Although a few studies have suggested that ''pleasant'' sound is less likely to cause noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) than noxious sounds, in general, noise hazard is primarily a function of level and duration.
As I write in my book, "Nancercize: 101 Things to Do on a Park Bench," it's usually quieter--and therefore healthier-- to exerciser in nature.
According to an eye-opening new genetics study of lab rats, the motivation to exercise — or not — may be at least partly inherited.
I wonder if offering things that don't "feel" like exercise would get the same results in humans, who are social, sensual animals? What if the activity offered other delights they found pleasurable--a walk in nature, dancing with a lover, and more?
Healthy living isn't easy. For some, it comes naturally, but for those folks who are already overweight—large enough that it's difficult or even painful to do what thinner people can do—it's even tougher to get started. Here are some tips to help.
Ever since I was a teenager I've struggled with my weight. Not necessarily from a health perspective—I've always been pretty healthy, but I've struggled because I want to look better, feel more energetic, and get all of those great benefits that fitness offers. However, when you're already overweight, a lot of the activities that other people just pick up without trying are either impossible or feel like death. High Intensity Interval Training? Hot yoga? Insanity? Crossfit? Even jogging? You've got to be kidding....
Are your normal gym sessions feeling stale? More bored than excited when it comes to working out? We've got 17 ways to keep exercise fun, fresh, and more effective than ever.
My favorite way: 4. Get outside. There’s plenty of reasons we call it the Great Outdoors: the fresh air, the scenery, and, of course, the fitness benefits. Exercising al fresco can boost our energy, make us feel more revitalized and positively engaged, and help us cut back on tension, anger, confusion, and depression. Pretty solid for breathing some life back into a tired workout routine . And that’s not all. Past research shows just five minutes of sweating outside boosts both our mood and self-esteem. Ditching the gym never felt so good.
Three giant mirrors on a mountain reflect sunlight onto a small Norwegian town that gets very little of it in the winter. But not everyone is happy with the project.
This is how much we crave and need and respond to sunlight:
"The town became more social. Leaving church on Sundays, people would linger in the square, talking, laughing and drinking in the sun, trying not to look up directly into the mountain mirrors. On a recent morning, Anette Oien had taken a seat on newly installed benches in the square, her eyes closed, her face turned up. She was waiting for her partner to run an errand, and sitting in the light seemed much nicer than sitting in a car. “It’s been a great contribution to life here,” she said.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Getting adults to be more active on visits to children's playgrounds could be as simple as removing the temptation to sit, a small new study suggests.Inspired during his daily
Instead of removing the benches, they could just teach the parents how to use them as free exercise equipment, no?
As parents, we wear so many hats: nurse, chauffer, cook, maid…We often overlook a very important aspect of our children’s health: how much physical activity our kids are getting each day. Encouraging your kids to stay active can be a challenge when there are so many other things competing for time. The U.S Department of [...]
Valentine's Day or everyday, you might have candy on your mind. But there are all kinds of candy. In my world, exercise makes us feel so good, and it's as much of a pleasure and reward as candy. Even better--it's a gift that goes on giving, even after you're done.
The cost of employees calling in sick because of mental health problems is staggering. Absenteeism due to illness and disability costs the Canadian economy $16.6 billion a year in lost productivity, according to the Conference Board of Canada.
What about all the research on the beneficial effects on mental and psychological health that accrue from being exposed to nature? Not that it's the cure-all, but why are we ignoring a potential opportunity to make a difference through breaks for walks in a nearby park?