July 2019 Running Faster Doesn’t Increase Joint Load, Possibly Most people, athletes included, think that running faster means running harder. That is, that the cumulative loads are increased by hitting the ground with more force per stride. Yet some studies have suggested that fast running, as in interval sprints, actually reduces the impact loads onRead More
Does Looking at Thin Make You Feel Fat?
The Super Bowl is over – Fly EAGLES Fly! – but the effects of all those unhealthy snacks and drinks may last for a few more days or weeks. So it is with us Americans – we tend to live between holidays in a state of regret and shame. To make matters worse, we positionRead More
How Much Exercise Do We REALLY Need?
It is not unusual for a new personal fitness training client to ask, sincerely and with some trepidation, “How often should I come in to train?” The other side of this question, actually just one of the other sides to it, is, “How much exercise do I have to do to accomplish my stated goal(s)?”Read More
Thoughts on depression, and depressing thoughts
This article, from a study in Great Britain, describes what some might conclude is depressing news: that the addition of an exercise component to a treatment process for depression does not yield any better results than treatment for depression alone: http://www.healthcanal.com/mental-health-behavior/29896-Physical-Activit… utm_campaign=Feed%3A+healthnewshc%2FOxfp+%28Health+News+from+HealthCanal.com%29 Now, in all fairness, this is a well done study with a largeRead More
HAES it Going?
It’s intentional: HAES = Health at Every Size, a program to help overweight women come to grips with the lifestyle patterns that have contributed to their heaviness, but NOT by enforcing weight loss. Rather, it encourages finding – no, creating -new patterns of thinking, feeling, responding, and acting to stimuli – both external as wellRead More
Genetics, Exercise, and You
All me, and women, are NOT created equal other than in their humanity. You heard it here, first. By this I mean, we are equally human but do not have equal traits: smarts, looks, strengths, weaknesses, etc. as such, some of us will be “blessed” as measured by our cultural biases, socioeconomic needs, and otherRead More
Sprint to Faster and Maybe Better Health
Sprinting has been shown to improve all kinds of health and fitness parameters. here’s a recent commentary re a study that, again, supports the value of high intensity training: http://www.multibriefs.com/briefs/acsm/active1-25.htm Now, before I go on and explain the pros and cons, let me provide a personal disclaimer: I don’t train like I used to butRead More
Too Much Time, Not Enough Activity
As I’ve reported in the past, sedentary behavior, of which we are all guilty in the modern society of advanced economies, is killing us. (Disclosure: while you sit and read this, I’m typing it standing up at my new upright computer desk. It feels good to be standing.) I’m not going to dwell any furtherRead More