Eddy's Good News: The working out gender gap and underwater healing sounds

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19 Mar 2024, 17:22

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Tuesday 19th March 2024

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Researchers have discovered a new “gender gap” between men and women when it comes to working out, exercise and fitness —and it favours women, who are, according to the comprehensive study, not likely to exercise as often.

Data analysed from 412,000 adults showed that females get more ‘heart health benefit’ from exercise than males.

They can get the same benefits from exercise as men, but with less effort, according to Professor Martha Gulati, director of Preventive Cardiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

She explained that women have historically lagged behind men in how often they engaged in meaningful exercise.

“The beauty of this study is learning that women can get more out of each minute of moderate to vigorous activity than men do.”

The team analysed 22 years of data so this is no fly by night finding but a very robust study and great news if you’re a woman and  worried about your fitness regime. 

Via: goodnewsnetwork.org

Credit: Dan Mele, ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

So we know that music heals and we know that certain sounds promote physiological healing - the frequency of a cat purring being the best example. Now we have another fascinating and somewhat magical effect of sound but it’s underwater, as we look at fascinating research from coral reefs in the US Virgin Islands.

If you’ve snorkelled or scuba dived around reefs you’ll know they have a wonderful sound. The healthier the reef the more sound. It’s a symphony of snaps crackles and pops from the fish, crustaceans and corals - which are living animals don’t forget. Following similar research down under, reported on here, marine biologists used underwater speakers to play the sound of a healthy reef to a reviving reef and the results were amazing. 

The degraded coral reefs that had speakers mimicking the sound of a healthy reef, revived at between 1.7 and 7 times more coral polyps than the reefs without sound enrichment. Settlement was highest 5 metres from the speaker and decreased the further away you get. Isn’t that amazing!?

Via: goodnewsnetwork.org