BLOOD TEST TO PREDICT DEATH
A blood test may tell you if you’ll be alive in the next five years. A study has found a biomarker that measures inflammation in middle-aged adults may predict our short term death risk.
According to The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, strength or stretching exercises on a shaking platform – like a Power Plate or Vibro Disc – could prevent or repair muscle damage when used before or after a hard workout. The reason: Researchers think the vibration fires up your muscles to prepare them to go, and then stimulates restorative blood flow afterward.
DID YOU KNOW
Working out can help you avoid urinary tract infections.The study tracked 19,000 people for a year, so it’s considered more accurate than previous studies on the subject.
BENEFITS OF DISTRACTION
Most people become easily distracted as we get old, but according to a Toronto study that may not be all that bad. The lead researcher says there are some things that people learn faster and remember better when they’re not focused. In the study, people looked at pictures of faces with the on it and were told to ignore it. In the results, older participants did better at matching the names to the faces than the younger ones did. Researchers are finding that a reduced ability to focus, called decreased cognitive control, is often associated with greater creativity and problem solving.
TYPE OF EXERCISE MATTERS
The type can make the difference between life or death. Researchers studied more than 80,000 adults and found that racquet sports were linked to the best odds of long term survival. Swimming and aerobics were next on the list.
Reduced-exertion high-intensity interval training, whichImproves fitness in just 30 minutes a week. Volunteers did three 10-min REHIIT sessions weekly; each workout included two 20-sec sprints. After six weeks, exercisers were 12% fitter (measured by oxygen moving to their muscles).