Just running 50 minutes a week is enough to lower death risk, finds study

Running is a good, cheap way of getting the heart pumping for some exercise. But how much is enough to get the benefits? According to a new study, any amount of regular running, even as little as 50 minutes once a week, can dramatically reduce the risk of death. And it doesn’t appear to matter how long or fast you run, just getting out there is all it takes to improve your health significantly

Just running 50 minutes a week is enough to lower death risk, finds studyMany studies have shown that running is a healthful form of aerobic exercise that has numerous benefits for both the body and the mind. For example, the authors of a 2018 study argued that running could help protect brain health, while older research has tied this form of physical activity to slower ageing. But what […]

35 extra minutes of exercise per day can reduce depression risk

Even those who had the highest genetic depression risk scores were less likely to develop depression if they had higher levels of physical activity

35 extra minutes of exercise per day can reduce depression riskAccording to the researchers, who are from the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, the study is the first of its kind. The paper, which appears in the journal Depression and Anxiety, shows that physical activity can positively affect the risk of depression — even when there is a higher genetic risk. Lead author Karmel Choi, […]

#WorldAlzheimersDay: Can exercise slow down Alzheimer’s?

A proof-of-concept brain imaging study suggests that exercising four or five times a week may delay the progression of Alzheimer's disease in people who already have toxic build-ups of beta-amyloid protein

#WorldAlzheimersDay: Can exercise slow down Alzheimer’s?The new research is a 1-year randomized controlled trial led by Prof. Rong Zhang. The team published their findings in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Prof. Zhang is affiliated with the departments of neurology, neurotherapeutics, and internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, in Dallas. He and his team previously dedicated their […]

Even 1 extra kilo of deep belly fat can increase diabetes risk in women, reveals study

Though excess body fat is a known risk for many metabolic conditions, including type 2 diabetes, recent research has been gathering evidence to show that the amount of body fat is not the only factor that contributes to risk

Even 1 extra kilo of deep belly fat can increase diabetes risk in women, reveals studyResearchers already know that excess body fat can increase the risk of diabetes, but a new study shows that one form of fat, in particular – the ‘invisible’ one that accumulates around organs and intestines – can heighten this risk more than seven times, at least in women. Now, research from Uppsala University in Sweden […]

Standing burns more calories than sitting or lying down, finds study

Compared with sitting or lying down for the same amount of time, standing uses more energy. This could help to burn calories that would otherwise end up in fat storage

Standing burns more calories than sitting or lying down, finds studyNew research supports the idea that spending more time standing during waking hours can help to counteract some of the negative consequences of sedentary lifestyles. These are among the findings and conclusions of a recent PLOS One study from the University of Granada (UGR), in Spain. Many scientists believe that lying, sitting, and standing use […]

Muscle-building protein shakes may threaten health, finds study

The protein shakes that health supplement stores sell, which people sometimes buy as a dietary aid to build muscle mass, may not actually be safe for health in the long run according to a new study in mice

Muscle-building protein shakes may threaten health, finds studyMany fitness protein powders that are commercially available consist primarily of whey proteins, which contain high levels of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs). BCAAs, which are three essential amino acids called leucine, valine, and isoleucine, are meant to help increase muscle mass in people who are interested in bodybuilding, though some scientists believe this claim to […]

Physical fitness may help prevent depression, anxiety: New studies offers insights

Although there is evidence that exercise can boost mental health, scientists know less about whether physical fitness can prevent the onset of mental health conditions. A recent systematic review and meta-analysis take a closer look

Physical fitness may help prevent depression, anxiety: New studies offers insightsCommon mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety, are a growing global issue. They reduce overall wellbeing and life satisfaction, but they may also increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and increase mortality risk. Although talking therapies and medication can help in many instances, they do not help everyone. An issue as substantial as […]

Are there any health benefits to a cold shower?

Many people prefer warm showers to cold showers. However, some studies have shown that using cold water may be beneficial to physical and mental health

Are there any health benefits to a cold shower?This article covers some of the scientific evidence supporting the benefits of cold showers for a variety of physical and mental benefits. Increased alertness Taking a cold shower can make a person feel more alert, largely due to its effects on the body. According to a meta-analysis of existing cold water immersion research in the […]

#YogaDay2019: Yoga keeps the mind and body young, reveal 22 clinical trials

People who practice yoga often share anecdotes regarding its beneficial effect on their mental and physical health. Intrigued by such reports, some scientists set out to verify whether the benefits are real

#YogaDay2019: Yoga keeps the mind and body young, reveal 22 clinical trialsYoga refers to a series of mind-body practices that originate in Hindu tradition. However, they are growing in popularity across the world as an alternative well-being practice. A review analysing the results of 22 randomised clinical trials has found that yoga practice can improve many aspects of physical and mental health among older adults. Some […]

Even 1 hour of brisk walking per week can benefit people with osteoarthritis

One weekly hour of brisk walking may help seniors with osteoarthritis stay healthy, mobile, and physically able well into older age

Even 1 hour of brisk walking per week can benefit people with osteoarthritisNew research examines the benefits of physical activity, such as brisk walking, on mobility and the ability to perform daily tasks among seniors living with knee osteoarthritis. There is currently no cure for osteoarthritis and treatment often consists of painkillers or knee surgery, depending on how advanced the disease is. According to some estimates, for […]