(I subscribe to various health and fitness news sites, and every week I share the neat and intersting things that I’ve learned).
This week I’ve learned that I can lose weight by playing videio games, be faster by running faster, not further, a skinny gene has been found (though I don’t think I have it), I can feel better about myself by eating less fat and dark chocolate can help my anxiety problems (pass the Nestle Noir).
- Playing active video games can equal moderate intensity exercise
One-third of Wii sport and Wii fit activities provide energy expenditures equal to moderate-intensity exercise. Active video games may help prevent or improve obesity and lifestyle-related diseases, researchers said. The study was funded by Nintendo.
- Runners: Train less and be faster
A new scientific study demonstrates that by reducing the volume of training by 25% and introducing speed endurance training, endurance trained runners can improve not only short-term but also long-term performance.
- ‘Slimming gene’ discovered that regulates body fat
Scientists have discovered a previously unknown fruit fly gene that controls the metabolism of fat. Larvae in which this gene is defective lose their entire fat reserves. Mammals carry a group of genes that are structurally very similar. The scientists therefore hope this research could lead to new medicines to fight obesity.
- Low-fat diet may improve mood
A recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine has found that though both a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet and a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet can help people lose weight, only the low-fat diet can help people improve their moods.
- Dark chocolate – the new antianxiety drug?
In the high anxiety group, eating chocolate reduced levels of their stress hormones, and the changes were Ã¢â‚¬Å“biologically significant, Ã‚Â
What have you learned? Got something to share?