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The impact of music on exercise

Don’t ditch your headphones when you lift weights. The zone is real and music will help you get there. There are a few studies that support the benefits of music on exercise tolerance. The latest study was recently presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 67th conference. The study conducted ...

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New study on muscle memory

Muscles possess a molecular memory in the form of epigenetic marks on our DNA. Researchers termed this phenomenon skeletal muscle epi-memory. The latest study, conducted by scientists at Keele University in England, looked at over 850,000 sites on human DNA. It was found that genes can “remember” skeletal muscle growth ...

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Fat but fit

You don’t always have to lose weight to be healthy. All you need to do is exercise and stay fit. This is what researcher Jennifer Kuk found when she looked at the benefits of cardiorespiratory fitness for heart and circulatory health in people with mild to severe obesity. Kuk discovered ...

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Sauna sessions as good as exercise

Findings from a new study suggest that using a sauna may affect your heart and blood vessels in ways that are similar to cardiovascular exercise. Finnish researchers tested the impact of a 30-minute sauna session and found a drop in blood pressure and artery “stiffness” in participants of the study. ...

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Are we maxed out?

Have we as human species reached our maximum limit for physical performance? In a review, a first of its kind spanning 120 years worth of information, scientists have considered the effects of both genetic and environmental parameters. According to scientist Jean-Francois Toussaint, who was part of the research team that ...

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Exercise and heart health

One training session at the gym can cause clinically relevant protection against cardiovascular disease. The results of a new study led by Professor Dick Thijssen have shown that between one and three training sessions per week can provide strong protection for the heart. According to Thijssen even a single workout ...

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Exercise alters intestinal microbiota

Exercise can change the makeup of the microbes in our gut. According to Jeffrey Woods, lead researcher in two studies, one in mice and the other in humans, exercise can have an impact on your gut independent of diet or other factors. In the first study, Woods and colleagues transplanted ...

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Gym can boost your willpower

Exercise may be a simple if unexpected way to increase our willpower and help us avoid making impulsive choices that we will later regret. A lack of self-control can often contribute to problems like weight gain, depression and even addiction. Given these effects, scientists have been interested in finding ways ...

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Exercise curbs depression

Lifting weights just one hour a week can curb symptoms of depression. According to a new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry researchers found that adults who exercised at least an hour a week had success in staving off depressive symptoms. “We’ve known for some time that exercise ...

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Missing breakfast can lead to poor health

Skipping the most important meal of your day can lead to health risks. “People who regularly skip breakfast likely have an overall unhealthy lifestyle,” said Valentin Fuster, lead author of a new study which was recently published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. While studies in the ...

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