SCIENCE DAILY: Beer Compound Could Help Fend off Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases
"The health-promoting perks of wine have attracted the spotlight recently, leaving beer in the shadows. But scientists are discovering new ways in which the latter could be a more healthful beverage than once thought. It turns out that a compound from hops could protect brain cells from damage — and potentially slow the development of disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases." Click here to read the full story.
NY TIMES: Why Your Workout Should Be High-intensity
"Many people with chronic health problems resign themselves to lives of modest activity or no activity at all, thinking vigorous exercise is unsafe or that they lack the stamina for it. But recent studies are proving just the opposite. They are showing that high-intensity exercise may be even better than regular aerobic activities for many patients with conditions like heart disease, diabetes, stroke, pulmonary disease, arthritis and Parkinson’s disease. The studies strongly suggest that a more demanding but more efficient and often more enjoyable form of exercise known as high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, is not only safe for most patients but more effective at preventing or reversing the deficits associated with many chronic ailments." Click here to read the full story.
SCIENCE DAILY: Newer Foam Rollers Benefit Muscles, Not Hair
"Everyone knows you are supposed to stretch before engaging in exercise to limber up. But what if stretching hurts? 'Think of your muscles as shoelaces,' advises Mike Ross, exercise physiologist, Gottlieb Center for Fitness. 'If you have a knot in your muscle, stretching pulls it tighter.' The answer to eliminating the knots and restoring optimal flexibility is foam rollers." Click here to read the full story.
WSJ: Movies at the Gym: A Lure for Reluctant Exercisers
"Helen Zotikos had a strange reaction as she sweated away on an elliptical machine recently: hysterical laughter. The 34-year-old mother of four was watching the goofy comedy 'Superbad' in a darkened room with a big screen inside Retro Fitness in West Orange, N.J. Only in this theater, plush velvety seats were replaced with treadmills, ellipticals and stationary bikes. Cardio theaters are a quietly persistent niche in the $22 billion health-club industry. Fans say they are a welcome distraction from exercise. Club owners say they provide shy exercisers an escape from the harsh lights of gym floors." Click here to read the full story.