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Children’s Exercise Interventions Show Negligible Impact on Obesity

Children’s Exercise Interventions Show Negligible Impact on Obesity

A plethora of previous research has confirmed that the more physically active children are the more they are likely to be of a healthy weight (as measured by BMI) and furthermore the more likely they are to remain active and maintain a healthy weight into adulthood. Not surprisingly this has led to the development of interventions aimed at increasing levels of physical activity in children by providing them with extra exercise sessions during or after school. However according to the ...

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By Ian Duncan

Exercise Helps Reduce Anxiety During Stressful Events

Exercise Helps Reduce Anxiety During Stressful Events

Previous studies have conclusively demonstrated a link between exercise and positive mood, however it wasn’t clear whether these effects endure when we are faced with everyday stressors, outside the gym. More recent research, soon to be published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, found that exercise helps to buffer the effect of emotional exposure. Furthermore, exercise not only reduces anxiety but helps maintain that reduced anxiety when confronted with ...

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By Ian Duncan

Raisins Rival Sports Chews for Boosting Athletic Performance

Raisins Rival Sports Chews for Boosting Athletic Performance

Researchers from California-Davis University compared how natural supplements and commercial carbohydrate supplements impact endurance running performance. The research was published in the Journal of The International Society of Sports Nutrition. The researchers conducted three randomized trials set one week apart. Runners were asked to eat sports chews, raisins, or drink water before exercising. When participants ate sports chews or raisins, they averaged one minute faster ...

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By Ian Duncan

What to look for in a Personal Trainer

What to look for in a Personal Trainer

Finding the right personal trainer can be a challenge. While it’s crucial that any potential candidate is fully qualified, you need to be sure that you are going to enjoy spending time with them – hopefully on a regular basis. Developing a personal, yet professional relationship with your trainer is very important. Trust your instincts. Ask yourself if you think you could get along well with the trainer and whether you think the trainer is genuinely interested in helping yo...

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By Ian Duncan

Physical Training May Slow Cognitive Decline as We Age

Physical Training May Slow Cognitive Decline as We Age

During the study almost 700 participants took part in cognitive testing and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain at age 70, and again at age 73 Questionnaires were used to assess the volunteers' physical activity levels as well as their more cerebral hobbies. Adjustments were made to account for variables like overall health conditions, social class, and age. Study participants who were at least 70 years old and engaged in regular exercise produced MRI scans showing less d...

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By Ian Duncan

Leafy Greens Help Prevent Damage Caused by Physical Training

Leafy Greens Help Prevent Damage Caused by Physical Training

Furthermore eating watercress just two hours before your workout will provide the benefit.  The research was published in the British Journal of Nutrition. There is no doubt that regular exercise has a plethora of physical and mental benefits. However the increased demand places additional stress on the body and can result in ‘normal’ cellular and DNA damage. Research published in the British Journal of Nutrition has shown that simple watercress can help to prevent so...

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By Ian Duncan

Short Burst of Exercise Improves Memory

Short Burst of Exercise Improves Memory

While prior studies have analyzed the effect of regular exercise on cognitive function and health as we age, a new study examines how a short session of intense exercise impacts memory skills. Researchers from UC Irvine's Center for the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory studied people from 50 to 85 years old, some who had minor memory problems and some who did not. Volunteers viewed photographs of nice things, including animals and outdoor nature scenes. Then some were asked to ri...

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By Ian Duncan

Study: Aerobics Beats Resistance Training for Fat and Weight Loss

Study: Aerobics Beats Resistance Training for Fat and Weight Loss

A study out of Duke University Medical Center analyzed the results of aerobic exercise, resistance exercise, and a combination of both in the biggest randomized trial of its kind, using overweight adults who did not have diabetes. Research Previous studies of aerobics like swimming, walking, and running have proven its effectiveness in losing weight. In recent years, resistance exercises like weightlifting have been touted as a good way to build muscle and improve metabolism, resultin...

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By Ian Duncan

International Society of Sports Nutrition Releases Position on Energy Drinks

International Society of Sports Nutrition Releases Position on Energy Drinks

However many consumers are questioning the associated health claims and also the effects when it comes to exercise and regular consumption. The International Society of Sports Nutrition evaluated available scientific literature to make recommendations about energy drinks and to address exercise performance and safety. It is important to note the differences between sports drinks, energy shots, and energy drinks. Sports drinks are designed to rehydrate and usually contain carbohydrates...

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By Ian Duncan

Business Help for PTs

Business Help for PTs

The beginning of a new year is always a good time for fitness professionals. Deborah Arthurs from the Daily Mail reported last week that around 95% of the UK population will make a New Year's Resolution come January.  The three most common resolutions are to lose weight, to get fit and eat more healthily. The fourth most common resolution is to save more money / spend less. The Personal Trainer who can deliver cost effective and time efficient ways for people to lose weight, ...

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By Ian Duncan

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