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Inflammation, Disease and Exercise

You may have heard the term “chronic inflammation” but may not know what it is or why it is important. Inflammation is an immune system response to harmful agents or damaged cells and is usually termed acute or chronic. Chronic inflammation refers to a more gradual, prolonged inflammatory response that involves progressive changes in various […]

Youth Strength Training

Current recommendations suggest that school-age youth should participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily. In addition to aerobic activities such as running and cycling, research increasingly indicates that regular participation in a youth strength-training program can offer observable health, fitness and performance benefits for children and adolescents. Presently, a […]

Resistance Training and Injury Prevention

The benefits of resistance training in both competitive and recreational athletes have been well documented over the past 20 years. Improvements in muscle strength and power, increase in muscle size and improvement in sports performance are common benefits resulting from resistance training programs. In addition, resistance training has also been suggested to reduce the risk […]

Bringing Some Clarity to Fitness Terminology

If you find yourself confused with fitness lingo, here is a short glossary of some common terms. Aerobic exercise – is that which demands a continuous amount of oxygen to the muscle, often called “cardio.” Anaerobic exercise – is that which does not require oxygen to complete the task, usually strength training. Terms that relate […]

Effects of Resistance Exercise on Lean Weight, Fat Weight, and Metabolism

In 1994, two landmark research studies demonstrated that resistance exercise increases resting energy requirements, resulting in concurrent lean weight gain and fat weight loss.2,6 Pratley and associates6 at the University of Maryland trained 13 men over age 50 with 1 set of 14 resistance machine exercises, 3 days a week, for a period of 16 […]

Effects of Resistance Training on Arthritis and Fibromyalgia

There are two major types of arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as an associated condition known as fibromyalgia. It is predicted that by 2020 approximately 60 million Americans will be diagnosed with arthritis, which will be a 40% increase in this malady over just the past 20 years.3 Osteoarthritis, which accounts for almost […]

Pregnancy Physical Activity

Pregnancy is a unique time and opportunity to optimize health behaviors. All women without contraindication should be physically active throughout their pregnancy, including previously inactive, those with gestational diabetes and those overweight and obese. Women should discuss pregnancy Physical Activity with their health care provider. Regular physical activity promotes many health benefits in all phases […]

Energy Cost of Resistance Exercise

Aerobic activities such as running, cycling, and rowing, are correctly considered to be the most effective exercises for burning calories at a high rate of energy expenditure. For example, running at 6 miles per hour (mph) burns approximately 10 calories per min (kcals/min), running at 9 mph burns approximately 15 kcals/min, and running at 12 […]