Get Fitter by Taking the Stairs: Study

It just got harder to avoid exercise. A few minutes of stair climbing, at short intervals throughout the day, can improve cardiovascular health, according to new research from kinesiologists at McMaster University and UBC Okanagan. The findings, published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, suggest that virtually anyone can improve their fitness, anywhere,… Continue reading Get Fitter by Taking the Stairs: Study

Athletes, Stress Fractures and Ground Force Reaction: Study

It starts as a persistent and irritating pain in the foot or lower leg, then it gets more intense, maybe with swelling, and soon a runner knows she’s being sidelined by one of the most common running injuries: a stress fracture. These tiny cracks in the bone can halt training for months or even end… Continue reading Athletes, Stress Fractures and Ground Force Reaction: Study

Warm-ups: What’s the Purpose?

With regard to warm-up activities for youth athletes, what’s the main purpose? Is it to stimulate an increase in cardiorespiratory rate and “get the blood flowing?” Is it to improve movement, enhance the stable ROM in major joints? Is it to “get them in here” and fully present to the activities to come? Or is… Continue reading Warm-ups: What’s the Purpose?

Negative Body Image, Depression, Anxiety, Suicide. Is Your Teen “At-Risk?”

Talk to most parents and they’ll tell you their teenagers are “pretty normal.” Sure, they might throw in a complaint about moodiness, messiness or even a little recklessness, but other than that, normal. But what if normal isn’t okay? What if the “new normal” for teens is to be at risk of obesity, depression, anxiety,… Continue reading Negative Body Image, Depression, Anxiety, Suicide. Is Your Teen “At-Risk?”

Quality of Life Matters for Injured or Concussed Youth Athletes: Study

When we think of the recovery period in adolescents with a sports injury, we tend to focus on milestones marking relief from symptoms, restoration of strength, and perhaps return to play. But what about the effects of sports injury on other aspects of the young athlete’s life? How is the young athlete’s quality of life… Continue reading Quality of Life Matters for Injured or Concussed Youth Athletes: Study

How Exercise Cuts Belly Fat: Study

Some of you may have made a New Year’s resolution to hit the gym to tackle that annoying belly fat. But have you ever wondered how physical activity produces this desired effect? A signaling molecule called interleukin-6 plays a critical role in this process, researchers report December 27 in the journal Cell Metabolism. As expected,… Continue reading How Exercise Cuts Belly Fat: Study

Podcast: 9 Science Based Reasons to Drink Coffee

Coffee has been a staple of civilized food culture for hundreds of years. From Yemeni mystics to bleary-eyed commuters, millions of people swear by it. But should you drink it? Yes, says science! Coffee has a wide spectrum of benefits that go beyond the caffeine buzz. From energy, concentration and focus to preventing Type 2… Continue reading Podcast: 9 Science Based Reasons to Drink Coffee