Week of April 3, 2011

Here’s your Sunday blog on a Monday.  I simply ran out of hours last night while grading papers, I looked like this . . .

Me Last Night . . . I feel energized today, watch out!

Week in Review

Last week consisted of a sock-only workout and chariot runs…uphill. I’m glad to see that people are investing in jump ropes.  Thank you Amanda, our resident PE teacher, for donating jump ropes to this crazy group!!  See you all tonight (Monday and Thursday).  Also, I will see all of the 100 Challengers tomorrow evening (Tuesday) from 7-9pm!!

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Finally, the Fountain of Youth

Research continues to confirm that the ever-elusive fountain of youth has been right infront of us (inside of us) the whole time.  Yes, gosh darnit, it’s fitness, movement, exercise!!!  There’s no pill, tuck, or injection, just plain ‘ole get-your-butt-in-gear activity. 

Here’s excerpts from short articles on the fountain of youth . . . IT’S NEVER TOO LATE, PLEASE PASS THIS ON!

Source: http://www.cbass.com/Exercise_FountainofYouth.htm

You have to be willing to swallow the exercise pill regularly in order to enjoy the benefits. If you’re waiting for the Viagra of exercise, forget about it. You’re likely to be waiting a very long time.

A new study found that people who walked briskly for 45 minutes, five days a week over 12 to 15 weeks had fewer and less severe colds. “The subjects reduced their number of sick days 25% to 50% compared with sedentary control subjects,” The Journal reported.  

The new study, published online November 30, 2009, in the journal Circulation, found that middle-aged athletes with a history of continuous, intense endurance exercise since their youth had cells that look decades younger than non-exercising peers.

A study from Israel, featured in Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter and reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine (September 14, 2009), shows that you’re never too old to benefit from exercise. People over 70 lived longer and better if they exercise at least four hours a week. Amazingly, the longevity edge was greatest for subjects 85 and over.

The researchers found that cardiovascular fitness was linked to higher intelligence and better educational achievement; it also appeared to raise occupational status. Specifically, cardiovascular fitness between age 15 and 18 predicted cognitive performance at 18. Looking forward, fitness level at 18 predicted educational achievements and socioeconomic status later in life.

It has been known for sometime that exercise stimulates the creation of brain cells (neurons), but not how these neurons might be functionally different than other brain cells. The ingenious study found that the exercise-induced brain cells are calm in the face of a stressful experience.

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