Too Late to Start Exercising? No, Says Science!

If you’ve reached an advanced age, or even relatively so, it’s not too late to build muscle and benefit from exercise, according to a new University of Birmingham study. Older folks with no previous participation in exercise programs showed an ability to add new muscle as that exhibited by well-trained master athletes in the same… Continue reading Too Late to Start Exercising? No, Says Science!

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Resistance Training For Older Adults Is a Must For Good Health: Paper

The fitness world has known for a while now that resistance training has many benefits for seniors and older adults, when done correctly and in the right “dose.” Now, a position paper from a group of experts published in the National Strength & Conditioning Association’s Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research highlights the importance of… Continue reading Resistance Training For Older Adults Is a Must For Good Health: Paper

Podcast: 7 Questions Women Ask About Strength Training

  For a long time, women thought weight training was for men or athletes or “someone else.” Not anymore. We’ve learned that strength training has so many benefits for women that we simply can’t pretend it ISN’T for them! Join me as I explore 7 common questions I’ve gotten over the last 2+ decades from… Continue reading Podcast: 7 Questions Women Ask About Strength Training

Lifting Less Than an Hour a Week Improves Heart Health:Study

Lifting weights for less than an hour a week may reduce your risk for a heart attack or stroke by 40 to 70 percent, according to a new study. Spending more than an hour in the weight room did not yield any additional benefit, the researchers found. The results show benefits of strength training are… Continue reading Lifting Less Than an Hour a Week Improves Heart Health:Study

Burn More Carbs During Exercise By Eating Breakfast: Study

Eating breakfast before exercise may “prime” the body to burn carbohydrates during exercise and more rapidly digest food after working out, University of Bath researchers have found.   Scientists from the University’s Department for Health, working with colleagues at the universities of Birmingham, Newcastle and Stirling, were studying the effect of eating breakfast versus fasting… Continue reading Burn More Carbs During Exercise By Eating Breakfast: Study

Is Cardio or Strength Training Better for Obese Kids?

What exercise program can best fight the “epidemic” of teen obesity? According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics, by combining aerobic exercise with resistance training. The Healthy Eating Aerobic and Resistance Training in Youth (HEARTY) study, led by researchers at the University of Calgary and University of… Continue reading Is Cardio or Strength Training Better for Obese Kids?

7 Reasons Your Pre-Teen Should Strength Train

Can I be honest here? I think if one more parent says “my doctor said my kid shouldn’t lift weights until he/she is 14,” I’m going to be sick. Physically, violently ill. Your doctor is wrong. Well intentioned, but wrong. The good doctor is expressing a thought that, once upon a time, made sense. When… Continue reading 7 Reasons Your Pre-Teen Should Strength Train

The Fools on the Treadmills…

A word or two on cardio For what seems like a million years, we’ve been told that “cardio” will make us lean and healthy. Doctors told us our cardiovascular health depended on it. Pop-culture magazines touted “walk the weight off” programs that were easy-peasy. Steady state, low-impact, low-intensity cardio was what we all needed to… Continue reading The Fools on the Treadmills…

Hormonal Response to Cardio and Weight Training

Every day a lot of people cycle to and from work or visit the gym to lift heavy weights. Regardless of the form of training they choose, almost everyone does it to improve their health. But we actually know surprisingly little about exactly how different forms of training affect our health. However, now researchers from… Continue reading Hormonal Response to Cardio and Weight Training