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Don't Bother Running If You're Looking to Lose Fat

It's 'the worst way to get fit': columnist

(Newser) - Looking to get moving? Change up your sedentary lifestyle? Burn off your belly fat? Think twice before starting a running routine. "While any movement is usually better than none, running fails almost every test of a worthy exercise," writes Nick English at Vice in a piece calling running... More »

Genes Up Your Heart Disease Risk? Do 3 of These 4 Things

'DNA is not destiny,' says researcher

(Newser) - If you lost the genetic lottery when it comes to heart disease, take, well, heart: The upshot of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine is that "DNA is not destiny; it is not deterministic for this disease," as Dr. Sekar Kathiresan puts it. While... More »

Music Makes High-Intensity Exercise Easier to Take

Tunes also make people more likely to continue

(Newser) - High-intensity interval training is all the rage, with research suggesting that just a few minutes of all-out sweating could reap the same health benefits as a 45-minute moderate workout, and that's true even for the elderly . The draw is clear—interval training takes less time, after all—but so... More »

Here's Why You Should Never Exercise When Angry

Researchers say it triples heart attack risk

(Newser) - Exercising to "blow off steam" when you're furious is how a lot of people end up having their first heart attack, researchers warn. Physical activity and emotional upset are both known to trigger heart attacks, and the combination of the two can be deadly, according to research published... More »

Exercise Is Good for Your Brain, Just Don't Skip Workouts

Beneficial blood flow to the brain from exercise doesn't last

(Newser) - Think it's OK to take a week off from working out? Think again ... if you even can. A study published last month in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience finds the benefits of exercise on the brain can fade after just 10 days. Previous studies have shown that exercise increases blood... More »

Tired Brain Makes Us Overeat, but There's a Fix

Quick workout after mental activity seems to do the trick

(Newser) - Feel like stuffing your face after a grueling day at the office? Try exercising instead. A new study suggests that exercise keeps you from chowing down on more than your body needs after a tough mental task. Previous research has shown that people eat more after such tasks, like tests... More »

UK Broadcaster Shuts for Hour, Tells Viewers to Exercise

Twitter, predictably, had a field day

(Newser) - One of Britain's leading broadcasters blacked out its programs for an hour in hopes of spurring viewers to get some exercise, reports the AP . ITV shut down broadcasts on several of its channels Saturday morning as part of its effort to entice UK citizens to sports clubs, which are... More »

Even Some Activity Keeps Death at Bay for Couch Potatoes

And one hour wipes out death risk from 8 hours of sitting, scientists say

(Newser) - If you think squeezing an hour of exercise in per day can't come close to making up for the other 23 hours when you're relatively sedentary—and so you don't bother at all—rethink that strategy. A study by Cambridge University and the Norwegian School of Sports... More »

CrossFit Founder: 'I Like Watching the Bodies'

Greg Glassman deflects criticism about injuries, rails against 'a--holes' in soda industry

(Newser) - Despite allegations of injuries caused by questionable techniques, the fitness phenomenon known as CrossFit is said to boast an estimated 4 million members around the globe with a program that Newsweek says "has come to dominate the athletic world." And it has no bigger fan than its founder,... More »

Study: Minute of Hard Exercise Just as Good as 45-Minute Workout

Science has some good news for a change

(Newser) - "Most people cite 'lack of time' as the main reason for not being active," professor of kinesiology Martin Gibala says in a press release . But that's no longer a valid excuse for not getting in better shape. According to a study published Tuesday in PLOS One,... More »

Man Finds Out Being The Rock Isn't as Easy as He Makes It Look

'How does a human being do that?'

(Newser) - Dwayne Johnson makes being The Rock look easy. But one dedicated man found out the truth when he decided to live like the star for the month of February, FiveThirtyEight reports. That meant eating more than 5,000 calories across seven meals every day offset by an hour of cardio... More »

Exercise DVDs May Actually Be Psychologically Harmful

New study finds 1 in 7 statements are negative

(Newser) - Exercise DVDs are a mostly unregulated industry, and their safety and accuracy haven't been scientifically proven—yet their promises of chiseled, bronzed bodies have us forking over $250 million for them every year. Not only do we not know whether they work, researchers at Oregon State University are going... More »

Trump Says His Medical Records 'Will Show Perfection'

If he ever releases them, which he's promising to do within 2 weeks

(Newser) - In a 1999 Larry King Live appearance, Donald Trump said he believed individuals running for the presidency should show their medical records, per CNN . But the GOP front-runner has been stalling on releasing his own—until today, when, as Politico notes, he finally "relented." "As a presidential... More »

Exercise Seems to Influence When, How Much We Drink

2 studies suggest more than just a casual link between sweating and drinking

(Newser) - If you ever crave a beer after sweating it out on the trail or at the gym, you're not alone. Two new studies suggest that there's a link between exercise and drinking, and that it "could be a good thing," reports the New York Times . What'... More »

Why It's Easy to Gain Weight Training for a Marathon

Running to lose weight turns out to backfire

(Newser) - Melissa Dahl's week includes running six miles on Thursday, five on Friday, and 20 on Saturday. She's training for the New York City Marathon on Nov. 1, 2015, and as she writes for New York , she's discovered—for the second time, mind you—that there's no... More »

It's Not the Sitting That's Killing You

It's the lack of movement, so physical activity can help: study

(Newser) - The UK's National Health Service says desk jockeys should get up and move every 30 minutes to avoid an increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular problems, and premature death attributed to too much sitting. A new study , however, suggests that may not be necessary. Why? The risk of early death... More »

Runners and Potheads Have Similar Highs

The euphoric feeling is linked to the brain’s cannabinoid receptors

(Newser) - It's known that a runner's high isn't actually the result of endorphins, which are too large to cross the blood-brain barrier, but scientists have long sought the elusive cause of the much-talked-about sense of euphoria and calm that can accompany the end of a workout. Now researchers... More »

It Was Easier to Be Thin 20 Years Ago

Study says millennials have to work harder than their parents

(Newser) - It's hard out there for millennials: the economy tanked, the Earth is getting hotter, sometimes Facebook crashes. Oh, and they'll end up fatter than people 20 to 40 years ago even if they eat and exercise the same, according to a study in Obesity Research & Clinical Practice... More »

Want to Exercise Harder? Turn to Beet Juice

Gatorade is so 2014

(Newser) - Want to exercise longer without feeling wiped out? A new study suggests adding beet juice to your diet. The research, published in the American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology , zeros in on nitrate, which is found in beet juice and converted to nitric oxide in the body;... More »

10K Steps a Day Might Not Get You Fit

The number has its roots in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics

(Newser) - Ten thousand steps. It's easy to remember, and a goal lauded by several wearable fitness trackers, but is it actually a good daily target for fitness? The number is too simplistic and not for everyone, reports the Huffington Post . For instance, for the extremely sedentary, taking 10,000 steps—... More »

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