Greek statues, the Napoleonic wars and the advent of photography all played a role.
There are some factors you can't change about your metabolism. But there are things you can do to influence how much energy your body uses over the course of the day.
Popular culture is full of images of muscly men with 'six packs'. But new research finds women look for other qualities when it comes to a long-term relationship.
Heart disease, cancer and diabetes all cause weaker hand grip strength.
Without proper care, lockdown measures during the COVID-19 pandemic could worsen muscle loss and long-term health in ageing populations.
Idealized standards for muscular, fat-free male bodies may be fuelling the use of SARMs, or selective androgen receptor modulators, unapproved muscle-building drugs that are easily available online.
Studies show rest days are important for helping our body recover and adapt in many ways.
The vitamin could also protect against sarcopenia, which affects more than 50 million people globally.
Sit down to Thanksgiving dinner ready to amaze your companions with physiological facts about why different cuts of the turkey have different characteristics.
Researchers are looking for ways to determine who's most at risk for dementia and also ways to detect it early. A scientist who has studied low blood pressure makes a case for a link between the two.
A muscle-wasting condition called sarcopenia affects up to one-third of older adults. The good news is that people with sarcopenia can rebuild their muscle mass.
It's relatively easy to grow a bunch of animal cells to turn into a burger. But to grow a steak made of cultured meat is a trickier task. Bioengineers must create organized, three-dimensional tissues.
If you see professional athletes with velcro bands around their legs, this is why.
It probably sounds bad or uncomfortable to you. But stiffness is part of what gives elite athletes the spring in their muscles.
An ultra-marathon runner and exercise physiologist describes what it's like to take part in an ultra-endurance event, and the consequences it had on his body.
As we get older, there are many reasons our muscles might feel stiff. The most important thing is to keep moving.
Gyms have gone mad for these bits of neoprene. Yet researchers are still scrambling to catch up.
Children’s muscles recover rapidly from high-intensity exercise, and kids can produce repeated exercise efforts when most of us adults continue to feel exhausted.
It's not just elite sportspeople who get muscle cramps. If you've ever experienced one, you'll know how painful they are. But why do we get them, and is there anything to be done?
The rise of 'fitspiration' seems to promote a body that is both impossibly thin and muscular. A new study explores whether this has become a new benchmark for women.