Stories By 'Gretchen Reynolds'
For many of us, the shorter, chillier days of autumn can dampen our enthusiasm for exercise. But a new study suggests that some simple techniques might shore up our commitment to being physically active as the seasons change, and one of them, surprisingly, is to learn to meditate.
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Being in shape may be as important to a long life as not smoking, according to an interesting new study of the links between fitness and mortality.The study also explores whether there is any ceiling to the benefits of fitness—whether, in essence, you can exercise too much. The answer, it found, is a reassuring no.
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For some time, psychologists and other researchers have been studying how personality traits affect health and health-related choices. Not surprisingly, they have found that people blessed with innate conscientiousness, meaning that they are organised and predictable, typically eat better and live longer than people who are disorderly. They also tend to have immaculate offices.
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If we spend an hour working out, that’s one hour less during our day that we can potentially spend being sedentary.
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Think for a moment about your school gym classes. Did you just grin with fond reminiscence or reflexively shudder?A revealing new study suggests that these disparate responses to memories of physical education classes are both common and consequential. How we felt during gym classes years or decades ago may shape how we feel about exercise today and whether we choose to be physically active, the study finds. The result may have implications for our understanding of exercise motivation and also for how we should introduce our children to sports and movement.
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Sitting for hours without moving can slow the flow of blood to our brains, according to a cautionary new study of office workers, a finding that could have implications for long-term brain health. But getting up and strolling for just two minutes every half-hour seems to stave off this decline in brain blood flow and may even increase it.
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