A Strong Coffee before Exercising Increases Fat-burning

A strong coffee first thing early in the morning followed by a workout session or a half an hour run is a great way to kick-start the day. Drinking a strong coffee — which contains about 3 mg/kg of caffeine — half an hour before aerobic exercise significantly increases the rate of fat-burning. At least, this is what scientists from the Department of Physiology of the University of Granada (UGR) have shown in their study. In addition, the researchers have also found that if the exercise is perfo

Friend or Foe? Teens May Be More Likely to Be Bullied by Social-Climbing Friends

Bullying has affected children and teenagers for generations. However, it has only been recently that the long-term effects caused by bullying in mental health have been understood. There is plenty of evidence that shows how bullying can lead to depression and suicidal thoughts. High school students subjected to bullying and other common forms of harassment are more likely to report being seriously depressed. Unfortunately, most cases go unreported, resulting in even more serious consequences s

Lockdown Diary: What I Have Learned from a Year in Lockdown

Soon it’s going to be a year since I started life in lockdown. In retrospective, I believe that 2020 was a period of learning, experimenting, re-discovering myself, re-evaluating my emotions and feelings, becoming at ease with past experiences, and most of all, discovering and deciding what I want to do next going forward. Having time for self-reflection, introspection, walks in solitude close to nature, and observations of past experiences added perspective to what I was experiencing in a worl