BOREDOM BOOSTS FAT & SUGAR CRAVINGS



Need another reason to keep active? Research from the University of Central Lancashire suggests you’re more likely to reach for unhealthy food choices after completing or boring task. Not only does boredom influence decisions about food quality, it also seems to play a role in the quantity consumed.

Forty-five subjects snacked while watching either boring or funny videos. By weighing treat bowls after the video viewing, researchers determined how many healthy and unhealthy snacks were consumed. They theorized that boredom leaves you with low levels of the feel-good brain chemical dopamine, so we compensate by eating sugar and fat to stimulate its release. Going for a run might be a better alternative.

BARBELL VS. HEX BAR DEADLIFTS



You’ve probably done deadlifts with a standard Olympic barbell, and you might have tried the same exercise with a hex bar. No doubt you noticed a difference between these different types of gym apparatus, and a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research breaks it down to help you plan more effective workouts.

Twenty males with deadlifting experience were assessed for one rep max (1RM) before performing 3 reps at 65% and 85% of 1RM using each type of barbell on separate occasions. Although there were no significant differences in 1RM values, subjects achieved significantly greater peak force, power and velocity using the hex bar. That might make it a more effective tool for maximizing those aspects of athletic performance.