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Is exercise addictive?

Is exercise addictive?

We all know someone who is “addicted” to exercise or gets irritable or anxious if they don't go to the gym. This has an explanation... or several.

Our body releases two essential hormones during exercise, which not only help maintain mental health but also support the treatment of depression problems: endorphin and dopamine. Both have positive interference on mood and emotions. Another common effect attributed to exercise is the production of serotonin, a vital neurotransmitter that can help regulate mood.

Eating well, without going on a diet

Eating well, without going on a diet

Today marks the international No Diet Day, intended to celebrate the acceptance of the body as it is and its diversity, drawing attention to the dangers of following very strict diets and a perfect body model imposed daily by modern society.

However, it is commonly accepted that "eating poorly" can bring great harm to health: among the most serious are hypertension, high cholesterol levels, and the most common chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disorders, and others.

Advantages of regular physical activity over a sedentary lifestyle

Advantages of regular physical activity over a sedentary lifestyle

The more the scientific studies progress in physical activity, the more the great benefits of physical exercise and sports practice are recognized in maintaining life’s quality and in fighting one of the biggest public health issues on the planet: obesity and its associated pathologies.

The greatest sports’ “April Fools” lies

The greatest sports’ “April Fools” lies

April 1st is widely known as “April Fool’s”. It is a day to go all-in with your best lie and have fun trying to fool your neighbour. On the day when everything is (or was!) allowed, learn about some legendary lies around sports and its significant figures.

The power of sleep in sports practice

The power of sleep in sports practice

The influence of good sleep hygiene on the physical and mental health of the general population has been scientifically studied for decades. Sleep management is an essential element and increasingly the subject of research for sports practitioners, and even more so for professional athletes.

The Winter Olympics are already underway

The Winter Olympics are already underway

The opening ceremony took place on February 4: the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, just like the summer Olympics before it, are feeling the pandemic hit, together with protests and diplomatic boycotts. For its part, the Olympic Committee has called for athletes to be "responsible" in how they approach political issues.

The competition began on February 2 and the closing ceremony will take place on February 20, with the games being held in three different areas of China: Beijing, Yanqing, and Zhangjiakou. In addition, the ice sports will be held in downtown Beijing, as well as some snow events (snowboard big air and freestyle ski big air, men’s, and women's).

 

Ticket sales to the public were cancelled

Initially, the organization had decided to sell tickets only to China residents China to reduce the risk of Covid-19 contagion. But, come mid-January, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that only specific groups of spectators would be allowed, cancelling the sale of tickets to the public due to the pandemic. The Winter Games are being held in a restricted “health bubble”, from which sportsmen and women and other participants are not expected to leave.

With 109 total events across 15 disciplines in 7 different sports, the competition will bring together 2,871 athletes, with 1,581 men and 1,290 women.

They are Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Nordic Combined, Curling, Alpine skiing, Cross-country skiing, Freestyle skiing, Ice field hockey, Luge, Figure skating, Speed skating, short track speed skating, Ski jumping, Skeleton and Snowboarding.

This edition will have seven new medal events, with the introduction of several categories for women, the arrival of men's freestyle skiing, the “big air”, and several mixed competitions.

Portugal will be represented at the 2022 Winter Olympics by three athletes. Ricardo Brancal and Vanina de Oliveira will compete in alpine skiing, and José Cabeça in cross-country skiing.

 

The controversy

The persecution of the Uighur population for birth control in the autonomous province of Xinjiang, the treatment given to Tibetan people, and the repression of freedoms in Hong Kong are some of the several political foci that overshadow this event and that have already led to several diplomatic boycotts by several countries.

The United States and the United Kingdom were the most prominent to announce a diplomatic boycott, without any representative at these games, particularly in the ceremonies – while maintaining a sports presence –, and they were followed by many others. Canada and Australia, among others, followed suit in withdrawing their diplomatic and political support without harming the participation of their national athletes. On January 19, the European Parliament also recommended a "diplomatic and political boycott" to member states.

Criticism of the event also extended to the apparent disappearance for some time of tennis player Peng Shuai, who accused a former Chinese ruler of sexually assaulting her, recalling the closeness of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to the Chinese government.

Portugal will not have political representation at the opening and closing ceremonies "for various reasons," claimed the Minister of Foreign Affairs, although the ceremony was attended by another Portuguese, the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), António Guterres.

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