News Mash: 3 in 4 teens need to exercise more…Even if it’s just a little!

The majority of kids today?


Out of shape.

[via MyFoxNY]3 in 4 teens fail to meet fitness guidelines ~by LINDSEY TANNER

CHICAGO (AP) — Young teens aren’t exactly embracing the government’s Let’s Move mantra, the latest fitness data suggest.

Only 1 in 4 U.S. kids aged 12 to 15 meet the recommendations — an hour or more of moderate to vigorous activity every day.

The results are based on about 800 kids who self-reported their activity levels and had physical exams as part of the 2012 National Youth Fitness Survey.

Government researchers won’t call the results disappointing, but lead author Tala Fakhouri of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, “There’s always room for improvement.”

The CDC released partial results Wednesday from the fitness survey, which involved kids aged 3 to 15. Other results from the same survey are pending and include fitness data based on more objective measures including treadmill tests.

Fakhouri said the nationally representative results provide useful information for initiatives that aim to increase kids’ fitness, including the Let’s Move anti-obesity campaign launched by first lady Michelle Obama in 2010.

Kids in the survey reported on which physical activities they did most frequently outside of school gym class — basketball for boys and running for girls.

While few met guidelines established in 2008 for activity that raises the heart rate and makes you breathe harder, most said they did at least an hour of exercise at that level during the previous week. Overall, about 25 percent said they got an hour of that kind of exercise every day

Obese kids were less active than normal-weight girls and boys. Overweight girls were slightly less active than normal-weight girls, but levels were similar among overweight and normal-weight boys.

“It’s definitely very concerning to see that our kids are engaging in such a limited amount of physical activity each day when we are still battling” an obesity epidemic, said Dr. Stephen Pont, an Austin, Texas, pediatrician and chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ section on obesity.

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Little do they know…

Or their parents know?

It really doesn’t take much effort to reap the benefits of exercise:

[via Jezebel]Science Decides That Even a Teensy Bit of Exercise Is Good for You ~Doug Barryexercise is fun

After much debate, it is becoming clear that moving around is better for your organism than not moving around. For instance, you wouldn’t want to eat a Nutella ham sandwich and then just sit around; you’d want to move. Almost immediately after swallowing your last bite, in fact. You could wrestle a pet or move furniture around — anything, really, even if you don’t work up enough of a sweat to incinerate all traces of the sandwich from your body.

These are the findings (more or less) of a new study about holiday gluttony published today in The Journal of Physiology.

One of the study’s researchers, James Betts, explained that the results suggest that weight gain and weight loss aren’t explained in simple caloric formulas. Exercise has lots of swell health benefits even if it isn’t vigorous enough to burn off all the calories a person takes in, say, during the holidays, when most of the Western world falls into a pattern of indiscriminate consumption.

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A little bit?

Goes a long…

Long way!

News Mash: Run, Grandma, it’s good for you…But watch out for deer!


It’s really not that hard to do.


It is so good for both your physical…

And MENTAL health.

[via Independent]Exercise most effective lifestyle choice for preventing dementia, researchers say ~by Charlie Cooper

Taking regular exercise is the most effective single lifestyle choice people can make to reduce their risk of dementia, according to one of the most extensive studies yet into people’s long-term health outcomes.

The 35-year investigation, carried out by researchers at Cardiff University, found that consistently following just four out of five key behaviours could reduce dementia risk by 60 per cent, while also cutting the chance of heart disease and stroke by 70 per cent.

Of the five behaviours – exercise, not smoking, having a low bodyweight, a healthy diet and low alcohol intake – exercise was found to be the most effective at improving long-term physical and mental health.

Although the five factors will be familiar to almost everyone, researchers said they were “really amazed” by quite how beneficial they had proved to be.

“What the research shows is that following a healthy lifestyle confers surprisingly large benefits to health,” said principle investigator Professor Peter Elwood of Cardiff University’s School of Medicine. “Healthy behaviours have a far more beneficial effect than any medical treatment or preventative procedure.”

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Unless deer are involved.

Then apparently?

Not so much.

[via Mediaite] Woman Goes for Jog, Gets Hit by Flying Deer ~by Evan McMurry

We all have something new to worry about: flying deer.

27-year-old Krystine Rivera was jogging by the side of Clairborne Parkway in Ashburn, Virginia when she was hit by an airborne deer.

It turned out the deer had been struck itself just moments before by a woman driving an SUV on the highway. The impact of the collision sent the buck soaring, unfortunately into Rivera, who said she never saw the deer coming. “I was running, then I was on the ground and then was listening to the paramedic,” she said. “I’m surprised I made it out alive.”

Both the driver and the jogger were hospitalized, but the deer did not survive.

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Hit by a deer while jogging?


Add one more excuse to the list lazy people use to get out of exercising.


Like they really needed another one.

jogger got run over by a reindeer

News Mash: Don’t blame people for being obese, blame technology?

Personal accountability.

Today, especially when it comes to obesity?


People shy away from it.

[via Telegraph]Don’t blame obese patients for being fat, doctors told ~By

Doctors trying to tackle soaring rates of obesity should not blame patients for being fat, according to draft guidance.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) warned that the obesity epidemic is placing a “huge strain” on the NHS and recommended that programmes addressing people’s diet, activity levels and behaviour could help save money in the long term.

The health watchdog recommended that doctors refer obese patients to “lifestyle weight management” programmes like WeightWatchers, but only if the schemes can change their behaviour for good rather than provide a “quick fix”.

But doctors and people running the programmes must ensure that all interactions with patients are “respectful and non-blaming”, in order to “minimise harm”, it said.

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No need to make them feel bad, after all…

For not getting up off their butt’s, and going outside for a little bit.


Cause that is just CRAZY talk.

[via Telegraph]Young adults only walk five minutes a day ‘because of technology’ ~By Radhika Sanghani

A quarter of young adults aged between 18 and 24 only walk an average of five minutes a day, according to Bupa who surveyed 2,000 people.

Parents aged 42-54 years old blamed technology for keeping the young adults from walking and said they walked more than their children do when they were their age.

The top excuse given by young adults for not walking was “I don’t have anyone to walk with” suggesting they were still lonely in the age of social media.

Fifteen per cent of all adults admitted to giving up walking somewhere en route and getting public transport instead, at least once a week.

The average British woman was found to walk 12 minutes a day, while men walked an average of eight minutes.

Both fall short of the 30 minutes a day suggested by the British Heart Foundation.

Women were shown to be more likely to create excuses to get out of walking, with their top reasons being poor weather and feeling too tired.

Men generally blamed their hectic schedules and lack of time.

Dr Paula Franklin, UK Medical Director at Bupa, said: “It’s so easy to make numerous excuses but there are many health benefits to walking. For most people it is the most accessible form of physical activity, which is also free and can be great fun.

“Walking can usually fit easily into your daily routine and something as simple as choosing to walk even part of the way to work instead of taking the car or bus can have a huge impact on your health.

“For example, adding just 20 minutes walking to your day can dramatically reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease and strokes.”

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People, themselves, are to blame for their rapidly spreading posteriors.

No one else.

And how sad is the society that we live in today?

That personal health care professionals are not even allowed to tell them so, for fear of causing embarrassment, upset and to ‘minimize harm’…


The harm that these idiots are doing, by stuffing their face with horribly bad food!

Tragedy, is the technology-fueled world in which we live in, which only inspires people who are prone to be inactive…

To be that much MORE?


just tragic [Source]

News Mash: Exercise, get moving & alter your DNA!

Get you body moving, moving…


For it gets the blood flowing…

Right where you need it the most!

And the result?

Is more than you could have ever expected!

[via Scientific American] Why is it that I seem to think better when I walk or exercise? ~ by Emily Lenneville, 

Justin Rhodes, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, responds:

After being cooped up inside all day, your afternoon stroll may leave you feeling clearheaded. This sensation is not just in your mind. A growing body of evidence suggests we think and learn better when we walk or do another form of exercise. The reason for this phenomenon, however, is not completely understood.

Part of the reason exercise enhances cognition has to do with blood flow. Research shows that when we exercise, blood pressure and blood flow increase everywhere in the body, including the brain. More blood means more energy and oxygen, which makes our brain perform better.

Another explanation for why working up a sweat enhances our mental capacity is that the hippocampus, a part of the brain critical for learning and memory, is highly active during exercise. When the neurons in this structure rev up, research shows that our cognitive function improves. For instance, studies in mice have revealed that running enhances spatial learning. Other recent work indicates that aerobic exercise can actually reverse hippocampal shrinkage, which occurs naturally with age, and consequently boost memory in older adults. Yet another study found that students who exercise perform better on tests than their less athletic peers.

The big question of why we evolved to get a mental boost from a trip to the gym, however, remains unanswered. When our ancestors worked up a sweat, they were probably fleeing a predator or chasing their next meal. During such emergencies, extra blood flow to the brain could have helped them react quickly and cleverly to an impending threat or kill prey that was critical to their survival.

So if you are having a mental block, go for a jog or hike. The exercise might help pull you out of your funk.

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Changes you.


We all know.

But do YOU know, just how deep those changes go?

[via Nature]A trip to the gym alters DNA ~by Ruth Williams

It is not just pounds you stand to lose when you hit the gym — your DNA also loses chemical modifications in the form of methyl groups, according to a paper published online today in Cell Metabolism1. Moreover, a similar effect is seen in cells given a high dose of caffeine, hinting at a possible trigger for the process.

change starts here DNA [Source]

The presence (or absence) of methyl groups at certain positions on DNA can affect gene expression. Juleen Zierath of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and her team looked at the methylation status of genes in small biopsies taken from the thigh muscles of healthy young adults before and after a stint on an exercise bike. They found that, for some genes involved in energy metabolism — such as PGC-1α, PPAR-δ and PDK4 — the workout demethylated the promoter regions, stretches of DNA that facilitate the transcription of particular genes. Genes unrelated to metabolism remained methylated.

The amount of demethylation at PGC-1α, PPAR-δ and PDK4 depended on the intensity of the exercise, with muscle biopsies from individuals who had cycled the hardest showing the greatest gene demethylation.

The findings will come as a surprise to many researchers in the field. “Once a cell becomes an [adult] cell type, let’s say a muscle cell or a fat cell, it is generally thought that DNA methylation is stable,” says Ronald Evans, a molecular biologist at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. “What Juleen is showing is that acute exercise changes the methylation status of the genome in actual muscle cells.”

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Aside from the obvious…

Exercise changes us, and those changes start at the molecular level & work their way outwards.

If you have ever wanted to be a different person, from your very core out?

Then exercise is the way to achieve that goal.

Wake up–be different, be better


What are you waiting on?

News Mash: Stay off the “chemisty” and exercise… You will be better for it!

Pharmaceuticals seldom, if ever…

Only effect the ONE thing (anxiety, blood pressure, depression, etc) you are taking them for.

And can in fact?

Have a waterfall of effects, which wash over you…

Making you, decidedly UN-you:

(NaturalNews) Nine pharmaceutical drugs that can cause chronic fatigue ~by Jonathan Benson

There are many different factors and underlying health conditions that can affect energy levels from day to day, as well as trigger the condition that is now commonly known as chronic fatigue. In addition to poor diet, irregular sleeping patterns, and preexisting health conditions, a common but unexpected cause of chronic fatigue is pharmaceutical drugs, which many people are likely unaware could be draining them of their energy and life.

Here are nine types of pharmaceutical drugs that are linked to causing chronic fatigue:

1) Blood pressure medications. Millions of people now take blood pressure medications like lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril) and furosemide (Lasix) to ease the overall burden on their cardiovascular systems in the hopes of preventing future health problems like heart attack and stroke. But blood pressure drugs also tend to depress the entire nervous system, as well as deplete the body of the vitamins and nutrients it needs to produce energy, which can be a major trigger of chronic fatigue.

2) Statin drugs. Many people suffering from systemic inflammation take statin drugs to artificially lower their cholesterol levels, in accordance with their doctors’ orders. Besides all the other extreme negative side-effects of taking statins (, one major side-effect that is often overlooked involves the drugs’ tendency to inhibit muscle growth and the production of energy at the cellular level. As a result, many people who take statins experience a steady decline in energy levels over time, which can develop into chronic fatigue.

3) Benzodiazepines. Commonly prescribed to treat anxiety disorders, benzodiazepines tend to sedate or hypnotize patients in order to treat conditions like depression, insomnia, and severe muscle spasms. But it is this induced sedative effect that tends to elicit drowsiness, which often worsens as patients develop a tolerance to benzodiazepines and begin taking higher doses of these drugs. The end result for many taking benzodiazepines is a chronic lack of energy and drive, also known as chronic fatigue.

4) Proton pump inhibitors. Poor diet and a lack of vital nutrients tends to cause acid reflux and various other digestive disorders in many people. And while proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) like lansoprazole (Prevacid) and omeprazole (Prilosec) can offer immediate relief from such symptoms, these drugs also tend to deplete magnesium stores from the body. And magnesium deficiency can lead to a host of severe illnesses, including extreme weakness and fatigue.

…[Read More – See All 9 HERE!]

Is “better” living through chemistry

Really the best alternative to an unhealthy you?

Are you willing to live with the side-effects that man-made pharmaceuticals have on your body?


[via MedicalDaily]5 Common Prescription Drugs That May Cause Memory Loss: Examples And Alternatives ~By

Memory loss is often interpreted as a sign of aging, a repercussion of substance abuse, or symptomatic of conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. What many don’t know is that episodes of forgetfulness can also be side effects of common prescription drugs.

“Scientists now know that memory loss as you get older is by no means inevitable,” writes Dr. Armon B. Neel, a geriatric pharmacist with the AARP. “Indeed, the brain can grow new brain cells and reshape their connections throughout life.”

To raise public awareness of the unknown, deleterious side effects of some medication, Dr. Neel has put together a list of drugs known to induce forgetfulness in some patients.

Is memory loss interfering with your daily life? One of these commonly prescribed drugs may be the culprit.

Antianxiety Drugs (Benzodiazepines)

Examples: alprazolam (Xanax), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), clonazepam (Klonopin), diazepam (Valium), flurazepam (Dalmane), lorazepam (Ativan)

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These drugs are usually prescribed against anxiety disorders, agitation, muscle spasms, and delirium. However, by suppressing certain key areas of the brain, these pills may interfere with the transfer of data from short-term memory to long-term memory. Benzodiazepines are commonly used by anesthesiologists for this very reason.

To avoid these side effects, pharmacists recommend limited courses for short periods of time. If you suffer from a particular anxiety-related complication, such as insomnia, alternative treatments may be a better choice.

Cholesterol Drugs (Statins)

Examples: atorvastatin (Lipitor), fluvastatin (Lescol), lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), rosuvastatin (Crestor) and simvastatin (Zocor)

Statins lower the cholesterol levels in your blood; however, they may lower levels in the brain as well. If this happens, connections between nerve cells may suffer.

If you take statins for slightly elevated cholesterol levels rather than a diagnosed coronary disease, a cocktail of vitamins may be a better choice.

“Ask your doctor or other health care provider about instead taking a combination of sublingual (under-the-tongue) vitamin B12 (1,000 mcg daily), folic acid (800 mcg daily) and vitamin B6 (200 mg daily),” Dr. Neel recommends.

Antidepressant Drugs (Tricyclic antidepressants)

Examples:  amitriptyline (Elavil), clomipramine (Anafranil), desipramine (Norpramin), doxepin (Sinequan), imipramine (Tofranil)

Besides depression, these drugs are prescribed for a variety of psychological complications, such as eating disorders, chronic pain, and obsessive compulsive disorder. However, more than a third of adults taking the medication report episodes of memory loss, and half claim to have trouble concentrating.

To avoid this, it might be useful to talk to your healthcare provider about nondrug therapies. If these are ineffective, venlafaxine (Effexor) are thought by some to have the least adverse effect on memory.

…[Read More – See All 5 HERE!]


Are you willing to try better, not to mention cheaper, options.

Options, which are as easy…

As opening your front door, stepping out?

And taking a nice walk:

[via MayoClinic] Exercise: 7 benefits of regular physical activity ~By Mayo Clinic staff

You know exercise is good for you, but do you know how good? From boosting your mood to improving your sex life, find out how exercise can improve your life.Want to feel better, have more energy and perhaps even live longer? Look no further than exercise.

Walk your dog [Source]

The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore. And the benefits of exercise are yours for the taking, regardless of your age, sex or physical ability. Need more convincing to exercise? Check out these seven ways exercise can improve your life.

No. 1: Exercise controls weight

Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. You don’t need to set aside large chunks of time for exercise to reap weight-loss benefits. If you can’t do an actual workout, get more active throughout the day in simple ways — by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or revving up your household chores.

No. 2: Exercise combats health conditions and diseases

Worried about heart disease? Hoping to prevent high blood pressure? No matter what your current weight, being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This one-two punch keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls.

No. 3: Exercise improves mood

Need an emotional lift? Or need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A workout at the gym or a brisk 30-minute walk can help. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.

No. 4: Exercise boosts energy

Winded by grocery shopping or household chores? Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores.

…[Read More – See All 7 Benefits HERE!]

A better, healthier you is as easy as a daily walk.

Ditch the chemistry…

And grab your bestest pal!

Go for a simple, early morning stroll:

A dog is one of the remaining reasons why some people can be persuaded to go for a walk.  ~O.A. Battista [Source]

A dog is one of the remaining reasons why some people can be persuaded to go for a walk. ~O.A. Battista

You will be NOTHING…

If not better for it.

What do you have to lose?

E X E R C I S E !!!!

Get off the chemistry.

News Mash: Exercise is good for your mental health, unless your gym is a cesspool!


Besides making you feel better, healthier, stronger?

Physical activity strengthens you mentally as well:

[via Medical Daily]Physical Activity Could Make the Brain More Resistant to Future Stressors ~by Anthony Riva

Physical activity contributes to a plethora of benefits. From preventing diseases to increasing endorphins, and lowering stress, researchers are constantly learning about its benefits. Now, a new study finds that it not only lowers stress but it can cause the brain to become more resistant to it too.

Researchers found that the brains of mice that were physically active were able to reorganize in a way that reduced its response to stress and anxiety. They wanted to see why previous research says that new, more excitable neurons in the ventral hippocampus, which grow as a result of physical activity, are supposed to cause more anxiety. However, they found that physical activity also strengthens mechanisms in the brain that prevent the neurons from firing.

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Unless, of course?

You are performing your physical activity in your toxic cesspool of a gym.


Probably not so much:

(NaturalNews) Ten signs of a toxic gym ~by Anna Bragga

More evidence is emerging of the hidden health threats of gyms. Could your gym be making you sick? Below are some common hazards to watch out for.

1. Locker rooms. The lingering fumes from aerosol deodorants, body sprays and air fresheners are dangerously polluting. Inhaling common ingredients such as butane, isobutane and propane can cause headaches, breathing problems, mood swings and nausea. Phthalates interfere with normal hormonal function, and triclosan is a carcinogen.

The lingering fumes [Source]

2. Swimming pools. Chlorine, the chemical used to kill bacteria in swimming pools, can cause skin itchiness and stinging, sore eyes. When combined with the sweat, urine and other waste products from swimmers, it forms a toxic by-product. Poorly ventilated pools produce air loaded with these irritants which can cause coughing, wheezing and asthma.

3. Yoga mats. Some rubber mats are manufactured with small quantities of latex which can trigger adverse reactions in latex allergy sufferers. PVC (polyvinyl chloride) mats leach hormone mimicking compounds of phthalates and bisphenol into the atmosphere.

4. Air conditioning. A cool environment reduces the amount you sweat and the cleansing effect of releasing toxins. Air con adds to noise pollution and can transmit infectious respiratory viruses. Too much of it causes flu-like symptoms, sinus problems, bodily aches and pains, and?arthritis.?Mold spores spewed out into the atmosphere cause health problems to people with weak immune systems and pregnant women.

5. Disinfectants (VOCs). While effective at killing germs, viruses and fungal spores, today’s disinfectants and cleaning products often contain toxic aldehyhdes such as formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde and phenol. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases causing a range of health problems including nausea, memory loss and dexterity issues.

Gym germs and virulent vibrations: How that workout could compromise your health

6. Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Commonly known as ‘Staph’, this bacteria can be picked up from a shared towel or razor, touching the surface of exercise equipment or body contact. It causes mild skin infections, rashes, pimples and boils. If allowed to spread, it can produce life-threatening pneumonia, sepsis or meningitis.?MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus), is an aggressive form of Staph that is resistant to antibiotics.

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Just thinking about all the germs possibly in my gym?

Definitely enough to cause me to have a germaphobe induced panic attack.


Very counter-intuitive to the whole “reducing stress”, getting fit & healthy deal.


Just enough…

To inspire me to keep my workouts at home, where everything…

Is nice, shiny and more importantly?



News Mash: What’s better for you, high-intensity interval training or being overweight? Depends on who you ask.

One of the best ways to burn fat?

High-intensity interval training (HIIT)!

It takes a minimal amount of time…

For the maximum amount of results!

And if you want to get super fit…

Super fast?

It could definitely be the way you want to go:

[via io9] How quick and intense workouts can help you get fitter ~by George Dvorsky

It’s a commonly-held assumption that getting in shape requires hours and hours of rigorous exercise. But some fitness experts believe all that’s really required to stay physically fit are short burst workouts performed at a high level of intensity. Here’s why just a few minutes of exercise each day may be all you need.

It’s called high-intensity interval training (HIIT) — and it’s proving to be a surprisingly effective way to stay in shape. It sounds almost too good to true, with workouts typically lasting no more than four minutes at a time. But many trainers and practitioners have found that it works. And it’s the kind of thing that can be easily integrated into any busy schedule.

Top image: Christmas Abbott doing a burpee. Abbott is a business owner, a NASCAR pit crew front tire changer, and an avid CrossFitter — a strength-and-conditioning program that integrates high-intensity interval training. Credit: SHFHS.

The trick, of course — and there’s always a caveat to these things — is that these workouts must be executed at high-intensity. That means balls-to-the-wall full exertion. So if if you don’t like to get physically intense, then this workout style is probably not for you. What’s more, if you have a workout routine that you love, it’s working for you, and you’re able to stick with it, then by all means continue with that!


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Do you really NEED to, that’s the question THIS (below) researcher poses?

And because it is…

Oh, some people (namely the people who make Billions/funded by the diet/weight loss market) are pretty ticked off at her:

[via Reason] Obesity Researchers Outraged by Inconvenient Truth About Weight and Mortality ~by Jacob Sullum

Since 2005, when Katherine Flegal of the National Center for Health Statistics began reporting that people whom the government deems “overweight” appear to be healthier than people who stay within the recommended weight range, her work has provoked outrage from other obesity researchers.

Overweight and ok

As Virginia Hughes explains in a recent Nature feature story, the critics’ main complaint is not that Flegal’s findings are wrong but that they are unhelpful. Hughes describes the reaction to a meta-analysis of 97 studies that Flegal and her colleagues published last January in The Journal of the American Medical Association, which found that mortality rates were lowest among people considered overweight but not obese

…[Read More – See the Reactions and Vitriol HERE!]

Which, I suppose?

Pretty understandable.

But when it comes down to being fit vs being NOT SO fit…

How about this?

Be happy.

With whichever route you decide to take, whether it be being a little chubby vs super fit by regularly performing HIIT’s to the point you now look like a rock god…

In the end, isn’t your happiness what truly matters?

No matter what anyone else says.

News Mash: Feel better by trying out this simple seven-minute exercise regime!

You feel bad.

No need to lie, I can see it in your eyes.

Do you have little energy, body aches and pains…

Want to know the cause?

Believe it or not…

It’s all due to your LACK of exercise.

No, seriously!

Crazy as it sounds, your body actually craves activity.

And when it doesn’t get it…

It has some BLAH! fits, which then starts your whole downward cycle of NOT wanting to exercise in the first place.

Come on – Get up!

Exercising isn’t as complicated/hard as you think:

[via LifeHacker] How Exercise Affects Your Body (and How to Pick the Right Workout) ~Thorin Klosowski

We all know that exercise is good for you, but when you understand why, it makes getting off the couch and into the gym a lot easier. Here’s an explanation of what happens when you work out, and how it can help you deal with the pains and the gains you’ll run into down the line.

The body is a complex machine. While we like to think that when we work out we’ll immediately feel and look better, it’s not always that simple. A lot happens in your body when you first start working out, and the longer you work out the less things change. To get a grasp on what’s going on, I spoke with Brian Parr from the Department of Exercise and Sports Science at the University of South Carolina Aiken, and Dr. Carly Stewart, Medical Expert at Money Crashers Personal Finance. Here’s what you can expect, what’s happening, and how you can use that knowledge to improve your workout routine.

What Happens to Your Body When You First Start Exercising

Why Exercise Makes You Feel Better

We always hear that exercise makes you feel better in all sorts of ways. From the brain to the lungs, you benefit from a bit exercise be happyof exercise every day. That doesn’t really mean anything to you until you actually start exercising though. In addition to everything above, Parr notes a few other changes you’ll feel right away that make life a bit easier:

The other thing that happens is your heart gets bigger and stronger. Those are the things that people notice. You’re getting these changes in the muscle that actually make exercise feel easier. In addition to your heart rate slowing down and your heart getting bigger and stronger, your blood vessels become more elastic. That’s really good. That means your blood pressure can be lower.

Additionally, you’re also burning calories and fat, which contributes to weight loss. Your body typically burns calories from carbohydrates for energy first, and then moves onto burning fat as a source of energy. When you burn more calories than you take in, you’ll tap into fat for energy and lose weight. If you don’t use calories for energy, your body starts to store them as fat cells for an energy reserve.

On top of easier breathing, a lower pulse, lower blood pressure, and everything else, your brain function also improves. Dr Stewart explains why:

Exercise improves oxygen flow to the brain. It also helps the body release hormones that assist in brain cell growth. Additionally, it helps the brain with both learning and memory capabilities.

Dr. Stewart adds that you’ll feel these improvements pretty quickly, even if you don’t see a change in your body:

Generally speaking, you can expect to feel healthier and stronger after two to three weeks of exercise (along with a proper diet). However, you may not see any significant changes in muscle growth or weight loss (depending upon your goals) until after the first few months.

Essentially, when you start exercising, you feel better because your brain and body can do more. You’re not winded walking up stairs. Your heart rate and blood pressure goes down, which decreases your risk for a number of diseases and gives you more energy. Your brain benefits from the added oxygen to help you perform basic tasks easier.

…[Read More – See All of the Wonderful Article HERE!]


In fact?

In can be rather easy if you let it.

Think, however, that you do NOT have time exercise?


Out of your 24 hour day, do you have 7 minutes to spare?

cause some are saying…

That’s all you need:

[via DailyMail]The 7-minute workout that is as beneficial as a long run and a weights session

  • Scientists devised workout that requires just a chair, a wall and 7 minutes
  • But in order reap benefits you must exercise so intensely that it is painful
  • The 12 exercises are most effective if you carry them out the in correct order with a 10 second break between each

By Rachel Reilly

A seven-minute exercise regime devised by scientists has been shown to provide as many health benefits as going for a long run and doing  a session of weight training.

The workout requires no more than a wall, a chair and seven minutes of your time.

The Seven Minute Workout: The new exercise regime is very prescriptive in terms of the exercises you should do, the order in which you should do them and the length of time spent between each

…[Read More]

The point:

Get up. Get out there. And get busy!

Whether or not it is true that the above, simple 7 minute exercise plan is all you need…

Get busy doing something!

You need it…


You body KNOWS it!

News Mash: Soon we will know “how to burn it off’, but what if we were like 6-inches long? Ponderism.

Knowing how hard you have to work…

To work off that burger?

Definitely far more useful information than just knowing how much calories what we eat contains.

Especially for those of us who try to do what we can to stay in shape…

And have to really work HARD at it.

[via HealthlandTime] How Much Exercise Will It Take to Work Off a Burger? Menus May Soon Tell You ~By Alexandra Sifferlin

More restaurants display calorie counts on their menus, but what if they also informed you what it would take to burn off those calories?

It’s one thing to know how many calories are packed into a meal you’re about to eat, and quite another to fully appreciate what your body does with them. That’s been clear since cities like New York mandated calorie counts on fast food and restaurant menus so consumers would have a better idea of what they were eating. Despite the added information, studies haven’t shown that the counts led people to eat less. In fact, some surveys found they prompted people to order more food. So caloric information, it seems, doesn’t  have much impact on eating behavior.

Better strategies are clearly needed, so researchers Dr. Meena Shah and Ashlei James from Texas Christian University tried another approach — replacing the calorie counts with the number of minutes of brisk walking a person would need to complete to burn off what they just ate.

…[Read More]

The fact that some of us DO really have to work hard at it…

It does bring to mind a ponderous question.


How hard would we really have to work, if we were a tenth of the size.

Like, say…

If we were just like 6-inches long.

And before any of you scoff (yeah, I see you, you scofferes!) at the idea NEVER being possible?

Just know, that at ONE time in our history…

It wasn’t impossible.

[via TheBlaze]The DNA Test Results on That 6-Inch ‘Humanoid of Unknown Classification’ Are In ~by 

After images were released of what looks like a 6-inch alien creature, a lot of buzz began to generate around a documentary film titled “Sirius.” Filmmakers said the documentary would reveal that the DNA of the miniature creature um can i get a shake with those friescouldn’t be medically classified, insinuating that it was a foreign life form.

Well, the DNA test results are in. As it turns out, the 6-inch humanoid is, in fact, likely human.

“I can say with absolute certainty that it is not a monkey. It is human — closer to human than chimpanzees. It lived to the age of six to eight. Obviously, it was breathing, it was eating, it was metabolizing. It calls into question how big the thing might have been when it was born,”said Garry Nolan, director of stem cell biology at Stanford University’s School of Medicine in California.

“The DNA tells the story and we have the computational techniques that allows us to determine, in very short order, whether, in fact, this is human,” Nolan explains in the film.

“‘Sirius’ focuses on the remains of the small humanoid, nicknamed Ata, that was discovered in Chile’s Atacama Desert 10 years ago and has, literally, gone through different hands and ownership since then,” The Huffington Post notes.

HuffPost has more background on the documentary:

The film also explores an ongoing grassroots movement to get the U.S. government to reveal what it reportedly knows about UFOs, extraterrestrials and the availability of advanced alternative energy technologies that could greatly benefit everyone on Earth.

The primary force behind “Sirius” is Steven Greer, a former emergency room doctor who founded the Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CSETI) and The Disclosure Project.

One odd thing about the Ata controversy is how it came to the recent attention of the American public.

Early in the documentary, Greer refers to Ata as an extraterrestrial being, explaining how it was found in the Atacama Desert and “we don’t know how it came about.” That seems strange because HuffPost recently reported on the well known history of little Ata since its discovery 10 years ago and subsequent moving from hand to hand, ending up in Spain.

Watch the theatrical trailer for “Sirius,” which now has nearly 1 million views:

…[Read More]

Wow, right?

Can you imagine a humanoid like that surviving today?

Of course, it would probably be shaped like an orange after eating like two McDonald’s french fries.

But still, pretty cool.

Both the idea of eating establishments listing “burn off” calorie requirements, as well as the thought of a hand-sized person purveying that list for their own specifications.

Do these two stories have anything to do with one another?

Pffft, no.

Only in my twisted head were they connected.

But, at least for me…

Therein lay the fun.

News Mash: Ignore Google, you can stick to your resolutions…Use this simple metric!

When it comes to your New Years resolution to get in better shape?

Google is calling you a “Big Loser!”

You’re just not gonna make it.

(Hey…Don’t look at ME. That’s Google talking.)


It can see your FAIL! coming…

Thanks to all of the anecdotal evidence which proves that it’s NOT wrong.

Stupid Google:

[via io9] Google has already charted the failure of your New Year’s resolutions ~ by Robert T. Gonzalez

Did you resolve to exercise more in 2013? If this graph from Google is any indication, you’ve got a tough road ahead of you.

Interest over time

Habitual joggers and gym-goers have probably already noticed the swell in this year’s tide of fitness enthusiasts. Those among us who exercise on a regular basis have come to anticipate the annual ebb and flow: this January 1st, like every January 1st, millions of people resolved to get more exercise, spend more time at the gym, and log more hours at their local yoga studio. And this year, like every year, millions of people will fail to to stay on the fitness bandwagon.

It’s a pattern long supported by anecdotal evidence, practical conjecture, and even hard data. Falling into the latter camp are these charts from Google trends. Operating under the assumption that the frequency of a search term like “exercise” can be used as a litmus test for the population’s interest in and active pursuit of physical fitness, our tendency to make fitness-related resolutions, and our apparent inability to commit to healthier lifestyles, is impossible to miss:

For those in need of hand-holding: the annual spike in search frequency for each of the terms listed corresponds to New Year’s.

…[Read More]

Now, now, now…

I didn’t mean to make you all depressed with the Google evidence of your immanent failure.


In fact I am going to do my very best to offer you, if but a tad bit of personal incentive, to KEEP to your exercise plan…

Via Scientific Evidence that it’s the little decisions you make daily, how you choose to live your life, which determine the longevity of your life.

[via Scientific American]We all know that smoking is bad for our health and that eating vegetables is good for it. Yet how bad and how good are they? Without a clear notion of threat and reward, it is that much harder to avoid a cigarette or to choke down a serving of broccoli. “I hate when someone tells me that something is risky,” says David Spiegelhalter, a professor of risk assessment at the University of Cambridge. “Well, compared to what?

a simple metric a microlife

To answer his own question, Spiegelhalter converted reams of statistical risk tables into a simple metric: a microlife—30 minutes. If you smoke two cigarettes, you lose 30 minutes of your life (top graphic). Exercise for 20 minutes, and you gain two units of microlife. Over time bad habits accelerate your aging, and good habits slow it down (bottom graphic). “That seems to resonate with people,” Spiegelhalter says. “No one likes to get older faster.”

…[Read More]


Keep the faith…

Stay strong, sticking to your resolutions and just watch them?

Change your life for the better.

News Mash: Wanna to stick to your resolution this year? OK, but don’t be annoying about it!

This time of year?

All about the resolutions you have (no) intention to keep.

The top resolution on everyone’s list?

Lose weight!

(Check out ‘New Year Resolution Statistics’ HERE!)

Best way to do that folks?

(Besides this ah-MAZING hash brown diet? That’s right, I said…Hash. Brown. Diet!)

Is exercise.

But, question is, are you utilizing the RIGHT exercises:

[via eScienceNews]Aerobic exercise trumps resistance training for weight and fat loss

Aerobic training is the best mode of exercise for burning fat, according to Duke researchers who compared aerobic training, resistance training, and a combination of the two. The study, which appears Dec. 15, 2012, in the Journal of Applied Physiology, is the largest randomized trial to analyze changes in body composition from the three modes of exercise in overweight or obese adults without diabetes.

Aerobic exercise — including walking, running, and swimming — has been proven to be an effective way to lose weight. However, recent guidelines have suggested that resistance training, which includes weight lifting to build and maintain muscle mass, may also help with weight loss by increasing a person’s resting metabolic rate. Research has demonstrated health benefits for resistance training, such as improving glucose control, but studies on the effects of resistance training on fat mass have been inconclusive.

“Given that approximately two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight due to excess body fat, we want to offer clear, evidence-based exercise recommendations that will truly help people lose weight and body fat,” said Leslie H. Willis, MS, an exercise physiologist at Duke Medicine and the study’s lead author.

…[Read More]

And, yeah…


Another good question might be:

Are you being all annoying ‘getting-in-the-way’ about it.

[via DailyMail] Santa Monica residents complain about sea of fitness fanatics clogging up their parksb

Physical fitness is a way of life on the beautiful beachfront oasis of Santa Monica. From sunrise to sunset, there’s huffing and puffing in the city’s parks as trainers put their students through the paces of every form of exercise imaginable.

All along the 420 acres of greenery paralleling the Pacific Ocean are groups of a dozen or more people furiously pumping iron, doing sit-ups, stepping on and off little benches and stretching on mats. Some flex their muscles with weight machines tied by big rubber bands to pretty much anything that’s anchored to the ground.

‘It’s starting to look like a 24-Hour Fitness gym out there,’ complained Johnny Gray, an assistant track coach at UCLA and former Olympic runner who says he’s often forced to navigate around weight machines, barbells and other exercise impediments as he runs.

In recent years, fitness classes have become as ubiquitous in Santa Monica’s signature Palisades Park as dog walkers and senior citizens playing shuffleboard.

‘It’s starting to look like a 24-Hour Fitness gym out there,’ complained Johnny Gray, an assistant track coach at UCLA and former Olympic runner who says he’s often forced to navigate around weight machines, barbells and other exercise impediments as he runs

Karen Ginsberg, the city’s director of community and cultural services, said other park users are complaining about fitness enthusiasts not only blocking pedestrian walkways but also making too much noise, killing the park’s grass with their weights and damaging its trees and benches with all the exercise gadgets they connect to them.

…[Read More]

And if you are?

Please stop.


exercise responsibly




News Mash: Exercise is good for your brain…Unless you damage your brain, while jumping a car, during exercise!

Doing general exercise-like activity, with the intent of exertion, to get that much craved boost of endorphins…

Is not a boon all it’s own.



It’s just dangerous and should be avoided, by certain individuals (STUPID)…

All together.

A Young Palm Bay Florida Man, Bladimir Barreto, Attempts To Jump Car And Fails With Devastating Results.

Bladimir Barreto of Palm Bay Florida attempted to jump over a moving car driven by his brother while being filmed by another brother.

From the video released by the Palm Bay Police it appears he started his jump too late and was hit by the car.

He flipped several times and landed in the middle of the road.

Barreto suffered multiple injuries including compound fractures of his legs and a serious head injury.

The video was to be used to display his athletic abilities to football recruiters.

According to Palm Bay Officer Andrew Pidgeon charges are pending against the 17-year-old brother for driving without a license and possibly reckless driving.

But, for everybody else? (i.e. NOT stupid)

No exercise is bad you.

In fact exercise makes you happy…

And here’s how:

[via LifeHacker] What Happens to Our Brains During Exercise (and Why it Makes Us Happier)~ by Leo Widrich

Most of us are aware of what happens to the body when we exercise. We build more muscle or more stamina. We feel how daily activities like climbing stairs becomes easier if we exercise regularly. When it comes to our brain and mood though, the connection isn’t so clear. Leo Widrich, co-founder of social media sharing app Buffer, set out to uncover the connection between feeling happy and exercising regularly.

What triggers happiness in our brain when we exercise?

“Yes, yes, I know all about it, that’s the thing with the endorphins, that makes you feel good and why we should exercise and stuff, right?” is what I can hear myself say to someone bringing this up. I would pick up things here and there, yet really digging into the connection of exercise and how it effects us has never been something I’ve done. The line around our “endorphins are released” is more something I throw around to sound smart, without really knowing what it means.

Here is what actually happens:

If you start exercising, your brain recognizes this as a moment of stress. As your heart pressure increases, the brain thinks you are either fighting the enemy or fleeing from it. To protect yourself and your brain from stress, you release a protein called BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor). This BDNF has a protective and also reparative element to your memory neurons and acts as a reset switch. That’s why we often feel so at ease and like things are clear after exercising.

At the same time, endorphins, another chemical to fight stress, are released in your brain. Your endorphins main purpose are this, writes researcher MK McGovern:

“These endorphins tend to minimize the discomfort of exercise, block the feeling of pain, and are even associated with a feeling of euphoria.”

…[Read More]

With that in mind…

Barring any momentary breaks from insanity, into Stupidville (see location of ‘Stupidville’ showcased above0, or course?

Don’t you deserve that which makes you happy?

Why, yes…

Yes you do.


Why not exercise?

Why not, indeed.

News Mash: Prevent ‘brain shrinkage’ by exercising, before it’s too late!

Besides just making you feel good?

Exercise is good for so MANY different things.



Brain shrinkage?

[via io9] Exercise may be the key to preventing brain shrinkage in old age ~ by Tim Barribeau

A research article published in Neurology found that people in their seventies who were more physically active showed less brain shrinkage over the course of three years. Unfortunately, socially and mentally stimulating situations didn’t seem to have an effect, but something as simple as going for a walk a few times a week lead to the people retaining more grey matter in their brain, as well as having less damage to their white matter.

Simultaneously, a paper has been released in the Archives of Neurology looking at patients over the age of 90. They found that those with poor physical performance were significantly more likely to suffer from dementia. In the paper, they say:

Our cross-sectional study found a strong dose-dependent association between poor physical performance and dementia in the oldest old, with higher odds of dementia associated with poorer physical performance.The results reveal that even modest declines in physical performance are associated with increased odds of dementia. The strongest association is seen with gait slowing, followed by five chair stands, grip strength and standing balance.

[Read More]



Maybe not ALL exercise is good for brain shrinkage.


If your brain has already shrunk.



Some forms of exercise comes far, FAR too late…

To save either your brain?

Or your bum.

News Mash: Exercise assists longevity and protects against cancer? Yeah, probably.

Pretty sure you knew it already…

Exercise will make you live longer.

But did you also know?

It’s one of the best ways to…

Battle against cancer?

(NaturalNews) We all know that regular exercise can certainly improve overall health in often immeasurable ways, but a new study suggests that it could also enhance your immune system and maybe even help protect against cancer.

The small study, conducted by researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute, found that a large number of the immune T cells in cancer survivors managed to improve their ability to fight disease after they participated in an exercise class for 12 weeks.

“What we’re suggesting is that with exercise, you might be getting rid of T cells that aren’t helpful and making room for T cells that might be helpful,” said researcher Laura Bilek, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, in a statement.

“If exercise indeed strengthens the immune system and potentially improves cancer surveillance, it’s one more thing we should educate patients about as a reason they should schedule regular activity throughout their day and make it a priority in their lives,” she added.

…[Read More]



Don’t take MY word for it. Why would you?

How about taking the word of a man who has LIVED it.

[via NYTimes]In 1943, a Greek war veteran named Stamatis Moraitis came to the United States for treatment of a combat-mangled arm. He’d survived a gunshot wound, escaped to Turkey and eventually talked his way onto the Queen Elizabeth, then serving as a troopship, to cross the Atlantic. Moraitis settled in Port Jefferson, N.Y., an enclave of countrymen from his native island, Ikaria. He quickly landed a job doing manual labor. Later, he moved to Boynton Beach, Fla. Along the way, Moraitis married a Greek-American woman, had three children and bought a three-bedroom house and a 1951 Chevrolet.

One day in 1976, Moraitis felt short of breath. Climbing stairs was a chore; he had to quit working midday. After X-rays, his doctor concluded that Moraitis had lung cancer. As he recalls, nine other doctors confirmed the diagnosis. They gave him nine months to live. He was in his mid-60s.

Moraitis considered staying in America and seeking aggressive cancer treatment at a local hospital. That way, he could also be close to his adult children. But he decided instead to return to Ikaria, where he could be buried with his ancestors in a cemetery shaded by oak trees that overlooked the Aegean Sea. He figured a funeral in the United States would cost thousands, a traditional Ikarian one only $200, leaving more of his retirement savings for his wife, Elpiniki. Moraitis and Elpiniki moved in with his elderly parents, into a tiny, whitewashed house on two acres of stepped vineyards near Evdilos, on the north side of Ikaria. At first, he spent his days in bed, as his mother and wife tended to him. He reconnected with his faith. On Sunday mornings, he hobbled up the hill to a tiny Greek Orthodox chapel where his grandfather once served as a priest. When his childhood friends discovered that he had moved back, they started showing up every afternoon. They’d talk for hours, an activity that invariably involved a bottle or two of locally produced wine. I might as well die happy, he thought.

In the ensuing months, something strange happened. He says he started to feel stronger. One day, feeling ambitious, he planted some vegetables in the garden. He didn’t expect to live to harvest them, but he enjoyed being in the sunshine, breathing the ocean air. Elpiniki could enjoy the fresh vegetables after he was gone.

Six months came and went. Moraitis didn’t die. Instead, he reaped his garden and, feeling emboldened, cleaned up the family vineyard as well. Easing himself into the island routine, he woke up when he felt like it, worked in the vineyards until midafternoon, made himself lunch and then took a long nap. In the evenings, he often walked to the local tavern, where he played dominoes past midnight. The years passed. His health continued to improve. He added a couple of rooms to his parents’ home so his children could visit. He built up the vineyard until it produced 400 gallons of wine a year. Today, three and a half decades later, he’s 97 years old — according to an official document he disputes; he says he’s 102 — and cancer-free. He never went through chemotherapy, took drugs or sought therapy of any sort. All he did was move home to Ikaria.

…If you pay careful attention to the way Ikarians have lived their lives, it appears that a dozen subtly powerful, mutually enhancing and pervasive factors are at work. It’s easy to get enough rest if no one else wakes up early and the village goes dead during afternoon naptime. It helps that the cheapest, most accessible foods are also the most healthful — and that your ancestors have spent centuries developing ways to make them taste good. It’s hard to get through the day in Ikaria without walking up 20 hills.

…[Read More – SERIOUSLY, read the whole article, it’s very much worth it! Especially? The end.]

Of course, Mr. Moraitis doesn’t say definitely exercise was his specific cure…

But in his case, it sure as heck didn’t hurt.

The fact that he cannot conform his lifestyle as the resource he used to survive cancer, after being given only months to live…

Because he has out-LIVED all his doctors?


That doesn’t hurt either.

So what am I saying?


It can only help…

And in the best of ways.

News Mash: I’m too lazy for The Glove, so agitate me some ‘Hulk’ protein, Grb10!

Wanna get fit?

For some, exercise is the only way to go.

And thanks to Science…

Exercise is now easier than ever!

And it’s all thanks?

To a very ingenious glove.

[via The Blaze] Max McClure writes on Stanford News that the specialized glove developed by Stanford biologists Dennis Grahn and Craig Heller has been well covered by the media but how the glove works — and the biological findings associated with it — makes it worth another moment in the spotlight. Not only that but the researchers almost have a commercial product ready.

Humans, like other mammals, have veins known as arteriovenous anastomoses, which help play a role in regulating the body’s core temperature. These veins specifically are located in our hands, face and feet. The glove, as its name implies, focuses on the veins in the palm, acting as a more convenient form of an ice bath:

The newest version of the device is a rigid plastic mitt, attached by a hose to what looks like a portable cooler. When Grahn sticks his hand in the airtight glove, the device creates a slight vacuum. The veins in the palm expand, drawing blood into the AVAs, where it is rapidly cooled by water circulating through the glove’s plastic lining.

Researches have found that in cooling the palm, it has a rapid result of cooling the body’s core as a whole.

“We built a silly device, took it over to the recovery room and, lo and behold, it worked beyond our wildest imaginations,” Heller said to McClure. “Whereas it was taking them hours to re-warm patients coming into the recovery room, we were doing it in eight, nine minutes.” [Read More]

If, however, exercise is NOT your cup of tea?

No worries…

Science too has just the solution for you!

A hulked-out body…

Via no exercise whatsoever!


All Science has to do is shake up this one little protein and viola – Instant muscle mass!

Minus the anger and the green skin, of course.

[via MedicalXpress] ‘Hulk’ protein, Grb10, controls muscle growth August 30, 2012 in Medical research Scientists have moved closer toward helping people grow big, strong muscles without needing to hit the weight room. Australian researchers have found that by blocking the function of a protein called Grb10 while mice were in the womb, they were considerably stronger and more muscular than their normal counterparts.  [Read More]

But honestly…

Who wants to get muscles the easy way, without the least little bit of effort?

“Ooh, ooh…Me!” *waves hand madly in the air*