LOSE THE TV
Do weight-loss shows motivate people to change their lives, or do they scare people into staying on the couch? University of Alberta researchers say it’s the latter. In a recent study, subjects who viewed depictions of exercise on weight-loss shows were turned off by the thought of exercise. The researchers suggest that the extreme workouts and crying contestants portray physical activity in a poor light. Skip the viewing party and make fun fitness plans with your friends instead!
Drinking skim milk after exercise promotes better muscle recovery and rehydration than water or sports drinks, suggests a new study published in the British Journal of Nutrition. When the three beverages were compared, milk was found to be most effective at replacing sweat losses. Chocolate milk was not tested, but don’t worry–we won’t tattle if you reach for the syrup.
Move over, potato chips! Fresh fruit is now the top snack food in America, according to market research from NPD Group. As society becomes more health-conscious, consumption of fresh fruit has increased, eclipsing junk foods like chocolate and cookies. Now that’s a trend we can sink our teeth into!
BABY GOT BACK
Silly as it sounds, running backward may help you get stronger at running full speed ahead. The Journal of Biomechanics states that backward running strengthens complementary muscles, prevents injuries and burns extra calories. Next time you’re on the track or the treadmill, flip around and give it your best Michael Jackson moonwalk.