Artificial sweeteners tied to increased heart risk, new study finds

Participants in the study who had a higher intake of total artificial sweeteners had an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease compared to non-consumers.NYSE/PEPSICO handout via Reuters Artificial sweeteners are added to thousands of foods and beverages – soft drinks, yogurts, pancake syrups, jams, baked goods, frozen desserts, chewing gum, candy – to help us … Read more

There’s more to working out than just building muscle – it’s good for your brain, too

Now that Canada’s all-too-brief beach season has drawn to a close once again, you may be tempted to push the dumbbells to the back of the closet – to forsake vanity, forget bulging muscles and focus instead on the whole-body aerobic fitness that’s so tightly linked to health and longevity. But a recent study from … Read more

A new reason to build muscle: brain health

Now that Canada’s all-too-brief beach season has drawn to a close once again, you may be tempted to push the dumbbells to the back of the closet – to forsake vanity, forget bulging muscles and focus instead on the whole-body aerobic fitness that’s so tightly linked to health and longevity. But a recent study from … Read more

Don’t Pat Yourself on the Back Just Yet for That Half-Hour Run

(Newser) – If you refuse to identify as a “couch potato” because of that half-hour workout you diligently slip in each day, despite the fact that you’re sedentary for much of the rest of it, you might actually still be a couch potato —just an “active” one. And what that means is you could still … Read more

New country, new community — Hanieh found so much more than fitness at her local parkrun

It’s a daunting thing to move across the world to a place you’ve never been before – especially if you don’t know anyone. So, when Hanieh Kosari arrived in Australia from Iran to study, she was understandably wide-eyed and nervous as she faced the reality of becoming immersed in a new culture. The then 28-year-old didn’t plan to … Read more

Ultraprocessed foods tied to colorectal cancer risk, study finds

Plenty of large studies conducted over long periods of time have shown that consuming a diet with lots of ultraprocessed foods increases the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, depression and early death. Most of these highly processed foods – eg, soft drinks, sweet and salty packaged snacks, margarine, mass-produced breads, instant … Read more

How to Train Your Brain to Prevent Dementia

Athletes train to improve their performance. Professionals train to achieve success in their chosen fields. Now researchers are investigating ways we can train our brains to stave off dementia. This timely piece of research is important because the number of cases of Alzheimer’s disease is rising as baby boomers age. There are 6.5 million Americans … Read more

Beach Vacationers Are Doing It Wrong

Ah, summer time! Right about now, you might be yearning or even packing for your dream vacation—one full of rest and relaxation. Long, languorous days of doing nothing, perhaps lying on the beach or holed up in a cabin somewhere far from the city. Imagine how happy you’ll be. Then imagine how bored you’ll be. … Read more

Giant Study Identifies Exercise Sweet Spot For Lowering Risk of Death

An extensive study, involving records from more than 116,000 people over the course of 30 years, has found that moderate amounts of physical activity for between 300 and 600 minutes could be the sweet spot when it comes to reducing mortality risk.   And if you make those workouts a little more intense, you can … Read more

Exercise can reduce your desire to drink alcohol, research reveals

Lifestyle 14 Jun, 2022 11:30 PM4 minutes to read Fighting alcohol cravings? Turns out getting some exercise could help. Photo / Getty Images Alcohol intoxication, particularly in western cultures, is increasingly regarded as a socially acceptable behaviour, and excessive levels of alcohol consumption has been identified as a significant problem among university students. One study … Read more