When a person loses weight, have you ever wondered where it goes? Scientists at the University of New South Wales in Australia have put together a calculation to explain the process. And it turns out most expert theories are wrong.
The results are in! For the third year in a row, Hawaii has claimed the top spot as healthiest state, according to America’s Health Rankings®—2014 Edition.
Hawaii remains at the top of the list in part because of its low rates of smok- ing, obesity, and deaths from cancer and cardiovascular disease. Conversely, Mississippi takes the bottom spot owing to a high prevalence of obesity, physical inactivity, diabetes and more. The southern state has been listed in the bottom three states since the report was first conceived in 1990.
Seated desk work has come under fire these past several years as countless studies have linked it with a variety of health problems. But not all associations affect all people. When it comes to weight, a new study shows that the effects of regular sitting differ by gender and race.
A new study involving more than 11,000 people has added to the growing body of evidence that regular exercise can reduce depressive symptoms, suggesting it may even provide a preventive benefit. People who were active three times per week reduced the odds of being depressed by 16%, according to findings in JAMA Psychiatry (2014; doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.1240).
Highlighting the importance of the mind-body relationship, a new study has found that 7- to 9-year-old participants in an after-school fitness program improved their cognitive skills, enhancing their academic performance.
When Gray Cook was a high-school athlete, his coaches would comment, “That Gray Cook sure can play hurt.” He had over 20 fractures before he was 18, what with his love of football and motorcycles. He played while hurt, he says, because he had the ability to block out pain. Flash forward to 2014, and Cook—now a practicing physical therapist, certified orthopedic specialist and founder of Functional Movement Systems in Chatham, Virginia—was no longer able to block out neck pain. It was affecting his life, his work, and his ability to share his message of fitness and health.
A lot of people do concurrent training— cardio and strength training within the same session—because it seems to achieve multiple goals at the same time. It’s also a proven fat-burner, making it a popular choice for general fitness.
For perimenopausal and menopausal women, mind-body activities may be beneficial for reducing menopausal symptoms and cognitive impairment conditions like memory loss, according to a review study conducted by Baylor University researchers in Waco, Texas.
Conducting primary research studies on the causes of overtraining is difficult because it’s unethical to induce overtraining syndrome, which can damage a person’s performance for months. Kreher and Schwartz (2012) reviewed previously published overtraining research and summarized seven hypotheses (see Figure 5) for mechanisms that cause overtraining syndrome.
HYPOTHESIS #1: AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM IMBALANCE