July 24: Weekly Health Roundup

How Sporty is Your Sport?

Just how ‘athletic’ is your sport? Basing results on caloric expenditures, researchers have ranked the benefits of sports like golf, dance, baseball and swimming for the average American woman. While these are just averages (calories based on a 150-pound woman of average athletic ability), researchers emphasized that the best physical activity is always the one you’ll do and enjoy, via NPR

Researchers Identify Taste of Fat

Dubbed the “Sixth Taste”, researchers have isolated the taste of fat in the attempt to help fight obesity. 64 percent of participants were able to detect the taste of fat, which is being described as “thick, creamy” and if present at high concentrations “would dissuade the eating of rancid foods”, via International Business Times

Fatherhood Results in Weight Gain

According to the latest research, first time fathers see an average 2.6 percent rise in BMI. During that same period of time, non-dads lost more than half a kilogram. This weight gain is compounded with the post-marriage weight gain many men experience. The risks of these extra pounds include heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Scientists blame eating habits for the additional weight and suggest offering resources for new dads around diet and exercise , via IBN Live

What Two Weeks of Lazy Does to Your Body

Taking time off from the gym can be good for your health – it allows your muscles to recover and can reinvigorate your passion for fitness – but what happens when you stay out of the gym for two weeks? For athletes suffering an injury, participants lost about 10 percent of strength in the uninjured limb. The loss of strength is even more extreme in those that don’t stay mobile – as hopping around on one leg would improve strength in that leg, even while the other loses its strength, via Yahoo Health

How Much Water Do You Really Need to Drink?

The ‘8 glasses a day’ mantra has been drilled into our heads for years, a number that isn’t based on an ounce of science. The Harvard Health Letter has published a science-backed recommendation of 30 to 50 ounces a day or about four to six glasses. Things like fitness, pregnancy and diet make a difference so keeping an eye out for signs of dehydration like “weakness, dizziness, sluggishness, fainting, or heart palpitations”, via CBS News

Time to Weigh In

Where does your favorite sport stack up? Would you consider adding another sport to your repertoire, simply for its health benefits? Does the recently discovered taste of fat leave a bad taste or are you curious to learn more? Are you less likely to take longer breaks from the gym based on the Yahoo story on a two week break? We love hearing from you guys – speak up in the comments below!