Now that we are on the push for higher fitness goals, we have mindfulness and are taking note that everywhere we look, there are good resources. For those among us who take any excuse not just to exercise or eat better, today we have some additional research and some righteous reasons to persist.
Disease Prevention and Endorphin Levels to Begin
Aerobic exercise has been shown to aid in the prevention of the two biggest debilitating health issues: diabetes and heart disease. But what kinds of exercise are best?
A recent article published in the Journal of Applied Physiology might have the answer. A group of researchers from the Technical University of Madrid and La Paz University Hospital set out to measure whether the type of exercise—endurance training, strength training, strength plus endurance training or simply following government recommendations for weekly activity goals—combined with diet made a significant difference on body weight and body composition.
Ninety-six obese subjects ranging in age from 18 to 50 went through a 22-week supervised program. The results showed that when adhered to alongside a hypocaloric diet–eating less calories than you burn–different exercise training programs (endurance, strength, or their combination) or “physical activity recommendations are equally efficient in terms of improving body weight and body composition variables in obesity management.” Good news here, just do it.
Skin Improvement and Exercise
Another science program conducted by researchers at McMaster University in Ontario, found that exercising has a positive effect on slowing skin aging. Women have for years been looking for the magic bullet in serums and cosmetics when exercise can help to slow time. The scientists used two groups and one didn’t exercise at all; the other completed minimum three hours per week. Skin biopsies showed that the active group’s outer layer of skin was thinner than the others (it usually gets thicker, drier and denser with age). But now the inner layers, which have a lot to do with elasticity, were firmer.
Gene Shaping and Exercise
We’ve known, or at least have been told that exercising has an elevating effect on our mood. But a new study from the Lund University in Sweden found that six months of moderate exercise, remodeled the subject’s genes that were linked to obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Apparently atoms attach to DNA and send signals to cells in the body, essentially shutting the gene on or off.
There are other studies and many more good reasons to exercise and we will present those over a series of months. We just wanted you to have a dose of good news and a reason to leave the house for a run, hit the spinning class, or just to walk the neighborhood.