Astronauts’ Exercise Programmes Could Help Cancer Patients Endure Chemotherapy

In a new paper this week, researchers are making a novel argument: Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and astronauts in space suffer similar health problems – including bone and muscle loss – and as such could benefit from similar training regimens. Read More >>

The Latest Iffy Wellness Trend is CBD-Infused Workout Gear

There’s no shortage of products that are being filled, soaked, or sprinkled with cannabidiol, the non-mind-altering ingredient in cannabis. And the latest trend is sure to appeal to the wellness crowd: CBD-stuffed fitness wear that supposedly soothe your sore muscles before they even start hurting. But while these products are the clearest sign yet of CBD’s mainstream moment, they’re also emblematic of how much of a racket the industry has become in so short a time. Read More >>

Mouthwash Cancels Out Key Benefits of Exercise

Your mouthwash could have a bizarre effect on how exercise affects your body, a new study this week suggests. The study found that swigging mouthwash can prevent exercise from lowering your blood pressure as it normally does. Strange as that sounds, the results highlight just how important the bacteria living in our mouths really are to us. Read More >>

Do Animals Work Out?

Of the many downsides to being a human being – as opposed to, say, a squirrel, or some kind of fantastically plumed bird – exercise is one of the more egregious. Awareness of mortality is bad enough – do we really have to jog, on top of that? Still, animals are like us in so many ways that it’s worth wondering whether they subject themselves to this bizarre ritual as well. For this week’s Giz Asks, we reached out to a number of animal behaviour experts to find out. Read More >>

TV Watching is Worse for Your Heart Than Sitting at Work, Study Finds

Some kinds of sitting around are worse for your heart than others, at least according to a new study out today. The findings suggest that watching more hours of TV a day can raise your risk of eventual heart disease and early death. At the same time, more sitting at work might not have any apparent negative effect on your heart health. Read More >>

How Much Longer Will Exercise Make Me Live?

There might be some contrarian physiologist I’m neglecting here, but it does not feel controversial to say that, among people who study exercise, there is 100% consensus re: working out being good for you. Yet for those of us who have adjusted to feeling physically awful all the time, “good for you” might not cut it, incentive-wise. More appealing, perhaps, is the prospect of a longer life. Read More >>

Even the Most Minimal Exercise Can Drastically Improve Your Health, Yet Another Study Finds

We know that regularly getting some exercise, no matter how little, can keep you alive longer. But new research out Monday suggests that even an hour’s worth of walking per week can help older adults with ailing knees avoid painful, isolating disabilities down the road. Read More >>

Sitting Down Too Much is the New Baddest Health Thing

It might be time to mount your TV higher up on the wall and burn the sofa outside on the pavement, as researchers have linked too much of the old "sitting down" with a rise in premature deaths. Read More >>

Getting Up and Doing Even the Tiniest Bit of Exercise Will Keep You Alive Longer, Study Finds

Yet another study highlights the importance of getting up and doing something – anything! – to be physically active. It suggests that sedentary people who replace some of their sitting time with even light physical activity are less likely to die early than people who remain in their chairs all day. Read More >>

People in These US States Get the Least Exercise

Three-quarters of Americans aren’t getting enough exercise, finds a new report published last week by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But some states are doing better that other when it comes to being active. Read More >>

Your Half-Arsed Attempts at Exercise Are Still Really Good for You

When it comes to exercise, every bit really does count. A new study published this week in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that the life-extending benefits of physical activity can show up whether you’re dedicating a whole block of the day to the gym or just carving out small moments by taking the stairs or walking a block longer to work—so long as it adds up to the same amount of time spent on physical activity. Read More >>

Physically Fit Women Were Almost 90% Less Likely to Get Dementia in 44-Year-Study

The intricacies behind what can cause dementia are still largely a mystery and highly debated. But a new study published Thursday in Neurology offers more evidence that staying fit can keep both our bodies and minds sharp into our later years. Read More >>

A Lifetime of Cycling Keeps the Immune System Young, Study Finds

Immortality may be a gift reserved only for the mole rats of the world. But staying highly active into your golden years might just offer the next best thing: a robust immune system that looks decades younger than expected. That’s the finding of a new study published Thursday in the journal Ageing Cell. Read More >>

Working at the Desk Bike Didn’t Make Me Any Fitter

I’m sitting, peddling, shaking, typing - all at my desk - in search of the “zone.” The zone, you see, is an ellipsis. It’s when you’re deep in a project, busily ignorant of your surroundings, centred and focused on the task at hand. Read More >>

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VR Games Are the One Way to Make Exercise Even Less Appealing 

VirZOOM, a VR/fitness firm, wants to get you off that couch and into a calorie-burning virtual reality. The Massachusetts-based startup is selling a new series of stationary bikes that sync with VR headsets to immerse players in elaborate fantasy scenarios as they cycle. On the one hand, fitness is important. On the other, look at this shit. Read More >>