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Powering Up Your Health with Video Games

Can video games, long considered a sedentary and unhealthy activity, be good for you?  A new subset of gaming, called “exergaming” or active video games (AVGs), could be the way to positive health benefits.

In AVGs, players use their bodies to engage with and interact with the game. And a …

10 Health Benefits of LOVE, Scientifically Proven

With Valentine’s Day this month, there’s one gift that may have a dramatic impact on your life and won’t cost you anything: love. Love has been scientifically proven to have a positive impact on our health.

Although much of the research around love’s …

Solving the Core to Your Core

The secret to healthy abs, a solid core, and preventing low back pain? It’s not the six-pack (although that’s a good start). It’s an oft-overlooked muscle deep in your abdomen, wrapping around your waist, and keeping your spine protected: the transverse abdominis muscle (TVA).

Not So Fast?! The Potential Downsides of Intermittent Fasting

The latest diet trend, intermittent fasting, continues to grow in popularity. But despite all the fanfare, little research has been done to understand the diet’s effectiveness—until now. A recent three-month study from the University of California – San Francisco, calls into question the effectiveness of this …

Strengthen Your Muscles and Your Nerves

For those just starting or those who have had a workout regime that includes weight training, we’ve all felt a little disappointed when we don’t see immediate effects.

But a new study with monkeys contends that resistance or strength training may have …

Music as Motivation

Quarantining can sap the motivation to exercise and move. And now, more than ever, we need to remember to keep moving our bodies to stay healthy and sane. Even as little as 10 minutes of aerobic exercise can work wonders for our brains.

Get Outside Responsibly to Reduce Stress and Energize Your Immune System

It’s an understatement to say that we’re living in unusual times. Our routines have been disrupted by school closings, social distancing, working from home, and quarantining. The uncertainty and uniqueness of this situation puts stress on our partners, our children, and our careers. But in these times, …