Beware The Energy Boosters

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recently published guidance and warnings about the use of energy drinks. In summary, these high-caffeine risky beverages are not appropriate for youth and certain adult at-risk populations. Further, they are neither appropriate for pre- or post-exercise consumption nor as sports hydration during exercise or heavy physical activity. Read the official ACSM position at this link.

http://www.acsm.org/read-research/newsroom/news-releases/news-detail/2018/05/15/energydrinks

Basics of Interval Training

We have all heard the term. But very few fully understand what it means, much less how to implement interval training into our fitness plan. So, here is a primer (though, rather lengthy, I’m afraid) on this very popular exercise program. For one thing, it is not recommended for exercise beginners. For another, great results can still be gained using other exercise programs. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE BEGINNING ANY NEW EXERCISE PROGRAM.

https://joe-cannon.com/hiit-training/

Exercise Is Medicine: Healthy Body and Mind

Recent research strengthens the concept that physical activity not only benefits our bodies and hearts, but also improves our minds and moods. It is well known that older persons suffer depression at a high rate following cardiovascular disease events. However, in this study, researchers suggest that persons engaging in cardiorespiratory fitness during middle-age are less likely, in later life, to suffer depression in general and to avoid cardiovascular related death even if they are diagnosed with depression. Follow the link for details.

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/fullarticle/2686049

Fit For Life: No Purchase Necessary

Expensive toys for fitness are not required to obtain and maintain a healthful exercise program. Highly effective weight-bearing training can be accomplished with body weight alone. Check out this link for examples. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE BEGINNING ANY EXERCISE PROGRAM.

https://www.acefitness.org/education-and-resources/lifestyle/blog/7038/body-weight-training-don-t-let-a-lack-of-equipment-keep-you-from-your-goals