Friends with health benefits

Friends with health benefits

Don’t just be a ‘social snacker’, go out there and make real friends to live longer and healthier. Seeking sympathy online by constant updates about your personal life may not be interpreted as real friendships. In fact, it could only have an adverse effect on your mental health, say experts. What is needed is a genuine social circle in the real world that goes beyond the ‘likes’ and ‘latergrams’. Why? To live longer and healthier. REACHING OUT Research shows that one is at greater risk of heart disease without a strong…

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Watch Titanic for fab abs and an army of friends

Watch Titanic for fab abs and an army of friends

Shedding tears over Devdas or Titanic can pay dividends in the gym. Researchers at University of Oxford got people to do wall-sits-the squat equivalent of a plank–after watching sad movies. The idea was that endorphins released on crying would increase the subjects’ pain threshold. And sure enough, the study found that people who watched a sad film-Stuart: A Life Backwards, chronicling the life story of a disabled child abuse survivor who eventually kills himself–could hold a wall-sit 13.1% longer than volunteers who watched documentaries that were about far less emotive…

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