Yo-Yo dieting dangerous even if you’re not overweight

•Losing and regaining weight repeatedly, known as weight cycling or yo-yo dieting, may increase the risk of death from heart disease among postmenopausal women.
•The increased risk was for women who were of normal weight at the start of the study but not for overweight or obese women who reported weight cycling.
•Weight cycling put women at higher risk of sudden cardiac death and coronary heart disease death.

Being fit Protects Against Health Risks Caused by Stress at Work

It is a well-known fact that fitness and well-being go hand in hand. But being in good shape also protects against the health problems that arise when we feel particularly stressed at work. As reported by sports scientists from the University of Basel and colleagues from Sweden, it therefore pays to stay physically active, especially during periods of high stress.

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 Institutet report. The study, which also nuances the concept of muscle memory, is published in the journal PLOS Genetics.

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.

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.

Wearing heels to work is a game women have been losing for decades

When receptionist Nicola Thorp was told by her employer that she had to wear high heels to work, she pointed out that her male colleagues were not required to do so. When she refused to conform to the company’s dress code policy, she was sent home from her job without pay. The media got hold of the story, public outcry ensued and the firm at the centre of it has now changed its policy.