Exercise/Fitness News

Overeating Linked to Viewing Specific Type of Television Program

September 2nd, 2014
Emerging research suggests that not all TV is alike when it comes to overeating. Cornell University researchers discovered that some TV programs might lead people to eat twice as much as other programs. "We find that if you're watching an action movie while snacking ...

How Meaningful Relationships Can Help Us Thrive

September 1st, 2014
A new paper provides an important perspective on thriving through relationships. Past research has shown that individuals with supportive and rewarding relationships have better mental health, higher levels of subjective well-being, and lower rates of morbidity and mortality. The work explores the method by ...

Soda Tax May Be Best Bet for Reducing Obesity in Kids

August 28th, 2014
Despite public health warnings and medical concerns, childhood obesity in the U.S. remains high. A new study suggests a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) such as sodas, energy drinks, sweet teas, and sports drinks would reduce obesity in adolescents more than other policies. Researchers ...

Owning a Dog Can Help You Lose Weight

August 27th, 2014
Researchers from the University of Liverpool recommend investing in dog owner education and facilities as a strategy to target physical inactivity and problems such as obesity in both people and their pets. In a new study, investigators reviewed scientific papers published since 1990 ...

Ethnic Stereotypes Can Undermine Healthy Weight

August 26th, 2014
Maintaining an appropriate body weight can be difficult for many Americans. A new study suggests it can be more difficult among minority groups because of negative stereotypes. Dr. Luis Rivera, an experimental social psychologist at Rutgers University-Newark, believes stereotyping can prevent people from ...

Heart Fitness Improves Brain Health

August 26th, 2014
A new Canadian study suggests exercising to improve cardiovascular fitness may protect individuals from cognitive impairment associated with aging. "Our body's arteries stiffen with age, and the vessel hardening is believed to begin in the aorta, the main vessel coming out of the ...

Yoga Shown to Boost Brain Power in Older Adults

August 24th, 2014
Sedentary older adults who began practicing hatha yoga three times a week for eight weeks experienced a boost in working memory, according to a new study by the University of Illinois. The research, published in The Journals of Gerontology Series: Biological Sciences and Medical ...

Physically Fit Kids Have More Compact Brain White Matter

August 20th, 2014
A new study shows that nine and 10-year-old kids who are more aerobically fit have more fibrous and compact white-matter tracts in their brains than kids who are less fit. According to researchers, white matter describes the bundles of axons that carry nerve ...

Overactive Immune System May Be Linked to Mental Illness Risk

August 15th, 2014
The immune system may play a vital role in the development of mental illness, according to new research published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. The study shows that children with regularly high levels of a protein released in the blood during an infection ...

Wanted: Just the Right Amount of Exercise

August 14th, 2014
More than half of all American fail to obtain the minimum recommended amount of physical activity (>150 minutes/week of moderate exercise), a factor that increases risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Emerging research, however, warns that individuals can overdo exercise increasing the ...