“Our message is to quit and exercise — to do both is the best,” says Chi Pang Wen, a professor at the National Health Research Institute and China Medical University Hospital in Taiwan, who presented the data at the World Congress of Cardiology meeting in Dubai.
“Trying to quit is a painful process,” Wen told Shots by phone from Dubai. “That painful process creates a vacuum. This substitute, which is exercise, will distract the smokers from thinking every day about the need to smoke.”
Even for smokers who can’t quit, walking just 15 minutes a day six days a week is enough to improve their health.
Anorexia and Bulimia have been brought into the public awareness by those suffering, however, a broad range of eating disorders occur within the spectrum and can be just as damaging and life threatening.
Orthorexia, Pregorexia, Binge Eating, Anorexia Athletica, and Drunkorexia are the names given to the various disorders of those struggling with body image.
Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness and the need to recognize illness and intervene is an important part of the cure.
A catch-all label that includes dozens of subdiagnoses, EDNOS applies to patients who don’t meet the exact criteria for anorexia or bulimia but still have very troubled relationships with food or distorted body images. Today, EDNOS diagnoses significantly outnumber anorexia and bulimia cases. “The atypical has become the typical,” says Ovidio Bermudez, M.D
Short amounts of vigorous exercise trump longer amounts of moderate exercise for health benefits.
Researchers found that the people who engaged in the most vigorous exercise reduced their risk of developing metabolic syndrome by two-thirds, compared with those who did no vigorous exercise, even when the total amount of calories per pound of body weight the participants burned while exercising was the same. Vigorous exercise includes activities such as running and jumping rope; moderate exercise might consist of walking or going for a leisurely bike ride.
The good news is that you can exercise less time and still reap the benefits of your work out as long as you kick up the intensity.
This is useful information for those who have busy schedules and little time to devote to physical activity.
Become a more pleasant member of your family by feeling better.
Improve your productivity at work because working out makes your mind more focused.
Relieve day-to-day stress.
Improve your mood.
Enjoy higher levels of energy and vitality.
Spend more social time with others.
Take time to enjoy the outdoors.
“To explain a biologically elevated body weight ‘set-point’, investigators in the field have speculated about the existence of fundamental changes to brain neurocircuits that control energy balance. Our findings are the first to offer direct evidence of such a structural change, and they include evidence in humans as well as in mice and rats.”
It may make the struggle to keep off the pounds more difficult, however, any effort to lead a more healthy lifestyle is beneficial.
Levels of a protein known as brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF, which is known to promote the health of nerve cells is the measure of the effect exercise on the brain.
For some time, scientists have believed that BDNF helps explain why mental functioning appears to improve with exercise. However, they haven’t fully understood which parts of the brain are affected or how those effects influence thinking. The Irish study suggests that the increases in BDNF prompted by exercise may play a particular role in improving memory and recall.
So, it is not just vanity that will get you into the gym but the benefits to mind and body that will carry you into old age on your own two feet.
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