weights Live Longer

Older Adults Who Lift Weights Live LongerOlder adults who strength trained at least twice a week had 46 percent lower odds of death for any reason, 41 percent lower odds of cardiac death, and 19 percent lower odds of dying from cancer.