Why a healthy lifestyle could save your sanity

We know that adopting a healthy lifestyle, like not smoking, exercising regularly, and keeping our weight down, yields long term benefits. But a recently concluded 35-year study is showing just how extensive these health benefits can be — and not just to our bodies, but our minds as well. » 12/11/13 12:00pm 12/11/13 12:00pm

Seriously, though – does sex count as exercise?

Somewhere near the top of every single one of the the roughly forty-kajillion internet listicles dedicated to the "surprising," "hidden," and "unexpected" health benefits of sex is the not-all-that-surprising-sounding factoid that bumping fuzzies basically doubles as exercise. In reality, however, there has been very little… » 10/25/13 12:58pm 10/25/13 12:58pm

Top 10 Ways to Perfect Your Daily Routine with the Power of Science

Science is awesome. It explains how birds can fly, why the sky is blue, and how gravity works. However, you can also use science to perfect the tiny details of your everyday life—from sleeping better to working smarter and even cooking better food. Here are 10 ways sciences teaches us how to improve our daily lives. » 7/20/13 3:17pm 7/20/13 3:17pm

How quick and intense workouts can help you get fitter

It’s a commonly-held assumption that getting in shape requires hours and hours of rigorous exercise. But some fitness experts believe all that’s really required to stay physically fit are short burst workouts performed at a high level of intensity. Here’s why just a few minutes of exercise each day may be all you… » 6/07/13 11:00am 6/07/13 11:00am

Geeky Exercise Routines (To Replace Your Failed New Year's Resolutions)

Two weeks ago, you vowed all sorts of changes to your habits and your lifestyle. And right about now, those New Years Resolutions might be starting to crumble, under the weight of everyday life. But luckily, there are some alternatives to the boring grind of "hitting the gym" and "doing crunches." You could be swinging a… » 1/14/13 2:00pm 1/14/13 2:00pm

The Historical Roots of Today's Diet and Exercise Fads

Long before the Atkins diet, Shaun T's Insanity Workout, and The Biggest Loser, people have been fascinated by what we eat and how to exercise, for optimal health. Take the famous quotation used by dieters of all sorts, "Eat to live, not live to eat": It was penned by the Roman philosopher Cicero. The field of sports… » 12/06/12 11:25am 12/06/12 11:25am

Exercise may be the key to preventing brain shrinkage in old age

A research article published in Neurology found that people in their seventies who were more physically active showed less brain shrinkage over the course of three years. Unfortunately, socially and mentally stimulating situations didn't seem to have an effect, but something as simple as going for a walk a few times a… » 10/26/12 12:50pm 10/26/12 12:50pm

Researchers identify the kinds of exercise that help you live longer

People who exercise are certainly healthier than those who don't, but do they actually live longer? A review published in the latest issue of the Journal of Aging Research says they do, by an average of around four years. But the review also suggests that the type of exercise could be just as important. » 7/24/12 12:00pm 7/24/12 12:00pm

Knights in shining armor were the worst idea in military history

To determine how much energy knights in the Middle Ages burnt merely strolling around, British researchers recruited volunteers to dress up in mock-ups of real knightly armor and — in a hilarious twist — gallivant on treadmills. Sure enough, the study found that shielding the entire body was a heavy proposition. Watch … » 7/20/11 12:00pm 7/20/11 12:00pm