This Treadmill Test Can Predict Your Odds Of Surviving Another Decade

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have devised a simple treadmill test and formula to calculate your odds of surviving the next ten years, and it goes like this: FIT Treadmill Score = %MPHR + 12 (METS) - 4 (age) + 43 (if female). Here's how it works and what it means to your health. » 3/03/15 9:20am 3/03/15 9:20am

Health Benefits Of Diet And Exercise May Be Chemically/Lazily Obtainable

Everybody knows the human immune system will respond enthusiastically to exercise and healthy eating. But is there a way to get those benefits, which include enhancing our bodies' abilities to suppress certain kinds of inflammation, without, y'know, sweating or starving? » 2/19/15 7:40pm 2/19/15 7:40pm

What Happens To Your Body When You Drink Too Much Water?

The question How much water do I need to drink? is often followed with the related question Can I drink too much of it? We're here to tell you that, while difficult to do accidentally, it is in fact possible to drink too much water – and the repercussions can be deadly. » 2/13/15 11:35am 2/13/15 11:35am

Why Your Muscles Get Sore (and What You Can Do About It)

When you're struggling to walk down the stairs the day after a tough workout, should you view your soreness as proof you worked hard, or as a sign you overdid it? The truth is somewhere in between. Let's learn about where soreness comes from and how to keep it from making you miserable. » 1/21/15 12:00pm 1/21/15 12:00pm

How A Daily 20-Minute Walk Could Save Your Life

We know that exercise is important to our health, but a recent study of 334,161 European men and women shows that as little as 20 minutes of brisk walking a day could prevent us from dying prematurely. » 1/15/15 2:20pm 1/15/15 2:20pm

Exercise vs. Diet: Which Is More Important for Weight Loss?

Being healthy is simple, right? "Eat less, move more." That's easy to say, but practicality is one of the most important things when it comes to health and fitness. Recommendations like this are blanket statements that don't address practicality—so when it comes down to it, which is more important? Diet, or exercise? » 1/05/15 6:00am 1/05/15 6:00am

Don't Walk, Run To Keep Your Legs Young

More evidence that running is good for you. New findings out of the University of Colorado's Locomotion Laboratory show that runners in their 60s and 70s are more efficient walkers than seniors who walk regularly for exercise. » 12/06/14 8:23am 12/06/14 8:23am

Running for as little as five minutes a day could add years to your life. And it doesn't matter how fast you run. After studying 55,137 adults between the ages of 18 and 100, it was discovered that runners had a 30% lower risk of death from all causes and a 45% lower risk of death from heart disease or stroke. » 7/29/14 11:40am 7/29/14 11:40am

Wild Animals Sneak Onto Laboratory Running Wheels to Exercise

The wheel-running rodent is frequently associated with animals inside psychology laboratories. But what would happen if you gave wild animals access to a wheel? A pair of researchers found out. » 5/24/14 8:30am 5/24/14 8:30am

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… » 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 8:00am 7/20/13 8:00am

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 need. » 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… » 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

Want to be healthy? Move to the beach

It's an easy enough joke to make, that the further away you get from the ocean, the wider the waistbands become. But is there any truth to the view that people living by the sea are generally more healthy? It looks like there really might be, at least in England. » 7/19/12 10:46am 7/19/12 10:46am

Your commute is killing you

Everybody already knows that sitting at your desk all day is terrible for your health. But now it looks like the same thing is true for driving to and from work. A new study in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine looked at more than 4,000 adults in Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin, and indexed their health… » 5/11/12 1:20pm 5/11/12 1:20pm

Dear people of the past, screw you for not making inflatable pants…

During the 1970s, multiple fitness companies tried to capitalize on the "air shorts" craze. And given that we're all not prancing around in britches that resemble inflatable diapers, it's safe to say that trend crashed hard. » 5/10/12 7:40am 5/10/12 7:40am