Making Time For Exercise -- But How? And When?

Making Time For Exercise -- But How? And When?
It’s that time again. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services just released a new edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. That sound you hear is Americans collectively sighing.

Why A Walk In The Woods Really Does Help Your Body And Your Soul

Why A Walk In The Woods Really Does Help Your Body And Your Soul
Have you ever wondered why you feel healthier and happier when you stroll through the trees or frolic by the sea? Is it just that you’re spending time away from work, de-stressing and taking in the view? Or is there more to it?

How Much Physical Activity Is Enough In Older Age?

How Much Physical Activity Is Enough In Older Age?
We all know making physical activity a regular habit is important for health and well-being. But health promotion messages are often aimed at children and young people, with less focus on the importance of physical activity for older people. However, older age is a crucial time for being active every day.

Is Exercise Still Important To Weight Loss?

Is Exercise Still Important To Weight Loss?
“Exercise isn’t really important for weight loss” has become a popular sentiment in the weight loss community. “It’s all about diet,” many say. “Don’t worry about exercise so much.”

When Is It Quicker To Walk, Than Catch A Bus?

When Is It Quicker To Walk, Than Catch A Bus?
It can often be tempting to jump on a bus for a short journey through the city, especially when it’s raining or you’re running behind schedule. Where there are dedicated bus lanes in place, it can feel as though you speed past gridlocked traffic. But as city authorities begin new initiatives to get people walking or cycling, that could all change – and so could you.

Broke Your Arm? Exercise The Other Arm To Strengthen The Broken One

Broke Your Arm? Exercise The Other Arm To Strengthen The Broken One
If you have ever broken an arm and had to wear a cast or splint for a few weeks, you will be familiar with the alarming loss of muscle and uneasy feeling of weakness experienced after removing your cast. Most people do not do much exercise while a broken arm is healing and can struggle with this loss of muscle for many weeks after the injury.

Walking Gives Older Women’s Hearts A Health Boost

Walking Gives Older Women’s Hearts A Health BoostWalking significantly lowers the risk of heart failure in older women, a new study shows. The study of more than 137,000 postmenopausal women aged 50 to 79 is the largest and most comprehensive to date that has evaluated physical activity within the context of heart failure prevention.

How Your Body Burns Fat?

How Your Body Burns Fat?Increasing the amount of exercise is one way to use the energy stored in fat cells, or to ‘burn’ fat. Many of us may be considering “burning some fat” so we feel better in our bathing suits out on the beach or at the pool. What does that actually mean, though?

Low Muscle Strength Is Linked To Shorter Life

Low Muscle Strength Is Linked To Shorter Life
People with low muscle strength don’t typically live as long as their stronger peers, according to a new study. After adjusting for sociodemographic factors, chronic health conditions, and smoking history, researchers found that people with low muscle strength are 50 percent more likely to die earlier.

Why Do Muscles Stiffen As We Age?

Why Do Muscles Stiffen As We Age?
Many older people find they’re not able to move as freely as they did when they were younger. They describe their movements as feeling stiff or restricted. In particular, feeling stiff when getting out of bed first thing in the morning or after sitting for a long period. The feeling does eventually ease with movement as the muscles “warm up”, but it can be troublesome. There are a few reasons this happens.

Cycle, Walk, Drive Or Train? Weighing Up The Healthiest And Safest Ways To Get Around The City

Cycle, Walk, Drive Or Train? Weighing Up The Healthiest And Safest Ways To Get Around The City

There are many ways to get around a city. You can drive a car or ride a motorcycle. In many cities you have the option of public transport. And of course if you live close enough to where you are heading you can get around in a more active way by riding a bicycle or walking.

Cycling may be dangerous in some ways, but it’s healthy too. But do the health benefits outweigh the risks of potential death? And what about public transport or driving? What is the risk of having an accident, and are there any health benefits at all? There are a number of variables to consider, so the answers to these questions may not be as straightforward as you think.

Why Stretching Is Important For Weight Loss And Exercise

Why Stretching Is Important For Weight Loss And ExerciseThere seems to be a lot of confusion regarding the value – or lack thereof – of muscle stretching to accelerate recovery after exercise. “Stretching clears out your lactic acid,” and other similar claims abound. Is any of this true?

6 Ways To Safely Exercise In Extremely Hot Weather

6 Ways To Safely Exercise In Extremely Hot WeatherWhen temperatures spike in the summer, it’s important to make sure you temper your workouts to stay safe, says Sandeep Mannava, a sports medicine specialist at University of Rochester Medicine.

How Moving Around Has Big Health Benefits

How Moving Around Has Big Health Benefits
Pretty much everyone knows that taking exercise helps people stay in good health. It staves off chronic ailments like type 2 diabetes and heart disease and – maybe – helps us live longer.

I Go To The Gym Every Day. Why Can’t I Lose Weight?

I Go To The Gym Every Day. Why Can’t I Lose Weight?
Liz is a typical 50-something woman, fit, 70 kg, 30% body fat. She goes to the gym every day, and runs for 35 minutes on the treadmill at 10km/h. But, as she tells me rather often, she can’t lose weight. So what’s going on here: is it Liz, or is it the universe conspiring against her?

How Exercise Can Boost Your Brain Function

How Exercise Can Boost Your Brain Function
Research shows that regular exercise can dramatically reduce the risks of depression as well as boost cognition and memory.

Preserving The Wisdom and Knowledge of Martial Arts as a Way of Life

The Wisdom and Knowledge of Martial Arts as a Way of Life
The wisdom and knowledge that the martial arts offer is something that should be preserved in modern society. The practitioner who views his training as merely a means of self-defense will eventually realize that his efforts are unrewarding. The martial Way is nothing less than self-cultivation and the promotion of virtuous conduct.

5 Brain Boosting Reasons To Take Up Martial Arts

5 Brain Boosting Reasons To Take Up Martial Arts
We are all aware that exercise generally has many benefits, such as improving physical fitness and strength. But what do we know about the effects of specific types of exercise?

Why Fancy Gyms Aren't Always Best

Why Fancy Gyms Aren't Always Best
If you want to get stronger and feel better after exercising – which is important because it encourages you to keep exercising – you don’t need a fancy gym.

We Can Never Have Enough of The Healing Environment of Nature

The Healing Environment of Nature
The natural world is our natural home. This may sound obvious, but to many it’s a forgotten truth. There is so much drawing us away from the grounding and nourishing world around us. But no matter how cut off we may feel, or how far into our own darkness we fall, the sun always rises with the possibilities of the day ahead.

Menstruation Is Not A Taboo In Women's Sport

Menstruation Is Not A Taboo In Women's Sport
Menstruation is often called the “last great taboo” in women’s sport. But periods are the media’s taboo, not sportswomen’s. Our new research showed that elite athletes are not afraid to talk about their menstrual cycle and how it affects them.

How Classroom Yoga For Kids May Relieve Anxiety

How Classroom Yoga For Kids May Relieve Anxiety
Participating in yoga and mindfulness activities at school may help anxious third-graders improve their well-being and emotional health, according to a small study.

6 Things You Can Do To Reduce Your Risk Of Dementia

6 Things You Can Do To Reduce Your Risk Of Dementia
An ageing population is leading to a growing number of people living with dementia. Dementia is an umbrella term for a group of symptoms including memory impairment, confusion, and loss of ability to carry out everyday activities.

The Best Way To Avoid Back Pain Is To Lift Heavy Things

The Best Way To Avoid Back Pain Is To Lift Heavy Things
Most people think that the human spine is one of evolution’s great flaws. After all, around 80% of adults suffer from lower-back pain. What more evidence do you need? The truth is...

How Exercise Can Help Tackle The Opioid Crisis

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The misuse of opioids has reached crisis levels across North America. Every day in 2016, 116 Americans died from opioid-related drug overdoses. And almost 1,500 Canadians died from such overdoses during the first half of 2017. Meanwhile, health-care providers continue to prescribe opioids — to try to help people suffering from chronic pain.

How Exercise Can Slow The Aging Process

How Exercise Can Slow The Aging Process
The tradition of sending a telegram to every British citizen on their 100th birthday was started just over 100 years ago by George V, who sent out just nine letters. Last year, the Queen had to sign over 16,000 birthday letters.

What's The Best Source Of Protein For Building Muscle?

What's The Best Source Of Protein For Building Muscle?
Do vegan bodybuilders have the edge? A recent study was reported as showing plant-based protein was more effective for building muscle than that from animals.

Martial Arts Can Improve Your Long-Term Attention Span And Alertness

Martial Arts Can Improve Your Long-Term Attention Span And Alertness
Mental strength is so important to martial arts that researchers have found karate experts’ stronger punching force may be down to a better control of muscle movement in the brain, rather than increased muscular strength. Other studies have also found that children who practice Taekwondo improved in maths test scores, and behaviour.

These Exercises Took 3 Years Off Of Aging Faces

These Exercises Took 3 Years Off Of Aging FacesA 30-minute daily or alternate-day facial exercise program sustained over 20 weeks improved the facial appearance of middle-aged women, resulting in a younger appearance with fuller upper and lower cheeks, report researchers.

Our Fight With Fat: Why Is Obesity Getting Worse?

Our Fight With Fat: Why Is Obesity Getting Worse?Gyms across the country will be packed in the new year with people sticking, however briefly, to their New Year’s resolution to lose weight. Most of them do not know that the cards are stacked against them and that weight loss is much more complicated than working out and not eating dessert.

New Evidence Shows That Healthy Obesity Is A Myth

New Evidence Shows That Healthy Obesity Is A Myth
Our latest study shows that if you’re obese but metabolically healthy (so-called “fat but fit”), you are still at a greater risk of cardiovascular disease compared with metabolically healthy people who are a normal weight.

Thinking Of Taking Opioids For Low Back Pain?

Thinking Of Taking Opioids For Low Back Pain?Low back pain is a common problem affecting more than 80% of us at some point in our lives. Recommended treatments include staying active and, if possible, avoiding strong pain medicines such as opioids.

Why Strength Training Can Have Unique Health Benefits

Why Strength Training Can Have Unique Health BenefitsMost of us probably know exercising is associated with a smaller risk of premature death, but a new study has found that doesn’t have to happen in a CrossFit box, a ninja warrior studio, or even a gym. 

How Simple Nudges Can Increase Lifestyle Physical Activity

How Simple Nudges Can Increase Lifestyle Physical ActivityYou’ve heard this before, right? Physical activity is good for your heart, your overall health – and, believe it or not, even your bank account. In the United States today, most adults (50-95 percent) do not meet national physical activity recommendations.

How Inherited Fitness May Affect Breast Cancer Risk

How Inherited Fitness May Affect Breast Cancer RiskRepeated studies have shown that physical inactivity, and the occurrence of obesity to which it is linked, increases the risk for many chronic diseases, including breast and other cancers.

The High-performance Vegan Athlete – New Research Shows It Is Possible

The High-performance Vegan Athlete – New Research Shows It Is PossibleVeganism is a life choice that more people seem to be making. Still, despite its increase in popularity, when most think of a vegan, they tend to think of an animal rights activist, or someone who is a bit of a hippie at heart. And most likely, that a vegan is slightly underfed owing to a strict diet of tofu, lentils and salad.

Exercise May Give You More Control Of Your Impulses

Exercise May Give You More Control Of Your ImpulsesPhysical exercise may help people exert more control over impulsivity, a new, small study suggests. “There’s a lot of neuroscientific evidence that suggests mood-altering effects of physical activity could change how you make decisions...”

Teaching Good Posture and Natural Alignment to Children

Teaching Good Posture and Natural Alignment to ChildrenMany of us know that our children’s posture is a problem. We struggle to know what to do about it, having already learned the futility of simply telling a child to “sit up straight.” Truth be told, we often are at a loss to know how to inhabit our own bodies in ways that are comfortable and relaxed, yet strong and energetic. 

Is Walking Enough Exercise?

Is Walking Enough Exercise?Walking leads to a remarkable reduction in the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, arthritis, depression, anxiety and insomnia, and premature death from all causes.

Are High Heels Bad For Your Health?

Are High Heels Bad For Your Health?There is copious research into the manifold ways that high heels affect their wearers’ well-being

Using The Power Shout to Reconnect With Your Inner Potential

Using The Power Shout to Reconnect With Your Inner PotentialIf you have been struggling with self-confidence or simply want to increase you sense of inner power, there is a simple, yet extremely effective martial arts technique that can help you reconnect with your inner brilliance.

The Yoga Paradox: How Yoga Can Cause Pain And Treat It

The Yoga Paradox: How Yoga Can Cause Pain And Treat ItYoga carries with it a higher than expected risk of a painful wrist, elbow and shoulder, possibly due to poses like downward dog, new research suggests.

How Yoga Makes You Happy

How Yoga Makes You HappyCan we really unlock our personal power by adopting “powerful” body postures? Unfortunately, the findings that link these so-called “power poses” beloved of certain politicians with a real sense of power and control are difficult to replicate.

How To Help Children Get Enough Exercise

How To Help Children Get Enough ExerciseGetting children off the sofa, away from the TV and outside can be a challenging task for any parent, particularly in the age of increasingly sedentary and screen-focused lives.

How Often Do We Need To Go To The Gym

How Often Do We Need To Go To The GymIf you started 2017 with a resolution to lose weight or get fit then you may have found that you need some extra help and motivation by now.

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.

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...

Is It High Time to Stop Disliking Your Body?

It's Time to Stop Disliking Your BodyOne of my students became very disciplined in journaling with her Divine, and one day she said to me, “I’m so surprised. Continually the guidance I am getting is to drink water, take a nap, go for a walk, eat my vegetables, and give myself a big hug! I feel like my Divine is my grandmother!”

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.

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.

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