Health & Fitness Articles of the Week – 10/19/14

This May Prevent Some Damage With Weight Gain– This study focused on a group of people who were asked to eat 4 additional muffins a day so researchers could gauge the effect of polyunsaturated fat vs saturated fats. It is interesting to see the findings and also to see what an additional 4 muffins a day can do. “This small study highlights what we already know about saturated fats, and how quickly a relatively small amount of saturated fat can cause health disturbances.”

Should Your Workout Kick Your Ass– I really liked this article. The author emphasizes the importance of nutrition along with exercise to really see results. I for one can back this up from personal experience. I worked out everyday for 5 months with no results, mainly because I was not focusing on what I was eating as well. It is important to look at both variables. “The take-home is that exercise isn’t nearly as important as diet for pure fat loss, so no matter how hard you work, you won’t see results until you’re eating smarter. (However, exercise is still an important part of the equation.)”

The Dangers of Thinning Bone as Men Ag– “In fact, 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 years will sustain a fracture due to osteoporosis in their lifetime.” This is in contrast to 1 in 3 women over 50 who will have  an osteoporosis-related fracture.”

Whats Your Fitness Age– This article just makes sense. Also the test is fun. I am proud to say I have the fitness age of a teenager. What is yours? “A new study of fitness and lifespan suggests that a person’s so-called fitness age – determined primarily by a measure of cardiovascular endurance – is a better predictor of longevity than chronological age.”

The Exercise Cost of Soda vs Juice– I really like this idea. When I was learning about calories having something tangable to measure against helped me. So for every mile I ran was one more additional glass of wine. “In the study, researchers posted signs next to the soda and juice in Baltimore corner stores that read: “Did you know that working off a bottle of soda or fruit juice takes about 50 minutes of running?” or “Did you know that working off a bottle of soda or fruit juice takes about five miles of walking?” (And, long as those distances and times may seem, they may even underestimate the magnitude of the metabolic insult of liquid sugar.) The signs were a proxy for an actual food label, but they made the point. They effectively led to fewer juice and soda purchases, and to purchases of smaller sizes (12-ounce cans instead of 20-ounce bottles).”

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