This Exercise Routine Could Intensify the Growth and Development of New Brain Cells

Here’s a potential benefit to add to the long list of reasons for why we should always stay active: exercise could increase the number of neurons in the brain. Scientists in Finland report that when groups of rats were given strict exercise regimes, some of them developed new brain cells at a more rapid rate … Read more

Scientists Say ‘Runner’s High’ is Like a Marijuana High

That happy, invincible feeling you get when you’re floating through the air at the peak of a workout? You’ve probably heard that it’s something called endorphins that your body produced during prolonged exercise. That idea, which has been around since the ’80s, is based on the theory that these chemicals interact with receptors in the … Read more

Do You Really Need to Take 10,000 Steps Per Day?

If you’ve recently invested in a fitness tracker of some description, you’re probably familiar with nagging messages reminding you to take 10,000 steps per day. But where does this ballpark figure come from, and is it an accurate measure of how much activity we need to get through each day to stay healthy? As Benjamin … Read more