Study: If You Exercise for Weight Loss, Schedule Matters

Recent research, led by researchers from Brown Alpert Medical School, US, suggests that the best strategy for exercising if you want to lose weight is to do it at the same time every day, as a schedule is good for your body, regardless of day time.Study: If You Exercise for Weight Loss, Schedule Matters

For the study, a team of scientists analyzed the survey results on the physical activity of 375 individuals who worked out to lose weight. The researchers found a strong relationship between a moderate-to-vigorous level of exercise at the same time of day and the duration of the exercise.

The researchers write in their paper: “Repeatedly exercising in the presence of consistent cues, such as at the same time of day or in the same location, may help to establish cue exercise relationships.”

Physical Activity May Prevent Developing Liver Cancer

A new study from the Australian National University Medical School at The Canberra Hospital finds a link between exercise and prevention of liver cancer.Physical Activity May Prevent Developing Liver Cancer

For the study, a team of researchers used a mice model. They genetically modified mice to increase their appetites which led to obesity and diabetes at a young age. The mice also received a low dose of a cancer-causing agent. All mice were divided into two groups.

One group of mice ran 40 kilometers per week in an exercise wheel, while the other group didn’t have such an opportunity. The sedentary mice quickly developed obesity. By the end of the trial, 64% of sedentary mice developed liver cancer compared to 15% of mice from the exercising group.

Lead investigator Geoffrey C. Farrell comments the results of the study: “Some population data suggest that persons who exercise regularly are less likely to develop liver cancer, but studies addressing whether this has a real biological basis and, if so, identifying the molecular mechanism that produces such a protective effect are few, and the findings have been inconclusive.”

An Extract from Spinach May Boost Athletic Performance

A new study from the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany, found that an extract from spinach may work as an enhancer of athletic performance.An Extract from Spinach May Boost Athletic Performance

The team of researchers conducted a double-blind study with 46 athletes. The participants were divided into two groups, one of which took spinach extract, and another took a placebo during 10 weeks.

Within the study period, the researchers took blood and urine samples to analyze them for ecdysterone and potential biomarkers of performance enhancement.

Results showed that the athletes receiving ecdysterone had significantly higher increases in muscle mass, and in vitro experiments replicated the findings.

The tests also showed significant increases in one-repetition bench press performance. At the same time, blood and urine tests didn’t reveal any signs of liver or kidney toxicity.

Regular Aerobic Exercise Can Make Your Brain 10 Years Younger

regular aerobic exercise boosts brain

Recent research from the Columbia University finds that regular aerobic exercise can boost essential gray matter in all adults boosting memory and thinking skills.

For the study, a team of researchers followed 132 participants whose age was between 20 and 67 years. All participants were assigned to 6 months of either aerobic exercise or stretching and toning 4 times per week.

Study author Professor Yaakov Stern, of the Taub Institute for the Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain at Columbia University in New York, comments: “Since thinking skills at the start of the study were poorer for participants who were older, our findings suggest that aerobic exercise is more likely to improve age-related declines in thinking skills rather than improve performance in those without a decline.”

Drinking Soda after a Workout May Interfere with Kidney Function

soda after workout affects kidney function

The latest research from the University at Buffalo in New York finds that drinking soda after exercise can cause dehydration and affect the kidney function.

For the study, 12 healthy and physically fit adults whose average age was 24 years were recruited by the scientists. The participants completed 30 minutes on the treadmill. After the exercise, they were completing tasks that mimicked the physical work on an agriculture site.

After physical activity of this kind, all of them relaxed for 15 minutes and received either high-fructose caffeinated soft drink or water. The researchers measured heart rate, body temperature, body weight, and pressure before, immediately after, and hours after the session of physical activity.

Analysis of the received data showed that participants who drank soft drinks were mildly dehydrated and had higher levels of vasopressin, a hormone that increases the blood pressure.