It’s that time of year again! The good cheer, love and warm feelings of Christmas are morphing into the New Year’s Eve festivities. Of course, those are immediately followed by an “oh crap” moment for many people. They suddenly realize the new year is upon them and, if they do nothing different than last year,… Continue reading 11 Fitness and Health Game Changers for Success in the New Year!
The happiness we feel after a particular event or activity diminishes each time we experience that event, a phenomenon known as hedonic adaptation. But giving to others may be the exception to this rule, according to research forthcoming in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. In two studies, psychology researchers Ed… Continue reading Joy of Giving Outlasts the Joy of Receiving: Study
Merry Christmas! In today’s episode, I depart from my usual pursuit of what’s interesting, quirky or important in the field of fitness and health to pursue something easily as important – an appreciation for a great Christmas story! Join me as I read “The Night Before Christmas.” Here’s the link to the podcast: The… Continue reading Podcast: The Night Before Christmas
Early Sports Specialization is a phrase every coach and trainer has heard. Even many parents are familiar with the term. But what does it mean? Is it a bad idea? What are the risks? Are there rewards? On this episode, I offer a few thoughts about early specialization and what it can mean for athletes.… Continue reading Podcast: Early Sports Specialization: A Path to Burnout and Injury?
The elderly suffer more serious complications from infections and benefit less from vaccination than the general population. Scientists have long known that a weakened immune system is to blame but the exact mechanisms behind this lagging immunity have remained largely unknown. Now research led by investigators at Harvard Medical School suggests that weakened metabolism of… Continue reading Weakened T-cells Linked to Age-related Immunity Loss: Study
An annual physical typically involves a weight check and questions about unhealthy habits like smoking, but a new study from UC San Francisco suggests health care providers may be overlooking a critical question: Are you depressed or anxious? Anxiety and depression may be leading predictors of conditions ranging from heart disease and high blood pressure… Continue reading Depression, Anxiety as Bad For Your Health as Smoking and Obesity: Study
Can you gain muscle by lifting lighter weights for lots of repetitions? Yes, you can. Will you get as strong as you might by lifting heavier weights? No. Of course, strength and conditioning coaches, power lifters, athletes, strength enthusiasts and just about anyone who can think already knew that. Even the pretty people in the… Continue reading Podcast: Why Your Brain Wants You To Train Heavy!
In a medical records analysis of information gathered on more than 6,000 people, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers conclude that simply asking older adult patients about their weight history at ages 20 and 40 could provide real value to clinicians in their efforts to predict patients’ future risk of heart failure, heart attacks or strokes. In… Continue reading Are You at Risk for Heart Failure? Your Weight History May Predict Your Fate!
I rarely repost articles written by others, but this one is particularly well-written and particularly appropriate, given the season. The original can be found at: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/why-toys-not-tablets-are-best-for-kids Why Toys, Not Touchscreens, Are Better Gifts for Kids Leah Campbell December 11, 2018 How traditional toys like building blocks, dolls, and action figures help children develop in ways… Continue reading Why Toys, Not Touchscreens, Are Better Gifts for Kids: Repost
New brain imaging research shows that imagining a threat lights up similar regions as experiencing it does. It suggests imagination can be a powerful tool in overcoming phobias or post traumatic stress. Imagine a barking dog, a furry spider or another perceived threat and your brain and body respond much like they would if you… Continue reading The Brain and Imagination: Close Enough to Reality – Study