Exercise And The Brain

In her latest post on the New York Times’ Well blog Gretchen Reynolds investigates whether exercise changes your brain. 

Reynolds writes,

At the age of 93, Olga Kotelko — one of the most successful and acclaimed nonagenarian track-and-field athletes in history — traveled to the University of Illinois to let scientists study her brain.

Ms. Kotelko held a number of world records and had won hundreds of gold medals in masters events. But she was of particular interest to the scientific community because she hadn’t begun serious athletic training until age 77. So scanning her brain could potentially show scientists what late-life exercise might do for brains.

This is a fascinating topic, and although research is very thin on this topic, this article is well worth a read on the latest thoughts on the matter: http://nyti.ms/1Q7XLn0

Drinking Too Much Water – What Are The Risks To Young Athletes?

The most recent submission to the New York Times’ Well Blog is a very timely one. In it, Gretchen Reynolds casts an eye over a recent report on overhydration which suggests that young athletes are perhaps being forced to drink too much water.

With at least three young athletes known to have died since 2008 because of drinking too much fluid, Dr. Kevin Miller, co-author of the overhydration report, set about investigating this problem.

 

Dr Miller’s advice is simple:

The key, he said, is for athletes to drink when they feel thirsty — not before and not after they feel sated. “You do not need to ‘stay ahead of your thirst,’ as many people think.”

You can read more about the risks of drinking too much water in the New York Times’ article HERE.