The idea of walking around - let alone running - barefoot can seem strange and even dangerous. What about the dirt, broken glass, hard concrete? And yet, the barefoot movement is growing fast.
Researchers have obtained scientific evidence proving that hits to the head, which are characteristic of playing certain sports and especially football, can result in CTE. That is why, they say, many professional football players suffer from dementia and other kinds of cognitive impairment after they retire. Do you still want to be the next Jerry Rice?
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) has long been many people's favorite - short bursts of activity allow to burn fat without wasting time. But one type of HIIT - tabata training - takes the concept to the limit.
When it comes to sports and performance, almost every athlete wants to support his or her body with something that can help restore its resources and provide energy. Sports drinks seem to be a better or even more professional choice, but researchers say good old water is still much better. And here is why.
It’s Sunday morning, and you’re ready to put on your favorite running shoes and go for a distance. Just a couple of tips before you go – we have plenty of ideas to make your running and jogging routine even better, actually turning routine into a rewarding and pleasant habit.
Whole body vibration is widely touted as a superefficient method of "passive exercise" that can replace squats, weights, and running. Some gyms already have expensive power platforms... but is there good basis to the claims?
Prolonged sitting, which is associated with ill effects and increased risk for a variety of diseases, has become an integral part of our life – at least for those of us who spend days in offices. More and more employers are trying to introduce standing desks to counteract the effects of sedentary lifestyle. However, there is a better option which can increase metabolic rate even more – seated workstations.
Exercising outdoors in winter may seem like a scary idea or something for hardcore fitness fans. It is cold and dark most of the time, and all that ice looks like the easiest way to break your ankle. However, experts are unanimous - winter exercise is the best!
Those who suffer from a heart disease are often told to exercise, as physical activity can benefit health even in people with heart failure. Yet it is unclear what is more important – high intensity or high amount of training – in such patients. A new study carried out by the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin sheds light on this issue.
How many of the middle-aged women you know exercise regularly? Most of us cannot name at least a dozen of them, and it’s no wonder: the majority of middle-aged people feel too tired or lack motivation to do sports. Yet if they did, it could benefit their health: according to researchers, exercising can help people keep their joints healthy even when they get older, and muscle weakness symptoms can also be reduced, if regular exercises are made daily routine.
Yoga became popular quite a long time ago, and nowadays it’s difficult to surprise someone by saying you practice it on a daily basis. While the spiritual part of yoga is controversial, the physical aspect is the one which definitely benefits our health, researchers say. Several recent studies showed that yoga poses can help reverse scoliosis curves, improve heart health, and even reduce sleep disturbances in patients suffering from breast cancer!
Many doctors recommend that we devote at least 30 minutes a day to physical exercises. Today there are lots of opportunities to improve your health – you can go to a gym, do yoga, swim or go for aerobics! Despite the impressive variety of options, you have to have some money in your pocket to afford it. So, if your budget is pretty tight, but you still want to keep fit, you should absolutely turn your attention to running. Basically, it’s just you that you need for this kind of sports.
Most of us know that exercise is a must, but nevertheless few manage to find time for morning jogging or some other routine that would benefit their health. Whatever the reason, it can be way easier to help your body, mind and spirit: regular 15-minute walks can be as good as a full-scale workout, researchers say.
People living at the coast are the lucky ones to have an opportunity to do surfing. While it is widely known that surfing is quite an entertaining activity that gives a person a lot of good feelings, is it possible that this activity can be used to bring health benefits, both physical and psychological ones? The answer is yes! Here are the reasons why you should definitely consider surfing as a part of your life, even if you are not that close to the coast.
There is an opinion that yoga is an activity for women. Perhaps such stereotype appeared because yoga is usually considered to be a set of exercises focused on relaxing. We believe that working out in a gym is a more suitable occupation for men. But in fact yoga may have an even greater impact on men’s body.
Have you ever heard of proprioception? Although the term may look like rocket science, it is used to describe an ability of a person to feel where his or her body is located in space. It is even considered to be the sixth sense by some researchers. The ability can be improved by means of special exercises aimed at enhancing a person’s sense of balance. Let’s take a closer look at what proprioception can offer.
No one can argue that physical activity is good and actually essential for health. Sports speed up metabolic processes, help to keep fit, and prevent a variety of health issues, such as cardio-vascular diseases, problems with skeletal and immune systems. But how much time should one devote to sports to keep a healthy balance, so that workouts were for health benefit, rather than caused harm?
We’ve been observing growing popularity of yoga classes worldwide for a few years. Most of us stay rather skeptical as it seems like a new tendency enjoyed by celebrities. What makes this ancient practice interesting indeed is scientists’ points of view and numerous researches. They tell us that yoga can be a key point in treating really bad states of health. Let us examine how just doing yoga is able to improve your not so optimistically looking problems with back.
For a long time, exercising in water was perceived as something for seniors, pregnant women, or people with injuries. But times are changing, and ever more intense and varied aquatic workouts are developed. You may be reluctant to pay extra to join such a class: indeed, does water aerobic have advantages over working out on land?
WHO recommends 150 minutes of light aerobic activity a week to stay healthy and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Two and a half hours - is it enough? Can it be too much for some people? And are there cases when you should not exercises at all?