How much should you drink to stay hydrated during exercise?

You may need less water than you think but more water than other hydrating beverages

It's that time of year when we encounter lots of advice about the importance of staying hydrated. Among other things, we're told to down at least eight glasses of water a day and to "stay ahead of your thirst" before, during and after exercise to avoid dehydration, which impairs performance and causes harm.

How exercise can improve your love life

But a growing body of research shows it may have another, more surprising effect: improving your sex life.

In men, regular exercise appears to be a natural Viagra: It's associated with a lower risk of erectile problems.

The healthiest way to improve your sleep: exercise

"There has been more and more research in the last decade showing exercise can reduce insomnia," Rush University clinical psychologist Kelly Glazer Baron said.

Exercise 'keeps the mind sharp' in over-50s

Thinking and memory skills were most improved when people exercised the heart and muscles on a regular basis, a review of 39 studies found.

This remained true in those who already showed signs of cognitive decline.

Taking up exercise at any age was worthwhile for the mind and body, the Australian researchers said.


What to eat before, during and after a workout

So what do nutritionists recommend to munch on? It turns out that quality carbohydrates are important pre-workout and lean proteins post-workout, experts say.

What to eat before exercise

Before you exercise, eat carbs, but not too much, said Nancy Cohen, a professor in the department of nutrition at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Pokemon Go: Exercise impact 'short-lived'

Sure, hundreds of millions of players were wandering around, eyes glued to smartphones, putting their energies into "catching" imaginary creatures in the augmented reality game.

And yes, okay, maybe the quest to "catch 'em all" meant they occasionally strayed into less-than-appropriate locations. Like Holocaust museums.

'Exercise boosts men's sperm count'

Men who took up running and stuck with it had more "healthy swimmers", according to the research in the journal Reproduction.

The boost was only temporary, and began to wane within a month if the men stopped their treadmill training.

Experts say it is important to strike the right balance because too much exercise can harm sperm production.

Studies have shown that participation in competitive sports, like cycling, can lower sperm quality.


Sperm boosters

Keep your testicles cool - avoid tight underwear and hot baths

Why Silicon Valley's top execs are obsessed with taking walks

In a new book, Pixar's first chief financial officer details the hundreds of walks he went on with Steve Jobs during the company's formative years. The conversation would meander from business to personal.

Fitness mistakes: How to correct your squatting, lunging and planking technique

Dr Milanese, senior lecturer of physiotherapy at the University of South Australia, told 891 ABC Adelaide's Afternoons program that simple body weight exercises like squats, lunges and planking should form the foundation of any new fitness routine.

However you must ensure your core and lower limbs are stabilised to reap the benefits.


Dr Milanese said squats were often done very poorly, so it was important to perfect your technique.

'No proof' fitness trackers promote weight loss

The two-year long study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) included nearly 500 overweight volunteers who were asked to diet and take more exercise.

Half were given a fitness tracker to help them keep tabs.

This group had lost less weight than the other one by the end of the trial.

The study authors say this does not mean people should ditch the technology altogether, but neither should they put too much faith in them, at least as a slimming aid.