Just the facts

5 FUN HEALTH FACTS

Fun Health Fact

1. Sit-ups won’t give you a flat stomach:

A recently published research study found carrying out six weeks of abdominal exercises alone was not enough to reduce abdominal fat. Many people fall into the trap of thinking that they can achieve a flat stomach by doing only crunches. But the truth is, endless amounts of crunches won’t give you the stomach of your dreams - as the exercise only works your abs, not your core muscles.

2. ATM machines and public toilets are equally dirty

Withdrawing money from a cash machine is something many of us do regularly, but how many of us give our hands a wash after using them? Cleanliness tests carried out in Britain found that ATM machines were as dirty as the toilets. Specialists investigated swabs taken from the cash machine keyboards and from public toilets nearby and found both samples had the same bacteria known to lead to sickness.

3. If you’re an optimist, it could help you live longer

According to a recent study, heart patients who were more optimistic about their treatment, actually lived longer than those who were more pessimistic in their mindsets. Also, according to findings of another published study, people who are optimistic have less chance of suffering from heart disease.

4. If you’re tired… exercise

After a long day at class, going to the gym is probably the last thing on your list of priorities but research has found that exercising actually gives you more energy. A new study found that levels of fatigue and depression improved after a thirty-minute session of moderate intensity exercise. This is because exercise improves your cardiovascular health which means that more blood and oxygen flow around the body, therefore giving you more energy.

5. Handwriting things can help your memory

It’s been found that in order to remember something, you should handwrite notes, rather than type them. Writing is thought to boost your memory as note-taking by hand requires different cognitive processes than typing. For example, if in a lecture you are writing notes, you have to listen carefully to what the speaker has said as it is impossible to write down every word. Therefore through this process, you are listening, digesting and summarising the information more effectively than someone who is just typing words into a laptop.

 

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