Motivating oneself

Keeping fit and healthy requires an open mind and some refreshing changes now and then. Sometimes we need to try something new to appreciate our regular routine. Sometimes we need to set a routine if life is generally irregular. Sometimes we need to listen to a friend to realise that we are not trying hard... Continue Reading →

The fitness paradox

With the overflow of information available on fitness: from how to exercise to when and how much, it has become impossible to know what is right for you... In the era of personalized care, fitness and nutrition too deserve personalization- it is likely the one-size-fits-all is not a workable model. In fact, we each know... Continue Reading →

Meditation, Stress and Mental Fatigue: Research from Experimental Biology 2018

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Each year, scientists who study physiology and other biomedical research fields—including anatomy, biochemistry, pathology and pharmacology—gather at the Experimental Biology (EB) meeting. Scientific meetings such as EB provide a platform to present and learn about new and cutting-edge research and form collaborations with colleagues that can lead to advances in science and medicine. This year’s EB meeting in San Diego featured studies ranging in topics from nutrition and exercise to mental well-being and women’s health. Read on to learn more about the relationship between mind and body.

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When you’re physically tired, you may feel like your entire body slows down. You might have trouble keeping your eyes open or putting one foot in front of the other. However, science says something different: In older adults, it’s mental fatigue, not physical energy, that affects walking ability. Researchers from Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y. asked a group of seniors…

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Recovering from a setback

Setbacks put a brake into our routine. In Physiology, we learn about balance.... that our body systems are constantly working hard to maintain a set point - an equilibrium. There are so many checks and balances in place to cushion us from major deviations. However, sudden changes and challenges, whether in the form of a health... Continue Reading →

Aerobics or Yoga?

Around this time of year we start getting hit with suggestions on how to exercise and eat our food. These really are very basic, primal functions of our body which should not require so much analysis and discussion. However, we often devote more time, money, and effort to trying out various types of diets, classes... Continue Reading →

Be thankful, be thoughtful

This time of year, families come together to celebrate and overindulge in food. There will be many articles talking about How to curb calories during the holidays; How to lose weight in a short time; New Year resolutions; However, the biggest advice one can take is that of mom's: know yourself, know your body. During... Continue Reading →

Laughter is the best medicine

We all sometimes need a reminder to laugh. This study is from 2009, but a good lesson to us always....keep laughing! Researchers at Loma Linda University tracked people with diabetes every month for over a year who watched 30 minutes of a funny programme (laughter group) versus a second group that did not. All patients... Continue Reading →

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