Health & Fitness

The 9 most fraudulent health and fitness products ever

AS LONG AS there’s been illness, there have been medical hucksters—the people trying to make a buck peddling “cures” for every conceivable ailment, real or imagined. Whether the warnings were for paralysis, “nervous troubles,” or “tired blood,” unscrupulous pitchmen have taken advantage of fear to sell elixirs, instruments, and other home remedies to treat what ails you. As you’ll see, these ... Read More »

Does baby powder really cause ovarian cancer?

You’ve probably heard at some point that baby powder has been linked to ovarian cancer, and that several lawsuits between talcum manufacturers and consumers have been settled with massive payouts because of this potentially deadly connection. But should you really be worried? First of all, in case you’ve never made baby powder a part of your daily hygiene routine, you ... Read More »

What every woman should know about using scented tampons and pads

Period stigma is real and has, for decades, been (wrongly) convincing women they are “unclean” during their time of the month. The fear of having a smelly situation down there is what helps sell products like vaginal douches and scented tampons and pads. All that marketing might have you wondering if period stank is a real problem that actually needs ... Read More »

5 moves that will flatten your abs, no crunches required

There’s nothing worse than getting majorly bored with your workout. In fact, research from the University of Florida shows that those who spice up their sweat sessions frequently stick to their routines better than those who never add any variety. And when it comes to crunches, well, it’s very easy to get bored. Time to switch things up! These core moves are ... Read More »

Does your teenager love fast food? Study says brain wiring may be to blame

Don’t blame your adolescent kid for eating high-calorie food. A new study says teenagers hooked to high-calorie food may be unable to control the urge for burgers, pizzas and french fries due to an impairment in the brain region linked to self-regulation. The findings have revealed that adolescents, who are at an increased risk of obesity, have progressively less neural ... Read More »

Do you suffer from high cholesterol? Ditch meat and give vegan diet a shot

Vegan diets are controversial. While some research has suggested that it can lower risk of diabetes and cancer, some studies have also proved that it may affect your immunity levels. Now, it has emerged that plant-based vegetarian diets, especially vegan diets, can significantly help lower the levels of cholesterol – known to increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. The findings ... Read More »

53 % Indians lack discipline to stay fit despite abundance of gyms

Despite the mushrooming of gyms and fitness centres as well as the growing popularity of fitness apps and virtual gyms, most Indians do not find time to exercise. In a pan-India study conducted by Gympik, India’s largest fitness discovery platform, 53 % of the respondents said that they lack the discipline to stay fit. Gympik conducted the market research – ... Read More »

What the fitness industry says … and what it really means

Self improvement is about hard work, not cutting corners – but fitness marketing might have you believe otherwise CREDIT: GETTY You see this dishy looking guy? His name was George Hackenschmidt and he was an early 20th Century bodybuilder, wrestler, and strongman. Hackenschmidt is often credited with inventing the modern bench press, the hack squat, and the bear hug. He was unimaginably strong, ... Read More »

How long can you live? New study claims human lifespan can exceed 115 years

Have you ever wondered how long can one live? How old was the oldest man on earth? Is there a limit to which human beings can age? These questions often hover in the mind, don’t they? A recent research paper by a team of American researchers claimed that “maximum longevity has hit a ceiling of 114.9 years”. After it garnered ... Read More »

Smoking rates in Britain now at lowest ever level

A decade after cigarettes were banished from Britain’s pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants, smoking rates in the country have reached the lowest ever recorded, shows new research. There are now 1.9 million fewer smokers in the country compared with when the smoking ban was introduced in 2007, according to the latest figures from Cancer Research UK, a British charity. Smoke-free ... Read More »