Physical Activity Boosts Brain Power

My Body 7.11.2014

Healthy children come in all shapes and sizes. Being physically fit is more important than Body Mass Index (BMI) when it comes to getting good grades. A new study by Dr. Robert R. Rauner and colleagues from Lincoln Public Schools and Creighton University in Nebraska found that aerobic fitness has a greater effect on academic … Read More

How Music Can Boost a High-Intensity Workout

My Body 29.10.2014

Intense, highly demanding exercise has many health benefits and one signal drawback. It can be physically unpleasant, which deters many people from beginning or sticking with an intense exercise program. An encouraging new study, however, suggests that listening to music makes strenuous workouts feel easier and may nudge people into pushing themselves harder than they … Read More

How To Burn Fat Better By Creating Your Own High-Intensity Workout

My Body 6.10.2014

Forget about slow-and-steady cardio workouts. High-intensity interval training will help you reach your fitness goals faster. Any exercise activity that mixes a slow and steady pace with bursts of speed is a High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout. And, if you’re pressed for time, research suggests that a HIIT workout may burn more fat in less … Read More

Sit Less, Live Longer?

My Body 22.9.2014

If people need motivation to get up from their office chairs or couches and become less sedentary, two useful new studies could provide the impetus. One found that sitting less can slow the aging process within cells, and the other helpfully underscores that standing up — even if you are standing still — can be … Read More

Drink Soda? Take 12,000 Steps

My Body 19.9.2014

People who consume the sweetener fructose — which is most people nowadays — risk developing a variety of health problems. But the risk drops substantially if those people get up and move around, even if they don’t formally exercise, two new studies found. Most of us have heard that ingesting fructose, usually in the form … Read More

Back-to-Fall Sports: Injury Prevention Made Easy

My Body 2.9.2014

Whether it’s back to the field for football, soccer or Fall band practice, the whole family can coach themselves on injury prevention this season for safer, high-performance play.  It all comes down to knowing how you can get injured, how to condition yourself against injury and being efficient in both practice and competition. Common Injuries … Read More

Running 5 Minutes a Day Has Long-Lasting Benefits

My Body 25.8.2014

Running for as little as five minutes a day could significantly lower a person’s risk of dying prematurely, according to a large-scale new study of exercise and mortality. The findings suggest that the benefits of even small amounts of vigorous exercise may be much greater than experts had assumed. In recent years, moderate exercise, such … Read More

Yoga Technique for your 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s

My Body 20.8.2014

As your life changes, change the focus of your yoga practice.  Yoga can be a mindful health and wellness system for all ages, and it helps to pay a little extra attention to certain things as you start yoga at any age, or as your yoga journey evolves through the years. The Roaring 20s This … Read More

Dos and Don’ts of Running in the Summer

My Body 15.8.2014

Running is one of the best ways to burn a ton of calories, get a cardio workout and tap into those feel-good endorphins. But, you have to keep a few things in mind to get the most out of a run – and stay safe. Do: Water Yourself Health professionals recommend drinking 40 to 64 … Read More

Melting from the Heat? An Easy Way to Cool Off Like A Yogi

My Body 9.7.2014

You’re melting in the summer heat and you’re not having any luck finding a fan or an air-conditioned place to hide from the high temperatures. Try cooling off the yogi way by using a traditional breath practice that was used to reduce body temperature and calm the mind long before there were fans and A/C. … Read More

Ask Well: Is It Good to Sweat?

My Body 25.6.2014

Q: Are there any health benefits associated with more sweating during a workout? If so, is there a difference if sweat is induced by heat (e.g., hot weather) vs. aerobic exercise? A: “There’s this entrenched idea that it’s good to ‘sweat things out,’” said Oliver Jay, an associate professor of exercise physiology and director of the Thermal Ergonomics … Read More

Boutique vs. Big Fitness: Tips for Choosing Your Ideal Workout

My Body 6.6.2014

Thousands of fitness-minded people are swarming boutique gyms for their workout, sometimes paying top dollar, instead of fighting for a treadmill at a big box fitness club. In our niche-driven society, many feel boutique workouts deliver the most for your money and your health, combined. Ask Yourself: Are You Niche? If you’re someone who knows … Read More