Aug 052017
 
Interval Training Beats Low-Intensity Steady State

An interval type workout may be significantly more beneficial than a slower, steady-state type workout. In a new study, half of the subjects were instructed to perform low-intensity, steady-state cardio for 45 minutes three times per week for 12 weeks.  The other half of subjects performed 10 minutes of high-intensity interval training.  By the completion […]

Jul 232017
 
Positivity in the Workplace is Contagious

Positivity in the workplace is contagious and enhances everybody’s well-being. In a new study, a large number of employees at the Madrid office of Coca-Cola were regularly assessed for various forms of happiness and work satisfaction metrics.  Some of these employees were instructed to be extra positive and perform small acts of kindness towards their […]

Jun 252017
 
Learning to Breathe Improves Mood, Focus, and Stress Levels

One of the single most important factors that influence mood, focus, and stress is one’s ability to breathe properly. In a new study, forty participants were divided between a “breathing intervention group” and a control group.  In the breathing intervention group, participants were trained to properly breathe using the diaphragm.  After 8 weeks of practice, […]

Jun 212017
 
Poor Breathing Can Cause Neck Pain

One major contributor to neck pain may be poor breathing. A new study examined 44 patients with neck pain and 31 subjects without pain.  Those with neck pain had impaired breathing habits compared to those who did not.  Additionally, those with neck pain exhibited less range of motion and weaker strength of the neck flexors […]

Jun 212017
 
Weak Low Traps or Serratus Can Cause Shoulder Pain

Athletes with rotator cuff tendinopathy tend to display lower activation levels of the low trap and serratus anterior compared to the upper trap. A new study examined 43 volleyball players to determine if any muscle imbalances existed in those who exhibited rotator cuff tendinopathy in comparison to asymptomatic controls.  The researchers found that those who […]

Jun 042017
 
Abductor Hallucis Plays Key Role in Balance

Individuals with stronger muscles in the arch of the foot display superior levels of balance and dynamic stability. A new study used ultrasound to examine the size of the abductor hallucis muscle in 28 runners.  The abductor hallucis is one of the key muscles that helps stabilize the subtalar joint.  The study found that the […]

May 302017
 
Ankle Overpronation Increases Susceptibility to Shin Splints

Individuals who tend to shift their shoe pressure medially experience a greater likelihood of experiencing shin splints. A new study examined 79 runners to determine whether they tended to place more pressure medially or laterally during gait, and then checked for symptoms of shin splints after endurance training.  Those runners who placed more pressure medially […]

May 072017
 
Left Handed Individuals Have More Slender Faces

Left-handed people have faces that are shaped differently than their right-handed counterparts. According to a new study, individuals with a slender lower face are 25 percent more likely to be left handed. In these individuals, slender jaws cause the jaw to be lower, causing them to bite backwards. This leads to a more convex facial […]

Apr 112017
 
Orthotics Help Prevent Back Pain

Orthotics may help prevent back pain. A new study found that when subjects were given a custom-made orthotic, six weeks later their symptoms of back pain were significantly lower compared to subjects who were put on a wait list and received no treatment. Conclusions There are many conflicting opinions in regards to the proper use […]