The most active participants had the highest pain tolerance overall.
There are many physiological and psychological reasons why exercise may boost our pain tolerance.
A healthy mind in a healthy body? Here’s what the science says.
One genetic study of over a quarter million people highlights the cognitive benefits of exercise, while another, based on 30 years of scientific literature, says the opposite. Who’s right and who’s wrong?
Commuting more than five hours per week had a number of negative consequences.
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Our long-term research project found commutes over 3km were associated with a greater likelihood of being overweight.
Levels of the stress hormone cortisol are reduced with as little as 20 minutes in a city park.
Numerous studies indicate exercise as an effective treatment for people with existing depression and other mental illnesses, and exercising in nature can further improve mental well-being.
Protective factors like supportive relationships can counteract suicide risk factors.
The focus of suicide prevention is shifting toward protective factors: characteristics that make it less likely that individuals will consider, attempt or die by suicide.
Physical activity during cancer treatment can help improve mental and physical health outcomes.
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Physical activity throughout cancer treatment is both safe and beneficial.
Regular physical activity helps to prevent and manage many chronic diseases.
Factors such as having supportive family and friends, safer communities, positive school environments and adequate resources, are often associated with more physical activity.
Racial stress can seriously threaten a person’s well-being.
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Racial hostility can produce symptoms similar to what soldiers experience as a result of going to war.
Thick snow covers tree branches as people walk along a street in Ottawa after a snowstorm.
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Taking your physical activity outside comes with added benefits. Here are ways to pursue your fitness goals outdoors, even in the middle of a Canadian winter.
When it comes to eye care, regular visits to the optometrist or ophthalmologist can detect the early signs of diabetic damage.
The risk of developing eye complications is high in young people with Type 2 diabetes, which is increasingly affecting children and adolescents, especially those who are more sedentary.
Not only is it good aerobic exercise, but dancing may help the elderly with reasoning skills and memory.
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Dancing requires physical, social and cognitive engagement and, as a result, it may bolster a wide network of brain regions.
Many people wish to target fat loss in their stomach.
Despite years of study, evidence on whether it’s possible remains mixed.
New research shows even one muscle contraction a day, for five days a week, is effective at improving muscle strength if you keep it up for a month.
Higher levels of parental wellbeing while children were young was linked with children being more physically active as they got older.
Short bursts of physical activity could be as simple as playing with your children or grandchildren.
Simple, everyday tasks such as carrying in the groceries or running up the stairs may help lower your risk of an early death.
Children and teens around the world are not moving enough for healthy growth and development. Aotearoa scores only slightly better than the global average, despite a high uptake of school sports.
Obesity leads to a number of maternal and child health problems.
Residential ‘stroads’ – neighbourhood streets that have become rat runs for through traffic – can be turned back into safe, mixed-use streets that put residents’ and children’s needs first.
Physical activity levels decline during the teenage years. Introducing your teen to high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is one way to get them moving and feeling better.
There are important strategies families can use to help promote mental health as kids head back to school and daily routines change.
Family routines can provide stability during times of stress. Here are four strategies for building resilience against stress and family challenges to put into place as children head back to school.