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Joubert/Photo Researchers, Inc A neuron in the brain. Researchers at Princeton University recently made a remarkable discovery about the brains of rats that exercise. Some of their neurons respond differently to stress than the neurons of slothful rats.
The non-profit American Council on Exercise (ACE) has announced the top ten fitness trends from 2009, based on its annual survey of personal trainers, group fitness experts, advanced health and fitness specialists and lifestyle and weight management consultants.
By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on December 3, 2009 A new Swedish study finds that young adults who are fit have a higher IQ and are more likely to go on to college. As Sweden has a mandatory military commitment, investigators evaluated information on 1.2 million Swedish men who were born between 1950 and 1976.
Submitted by: Costas Karageorghis and David-Lee Priest - Brunel University Abstract In spring 1999, almost a decade ago, the first author published in The Sport Journal an article titled “Music in Sport and Exercise: Theory and Practice.” The present article’s origins are in that earlier work and the first author’s research while a master’s student at the United States Sports Academy in 1991–92. To a greater degree than in the original 1999 article, this article focuses on the applied aspects of music in sport and exercise. Moreover, it highlights some new research trends emanating not only from our own publications, but also from the work of other prominent researchers in the field.
How does music affect exercise—and the exerciser? A previous review of the literature on the subject took a physiological approach, investigating the evidence-based findings on how different types of music affect physical results, such as strength, gait, endurance, performance and motor skill acquisition (Kravitz 1994). In this article, we will take a slightly different tack, reviewing the ergogenic and psychophysical effects of music in an attempt to understand the relationship between the physical stimulus of the music and the sensory responses that may enable the exerciser to achieve better results. The prevailing belief is that music facilitates exercise performance by reducing the sensation of fatigue, increasing psychological arousal, promoting relaxation and improving motor coordination (Szabo, Small & Leigh 1999).
With the fall marathon season in full swing, thousands of runners are gearing up for the big day.
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The next day I left my flat in Dockands and made the six-mile journey to work. My wife didn't quite wave me off as if I were going to war, but I think she was less apprehensive when I was shipped out to cover a coup in Haiti. The main task, of course, is to reach my destination safely. Simple manoeuvres, such as turning right, are a lot trickier than I imagined. So, where possible, I try to turn where there is little traffic, or if there are cars about, where they are moving slowly. Oddly enough, I have had some of the best advice from the cyclist's traditional adversary, the taxi-driver.