Posted 9:33 PM 12/13/2012
Dec. 13, 2012 -- We watch the Olympic Games with awe and marvel at the athletes' power and grace.
But are Olympic athletes really any healthier than the rest of us? Do they live longer? And if they do, what does it mean for the rest of us mere mortals?
These are some of the questions that two new studies in the BMJ set out to answer.
Posted 7:59 PM 12/12/2012
Dec. 12, 2012 -- Hiking in the wild may be good for the brain, especially if you are unplugged.
New research shows that backpackers scored 50% better on a creativity test after spending four days in nature while disconnected from all electronic devices.
Posted 4:25 PM 10/29/2012
Oct. 29, 2012 -- Forget fancy fitness fads. Your body is the only equipment you need for one of the hottest fitness trends: body-weight workouts.
A new survey of fitness trends shows body-weight training, including back-to-basics exercises like push-ups, planks, and pull-ups, is expected to be one of the top 10 fitness trends of 2013.
Posted 9:08 PM 10/12/2012
Oct. 12, 2012 -- Don't have time to exercise? That excuse no longer works. Increasing evidence, including new research presented this week, shows that even short workouts that include surges of very high intensity can boost fitness and potentially shrink the waistline.
Posted 3:02 AM 10/1/2012
Oct. 1, 2012 -- One type of TV time may actually play a valuable role in the battle against childhood obesity.
A new study suggests active video games may help children, especially girls, raise physical activity levels.
Posted 9:30 PM 9/20/2012
Researchers have revealed a simple trick that may help athletes keep their cool during a game's high-pressure moments. Their advice to avoid choking under pressure: Clench the fist of your non-dominant hand.
The findings appear in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.
Posted 9:08 PM 9/13/2012
Sept. 13, 2012 -- Goodbye percentile scores, hello "healthy fitness zone."
A new presidential youth fitness program is replacing the old presidential fitness test that most adults grew up with in physical education (PE) classes in school.