Stories By 'Gretchen Reynolds'
People who exercise have different proteins moving through their bloodstreams than people who do not, according to an interesting new study of the inner landscapes of sedentary and active people.
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Aerobic activities like jogging and interval training can make our cells biologically younger, according to a noteworthy new experiment. Weight training may not have the same effect, the study found, raising interesting questions about how various types of exercise affect us at a microscopic level and whether the differences should perhaps influence how we choose to move.
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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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