April 2014

Monthly Archives

  • Go for a walk to boost creativity

    You’ve probably heard that exercise can help with creativity, but until now there was little scientific research to back it up. A new study put it to the test: “With the enthusiastic support of her adviser, Daniel Schwartz, a professor in the Stanford Graduate School of Education, Dr. Oppezzo recruited a group of undergraduate students […]
  • ACL injuries can lead to a lifetime of problems

    With more teens participating in competitive sports at younger ages, the occurrence of ACL tears has increased. While they can return to sports, their chance of getting arthritis later in life skyrockets. Your best bet is prevention. “If parents and coaches realized the long-term implications of an ACL injury, I think they’d be more attuned […]
  • Food hacks for your health

    Whether is garlicky breath or trying to get better sleep, there are some surprising ways certain food may help: “Eat kiwi for some ZZZs: Kiwifruit could help insomniacs sleep better, according to researchers in Taiwan. They asked 24 men and women between the ages of 20 and 55 who were suffering from sleep disturbances to […]
  • Hitting a weight loss plateau

    After seeing the positive effects of eating better and working out, it’s often frustrating when the scale stays stuck at a certain number. If you’re experiencing a plateau, try these tips: “De-emphasize the scale. Most physicians would readily agree that the scale alone is a very incomplete metric, says Sullivan. So is your BMI number, […]
  • Don’t miss out on omega-3s

    One of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids is fish. If you not a fan, there are other great sources: “Kale: Green leafy veggies may surprise you as a source of omega-3 fats. While the primary omega-3 fat is ALA, kale also packs so many other nutrients in as well—like fiber, folate, and a […]
  • Work out habits to start in your 20s

    The healthier you are in your young adult years the more likely you’ll be healthy over time, according to a new study. Women’s Health explores tips to get you started on the right track: “Learn proper form, and don’t cheat: The key to circuit training and weight lifting is that you have to use proper […]
  • Recovering from a marathon

    Running 26.2 miles is an amazing accomplishment, but it does a number on your body.  Give your body enough time to recover before easing back into working out. “Compress yourself. Many distance runners these days wear compression gear before, after, and even during a race. No, the 80s aren’t back—those neon-colored knee socks are actually one […]
  • Do you need to cool down after a workout?

    The common wisdom is that you need a cool down after working out, but research has proven that’s a myth. “The available scientific evidence shows, in fact, little benefit from cooling down as most of us do it, with a prolonged, slow easing of physical effort. In a representative 2007 study, healthy adults briskly walked for […]
  • Lessen the effects of season allergies.

    The winter that seemed to never end appears to be coming to a close. But as temperatures begin to rise so does the amount of stuffiness and sneezing — allergy season has arrived.  Sometimes you can skip the medicine and go for a more natural way to relieve symptoms: “Run Away: Going for a jog […]
  • Exercise to improve your skin

    A new study reveals that exercise can not only keep skin young, but also reverse skin aging. It’s never too late! “The volunteers were aged at 65 or older and, at the study’s start, had normal skin for their age. They began a fairly straightforward endurance training program, working out twice a week by jogging […]