If you work out this summer, it’ll pay off in the fall. A study from the University of Oregon finds that adding a low-intensity workout in the hot weather will improve your performance by as much as 7 percent once the cold weather arrives.

Heated payoff


If you work out this summer, it’ll pay off in the fall. A study from the University of Oregon finds that adding a low-intensity workout in the hot weather will improve your performance by as much as 7 percent once the cold weather arrives. The heat raises your plasma volume, which may increase the amount of blood and oxygen to your muscles, so you’ll exercise harder.


Can half full?


Need energy? Drinking an entire can of Red Bull isn’t going to help. A study by Northern Kentucky University researchers found that people who drank half of an energy drink without eating anything had good reaction times and mental abilities. But those who finished the whole can saw those reaction times and mental fatigue increase.


30-minute workouts


With shuffling the kids to school, running to work and taking care of the house, it’s hard to find time to get in some exercise. But just doing a half-hour workout can jumpstart weight loss, according to a Scottish study. The key is to do a really intense 30-minute workout, such as a spin class or some sprints.


Fast-food wrappers


It’s not just the food that’s bad for you and your family. A University of Toronto study finds some fast-food wrappers are lined with chemicals that can hop into the food, then into your bloodstream. These PAPs can result in a higher risk for liver damage in animals.


Helping family


Researchers from Northwestern University found that when your partner helps you achieve a goal, you’re more likely to slack off instead of being motivated. That’s because if you have a helpful partner, you may subconsciously use him or her as a crutch.


Allergy side effects


If you're taking medicine to combat summer allergies, beware. A new study published in Obesity finds that people who take prescription antihistamines are 55 percent more likely to be obese than people who don’t take the meds. The researchers believe when the drugs suppress histamine, they also reduce fat metabolism and boost appetite.