DNA diet and exercise plans are mostly nonsense, study
- Researchers sought individuals willing to take DNA tests to educate them of their personalized genetic makeup, and specifically, how it applies to diet and exercise.
- So they devised a plan to give participants fake results, random information that was in no way tied to their actual DNA profiles.
- Researchers split the participants in half, evaluating results for one group with the CREB1 gene, and the other with the FTO gene — testing hunger levels in the latter, and aerobic exercise capacity in the former.
- The first group of participants, after receiving a random result stating they were more, or less, suited to aerobic exercise, began running on a treadmill.
- And the change wasn’t due to exercise, or diet, but the belief that each possessed the version of a gene that made them superior, or inferior, at a particular task.
A civilian pilot participating in a military exercise crashed a jet off the coast of Hawaii
- HONOLULU (AP) — A pilot is in stable condition after an aircraft crashed in the ocean off Hawaii on Wednesday, authorities said.
- HONOLULU (AP) — A civilian contractor for the Hawaii Air National Guard who was participating in a military exercise survived after his plane crashed off the coast of Honolulu, authorities said Wednesday.
- U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Petty Officer Sara Muir says the pilot is in stable condition after being rescued about 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) south of Oahu near Honolulu's Sand Island.
- Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said a Hawker Hunter jet went down in the ocean around 2:25 p.m. after taking off from Honolulu's airport.
- The pilot had been participating in a military exercise called Sentry Aloha exercise, said U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Matthew West.
- The Hawaii Air National Guard was hosting the exercise, which involved about 800 personnel and 30 aircraft from nine states.
Official health guidelines - can anyone live up to them? I tried it for 7 days.
- It might be that we don't get our five a day; or we drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week (that's one-and-a-half bottles of wine to you and me); or we smoke, are obese, or fail to hit our exercise target of 150 minutes a week, including two strength training sessions.
- Living the standard healthy way sounded difficult, and hardly fun - but Dr Mike Brannan, national lead for physical activity at Public Health England, suggested I had no excuse: "The guidelines were drafted on the basis that they are achievable for the majority of the population." If I was going to do what every healthy adult between the age of 19 and 64 should be doing every week of his or her life, I was going to need to find a way to fit a lot of exercise into my routine.
New Year's resolutions you should make based on science — and how to keep them
- Not only will exercise do everything from improve your heart health to boost your sex drive, all while improving your sleep and mood, recent research has shown that working out may help keep the brain young, improve memory, and fight cognitive impairment.
- Getting a good amount of cardio exercise seems to be strongly linked to many of the biggest benefits of exercise, and if you can do this in the morning, there's recent research suggesting that morning is best time of day to work out to lose weight.
- In their book "Peak Performance: Elevate your Game, Avoid Burnout and Thrive with the New Science of Success", published this year, performance experts Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness wrote that most people who want to be more productive at work should learn to take breaks.