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Jan. 21, 2015

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New Year's resolutions to exercise waver toward late January
The Wall Street Journal via Fox News
People with the noble New Year’s resolution to work out or work out more should mark their calendars: That resolve starts to waver in the third week in January, data shows. The pattern shows how difficult it is to make a new habit stick. Attendance is a delicate part of a gym’s business. Gyms need new members but face regulars who complain about crowds, waits and the poor etiquette of January newcomers.More

Back to basic exercise: Push-ups, squats hot again
USA Today
Fitness fads from Zumba to spin classes come and go, but pushups never go out of style. The same goes for squats, pullups, crunches and planks. So how can such body-weight exercises — basic moves that make you push, pull or otherwise carry your own weight — be the biggest fitness trend of 2015?More

The weirdly hydrating thing you should drink after a workout
Still pounding sports drinks after a tough workout? You’re behind the science times, according to a small new study. Milk and milk alternatives — thanks to their natural balance of sodium, carbohydrate and protein — help the body retain fluid, researchers report in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, making it an effective recovery drink for exercisers.More

How much exercise is too much?
U.S. News & World Report
Most of us know keeping active is crucial to our health and happiness. So it's not surprising that making exercise a regular habit was one of the top three New Year’s resolutions for 2015. But just how much exercise should we be doing — and is it possible to exercise too much? The current exercise guidelines for adults recommend at least 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity — or 75 minutes per week of vigorous physical activity.More

From detox to elimination diets, skipping sugar may be the best bet
When it comes to detox diets, we totally get the appeal. Who's not drawn to the idea of flushing all the toxins out of our bodies — a sort of spring cleaning of our insides? It turns out the whole idea that you need to go on a special, draconian diet to detox your body really has no scientific backing.More

Quiz: What diet fits you best?
USA Today
If you're dreading bathing suit season, you aren't alone. Take this quiz to find out what diet is right for you based on your lifestyle. USA Today pulled five popular diets that could stick.More

Fat and sugar-heavy diet harms your brain — and makes you keep on eating
Medical Xpress
Do you eat only when you're actually hungry? Many of us eat even when our bodies don't need food. Just the thought of food entices us to eat. We think about food when we see other people eating, when we pass a favorite fast-food restaurant, when we see a scrumptious snack near the check-out at a convenience store. In addition, we're the targets of sophisticated advertising techniques designed to keep thoughts of food and the pleasures of eating almost constantly in our minds.More

Too much sitting raises risk of death, even if you exercise
CBS News
Beware, couch potatoes: The evidence is piling up that too much sitting can take a serious toll on your health. A new study links sitting for prolonged periods of time to increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer and early death — even in people who get regular exercise. "Even if you do a half an hour or an hour or of exercise every day doesn't give us the reassurance that sitting for the other 23 hours is ok. In fact, it's not," said Dr. David Alter of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, one of the authors of the study.More

Studies: Long hours, shift work can be detrimental to health
By Denise A. Valenti
"Workin' 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin'. Barely gettin' by, it's all takin' and no givin' ..." Dolly Parton's popular song "9 to 5" from 1980 lamented the difficulties and stress associated with having a traditional workday. But, an eight-hour day of working 9-to-5 really is not that bad — especially for your health. Several recent studies show the impact of work hours on health is related to the number of hours that are worked and also what time of day the work occurs. More

Study indicates exercise sharpens the young adult brain
Medical Xpress
Regular physical activity improves brain function even in young adults considered in their prime and at the height of cognitive ability, according to a new University of Otago study. A body of research already exists showing aerobic exercise improves brain function in older adults, but there is a limited amount of literature on how it affects young adults.More

Exercise hormone may offer breast cancer protection
The Wall Street Journal
A hormone released from muscles after vigorous exercise could help to treat or prevent breast cancer, says a study in the February issue of the International Journal of Cancer. The hormone, called irisin, significantly reduced the number of aggressive breast-cancer cells in laboratory cultures and enhanced the effects of a chemotherapy drug commonly used to treat breast cancer, the study found.More

10 worst hidden toxins in vitamins and supplements
When something is sold as an herb, vitamin, superfood or supplement, many think it’s automatically safe. And while the natural products industry has a truly remarkable safety record — especially in contrast to the massive number of deaths caused by pharmaceuticals — it still suffers from a lot of hidden toxins that are routinely used throughout the industry.More

Sweet potato leaves a good source of vitamins
Sweet potato is known to be a good source of ascorbic acid and certain B vitamins that are considered essential to human health. Besides the commonly consumed root of the plant, certain tissues in sweet potato are also edible and high in nutritional value.More