The NYT fitness writer added some more fodder to the aging well discussion with an article that summarized the results of a study of elite athletes from 50 years ago. As one might expect, these old coots were still pretty fit, retaining higher-than-average aerobic capacities compared to others in their now-older age group. But they stillRead More
Could Fidgeting Lead to Healthier Blood Vessels?
I hope so, because my dad used to ask me at dinner if I was nervous – my leg was always bouncing up and down. But then, as I aged my legs, vein-y and muscular from training and conditioning, started looking like my grandpa’s – vein-y and muscular. And hairless. And they needed some veinRead More
If Exercise Helps the Brain, Not Exercising Hurts It, Maybe
Many studies over the past few years have expounded on the value of exercise in terms of mental, cognitive and emotional health. From fending off depression, improving executive function, reducing your risk of dementia and maybe Alzheimer’s, maintaining cardio fitness – and even strength – has been shown effective, not just during the post-workout periodRead More
Once Again Exercise Proves Its Bona Fides
DNA, the chains of molecules that design who and maybe what we are, is the question. The answer is, we’re still trying to decipher it all. One thing we do know is that their ends – telomeres – act like the tips of your shoestrings in that they take the brunt of daily wear soRead More
An Hour a Day Keeps Early Death Away???
Much has been written in the news, the research world, and in my blogs and newsletters about sedentary living and how it impacts morbidity and mortality. There have been credible studies showing that even if you exercise regularly, if you sit more than 8 hours a day, you virtually negate the benefits of all thatRead More
Does Chronic Dieting Cause Hunger Signaling to Fail
Many of you know that dieting is a fool’s errand for many of us. We can go for a period of time, usually short enough that it can fit between major holidays or events, and monitor and regulate our diets and even our activities if the goal is deemed worthy….despite the healthiness of that goalRead More
The Heritability of Your Fitness Traits
You know your height, hair color, eye color, skin texture, intelligence, etc are things that get passed on from your ancestors through genes, but did you know that there are limits and capacities for your strength, endurance, ability to improve fitness, etc are also heritable? Well, this article in the Express Tribune with the NYTRead More
The Composting of Exercise
Happy Fourth of July. For those who had the day off and spent it being physically active, socially engaged, relaxing or even working, as I did, I hope you at least got something good from this special day. Being the 240th anniversary of US Independence Day – yes, many other countries have had their dayRead More