They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. But what if your favorite man’s waist circumference is expanding, putting his health at risk? A new study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (2003; 35 , 207-13) examined the weight loss results of 30 obese male members of the Singapore Armed Forces who completed a 4-month regimented basic training program. Fat-free mass, fat mass and percent body fat were determined through skinfold measurements.
Today’s older adults are a frisky and diversified bunch, according to a recent poll conducted by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association. Here’s a look at the most popular sports and athletic activities (based on participation frequency) among Americans 55 and older, for the year 2002:
Walking Intensity and Bone Mineral Density
Fogleman, K.M., Borer, K.T., & Sowers, M.R. 2003. Walking intensity stimulates increases in BMD in post-menopausal women. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 35 (5, Supplement), Abstract 95.
Menopause is often associated with a loss in bone mineral density (BMD). Although exercise has been shown to increase BMD in postmenopausal women, the exact mechanism is presently unclear, as are the intensity and types of exercise that will elicit this response.
It’s bound to happen. After months of enjoying strength gains, weight loss and the wonderful feeling of growing more flexible, you suddenly feel stuck. All the exciting changes have come to a halt, and you feel frustrated and discouraged. Your great new exercise habits are in danger of lapsing into good intentions. What’s going on?
Training Among the Tulips
Encourage clients to pick up a trowel and try this garden workout.
I have a brown thumb. So I was a little concerned when I began working with Jolene Dodson nearly two years ago. When she hired me she had just joined Weight Watchers and wanted to start an exercise program. She weighed close to 300 pounds and didn't feel comfortable exercising at the gym. ...