(Natural News) A traumatic brain injury (TBI) increases the risk of a person developing dementia by 80 percent, even 15 to 30 years after the incident. In the largest study observing the connection between TBI and dementia risk, scientists from Umea University have concluded that victims of a traumatic brain injury should take special care in preserving their brain health. It is apparent that the effects of TBI are long-lasting and can manifest themselves decades after the initial injury, particularly in the development of dementia. The Swedish researchers analyzed the data of nearly a million people via nationwide databases between 1964 to 2012. Three cohorts were studied: The first examined people who have had a TBI and who were then compared to an equal-sized control group; the second had patients diagnosed with dementia who were compared to a similar-sized control group; and the last looked at pairs of siblings, where one had received a TBI. Results invariably showed that … [Read more...] about Brain trauma, at any point in life, increases risk of later dementia by 600%
(Natural News) Fuel is an important part of any training and exercise, and protein shakes have become increasingly prevalent as fuel sources for athletes, or just about anyone with fitness routines. In addition, there are protein shakes specifically tailored to provide nutrients for body recovery after strenuous activities. Training and exercise are highly individual in nature; making your own protein shakes is a great way to ensure you get the most out of the nutritional benefits that match your personal needs.Check out some of these cost-effective alternatives and additions to your usual protein shake. Whip up your own protein shake according to your body’s needs; whether for training fuel or post-workout recovery:Coconut oil – One teaspoon of coconut oil contains 39 calories, while one tablespoon has 117 calories. Coconut oil has an abundance of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) which enables it to boost metabolism.Dairy milk … [Read more...] about Customize your own protein shakes to fit your particular health needs
(Natural News) An easy way to lose weight is to stand instead of sitting. A new study discovered that standing rather than sitting for six hours each day could prevent weight gain as well as help lose weight.The study was carried out by a team of researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, New York that assessed the difference between calories burned when standing and when sitting. In conducting the study, the team reviewed a total of 46 studies. All in all, there were 1,184 participants who were 33 years old in average and with the average body mass index (BMI) and weight of 24 kilograms per square meter (kg/m2) and 65 kg, respectively.Results revealed that standing burned 0.15 kilocalorie (kcal) per minute more than sitting. Moreover, a person who weighs 65 kg would lose 10 kg in four years by replacing sitting with standing for six hours a day, assuming that there is no increase in food consumption.“Standing not only burns more calories, the additional muscle activity … [Read more...] about Lose weight standing around: New study finds standing rather than sitting for six hours per day prevents weight gain, aids weight loss
The North Face just launched a new style of contoured workout tights, which they call "vision science" leggings ($110, rei.com). The idea is that their gradient prints shape your tush the way dark-plus-glimmery makeup does your cheekbones. Do the tights hold up to the hype? See for yourself. And here's what some of the ladies at Women's Health thought when they took these leggings for a test run. 1. Brenda Armendariz, deputy photo editor"The shading sculpted my legs and backside. It wasn't life-changing, but every time I checked my form in the mirror during a Pilates-barre hybrid class, I liked what I saw. I felt more confident, which made me work harder!"Related: 'I Completely Transformed My Butt Thanks To This Workout Routine'2. Gab Porcaro, senior fashion & market editor"I'm not self-conscious about my butt, but the illusion did make it look perkier. I got compliments while wearing these, so I'd wear them again, probably for cycling because they're soft and … [Read more...] about Do These Leggings Really Change The Shape Of Your Butt?
Whether you’ve seen the movie North Shore, follow waterman legend Laird Hamilton, or just love breath-taking beach getaways, you might know Hawaii's North Shore for its monstrous waves and epic surfing conditions during the winter months (which, mind you, means 80 degrees and sunny there).It's also the home of Pipeline, also known as Pipe, a surf reef break off Ehukai Beach Park where the Volcom Pipe Pro surf competition takes place. When Redbull invited me out to catch the action for myself and try my hand at surfing, I was definitely up for the workout challenge. Catching a wave itself doesn’t burn a ton of calories, but paddling out, then popping up and balancing on the board recruits muscles in your arms, legs, and core.It was only once I got to Turtle Bay Resort that I first had a glimpse at the ocean. When they say the waves are big in the North Shore, they’re not kidding. Even just at the resort’s beach, the waves topped anything I’d seen in New … [Read more...] about I Tried Surfing Hawaii’s North Shore and It Was Harder Than I Could Have Imagined
You probably already do most things with your significant other, so why not add working out together to the list? Not only do partner workouts mean getting to spend even more quality time with each other, but they can help with the motivation factor, too.“When working out with a partner, be encouraging and supportive. Know when to push your partner and when to take a break. A good team will communicate and have their goals aligned,” Astrid Swan, a Los Angeles-based trainer, told Men's Health in 2017.With Valentine's Day coming up, fitness gear makes the perfect gift for your athletically-inclined girlfriend, because, let's be real, she can never have too much. To help you out a little, we scoured the Internet for things inspired by her favorite celebs. Here are seven pieces of clothing and equipment — whether she's into kickboxing, yoga, or running — that will make her workouts even better. … [Read more...] about 7 Pieces of Celebrity-Inspired Workout Gear to Buy Your Partner This Valentine’s Day
If you’re not a regular weight-lifter, the gym can be an intimidating place filled with equipment you don’t quite know how to use. Thankfully, some of the most effective total-body toning tools are the simplest ones. Take the slam ball: This versatile piece of equipment accomplishes cardio and strength-training at the same time.Like a medicine ball, a slam ball is weighted (anywhere from 10 to 50 pounds), but it’s designed to be more durable so you can, well, slam it. By hoisting a slam ball overhead, twisting with it, or throwing it down to the ground, you’ll fire up your muscles and spike your heart rate—thus getting a head-to-toe workout with the power to rev your metabolism.“Using slam balls gives you the biggest bang for your buck,” says Ambyr Chatzopoulos of AmbyrFyt.com, a New Jersey-based certified strength and conditioning specialist. “You can get an insane strength AND cardiovascular workout in a short amount of time. Not to … [Read more...] about The Simple Tool You’re Overlooking At The Gym That Will Give You A Full-Body Workout
It’s no secret that Britney Spears is a beast when it comes to fitness. She regularly posts photos and videos of herself on Instagram doing handstands, cool yoga poses, and just killing it at the gym. But her latest workout video on Instagram is pretty mind-blowing.In it, Britney starts out by alternating arm lifts above her head with small weights and squats. Then, she moves on to planking with alternating biceps curls. It’s all super impressive, but here’s where things get seriously amazing.In the next shot, Britney can be seen doing a backbend for several seconds, with her bottom half resting on her toes. She makes it look totally effortless.Related: 'I Tried Doing the Splits Every Day—Here's What Happened'Then, she’s back to doing biceps curls while resting on one foot and squats while doing arm lifts, before going to squats with single-arm raises.And then, of course, she has to seriously floor people again. In the final shot, Britney can be seen … [Read more...] about Britney Spears Just Posted This Video And We Can’t Stop Gawking At How Flexible She Is
Check out Women's Health's Fitness Faceoff every week to learn which moves will best help you reach your fit goals. Here's this week's faceoff:The real secret to a sexy stomach is carving out those lines to frame your budding six pack (a.k.a. your obliques).And while you're already well aware that planks help tone your entire core, there are also some variations that focus on working your side abs: plank knee taps and plank sweeps. But between the two, which one challenges your obliques the most? Don’t be fooled by appearances here: The plank knee taps might look more advanced, but it’s actually the plank sweeps that’ll carve killer obliques best. “Your abs are maximally contracted the entire exercise so they don’t get a break, and you have to resist the weight of your leg being shifted underneath you,” explains Marc Perry, CSCS, founder of BuiltLean. “Plus, you have to do a full twist to have the knee hit the opposite … [Read more...] about What’s The Best Plank For Sexy Side Abs: Plank Knee Taps Or Plank Sweeps?
When you're dealing with the aches and oftentimes debilitating soreness of lower-back pain, there's a good chance all you want to do is stay in bed. Yet research published in JAMA found that any kind of exercise—whether it's core strengthening, aerobic exercise, or stretching—is the best way to ease pain and reduce the risk of another back pain attack.The nice thing about gentle stretching is that it's feasible to do when you're in pain—and often provides the fastest relief, says Jamie Costello, fitness director at the Pritikin Longevity Center + Spa, who recommends these 5 stretches for the next time back pain strikes.A few tips to keep in mind before you get started: Try to hold each stretch for at least 10 seconds and preferably 30 seconds or longer. The pain-relieving benefits will increase the longer you hold these stretches, says Costello. What's more, these stretches will feel even better if you enjoy them. Rather than rush through the moves, Costello … [Read more...] about 5 Stretches To Ease Your Lower-Back Pain