The role of a single molecule in obesity: Molecule mimics high-fat diet-induced signaling

A single cholesterol-derived molecule, called 27-hydroxycholesterol (27HC), lurks inside your bloodstream and will increase your body fat, even if you don’t eat a diet filled with red meat and fried food. That kind of diet, however, will increase the levels of 27HC and body weight. “We found 27HC directly affects white adipose (fat) tissue and increases body fat, even without […]

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The fitness craze that’s improving health and the environment

A fitness craze that saves the planet, brings communities together and improves your overall health? Welcome to “plogging”. Originating in Sweden, the phenomenon simply involves jogging while picking up rubbish along the route. While some conscientious runners have adopted this habit as a solo endeavour to clean up their neighbourhood, the plogging trend has made it a sociable, communal affair. […]

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Daily Fitness Challenge: Can you do bicycle crunches for 45 seconds?

Bicycle crunches are tough on the abs. Not only are you crunching, you’re also twisting your upper body to target those hard-to-reach muscles. Keep going for 45 seconds to really feel the burn and build strength through your core. Throughout this Staying Active summer series, fitness experts Elia and Amanda – both qualified instructors at Flykick – will be on […]

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We Tried It: A 50-Minute Dance Session That Promises to Leave You Sweating — and Smiling

What It Is: FORWARD__Space, a dance space frequented by celebrities who want a good workout. Who Tried It: Lindsay Kimble, PEOPLE.com staff editor and Sheila Cosgrove Baylis Health editor Level of Difficulty: 8/10 — You’ll be left totally breathless, but the moves and choreography are geared toward both seasoned dancers and wannabe dance floor champs. I haven’t been to a night […]

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Five quirky outdoor fitness challenges to start training for now

Signing up for a fitness challenge is one of the best ways to get an all-natural adrenaline fix. You can’t beat the sense of achievement you get when you cross that finish line. But what if the thought of a marathon is your idea of hell on Earth? Luckily there are plenty of alternative fitness challenges for endorphin-seekers who are […]

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Whitney Way Thore Slams People Congratulating Her for Losing Weight

Whitney Way Thore could not care less about how much she weighs — and she doesn’t want anyone else caring about the number either. The star of My Big Fat Fabulous Life slammed her Instagram commenters for speculating that she lost weight and congratulating her for doing so, even though Thore has never said she did. Speaking directly to her […]

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Cardio-respiratory synchronization may represent a new measure of health and fitness

Observation of extended episodes of one-to-one synchronization between heart rate and breathing rate for athletes suggests their training specifically contributes to an enhanced connection within the nervous system. Researchers from the School of Engineering at the University of Warwick have managed to expand the knowledge of the cardio-respiratory system after conducting an experiment measuring heart rate during fast-paced breathing. Published […]

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Daily Fitness Challenge: How many press-ups can you do in 30 seconds?

We are setting daily fitness challenges to try at home, at the gym or in the park, as part of our Staying Active summer series. Today’s fitness challenge is press-ups for time – how many can you do 30 seconds? The aim is to get you active every day for six weeks over summer. And today’s challenge is a tough […]

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