WORK OUT, DON’T BURN OUT
A Swedish study reveals, being fit may help you avoid workplace burnout. Men who did better on a cycling fitness test were less likely to report feeling fried than those with lower fitness scores. The reason: Exercise can refresh you mentally and even expand your social circle, both of which may shield you from burnout, says study author.
DRUG-FREE BACK PAIN TREATMENTS
American College of Physicians recommends drug-free treatments to fight lower back pain. Yoga, massage, and acupuncture are cheaper and aren’t as dangerous as drugs. Estimated 80 percent of adults experience back pain at some point in life.
POWER UP YOUR REGULAR LIFTS
Many lifts have a power component. You can increase the power of a particular movement by performing its power counterpart. Here’s some strength moves and their power counterpart:
– Squat/jump squat
– Bench press/clap push-up
-Walking lunge/switch jump
The power counterpart can help you get out of a rut. Right after the strength move you can do the power component to failure. For example, do your set of squats, then immediately do bodyweight squat jumps to exhaustion.
BELLY FAT AND HEALTH
A Boston based study finds people with too much belly fat are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease. Body fat location can vary in people who are obese, the researchers say those with the highest waist-to-hip measurements are the ones at greatest risk.
DID YOU KNOW
The adult human body has 206 bones, and more than half are accounted for in the hands and feet.
FOR BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS
Canadian researchers say exercise is the most important choice that breast cancer survivors can make to avoid a recurrence. Their study said gaining weight after treatment can increase your risk of dying from cancer. Doctors recommend at least 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week.
Research from Japan shows that after touching a houseplant for two minutes, men felt calmer and had reduced bloodflow to brain regions activated during stress. The reason: We’re wired to constantly assess whether our surroundings are pleasant (calming) or unpleasant (stressful), with nature falling into pleasant, says study author.
SHOWER AND SLEEP
Showering at night may help you get a better night’s sleep. The trick is to not start your shower too late. Researchers at the Center for Sleep Medicine in New York say it all has to do with your body temperature. Your temperature rises throughout the day until late afternoon lowers, that’s when it suddenly reverses and starts to fall, signaling your body that it’s time to start falling asleep. Experts say, make sure you’re out about an hour and a half before you want to fall asleep.