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Running is the fountain of youth?

24 Jul

OK, maybe that’s a bold statement, but there is scientific evidence that aerobic exercise can keep you looking younger. The study comes from Canada’s McMaster University. The study found that vigorous exercise reduced all the signs of aging in lab mice. It comes down to changes in mitochondria. If you want to geek out (like I do) with more detailed info, check out page 19 in the July 2011 issue of Competitor Magazine.

In short, the fit person’s mitochondria can kick the non-fit person’s mitochondria’s butt!

Presidential Fitness Challenge

23 Jul

I challenge you to join my #PresidentialChallenge (PALA) group. 6-8 weeks of at least 30 minutes of activity for 5 or 6 days. Beginners to endurance athletes, everyone can make this a challenge for themselves. Follow the link to find my group. NO EXCUSES…what are you waiting for? Sign up!

Being "active" doesn’t need to be a huge time investment

20 Jul

Tight on time and feel like you NEED an hour to invest in your workout? You can still be active and healthy by investing the time you have available in being active.

Have only 10 minutes to spare and no gym equipment?
-Split the 10 minutes into a warm up (ex. jog in place), conditioning (ex. body weight squats and push-ups) and a stretch (ex. Down Dog pose).
-Warm up with some easy cardio and then do a few cardio intervals (ex. Tabata intervals – 20 seconds all out, then 10 seconds of rest for 6-8 rounds), stretch (ex. calf stretch if you ran for your intervals).
-A quick walk around the office building.

Think about your environment and what you have at your disposal to use what little time you have wisely. Now, go get active!