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If your knee hurts, keep exercising, says expert


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Ewa M Roos, University of Southern Denmark

If you take up exercise later in life, as a treatment for joint or hip pain, you should expect a small, temporary increase in pain. But if you proceed sensibly, you will be rewarded with pain relief similar to that of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen, and twice that of a non-prescription painkiller, such as paracetamol. In fact, the pain relief from taking up exercise is large enough that many people put their knee or hip surgery on hold.

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What if exercise doesn’t work for you?

Although exercise is often considered a panacea for many conditions, we don’t all respond it equally. While some can hit the gym for a few weeks and see results, others might labour for years and see no results.

Research supports what many of us know empirically; we all respond to exercise in different ways. And, we respond to different exercise regimes.

The key is to be consistent and give exercise a chance. If a particular activity isn’t fun, try another. The trick is to find something you enjoy doing so that healthy activity is fun and not a chore.

Skulpt adds custom workouts

img_0540.jpgWe’ve looked at Skulpt in the past. Skulpt is a device that measures body composition quickly and easily.

Of course, measurement is just one part of improving your health and well-being. You also need to have actionable advice that uses that data to deliver real change. Whether that’s to boost athletic performance or for general health, data is useless unless you use it.

Skulpt has launched their new tailored workout guidance. Based on measurements of your muscle quality across 24 muscle groups, it identifies the areas that need a little extra work and provide a customized workout plan.

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Get off your butt – 7 super fit women tell you to get moving

imageIt’s easy to make excuses for inactivity. We’ve all done. Too tired, too busy, too sore…

Well, over at Mind Body Green there’s a story af seven inspirational women who prove that age is no barrier to being strong and healthy.

Constance Tillit. This badass octogenarian was filmed doing a CrossFit workout, complete with sandbags, ring rows, and deadlifts, at 80 years young. She lost 50 pounds through CrossFit and had motivating words for the 8 million people who watched her workout video: “Get up and do it. Stop with the whining.” Remember Tillit’s words the next time you think about hitting snooze and bailing on your workout.

What’s your excuse? I bet it melts when you see these powerhouse women.

Does interval training help VO2 max in older athletes?

imageAs someone being dragged kicking and screaming into middle age, the impact of exercise on my long-term health and well-being is something I’m very focused on.

A team of researchers from Norway and the United States looked at the effects of interval training on the VO2 Max of 70 men and 22 women aged between 20-70+ years with a training status typical for their age group. They divided the subjects into six decade-cohorts.

These findings imply that individuals across age all have a great potential for cardiovascular improvements, and that HIIT may be used as an excellent strategy for healthy aging. However, it is not determined how age may impact the training response of key components of aerobic endurance.

So, the good news is that High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) can help offset the effects of aging on cardio-vascular health.

You can access the full study here.

Does exercise help memory?

brainThere was quite a bit of controversy raised a couple of years ago when a study on mice found excercise had negative effect on short-term memory in mice.

The researchers at the time said this warranted further research, which they have carried out, this time on rats.

It turns out their initial research didn’t pan out the same way. In fact, it found short term memory was enhanced.

This is a good example of why early research should be read carefully and understood to represent the beginning of a journey and not a destination.

You can read more at Katu.

Study: People benefit from exercise when they expect benefit

mind-bodyPsychologist Hendrik Mothes, from the University of Freiburg’s Sport Science department, and his team have conducted a study finding test subjects derive more psychological as well as neurophysiological benefits from exercise if they already have positive mindsets about sports.

They also found evidence that test subjects can be positively or negatively influenced about the benefits before engaging in exercise.

Source: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-08-people-benefit-positive-effect.html

Corporate cult or fitness family: what is the secret of CrossFit’s success?

Amanda Crompton, University of Nottingham; Laurie Cohen, University of Nottingham, and Sareh Pouryousefi, University of Nottingham

CrossFit bestrides the world of urban exercise like a colossus – one with especially great abs. The reach of its ever-expanding empire is writ large on the company’s own website, where the number of affiliated “boxes” – CrossFit-speak for gyms – is charted on a global map. When you’ve cracked the French Polynesian market, you’re probably entitled to regard yourself as an international success story.

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Open-plan offices – bad for health and productivity

Open-plan officeIt’s the bane of the modern work environment – the open-plan office. Rather than give everyone their own office, creating vast halls with everyone’s desks adjacent to each other has delivered businesses one clear benefit – the ability to pack more people into less space than every before.

And, it seems, our offices are also becoming a health hazard with workers needing to exercise for an hour each day to counteract the effects of sedentary jobs.

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