If I learned anything in college, it was how to study. A long night before a final involved a steady dose of Xbox breaks, deep conversations with roommates, and probably a couple of gallons of Dr. Pepper. And I guess a few notes as well, maybe a book or two. Yeah, let’s go with that. Perhaps not the most efficient techniques, but they worked for me.
Somehow, with those study habits, I made it through without too many scratches, but I couldn’t tell you how. And now, research from Dr. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla’s lab at UCLA suggests that my diet may have been just as important as anything else. This study, published in the Journal of Physiology, describes how a steady diet high in fructose can impair normal learning and memory in rats.
I hate running. It hurts. It’s boring. It’s time I could be catching up with my Netflix queue. Still, somehow, with the help of funky beats from these two morons, I’m able to occasionally motivate myself to suffer through it. It does help to shed a few pounds after all. Still doesn’t mean I enjoy it.
In the event that I do talk myself into going for a bit of a jog, I do always feel better afterwards. I’ve always heard of the runner’s high, but I don’t know that I’ve ever believed it. That is, perhaps, until now. David Raichlen and colleagues have reported recently in the Journal of Experimental Biologyon their discovery of the neurobiological rewards associated with exercise.
What a beast Popeye was. No time in the gym, no real effort whatsoever. Just pop a can of leafy greens and lookout. Maybe you’re of his ilk, but personally, I have to put a little work towards attempting a stunning physique.
A good friend of mine pointed me to what’s turned out to be a very successful strength training program about a year back. However, when I first checked out the website, this image was the first thing I saw. I kid you not. I don’t want to work for the circus, maybe just get in better shape. Luckily, those results apparently aren’t typical. Or I’m not doing it right. Who knows.
In any case, building up muscles or endurance isn’t the only thing that comes from exercise. As we learn from an article published recently in Cell Metabolism, it stimulates changes all the way down to our DNA. Continue reading →