It’s long been understood that exercise is extremely beneficial for both one’s physical and mental health. According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Adelaide, ceasing all forms of vigorous physical activity can cause an individual to develop depressive symptoms. Julie Morgan, a PhD student from the Discipline of Psychiatry at the University of Adelaide in South Australia, decided to investigate how a significant lack of exercise can affect active adults by analysing results from previous studies.
Trying to fit exercise into a busy weekly schedule is far easier said than done. Sometimes there just isn’t any time to go to the gym for an intense workout or head out on a lengthy jog around the neighbourhood. A new study has revealed that doing short bursts of exercise can be just as beneficial as longer workouts on your overall health.
The benefits of a good night’s sleep can’t be emphasised enough. Numerous studies have linked inadequate sleep with diseases and problems such as obesity, diabetes, cardiac diseases, while quality sleep is said to help improve concentration and productivity, uplift the mood and slow down the ageing process, among others. Well, meditation is what the experts recommend.
You may think that grabbing a blueberry muffin with your morning coffee rather than a croissant is a healthy choice, but this is not necessarily the case. Campaigners are now warning the public about the hidden sugar content in blueberry muffins, with leading brands containing up to 10 teaspoons of sugar, which is more than in a can of Coke. In the UK, the government recommends adults consume no more than 30g of free sugars, equivalent to about seven sugar cubes, a day.
Many women feel compelled to follow fad diets in the hopes of achieving certain beauty ideals. Model and influencer Iskra Lawrence has spoken out about the harmful effects of extreme dieting, having tried her fair share as a teenager battling self-esteem issues. Lawrence has made a name for herself as a body positivity advocate.
There are endless myths surrounding the exercise industry: Will doing endless sit-ups really give us washboard abs? Many of these theories have since been debunked, however, one that continues to be perpetuated by evangelical personal trainers and boutique fitness brands alike is the alleged power of the “fat-burning zone” i.e. The idea is that exercising for longer periods of time at this level will boost the metabolism and create an “afterburn” effect whereby the body continues to burn calories for up to 36 hours after the workout has ended - however, this concept is a little misleading, as one physiological scientist has revealed.
Caitlyn Jenner has posted a shocking photo on Instagram showing the severe impact of sun damage. Yesterday, Jenner shared a photo on her Instagram page, which shows a large patch of raw skin on the end of her nose.
There is no evidence the 5:2 diet prevents heart disease despite misleading headlines based on a recent study, according to the NHS. The 5:2 diet involves eating “normally” five days a week and restricting your calories to 500-600 per day for the other two. It’s based on the principles of intermittent fasting and originally gained popularity about five years ago.
A mum has written a heartfelt plea to her husband requesting his help taking care of their two young children - rather than starting a fight and yelling instead. Celeste Erlach is the primary caretaker of the couple’s infant and toddler - and although she wishes “she could do it all and make it look effortless,” she penned a letter to her husband where she explains why she cannot. Help,” and posted to the Breastfeeding Mama Talk’s Facebook, Erlach describes what she needs from her husband during this busy time of no sleep and crying babies.
Now the Navy has embarked on a $1m (£720,000) research project to determine whether surfing has therapeutic value, especially for military personnel with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or sleep problems. “Lots of times it becomes therapy under the guise of recreation,” says Helen Metzger, head of the health and wellness department at Naval Medical Centre San Diego. “For many of our patients, exercise is the best medicine, and exercise in the natural environment is even better,” says James LaMar II, a physician at the Naval Medical Centre San Diego and a volunteer in the hospital's surfing program.
From spreading fake news, to fostering narcissism and online bullying, social media is under increasing fire. This is ironic, as advertising pays for social media. Advertising to children is widely regarded as ethically problematic.
People who suffer from depression may have difficulty distinguishing between similar memories, a study has found. Living with depression can lead to a number of issues, including sleep deprivation and increased levels of stress. Researchers at Brigham Young University in Utah, United States decided to explore whether there is a correlation between depression and memory interference.
About one in 20 children are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at some point during their school life. Interestingly, for every girl diagnosed, there are between three and seven boys who receive an ADHD diagnosis. Children and adolescents who are affected by ADHD have difficulty with things like sitting still, organisation and concentrating on work.
A selection of mothers have come together to create a moving ‘Carpool Karaoke’ style video with their children who have Down Syndrome. This is the most beautiful Carpool Karaoke. The video has since gone viral, with TV presenter James Corden - well-known for his Carpool Karaoke with celebrities - revealing it moved him to tears.
Maintaining an active lifestyle during pregnancy can reduce the amount of time spent in labour during childbirth, a study has concluded. There are many proven benefits to exercising while pregnant, such as easing back pain, elevating your energy levels and aiding with post-delivery recovery, as covered by What To Expect. The team of researchers, led by Professor Ruben Barakat, carried out a study with 508 healthy women by randomly assigning them into two groups.