April 2013

Monthly Archives

  • Binge drinking’s effect on your heart

    You may think that binge drinking when you’re young just leads to a nasty hangover, but the effects on your heart can be long lasting, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. “Researchers performed a cardiovascular workup on college kids who reported binge drinking—that’s five or more drinks within a […]
  • There’s no excuse to not work out

    We’ve had similar posts to this before, but the excuses keep coming. CNN takes a look at some of the most common reasons people use to not work out — and why those excuses just don’t work. Take this excuse: There aren’t enough hours in the day. “The reality: You’re busy, for sure. But the […]
  • Common sleep myths busted

    Sleep is one of the most basic things you do each day, but there are a surprising number of common myths about the best way to do it. The Huffington Post looks at some of these. For example, you’ve probably heard that everyone needs eight hours of sleep a night: “Fact: What works for you […]
  • Increased cancer risk for skin cancer survivors

    Surviving skin cancer raises your risk of getting other cancers down the line, according to new research in the journal PLOS Medicine. “Researchers tracked 46,000 men and 100,000 women for 22 years and found that white guys who had non-melanoma skin cancer—including basal-cell carcinoma and squamous-cell carcinoma, the two most common forms of cancer in the […]
  • How many minutes of walking to burn off that burger?

    After studies have shown that simply putting calorie counts next to menu items at fast food restaurants doesn’t have an effect on calories consumed, researchers are trying a new approach. A recent study shows that replacing the calorie count with the number of minutes of brisk walking a person would need to complete to burn […]
  • For many problems, exercise is the best medicine

    For problems ranging from anxiety to hot flashes, the simplest solution may just be consistently exercising. Try going for a run to see if it can help you with daytime sleepiness: “Instead of leaning on caffeine (which can prevent you from falling asleep later, causing drowsiness again the next day), get moving. Folks who meet the recommended […]
  • Enjoy your workout more with these tips

    Dreading going to the gym for another day?  The Greatist explores 16 ways you can make you workout fly by, such as: “Join a class. Group fitness has come a long way since we were Sweatin’ to the Oldies. There really is something for everyone, from surfing indoors to aerial arts. And as always, working alongside […]
  • Boost your mood with these foods and drinks

    A simple taste of beer — without alcohol — might be enough to release dopamine in your brain and improve your mood, according to a new study. Check out other food that can boost your mood like whole foods: “‘Emerging research in the fields of neuroscience and nutrition show that people who eat a diet […]
  • The role of genetics in workout motivation

    A new study shows that motivation to work out may be affected by genetics — in rats at least. First the researcher ruled out that the rats physiques affected motivation. “So the researchers began to examine the other primary determinant of exercise behavior: psychology. How closely rats’ emotions echo our own, if at all, is […]