Some fitness classes promote “no sweat exercise” as a selling point while others want to convince participants that dripping with sweat is somehow magical.
However, the degree with which a person perspires has less to do with the efficacy of the exercise routine and more to do with the temperature of the environment and the body’s ability to cool itself. Sitting perfectly still in a sauna can produce buckets of sweat, whereas going for a run in a T-shirt in frigid temps might not result in any perspiration. (more…)
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Medical researchers are now recommending that muscle mass be regarded as a vital sign.
A lot of us traditionally make resolutions at the first of the year that have to do with diet and exercise. This year let’s resolve not to make resolutions but rather commit to the life-long pursuit of a healthier life, including many things of which exercise and nutritious food are just a part.
Although it is an oversimplification, insulin is sometimes referred to as the “fat-storage hormone.”
“Eat Less and Move More” has been the mantra of the diet and fitness industry for the past few decades. So why are so many people still struggling to lose weight despite following this advice? Unlike our fitness trackers, our bodies don’t possess a calorie meter that keeps track of energy in and energy out. A calorie is simply a unit of measure for energy — not completely without merit in the weight loss formula, but limiting.
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It’s that time of year when we start to see more traffic on our roads including the two-wheeled kind — and as temperatures go up, patience goes down. Hopefully by practicing a few commonsense rules and some tolerance, we can all share the roads and stay safe.
COURTESY PHOTO Maggie Davis leading a fitness class.
When I entered my first triathlon over 20 years ago, it came with a hefty entry fee. Since I’m a pretty frugal person, I knew this would help motivate me to follow through on my commitment to train and compete because I wanted my money’s worth. (more…)