Author: Art Jahnke

Fitness

Aerobic Fitness Cuts Heart Risk in Half

OK, it’s unsurprising that fit people have fewer heart events than those who are out of shape, but a new study by researchers at Stanford University gives us the numbers: people with the highest aerobic fitness have half as much heart disease as less fit people, even if their genetic […]

Health Pain

Bananas Beat Sports Drinks

They are cheaper, better, and their packaging is completely organic. Bananas, it turns out, are better than sports drinks when it comes to providing anti-inflammatory agents during and after workouts. The New York Times reports that researchers (partially funded by Dole Foods) put 20 competitive cyclists through a 47-mile bike […]

Attitude Fitness

Exercise Makes Us Happy

Health experts have long known that exercise can help relieve depression, but what about people who aren’t depressed? Can exercise make them more happy or content? The short answer, from researchers at the University of Michigan, is yes. A U of Michigan news release reports that researchers at the school […]

Attitude Health

Meditation Lowers Blood Pressure

Clearing your mind can clear up your blood pressure problems. That’s the verdict of a recent study by researchers at Harvard University, who monitored the blood pressure of people who were asked to meditate for 20 minutes a day for eight weeks. WBUR reports that the study was small, involving […]

Health Sex

For Most, Testosterone Supplements Do Nothing

Yes, we’ve read about how testosterone can increase strength, sex drive and confidence, but a 2015 study from researchers at Harvard Medical School suggests that for most men, that is, those whose testosterone is within the normal range, testosterone does almost nothing. The New York Times reports on the research, […]

Fitness

Best Exercises For Calorie Burn

Top calorie burning exercises, according to the National Institutes of Health: Running at 8 mph, jumping rope: 861 calories. Tae kwon do: 752 calories. Vigorous lap swimming: 715 calories. Stair-stepping: 657 calories. Running at 5 mph: 606 calories. Basketball, singles tennis, football: 584 calories. Rollerblading: 548 calories. High-impact aerobics: 533 […]

Sex

Housework And Sex, Yes, There’s A Relationship

New research suggests that an equal distribution of housework pays off in more ways than one. Couples get a clean house, and a better sex life. HealthDay reports on research conducted at Florida State University’s Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy, where social scientists looked at three scenarios to see how […]

Women's Health

Mediterranean Diet Builds Strong Bones

Here’s another thing that the Mediterranean diet is good for: strong bones, at least in the case of post menopausal women. Researchers at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil analyzed bone mineral density and studied the diets of 103 healthy women who had gone through menopause 5.5 years […]