Health news: A pleasurable side-effect of exercise, how to fudge an athlete’s muscle tone, and water bottles so adorable you’ll be dying to hydrate
This month, we’re reporting on a trend that will take over living rooms everywhere during the Olympics, a sexy new study about the pleasurable side effects of working out and the latest high-intensity workout craze—though get-slim-quick-seekers need not apply. Read on!
For most of us, the Olympics mainly involves sitting on the couch while we watch the world’s fastest and strongest people duke it out. Surprise, surprise, a recent study linked TV viewing to consumption of more unhealthy snacks and drinks, and fewer fruits and vegetables. But we are a more active audience—at least in terms of communication—now that we take to social media when something momentous occurs. London 2012 is the first Summer Olympics to happen since this phenomenon took hold. It’s already being dubbed the “Twitter games” (athletes are encouraged to tweet their experiences; volunteers are not), and there are even predictions of service disruptions due to the massive volume of data flying around. We’ll be sitting back to enjoy the ride—let the Games begin.
EXERCISE CAN LEAD TO ORGASM
That’s right: Exercise alone—mostly ab exercises, rope climbing, spinning and weight-lifting—has been confirmed to be able to cause orgasm or sexual pleasure in women. This study’s author, Debby Herbenick, co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University, said, “It may be that exercise—which is already known to have significant benefits to health and well-being—has the potential to enhance women’s sexual lives as well.” Nuff said.
BRING YOUR A-GAME
Take to the courts this summer in a drop-waist, lace-trimmed tennis dress ($95, agametennis.com) fit for a Gatsby-era Maria Sharapova. Made of a custom-created silky, moisture-wicking Supplex fabric, it’s by new Canadian line A-game.
Pro athletes train five, six, seven hours a day in the lead-up to competitions such as the Olympics, and you have to wonder how the human body can withstand such rigours. Of course, they have masseurs, nutritionists, etc., and some athletes also use a French-developed massaging tool called Endermologie, which helps repair stressed muscle fibres and ready them for another workout. Ironically, we non-Olympians can enlist it to fudge that toned look that comes from being very, very fit—the gadget vigorously kneads and vacuums trouble spots to activate the removal of fat cells. Offered widely in Montreal, the most advanced model is scarce in Ontario. At the Power Institute in Toronto, a spot too nice to be called a “gym,” the treatment is offered along with athlete-preferred Power Plate workouts, which there is no way to fudge. Two high-intensity 30-minute workouts a week plus a course of Endermologie promises to shave inches—no seven-hour training sessions required.
It’s obviously important to stay hydrated while exercising. But sports medicine physicians at Loyola University in Chicago found nearly half of runners surveyed drink too much water or sports drinks during races, believing it’s necessary to replace lost sodium. In fact, low sodium in runners is mostly caused by drinking too much, which dilutes the blood’s sodium content. The message: drink only when thirsty. When you do, consider a glass bottle with a no-slip silicone sleeve by Bkr ($30, mybkr.com)—as functional as it is adorable.