Leisure, Lifestyle & Wellness
A cup of coffee can help stick to fitness regime
London : Struggling to stick to fitness regime? Have a cup of coffee! According to an interesting study, the use of caffeine could help people stick to their fitness plans.
 
Researchers said that reducing perception of effort during exercise using caffeine (or other psychoactive drugs like methylphenidate and modafinil) could help people to stick to their fitness plans. 
 
“Perception of effort is one of the main reasons why people find it difficult to stick to their fitness plans,” said professor Samuele Marcora, director of Research at University of Kent in the United Kingdom.
 
Marcora pointed out that perceived exertion is one of the main reasons why most people choose sedentary activities for their leisure time.
 
Together with lack of time, physical exertion is one of the main perceived barriers to exercise, the researchers explained.
 
Compared to watching television (zero effort), even moderate-intensity physical activities like walking requires considerable effort, they added. 
 
Marcora suggested that the use of caffeine or other psychoactive drugs to reduce the perception of effort during exercise can make the healthy choice easier.
 
He also stated that whilst there is no strong ethical opposition to the use of psychoactive drugs to help quit smoking (nicotine) or treat obesity (appetite suppressants), the negative perception of doping in sport may prevent the use of stimulants and other psychoactive drugs to treat physical inactivity, which is responsible for twice as many deaths as obesity.
 
The paper was published in the journal Sports Medicine.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

User

Nikki Haley caught in Trump's crosshairs
Washington : Nikki Haley's call to Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump to tamp down on his anti-immigrant rhetoric won praise from Republicans and Democrats alike, but the real estate mogul was not amused. Supporters of Trump were angered that Haley called him out and many took to Twitter and mocked her Indian heritage, making fun of her Indian given name.
 
"Some people think that you have to be the loudest voice in the room to make a difference," South Carolina's Indian-American governor said in the Republican Party's response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night.
 
"That is just not true. Often, the best thing we can do is turn down the volume," she said without naming Trump, who has rattled the Republican establishment with his rhetoric particularly his call to temporarily bar all Muslims from entering the US.
 
Haley acknowledged on Wednesday morning that she was referring to Trump when she warned Americans not to follow the angriest voices in politics.
 
"Mr. Trump has definitely contributed to what I think is just irresponsible talk," the daughter of Sikh immigrants from India told NBC.
 
The remarks drew praise from many Republicans and Democrats and even the White House for "willing to do something that a lot of other leading Republicans have been unwilling to do, which is to actually articulate a commitment to some core American values."
 
"Look, that doesn't mean that we agree with Governor Haley on everything; we surely don't," Obama's press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.
 
"But her willingness to stand up for some important principles was noted, and it took courage. And for that, she deserves credit," he said.
 
White House chief of staff Denis McDonough also expressed approval for Haley. "I have a lot of admiration for the governor," McDonough said Wednesday describing parts of her speech as "admirable."
 
Haley's speech also renewed speculation that she would be a strong pick as a vice-presidential candidate.
 
Haley told NBC that she hadn't thought about any of the vice-presidential rumours, but added: "If a candidate wanted to sit down and talk, I would sit down and talk. That's a big decision."
 
Later she told CNN that she considered Trump a friend and urged the billionaire not to take her comments personally and said that she also had concerns about some of his rivals.
 
But Trump would have none of it. "She's very weak on illegal immigration," Trump told Fox News making it clear that Haley was unlikely to be his running mate for the Nov 8 presidential election.
 
"Well, considering I'm leading in the polls by a lot, I wouldn't say she's off to a good start" to be his vice presidential candidate, Trump said. "Whoever I pick is also going to be very strong on illegal immigration."
 
He also suggested that Haley was a hypocrite saying "Over the years, she's asked me for a hell of a lot of money in campaign contributions."
 
The reviews were more mixed among other Republican presidential candidates. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush described her speech as "remarkable" for talking about a "broader hopeful, optimistic Republican message."
 
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida also said he was "impressed" with Haley. But former HP chief executive Carly Fiorina argued that Americans have a right to be angry about issues such as illegal immigration.
 
Ann Coulter, the conservative commentator, said that Trump should deport Haley even though she was born in the US.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

User

How we play memories in fast forward
New York : Scientists have discovered a mechanism that may explain how we recall nearly all of what happened on a recent afternoon lunch with a friend or make a plan for how to spend an upcoming afternoon at home in the fraction of a time.
 
The breakthrough has implications for research into schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorders, Alzheimer's disease and other disorders where real experiences and ones that exist only in the mind can become distorted.
 
Laura Colgin, assistant professor of neuroscience and Chenguang Zheng, postdoctoral researcher, at the University of Texas at Austin found that one of the brain frequencies allows us to play back memories -- or envision future activities -- in fast forward.
 
"The reason we're excited about it is that we think this mechanism can help explain how you can imagine a sequence of events you're about to do in a time-compressed manner," said Colgin.
 
"You can plan out those events and think about the sequences of actions you'll do. And all of that happens on a faster time scale when you're imagining it than when you actually go and do those things," Colgin added.
 
The mechanism compresses information needed for memory retrieval, imagination or planning and encodes it on a brain wave frequency that is different from the one used for recording real-time experiences.
 
Colgin notes that the research could also explain why people with schizophrenia who are experiencing disrupted brain rhythms have a hard time distinguishing between imagined and real experiences.
 
"Maybe they are transmitting their own imagined thoughts on the wrong frequency, the one usually reserved for things that are really happening," Colgin pointed out.
 
The paper appeared in journal Neuron.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

User

We are listening!

Solve the equation and enter in the Captcha field.
  Loading...
Close

To continue


Please
Sign Up or Sign In
with

Email
Close

To continue


Please
Sign Up or Sign In
with

Email

BUY NOW

The Scam
24 Year Of The Scam: The Perennial Bestseller, reads like a Thriller!
Moneylife Magazine
Fiercely independent and pro-consumer information on personal finance
Stockletters in 3 Flavours
Outstanding research that beats mutual funds year after year
MAS: Complete Online Financial Advisory
(Includes Moneylife Magazine and Lion Stockletter)