McMaster University

Demystifying Medicine
Seminar Series

Exercise | Physical Health | Athletics

Exercise is the physical exertion of the body — making the body do a physical activity which results in a healthy or healthier level of physical fitness and both physical and mental health.

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Anabolic Steroids: Friend or Foe?

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This video examines the mechanism of anabolic steroids that are injected into the human body and the consequences of using these potent drugs.

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Doping for Gold: Performance-Enhancing Drugs (PEDs)

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This video looks at the use of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), or doping, to improve athletic performance by targeting strength, alertness, speed and levels of oxygen in the blood.

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The 1-Minute Workout: Too Good to be True?

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This video evaluates the legitimacy of the 1-minute workout proposed by a McMaster University study that claims that exercising for one minute a day is sufficient.

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Can Optimism Improve Physical Health?

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This video discusses how optimism can improve physical health, how research studies define optimism, what are the physical effects of optimism and what mechanisms are behind the relationship.

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Hidden Health Risks of Prolonged Sitting

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This video examines the science behind prolonged sitting, the number of hours sitting and improper body posture. It also looks how sitting affects the spinal cord, lungs, brain and physiology.

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Health Benefits of Cold Showers

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This video evaluates studies that explore the health benefits of taking cold showers.

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Exercise during Pregnancy: How Safe Is It?

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This video discusses the safety and benefits of exercising during pregnancy according to a new meta-analysis study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

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Exercise and Mental Health

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This video examines the research and scientific information surrounding the benefits exercise can have on students' mental health.

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Exercise and the Brain

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This video explores how exercise impacts not just outer appearance but also the network of neurons within the brain.

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Exercise and Stroke

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This video explores how exercise can improve patient condition after a stroke.

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Get Your Grandparents Moving!

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This video highlights the importance of exercise among the elderly population. It explains the risks of a sedentary lifestyle and the health benefits of an active one.

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Yoga 101: The Basics of Yoga

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This video highlights the history of yoga, yoga basics and demystifies the notions of who can practice yoga.

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What are the Health Benefits of Practicing Yoga?

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This video describes how yoga may improve the health of individuals around the world.

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Can You Really Be Allergic to Exercise?

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This video discusses food-dependent exercise-induced anaphylaxis (FDEIA) in which an allergic reaction occurs during exercise when a specific type of food is eaten before or after exercise.

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