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    Benefits of Swimming for the Brain

    As is well known, water is vital for human survival, but not only its consumption is the cause of all the benefits it brings us. Swimming is a fundamental complement to unleash both physical and mental improvements. This practice has always been part of our history, because far from the sporting activity, the control of water has been the great challenge pursued by ancient civilizations. For example, in Greece and Rome swimming was part of military training and also granted a social distinction between the rest of the population. For the Egyptians, swimming was part of education. In fact, these reflected the importance on the knowledge of the therapeutic properties…

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    Anabolic: this is how the body pays for the artificial search for results

    We have all heard stories about the consumption of anabolic by “obsessed” loads and the gym. Its consumption is not general, but it is widespread enough to deserve our attention and that we dedicate this article to it. We have asked one of the greatest specialists in sports medicine and doping, Franchek Drobnic, who directs the research group of the Sant Cugat del Vallés High Performance Centre, collaborates with the medical services of FC Barcelona and is a member of the therapeutic use exemption committee of the Spanish Anti-Doping Agency (AEPSAD), about the risks of consuming anabolic agents. What are anabolic agents? First of all, it is important to clarify…

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    Baths in cold water to recover the musculature: yes or no?

    Years ago, scientific research began to call into question the widespread belief that ice-water immersion baths after intense training only have beneficial effects on the athlete’s recovery. The debate has focused mainly on long-term effects. In healthmásdeporte we have echoed the latest review study and some of the most relevant studies on the subject, and we have spoken with a physiotherapist to try to clarify this issue. Marco Aurelio Toral, physiotherapist at Clinicas Beiman, explains that a bath of ice water or ice can be useful in specific cases, but does not recommend its use by system. “Inserting the contrast bath as systematic after training can be a mistake,” he…

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    Does sex affect sports performance before competing?

    The idea that sex alters sports performance originated thousands of years ago. Ancient Greek, Roman and Chinese civilizations already spoke about the negative influence of this variant of physical exercise before a competition. This idea, in one way or another, has reached our days, but is it true that having sex the night before an event has a negative impact on the performance of athletes? Here’s the controversy. The negative effects of sex on athletes are rooted in mythology and religion, which gave semen a supposed divine energy. Their retention, for this reason, would enhance strength, endurance and virility in the case of men, three good allies for sports competition.…

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    Don’t burn your children: multi-sport is the best thing

    If you have sons or daughters old enough to start playing sports, you may have asked yourself the question: should I play several sports, or is it better to specialize already in a particular one? In health+sports we have transferred this doubt to psychologists, sports doctors and traumatologists and all agree: from both the physical and psychological point of view it is preferable that children at an early age practice several sports. This is also what scientific research says. We will explain it to you in this article. A child is never a professional, nor a potential professional. He is neither Messi nor Garbiñe Muguruza: they are children who are…

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    How nordic walking is helping women with breast cancer

    Can we improve our physical condition and health with recreational activities other than sports, as we traditionally understand them? Nordic walking is one of the fastest growing forms of outdoor physical activity. It is used in the prescription of rehabilitation and health improvement programmes as a vector of prevention, treatment or recovery in different pathologies, as well as in the field of sports performance and competition. In this article we are going to talk to you in depth about this discipline. What is nordic walking? It consists of adding the active use of a pair of walking sticks specially designed to adapt to the natural way of walking, helping to…

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    If a Father Exercises, His Children Will Have Better Metabolic Health

    We already knew the benefits of exercise for one’s health. Now, it has been discovered that the positive effects of sport can be passed on to the next generation through sperm, and that the health of children is not only influenced by the mother having a healthy life during pregnancy, but that the father’s lifestyle also affects the metabolic health of his future children, even when they grow up and are adults. Thus, according to a study of rodents by the Ohio State University School of Medicine at Wexner Medical Center (USA), published in the journal Diabetes, exercise males breed healthier offspring. A previous study of this group of researchers,…

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    Playing golf reduces risk of heart disease and stroke

    Golf could make you live longer and become a great ally for your health, as it has been observed to help reduce the risk of heart problems and strokes, such as stroke. This has been confirmed in an International Consensus on Golf and Health which, in the days leading up to the Ryder Cup, has brought together a large number of experts in the field to address the impact of this type of sport on the welfare of people who practice it. The statement is based on a review of 342 studies and discussions by a group of 25 experts in health and health policy. From all this 79 statements…

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    Exercises to have perfect legs

    The legs are the support of the body but, many times, we do not give them the attention they deserve. In winter we hide them with trousers or thick socks and it is when the good weather arrives when we rush to wear perfect legs. But a program to have a good state of form must be followed throughout the year, since it will be of little use to do crazy things a few weeks before to look good. Our health will be the main damage and, in the end, the dreaded rebound effect will make us worse than before we start taking care of ourselves so precipitously. So don’t…

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    Climbing stairs with energy several times a day protects the heart

    Climbing the stairs at home, at work, or any other place you visit energetically can protect cardiovascular health if done at small intervals several times a day. This is the conclusion reached by a study conducted by McMaster University (Canada) and UBC Okanagan, after analyzing the changes that occurred in a group of young people who put it into practice. The results, published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, showed that those who climbed three flights of stairs — about 60 steps — vigorously, three times a day for six weeks, had better physical fitness and greater physical strength than those in the control group, who maintained a…