Thursday, August 25, 2011

Which burns visceral fat better?

8-25-11: Which of these--aerobic (cardio), strength training, or combination of both--burn visceral (i.e. belly fat deep under the abdominal muscle, not on top) fat the best?

This Duke study, just published, gives you the answer. Bottomline: aerobic burned the most the fastest. The combo burned the same.

Does this mean that I will not recommend strength training? No way!!! Do BOTH!!! Because if you're NOT doing strength training, then you will be losing lean mass (i.e. muscle) even if you're doing cardio, so why not do both and get the benefits of both worlds--burn visceral fat AND maintain (or build up) your muscle and bone!

Then that way, you can maintain a much higher quality of life. Also, having good muscle and bones will help you to do the aerobic better and more safely, too!

So don't throw out the dumbbells or TRX straps just both for maximum benefits!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

53-year study on exercise just published!

Here's an interesting article on an exercise study just published in the October issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

If you don't have time to read the whole article, here's a summary of their research:

"We found that there are cumulative benefits of physical activity across adulthood on physical performance in mid-life. Increased activity should be promoted early in adulthood to ensure the maintenance of physical performance in later life. Promotion of leisure time activity is likely to become increasingly important in younger populations as people’s daily routines become more sedentary."

In other words, if you want to have a higher quality of life when you're older, you better start being physically active when you're younger!!! ;-)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Protecting talk from 8-17-11

8-17-11: This is a link to my presentation on SlideShare that I gave in Dr. Tonstadt's class today. It was on Physical Activity and Kids.

"Protecting kids against a most deadly disease!"