An hour per week at the gym lowers the risk of metabolic syndrome — ScienceDaily

Less than one hour of resistance exercise training per week lowers the risk of developing metabolic syndrome (cardiovascular risk factors such as overweight, high blood pressure and elevated blood sugar). This was shown by a study involving more than 7,000 participants from the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study (ACLS) in the USA. The beneficial effects of […]

Girls with poorer motor skills more likely than boys to be obese — ScienceDaily

Date:December 19, 2016 Source:Coventry University Girls with poorer motor skills more likely than boys to be obese Date: December 19, 2016 Source: Coventry University Summary: Young girls who exhibit a poor mastery of fundamental movement skills (FMS) are more likely to be obese than boys who have similarly low skills, according to research. Source: Girls […]

Sugar substitutes may cut calories, but no health benefits for individuals with obesity: The study suggests that the bacteria in the gut may be able to break down artificial sweeteners, resulting in negative health effects — ScienceDaily

Artificial sweeteners help individuals with obesity to cut calories and lose weight but may have negative health effects, according to researchers at York University’s Faculty of Health. “Our study shows that individuals with obesity who consume artificial sweeteners, particularly aspartame, may have worse glucose management than those who don’t take sugar substitutes,” says Professor Jennifer […]

Antihistamines affect exercise recovery, may or may not be a problem

After vigorous exercise, some 3,000 genes go to work to aid recovery by boosting muscles and blood vessels, but in the presence of high doses of antihistamines almost 27 percent of the gene response is blunted, according to researchers.

Training to prevent strain injury? Contraction mode matters

Or Why It’s Important To Accentuate The Negative. Date:  April 1, 2016Source:  American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)Summary:Hamstring injuries are the most common noncontact injury in elite sport. Despite increased research efforts, these injury rates continue to rise. Recent evidence has shown that short muscle fiber lengths can increase the risk of hamstring injury […]

What can we learn from people who stay mindlessly slim Date:  February 11, 2016 Source:  Cornell Food & Brand Lab Summary: You know that one friend that never worries about weight and seems to stay effortlessly slim? That friend, and others like them might unknowingly possess secrets to helping those who struggle with their weight. “These strategies include: eating high-quality foods, cooking at home, […]

Wearable health devices: proceed with caution

I’m glad to see this article in ScienceDaily (below). Fitness is a HUGE business.  One that benefits me personally as well as financially.  So I don’t begrudge other trainers or businesses trying to get in on that, especially when the consumer benefits by becoming fitter. But there is so much snake oil out there.  And […]

Exercise in early life affects gut flora, promoting better health

Via MNT medicalnewstday.comThe new year is nearly upon us, bringing with it resolutions to be healthier, happier and wiser in 2016. Undoubtedly, many of us are vowing to exercise more this year, and a new study suggests our gut flora – along with our trimmer waistlines – confers health benefits as a result of physical […]

Why you won’t lose weight with exercise alone

Humans are Priuses, not Hummers.  Otherwise we would not have survived as a species. Date:  January 28, 2016Source:  Cell PressSummary:Exercise by itself isn’t always enough to take off the weight. Now, evidence helps to explain why that is: our bodies adapt to higher activity levels, so that people don’t necessarily burn extra calories even […]

Regular exercise critical for heart health, longevity

 Just exercise, y’all.  I can help you get started. Experts encourage physical activity for heart disease prevention Date:  January 18, 2016Source:  American College of CardiologySummary:The majority of citizens in developed countries should not be concerned by potential harm from exercise but rather by the lack of exercise in their lives, according to a clinical […]