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Inactivity can trigger diabetes

Inactivity, even if it is just for two weeks, can have a dramatic impact on your health. Not only did an abrupt, brief period of inactivity hasten the onset of Type 2 diabetes and elevate blood sugar levels among pre-diabetic patients, but scientists reported that some study participants did not ...

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Heat therapy for muscles

Researchers have found that long-term heat therapy could boost the mitochondrial function in muscles. In the study, published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, scientists of the Brigham Young University in Utah in the United States applied two hours of shortwave diathermy – a type of heat therapy generated by ...

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Mind over matter

Mental imagery is key in developing a healthy lifestyle. “There are strong links between chronic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes and behaviour, and imagery-based interventions offer an inexpensive, effective way of promoting healthy behaviour such as physical activity and healthy eating,” said Professor Martin Hagger, lead author in a ...

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Long-term benefits of lifting

The long-term benefits of lifting weights and the connection between the mind and the body are more significant than scientists initially thought. In a new study, involving more than 18,000 participants, researchers from the University of Texas found that people who lifted regularly from a young age were significantly less ...

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Exercise: How much is enough?

To produce real results during your gym sessions you have to train consistently. According to exercise physiologist Chris Jordan you have to at least exercise four to five times a week to improve your health. “You have to commit to doing it regularly,” says Jordan. His view is supported by ...

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Swap starches for lentils

Replacing carbohydrates such as potatoes and rice in your diet with lentils can lower your blood glucose levels by more than 20 percent. Researchers at the University of Guelph in Canada found that swapping starchy side dishes with lentils significantly improved the body’s response to carbohydrates. “Lentils are extremely nutrient-dense ...

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Rely on food for health

Scientists say healthy servings of less processed plant foods such as vegetables, fruits and nuts are sufficient enough to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto in Canada have found that multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium and vitamin C showed no advantage or added ...

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Former Mr. Olympia releases new book

Eight-time Mr. Olympia Lee Haney has released a brand new book. Titled ‘Fit at Any Age – exercise to stimulate not annihilate’, the book provides exercise and nutritional information for people who are 45 and older. With over 35 years of experience in the bodybuilding and fitness industry, the 58-year-old ...

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Restoring muscle mass

Researchers have found a compound that restores muscle growth in elderly mice by up to 80 percent. “We’ll have to see if this plays out in people, but you may actually be able to rescue muscle mass in an aging population,” says Leonard Guarente, a member of the team of scientists ...

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Stopping exercise can increase depression

Do you get depro if you stop lifting weights? According to the latest mental health research from the University of Adelaide in Australia adequate physical activity and exercise are important for both physical and mental health and stopping your weightlifting routine could result in an increase of depressive symptoms. “In some ...

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