The health benefits of calling mom
You’re an adult. You can handle this. You don’t need to run to Mom over a bad day at work. Turns out there are health benefits of calling your mother.
A study published in Proceedings B by researchers from the University of Wisconsin Madison put a group of girls ages seven to 12 through a stressful task and then divided them into three groups: The first had 15 minutes in person with their mothers, the second called their moms and the last one watched a film. Researchers found that levels of oxytocin—the “happy hormone” linked to emotional bonding—were increased in both the groups that had physical contact with their moms and those that just talked to Mom on the phone.
The researchers also saw that the levels of the stress hormone cortisol decreased in both the groups that talked to mom. And we know that our connection with mom doesn’t change age we age.
The health benefits of slowing down how fast you run
The goal of running is simple, right? Be faster, burn more calories, and be a better runner. But a study by University of Ottawa researchers Bradley Young and John Samela found that running fast actually doesn’t make you a better runner.
Instead, paying attention to pace is what separated the successful runners from the others. The goal is to get your body to recognize what pace you’re going so that you don’t burn all of your energy at the start of a run. Then when you need to use your energy reserves, you are not exhausted near the finish line. You run slower, and you can run for longer!