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Age no barrier to the benefits of Pilates

Pilates is definitely not just a young person’s activity if the latest University of Tasmania study is any indication. ...

Multifaceted genetic impact of training

Endurance training changes the activity of thousands of genes and give rise to a multitude of altered DNA-copies, RNA, researchers from Karolinska ...

Training during first half of menstrual cycle most efficient

Research at Umeå University provides new insights into when during the menstrual cycle it is advantageous to periodise your strength training. The results show that training that is concentrated to the first two week of the cycle have more of an effect on muscular strength, power and muscle mass. The study is a part of a dissertation that also shows that periodic training could be implemented without any female specific exercise-related complications and was perceived positively by participants. ... Full story

Women planning pregnancy urged to consider BMI

Women are being encouraged to ensure their body mass index (BMI) is within a healthy range before pregnancy to ensure the best outcomes for their babies. ... Full story

An hour to stop the rot

The increased risk of death associated with sitting for eight hours a day could be offset by one hour of physical activity a day. ... Full story

Tailored texts help ‘maintain the gain’

A public health program that was modelled on University of Queensland research and designed to help people maintain the switch to a healthy lifestyle has been extended. ... Full story

Midlife fitness is linked to lower stroke risks later in life

Study Highlights: Being more physically fit in your mid- to late-40s was associated with lower stroke risks after age 65, independent of traditional stroke risk factors such as high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and atrial fibrillation. Researchers suggest that physicians consider low fitness level a stroke risk factor. The study underscores how important it is to be physically fit throughout lifetime, not just when you’re younger. ... Full story

Loughborough University study reveals the best way to improve muscle strength

Engaging in short, explosive leg contractions is the most effective way of strengthening muscles, Loughborough research reveals. ... Full story

Process contaminants in vegetable oils and foods pose potential health concerns finds EFSA

Contaminants in vegetable oils and fats (and foods containing them such as cookies, pastries and others) pose a potential health concern to average consumers for young age groups (infants, toddlers and children under 10 years old). ... Full story

Researchers develop tool to assess athlete diet

Researchers from Massey University and the University of Sydney are working together to develop a tool to assess the quality of dietary intake in high-performing athletes. ... Full story

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