OVERHEAD EXERCISES WEAKEN SHOULDERS
A study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research suggests, overhead exercises may actually weaken your shoulders. Lifters who pressed weight overhead (doing moves such as shoulder press) were at greater risk of shoulder instability than those who kept weight below their head, as with lateral raise. The reason: You need to have great strength, mobility, and stability to safely lift overhead, and most people don’t. The study also found significantly fewer problems among the lifters who performed rotator-cuff strengthening exercises.
IDEAL EXERCISE TIME
The best time to workout is during the day. According to researchers at Northwestern University, muscles have their own circadian rhythm or internal clock. It all has to do with oxygen levels of how the body produces energy. Researchers found that exercising during the daylight hours is best because your muscle are most efficient when you’re most awake.
DID YOU KNOW
Smaller men and women are less dependent on sweating to cool down, instead, they rely on increased circulation to release heat.
D FOR ABS
Scientists at the University of Minnesota assessed body fat and vitamin D levels in hockey players, they found that the players with the highest vitamin D levels had the lowest body fat percentages. Recommended doses of 1,000 to 2,000 IU a day.
MEAL TIMING PROTECTS HEART
The American Heart Association says how often and when we eat can affect the risk of heart disease and stroke. Researchers suggest consuming the majority of calories early in the day, especially at breakfast. Scientists say regular breakfast eaters tend to have lower rates of heart disease and are also less likely to have high cholesterol and high blood pressure. They say eating throughout the day gives the body time to burn off calories and can lead to better eating habits.
LIVE LONG EAT LESS
The National Institute on Aging found that cutting the amount of calories you eat as an adult can lead to a longer life. Researchers found that the fewer calories you consume will mean you live longer and healthier. Researchers analyzed the data from a study using 200 rhesus monkeys and say that the results should be the same for human adults. According to their findings humans could expect to live up to 18 more years.
COFFEE AND TEA NOT SO SWEET
Coffee and tea can be adding a lot of calories to your diet, add ins like sugar and cream can really add up. Researchers found that coffee and tea drinkers who sweetened and flavored their drinks might be stirring in 70 extra calories a day, that adds up to an extra 7 pounds a year.
TRAINING THE BODY TO FIGHT CANCER
Breakthrough in immunotherapy are emerging in animal and clinical trials. Researchers are using drugs to help the immune system find and destroy cancer cells, they’re also using vaccines that can teach the body to recognize cancer as the enemy. Researchers say while the results are promising there are limitations, different patients might respond better to different treatments and some cancers might not respond at all.
CHOCOLATE SUPER PILL
A groundbreaking new pill to help fight heart attack, strokes, and dementia has hit the market and it’s made entirely of chocolate. BloodFlow+ is now available in the UK, the new pill contains the antioxidant flavanol in its purist form. Researchers have found that flavanols extracted from cocoa can improve blood flow and help reduce the heart disease, stroke, and dementia. Experts say eating dark chocolate will not provide the same affect.