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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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Sit less, move more

People who sit down for extended periods of time are at almost double the risk of dying younger, a new study suggests. A desk-bound lifestyle Researchers at the Columbia University found that people with desk jobs are at risk of dying younger. The study, of nearly 8,000 adults aged 45 ...

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The impact of TRT

Scientists found that replacement therapy improved the quality of life in men diagnosed with testosterone deficiency. Well-tolerated “It is thought that testosterone treatment in men may increase prostate size and worsen lower urinary tract symptoms,” said Abdulmaged Traish, PhD, professor of urology. He discovered there were fewer urinary symptoms such ...

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Anti-inflammatory drugs can inhibit muscle growth

A new study suggests the long-term use of over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs can inhibit muscle growth in young athletes who lift weights. “The results are extremely interesting since the use of anti-inflammatory drugs is so globally widespread, not least amongst elite athletes and recreationally active individuals,” said researcher Tommy Lundberg of ...

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