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SHAREABLE RESOURCE: The Fit Gardener

If you have a garden, whether small or on a few acres of land, then you have plenty of opportunity to engage in a variety of exercise while tending to it. Raking and mowing (but not on a ride-on mower!) can provide good cardiovascular benefits, while pulling weeds can act as resistance training. Even walking […]

Are Compression Garments Beneficial for Endurance Runners?

Athletes of all sports want train to the best of their ability. This also includes pushing themselves to their limits and healing as fast as possible. One such example is that of compression garments being used by endurance runners. Do these garments have any effect on the athletes using them and is it a positive […]

Monitoring Your Exercise Intensity

When one begins an exercise plan, the intensity of the exercise can be figured out exactly in a lab by measuring oxygen levels in the body. But this is not realistic for day-to-day exercise. Three tests can be used by amateur exercise enthusiasts to check an exercise’s intensity. These are the target heat rate, rate […]

RESISTANCE TRAINING AND METABOLIC SYNDROME: Muscles Do Matter

If you have (or think you have) Metabolic Syndrome (MetS), then this is a good place to start. This article starts off by explaining the basic criteria of a diagnosis of MetS, then proceeds to outline the impact and importance of resistance training (RT) in combating and controlling MetS. After outlining the importance, the article […]

How to Increase Muscle Mass: What Does Science Tell Us?

If you’re goal is to increase muscle mass, science has some answers for you. Protein consumption is important to increasing muscle mass. The recommended dietary allowance for endurance and strength athletes ranges from about 50% to 110% more than that for the average person. Timing your protein consumption is also important. Studies indicate that consuming […]

Zumba® Fitness is Gold for All Ages

Zumba is a fitness phenomenon, but does it really burn calories and build muscle the way more traditional aerobic training does? A recent study says yes. Zumba not only gets the heart rate into a moderate or higher fitness zone, but also helps participants burn a high number of calories. Beyond that, the program is […]

Have a Heart: Can Too Much Exercise Be Bad?

After the rather large boom of runners and endurance athletes appears, new studies indicate that too much exercise may actually be bad for you. The exact cases vary based on various factors, but this study goes into detail on how current extreme cardiovascular exercises may actually be detrimental to certain individuals. Furthermore, individuals who have […]

Obese Kids May Be Ostracized By 1st Grade, More Likely to be Depressed

Obesity in children can affect more than just their physical health. A study conducted found that as early as first grade obesity can affect a child’s mental health. Severely obese children can show signs of depression and can be withdrawn. Children can be ostracized due to their and experience loneliness, and aggression due to this. […]

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TABATA: It’s a HIIT!

Tabata and a variety of short HIIT formats are highly popular intense forms of interval training. Research shows that Tabata and short HIIT workouts can be used to increase both aerobic and anaerobic fitness, promote fat loss, and even improve blood pressure, insulin sensitivity, and glucose regulation in a relatively short time.  

The Role of Exercise in Preventing Falls Among Older Adults

For the elderly, falls are troublesome and dangerous. Not only do they risk a decrease a person’s confidence in their own mobility, they risk physical injury. At yearly medical costs of $19 billion per year in the U.S., they impact society as a whole, as well. But there is good news. Up to 42% if […]