Training

You’ve probably heard that exercise can help you better manage the stress of modern life. A study recently published in the journal of Neurobiology of Learning and Memory offers a more specific finding, suggesting that running can help protect the hippocampus region of the bran responsible for learning and memory from the negative impact of stress.
 
Long-term potentiation strengthens the connections between brain neurons. Memory formation and recall are optimized under this condition. Stress weakens long-term potentiation, so researchers subjected lab mice to stressful situations. Some of these rodents ran the equivalent of 5 km per day on a wheel while others were inactive. Electrophysiology experiments on mouse brains showed significantly greater long-term potentiation in exercising mice compared to their inactive counterparts.


 
Supplements

How much protein you need and when to consumer protein rank among the most debated topics in any weight room. A large-scale meta-analysis of studies published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine adds to the conversation with data from 49 studies of at least 6 weeks in duration involving 1,863 subjects.
 
Researchers theorized that protein supplements can help improve muscle size and strength equally in men and women. These benefits can increase with resistance training experience, but can also decrease with age. The source of protein and the timing of consumption weren’t considered important.
 
Scientists suggest the recommended dietary allowance of 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day might be somewhat low. On the other hand, they found no additional benefits for consuming more than 1.6 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day.
 
 
General Fitness

Devoting time to hitting the gym and sticking to a healthy, balanced diet structured for weight loss is bound to have an impact on your significant other. A study from the University of Connecticut published in the journal Obesity suggests they can share the benefits of a successful effort.
 
Researchers tracked the weight loss efforts of 130 subjects and their partners for 6 months. They found that when one person successfully loses weight, there’s a good chance their partner will also shed pounds – even if they aren’t actively trying. About one third of non-participating partners lost at least 3% of their body weight over the 6 month period. Making positive lifestyle changes can have a benefit on those around you.