In Full Force
You might think that the harder you work out, the hungrier you’ll be afterward, but a study in the International Journal of Obesity suggests the opposite could be true. People who completed 30 minutes of very high-intensity exercise, like running up stairs,
consumed 116 fewer calories at their next meal than those who finished a moderate half-hour session. Researchers think that it’s because a vigorous workout suppresses the hunger-stimulating hormone ghrelin while increasing the levels of lactic acid and glucose in the bloodstream, which could help curtail noshing. How’s that for motivation?
So far, So good
Anyone who considers the phrase “long distance” to be the kiss of death for lovebirds might want to reexamine her stance: Researchers at the City University of Hong Kong and Cornell University recently concluded that couples who lived far apart often feel deeper bonds
with their partners than those in cuddling range. The secret?
Thing up their relationship. “They had more phone calls, video calls, texts and IM
interactions than couples in close proximity,” says Li Crystal Jiang, Ph.D., assistant professor of media and communication at the City University of Hong Kong and lead author of the study. The LDR pairs also talked about more meaningful subjects, such as love and future plans, vs. run-of-the-mill chatter.
Break out your shell cracker: According to a study in BMC Medicine, folks who followed the Mediterranean diet—think lots of fruits, veggies, grains and healthy fats—who also ate three one-ounce servings of walnuts per week showed a 55 percent lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease than individuals who simply relied on a low-fat regimen.
According to a new 20-year study out of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the two biggest contributors to disease and death aren’t smoking or high blood pressure—
they’re a crummy diet and not working out enough. The way doable takeaways?
Minimize sodium, processed meats and trans fat; up your intake of colorful fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds, and get your rump in gear!
Naughty and Nice
Think couples who indulge in a little Fifty Shades of Grey action harbor a dark, twisted side? Not so, says research in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. From a mental health standpoint,
people who cultivate nonvanilla love lives actually tend to be less neurotic and sensitive to rejection, more conscientious and more open to new experiences than others.
The term “feel-good music” just got more literal, thanks to a study in Frontiers in Neuroscience: Singing songs with a slow, steady cadence can foster calm, rhythmic breathing similar to the type emphasized in yoga. The tune that comes to mind is “Brick” by Ben Folds Five—only with happier lyrics.
48 the ideal number of beats per minute for A song to provide breathing And health benefits.
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