With the news of SurveyMonkey CEO David Goldberg’s accidental death on a treadmill, we are reminded that there are risks to exercise, particularly when using gym equipment. Because a treadmill is powered by a motor, rather than self-propelled, accidents can happen, especially when people lose their balance. Injuries can include bruises, sprains, broken bones, concussions, and sometimes, even death.
While the Consumer Products Safety Commission reported over 24,000 emergency room visits associated with treadmills in the United States in 2014, deaths are rare. That said, it’s important for people to know their physical limits and keep safety in mind when using a treadmill.
“On those days when you can’t walk or run outside due to heat, cold, or rain, treadmill exercise can offer the same benefits plus the added benefit of being able to add hill-specific workouts and pacing strategies,” advises Chris Eschbach, PhD, director of the Human Performance Laboratory at Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C.
Treadmill Training and Safety Tips
Exercise can help you lose weight, make your bones and muscles stronger, relieve depression
A man’s fitness level may be more important for his overall health than his body weight, a novel finding that runs counter to conventional wisdom.
A new study appearing online Dec. 5 in the journal Circulation finds that improving or even just maintaining your fitness level can help you live longer, regardless of whether your body weight has stayed the same or even gone up.
“We all tend to assume that it’s weight loss and obesity and seeing a change in pounds that is having the true effect on overall cardiovascular disease and, ultimately, mortality,” said Dr. Tara Narula, a cardiologist with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. “For these researchers to draw the conclusion that really it’s fitness that may have more of an impact than seeing actual changes in pounds, that’s big news.”
Given that two-thirds of the U.S. population are overweight or obese, the observation could change the way millions approach health.
A new study shows that age-related differences in brain health — specifically the strength of connections between different regions of the brain — vary with fitness level in older adults. The findings suggest that greater cardiorespiratory fitness — a measure of aerobic endurance — relates to stronger brain connections and likely improves long-term brain function in aging populations.
The study results are reported in the journal NeuroImage.
Michelle Voss led the study while a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois with Beckman Institute director Arthur Kramer and kinesiology and community health professor Edward McAuley. Voss now is an assistant professor at the University of Iowa.
“Our study provides the strongest evidence to date that fitness in an older adult population can have substantial benefits to brain health in terms of the functional connections of different regions of the brain,” Kramer said.
There are many ways to measure brain health across the lifespan. One popular technique measures the strength of connections between different parts of the brain while the person is completing a task or during wakeful rest. The latter is known as resting-state functional connectivity. Research has shown that some of these connections weaken with increasing age and indicate deteriorating
So you weigh yourself on the scales and realizethat you have to do something or you’re not going to be able to zip your jeans up soon. You want to start a fitness plan. These suggestions are valuable in beginning your fitness plan safely.
Seek the Advice of Your Doctor
Before you start any fitness plan, verify with your physician. Your physician knows what your overall health level is at and will tell you what workouts you can and shouldn’t do. Comply with your medical doctor’s guidance.
Professional athletes did not begin out that way. They started gradually and worked their way up to exactly where they are at nowadays. You are required to begin your new exercising routine gradually and work your way up as well. Practice to warm up and cool down to prevent injuries.
Invite a Friend
It is challenging to commit oneself to a fitness routine. Grab a buddy and you are going to be far more most likely to continue with your routine and stick it out. Your buddy can act as your accountability partner and you can act as your pals -partner. Working out with each other can each make it through.
When beginning your fitness routine one of
Many people today are looking to cardio fitness equipment to accomplish their workout goals. Everyone wants the “best” machine to burn the most calories in the least amount of time.
To accomplish this goal, users often evaluate and try multiple pieces of equipment. But, instead of looking for the top solution, you should realize it’s often not the choice of cardio fitness equipment but the workout intensity that will deliver the best results.
Results from Interval Training
Users often use interval training to maximize cardio sessions. Interval training refers to breaking up your workout session with alternate periods of high-intensity. Instead of jumping on a treadmill, for example, and walking at one speed for 30 minutes, you’d break up your walk with short, more intensive spurts of walking fast or running.
It’s important to include a recovery period after the high-intensity period. Different approaches to interval training might include different exercise to recovery ratios. In other words, a one-to-one ratio would mean you run for two minutes on a treadmill and walk for two minutes.
Everyone, from professional athletes to novices, can use interval training to help jump-start workouts and get quicker results from their cardio fitness equipment. You can adjust your exercise to recovery
The first thing you can do about it is relax! There’s nothing wrong with getting red — or even fuschia — in the face.
When you exercise, capillaries in your face and throughout your body dilate and blood flows through them in an effort to move the heat your body is generating to the skin’s surface, where it can be radiated off. This effort helps to keep you cool while you work out, but it can also make your skin look flushed — especially in the face.
“Patients who get pink in the face following exercise usually have more superficial blood vessels in the skin of the cheeks and chin,” Dr. James Marotta, a dual board certified facial plastic surgeon in practice in Long Island, NY tells HuffPost Healthy Living. “The result is that temporarily more blood is flowing through these superficial vessels resulting in a pink or ruddy complexion.”
But Dr. Naila Malik, a dermatologist in practice
After a chubby tummy and thick thighs, flabby upper arms are the next most-hated body part on the list for many women.
And while we don’t condone keeping a list of body parts you’d like to change, we do have some good news about your arms. Because your body stores less fat in your arms than in other spots, it’s relatively easy to change their shape for the better. This means that though June is upon us, if you eat well and perform fat-burning cardio exercises, you still have time to be strutting your stuff in tank tops and strapless dresses well before Labor Day.
How to Tone Your Arms
To find the most effective exercises to tone your upper arms, the fitness experts at the American Council on Exercise turned to researchers at the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, to determine which moves target triceps most effectively. Researchers tested eight triceps exercises on 15 healthy females between the ages of 20 and 24. All participants had previous weight-training experience to ensure the use of proper form.
Participants lifted 70 percent of their one-rep max seven
As it happens, many if not most of the boomeritis complaints I see in my office, including rotator cuff injuries and low-back pain, aren’t the result of sports injuries. Rather, they occur in people who are just going about daily chores, like bending over to strap a child into a car seat or picking up a bag of groceries. While some of these injuries are simply the result of weak core muscles and poor flexibility, I also see these problems occurring in the fittest of my patients — or at least the ones that look to be the fittest.
This gets me to another important point. Many people who think they’re doing smart workouts may be doing themselves more harm than good. Conventional strength training, sometimes called classic gym, can be counterproductive because it tends to isolate muscle groups and train them in a manner that is not naturally functional. In other words, the workout does not mimic everyday human activities, and it usually neglects the core muscles. The result is muscles that may look good in the mirror or on the beach but aren’t much help when it comes to injury prevention or performing active sports
Exercise appears less likely to prevent obesity among black teenage girls than their white peers, a new study shows.
British researchers who gauged the effect of exercise on more than 1,100 girls, aged 12 to 14, surmised that black teen girls may be less sensitive than white teen girls to the effects of physical activity to prevent obesity.
“Higher levels of physical activity were associated with lower risk of obesity among white girls but not among black girls,” wrote study authors James White and Russell Jago.
This is of concern because obesity rates are increasing at a greater rate among black teen girls than other U.S. youths, putting them at greater risk for heart disease, according to background information in the study. Black American girls were 80 percent more likely than white girls to be overweight in 2007-2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health reported. And about four out of five black American women are overweight or obese.