In today’s news of everyday activities that are totally gross: A new study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, and reported today on The Week, shows that when it comes to common greetings, choosing a handshake over a fist bump increases your chance of transferring potentially disease-causing bacteria by a whopping 90 percent. (Insert face with jaw dropped here)
There are just about a bazillion reasons to exercise: To bulk up, to lose weight, to reduce your risk of disease, to up your energy level, or to just prove to your Instagram followers that you really do work out. But here’s one reason you might not have thought of: To gain a more positive outlook on the world. Sounds…ambitious, right? But, according to the Huffington Post, a new study shows that exercise helps you do just that—the study shows that after a short walk or run, people perceive their environment in a more positive way.
Consumer electronics company, Withings, which makes activity trackers, analyzed user data to find the states where residents log the most steps each day. Guess what? Pennsylvania made the cut, at #7 out of 15.
In today’s totally mind-blowing news: A study found that yogis burn the same amount of calories during a Bikram class—a 90-minute yoga class where a series of 26 poses is done in a 105-degree room—as they would on a brisk walk. If you just face-palmed thinking about all the times you’ve proudly walked out of class, dripping with sweat, and thought, I totally deserve pizza tonight! I just burned AT LEAST 1,000 calories!, trust me, you’re not alone.
If you think that you’d rather be sitting at home, doing absolutely nothing, instead of sitting in work on this post-long-weekend Monday, think again. Turns out most people would rather be doing anything than nothing at all. According to TIME, a new study published in the journal Science found that many people prefer administering mild electric shocks to themselves to being left alone with nothing to do but think for six to 15 minutes. Read more »
Well this goes against everything we ever learned (but kind of knew deep down inside): A new study conducted by sex researcher Zhana Vrangalova and published in Social Psychology and Personality Science shows that having casual sex is actually good for your health — if it’s something you’re into, anyway. More from Design & Trend:
It turns out, your mom was right: You really should eat more broccoli. Well, the sprouts, at least. A new study, published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research found that consuming broccoli sprouts can significantly increase the body’s elimination of environmental toxins. In other words, it’s a major detox food. Interesting, no?
You know how people say you should never EVER google your symptoms when you’re sick? You know, because they think the Internet is full of lies? Well, shocker: it turns out, the Internet really is full of lies, especially when it comes to health-related information. A recent study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that, when it comes to the costliest medical conditions in the U.S., nine out of 10 Wikipedia entries are inaccurate. Yikes.
We all know we’re supposed to eat less salt for the sake of our hearts. But as you go to add one more shake to that steak, chances are you’re thinking: How much difference can it really make?
As it turns out, a lot.