Category Archives for Exercise

The Importance of Exercise Intensity

Exercise is a uniquely beneficial health practice, one that improves health, decreases mortality, and that just generally improves overall quality of life. Anyone who exercises regularly knows the feeling

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Guest Post: Fitness Challenges of Older People and How to Overcome Them

By Gary Baker Being an older fellow and trying to be physically fit can be a daunting combination. However, speaking as someone that started his journey at the age of 47, I feel I have some important experiences

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Why Resting Heart Rate Is Important for Health

Heart rate — the number of times the heart beats per minute — would seem to be an obvious variable in health and longevity, especially as it concerns heart disease. True to intuition, it turns

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How to Get the Right Dose of Exercise

What is exercise? Exercise as something undertaken deliberately is not natural. Animals and humans in a natural habitat don’t exercise; their physical activity is a byproduct of life activities,

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Deadlifts Are for Girls Too

Here’s a short video I shot today:   Deadlifts aren’t just for bros, they’re for girls too. All of weight training is for girls as well as men. The video shows my friend Michele

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Exercise Capacity Powerfully Predicts Survival

How important is exercise for health? We all know that exercise is good for us. But just how good, and how much exercise do we need to be healthy? Exercise capacity powerfully predicts survival. A just-published

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How aerobic exercise causes fat gain and muscle loss

For several decades now, mainstream health and fitness authorities have recommended aerobic exercise, also known as endurance exercise or “cardio”, as the best way to exercise and get fit.

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Don’t be a victim of muscle loss

Unless you take active steps, you will lose muscle One of the striking facts about men as we age is that we become less manly: we lose the vigor associated with young men, we decline in the hormone, testosterone,

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How to Live Until 90

Many epidemiological studies have looked at various biomarkers to see how they are related to health. Perhaps the most familiar biomarker is total cholesterol level – although the doctors got that

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Most people in the gym are not even trying

Cardio versus weight training In my years in the gym I’ve noticed a correlation. This correlation has not been subject to rigorous scientific study and has no p value, it’s just my own observation.

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How evolution and exercise prevent heart disease

Exercise potently prevents heart disease It’s well-established that exercise protects against heart disease. Men who exercise vigorously have about half the risk of fatal  and non-fatal heart

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Obesity and insulin resistance cause aging, not the other way around

How much is aging really inevitable? A number of physiological processes change with aging, notably autophagy, inflammation, and oxidative stress. While we can do many things to ameliorate them and thus

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Exercise prevents cancer

  Can Cancer Be Prevented? The most common conception, or rather misconception, about cancer seems to be that it strikes more or less randomly. Sure, the connection between smoking and cancer is

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Supplement Timing

I had a request to write a post on supplement timing, that is, how time of day or other timing such as with meals, or whether in the fed or fasted state, matters. I practice timing of supplements myself,

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Can excessive running kill you?

The concept of hormesis says that small doses of toxins can actually promote health. Chemical compounds such as resveratrol or sulforaphane cause an increase in cellular stress defense mechanisms. Too

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Fasting and exercise increase levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a protein, one of a number of nerve growth factors. The longstanding dogma that the brain does not make new nerve and brain cells has been dropped; neurons

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