For generations, parents have told kids to go outside and play. Now, a new study suggests an added benefit to that advice -- physical activity may lower children's risk of depression. Read more
Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes significant musculoskeletal pain, along with changes in the ability to sleep, think, and remember. Read more
According to the American Heart Association, growing evidence suggests that, on its own, exercise isn’t enough to counter sitting’s unhealthy effects. A sedentary lifestyle may also be associated with an increased risk of diabetes, impaired insulin sensitivity, and a higher risk of death from any cause. Read more
For obese people who sit for most of the day, replacing some sitting time with standing, slow walking or slow cycling reduces average blood sugar across the day and into the night, a small study finds. The researchers studied nine overweight or obese adults who wore continuous blood sugar monitors and blood pressure monitors during [...]
Exercise was found to be an effective stand-alone treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in a newly published meta-analysis, but more research will be needed to determine the mechanism behind the observed association, researchers say. Read more...
Regular exercise in middle age is the best lifestyle change a person can make to prevent cognitive decline in their later years, a 20-year study finds. Abnormalities in brain tissue begin several decades before the onset of cognitive decline, but little is known about the lifestyle factors that might slow the onset of decline in [...]
Watch the controversy around exercise and weight loss and make up your own mind!
At the age of 16, Heather Troupe received a diagnosis of chronic severe depression and a prescription for an antidepressant. Eight years and nine kilograms later, she was sleeping poorly, felt a lot of anxiety and had lost her therapist because of insurance complications. Looking to "fix herself", as Troupe, of Knoxville, Tennessee, put it, she [...]
We can have the sense that an experience changes us, and in his last New York Times best-selling book, Dr Norman Doidge explored how our experiences actually change our brains. The science of neuroplasticity - the understanding that our brains can rewire themselves in response to our experiences and actions - has turned on its head the notion [...]
When the new year arrives we feel excited about the chance for new beginnings and fresh starts. Which is great – as long as we can keep this momentum going and sustain our new healthy behaviours. So what it is that keeps some of us on track whilst others are already wishing for a new year [...]