I want to discuss fitness training guidance. Long has it been that “use it or lose it” and “no pain, no gain” have anchored exercise theology. They have been the mainstay for much of modern fitness training lore. Today we still say ‘use it or lose it’ but we now say ‘no strain, no gain’.
July 2023 Three (More) Cheers for Resistance Training A large meta-analysis of studies on resistance training (RT) exercise in adults found 16 that met the criteria. The overall conclusion was that RT conferred a “10–17% lower risk of all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease (CVD), total cancer, diabetes, and lung cancer,” otherwise labeled non-communicable diseases (NCDs). There
June 2023 How Exercise Might Delay or Prevent Cognitive Decline Raise your hand if the thought of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) scares you as much as it does me. A Journal of Physiology (Jan. 2023) article reports that short bouts of intense exercise – what is popularly known as interval training (high energy outputs followed by
May 2023 Move Over, Cardio; Resistance Training Saves Lives For more than 60 years now, the world has come to recognize that being aerobically fit reduces your risk of many non-communicable diseases (NCD) like heart disease, diabetes, and even some cancers. The mechanisms have been studied down to the nearest DNA and RNA strands. We
February 2023 Don’t Sit While Reading This! The science of sedentariness marches on. For the past 20 years, it’s become more evident that sitting, except on an exercise machine, is dangerous to your heart and health. In light of this information, a broader health concern is how physical activity (PA) impacts the older population. The
November 2022 What Causes Muscle Cramps in Marathoners? The runner’s bane is muscle cramps, those painful, activity-stopping pains in side of the ribcage that come from nowhere. Even 70 years after the jogging craze hit, we’re still not sure why these happen. Years ago, one study tested the idea that it was fluid in the
December 2021 Resistance Training That’s Good for the Heart Resistance training (RT: weightlifting) has been recognized as an important component of a general exercise and wellness program for over 30 years now. The current federal guidelines for physical activity (Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans) recommend 2-3 days/wk of muscle-strengthening exercise for nearly everybody. Long recognized for its
November 2021 How to Catch Your Breath….and Why We Bend Forward While trekking one of the trails of the Grand Canyon this past May, I found myself sucking wind on the long uphill climb. And wondered, why do I bend forward propping myself up with hands on knees, like any athlete who’s winded after a