Specialized, competitive workouts among top 2014 fitness trends

People take part in an aerobics class at a shopping centre in Malaga, southern Spain, August 1, 2014. Picture taken August 1, 2014.
15 Dec 2014
 For exercise buffs who want to prove that they're the fastest and the fittest, 2014 has been a good year. With an explosion of boutique studios, back-to-basics exercises and performance-based training, it was a year when...

Time names Ebola fighters as 'person' of 2014

TIME Person of the Year Ebola fighters
10 Dec 2014
Time magazine on Wednesday named the medics who have treated patients struck with the killer Ebola virus as its "Person of the Year 2014," paying tribute to their courage and mercy.   The year saw an Ebola outbreak turn into...

Obesity clips up to 8 years off your life, says study

© AFP/File | A women walks down the street on October 19, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois
05 Dec 2014
Obesity and extreme obesity can reduce life expectancy by up to eight years and deprive people of as much as 19 years of good health, according to a study published on Friday. The research -- a mathematical model based on US health data...

Diabetes in midlife could lead to mental decline by 70

AFP/File | Dementia costs the United States more than $159 billion a year, and that figure is expected to skyrocket in the coming years as the population ages, according to the researchers
02 Dec 2014
Diabetes ages the mind about five years faster than normal, and those diagnosed in their 50s are far more likely to experience mental decline by age 70, researchers said Monday. The study in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine was...

Spiderbands add bungee bounce to fitness workouts

Participants work out during a Spiderband fitness class in a handout picture taken at Fuel Fitness in Brooklyn, New York, in October, 2014.
01 Dec 2014
Old-time workouts from step aerobics to spinning are getting a new bounce with a system of aerial bungee cords called Spiderbands, fitness experts say. Spiderbands look like TRX, a system of suspension cables that leverage body weight....

Sperm can carry Ebola for 82 days: WHO

CDC/AFP/File | The Ebola virus, seen here under a microscope in an image obtained from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), can only be passed on through direct contact with bodily fluids
28 Nov 2014
Sperm can carry the Ebola virus for at least 82 days, the World Health Organization said Friday, urging men recovering from the disease to use condoms for three months after the onset of symptoms. "Because of the potential to transmit...

Aerobics for the brain? Fitness experts praise mindfulness meditation

A young girl practicing yoga on the beach.
28 Nov 2014
  Fitness experts call it bicep curls for the brain and aerobics for the mind. Whatever the name, athletes and gym addicts are discovering how mindfulness meditation can enliven a workout routine and invigorate a sports performance....

Not getting enough sleep? Turn off the technology

Guests sit on automobile shaped beds as they play a game on the Sony Playstation 3 
28 Nov 2014
Dependence on televisions, cellphones and laptops may be costing dearly -- in lack of sleep. The national penchant for watching television every evening before going to sleep, playing video games late into the night or checking...

Five suggestions for greater self-confidence

A group of young people performing stretching exercises after sunset.  
27 Nov 2014
CONFIDENCE The dictionary defines it as trust or faith, being sure. I believe it means feeling good about yourself, especially in regard to accomplishing something. That something can be a new job, a new assignment, a performance review,...

E-cigarettes have 10 times carcinogens: Japan researchers

Getty/AFP/File | E-cigarettes contain up to 10 times the amount of cancer-causing agents as regular tobacco, Japanese scientists say
27 Nov 2014
E-cigarettes contain up to 10 times the amount of cancer-causing agents as regular tobacco, Japanese scientists said Thursday, the latest blow to an invention once heralded as less harmful than smoking. A team of researchers commissioned...