Practice News and Calendar (March 2012)
Dear Practice Friends,
I’ve been listening to an audiobook of the recently published The End of Illness by David B. Agus, M.D. In it, he reviews the history of research on the effects of exercise on health. I was shocked to learn that the first study, actually looking at the risks of heart disease in British transportation workers, happened only as early as 1953. Experimental research, starting first with the effects of running, didn’t take off until the 1970’s. And the research on the effects of resistance training on health is less than twenty five years old.
Thankfully, the field has grown significantly, evidenced in part by the presence of a slew of articles from the New York Times in the right hand column on the postive effects of exercise on health that appeared in February. Agus goes so far as to describe exercise as the “only proven fountain of youth,” a provocative claim, but one the research continues to support. Agus also reviews studies on the impact of physical inactivity, research that is equally as significant.
I admit, I am biased, though I selected this field partly because the research supports it. I believe it’s vital that we remain well informed, even when the research refutes or reverses common understandings, precisely because it’s our health. For that reason I will continue favor posting research related articles in the Practice newsletter over recipes or surveys of fitness trends.
It seems that Spring is here, which provides us with many opportunities for walks (and runs) outside. Go for it! Thank you again for all your support, and also a warm welcome goes out to our new practitioners in February:
Bill Almoney, Amanda Creech, Elaine Gounaris, Ron Caper, Don Ruegsegger, and Kelly West.
Monthly Class Calendar and 2012 Rates
Our Wednesday 30 Minute TRX class will be discontinued for the Spring.
First Four Festival Begins March 11
The Road to the Final Four® begins in Dayton, Ohio, with the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship First Four® games on March 13 and 14 at the University of Dayton Arena.
As part of the festivities around the event, the Dayton Local Organizing Committee for the First Four is proud to announce the inaugural NCAA First Four Festival – Dayton on March 11 in Dayton’s Historic Oregon District, including the “First Four Miler” run. Click on the logo below for information, tickets to the games, and to register for the run!
Research: How Exercise Fuels the Brain
From the Well blog at the New York Times website, Tara Parker Pope shares some fascinating research on how glycogen is absorbed by the brain following exercise.
Research: Workouts May Not Be the Best Time for a Snack
Does taking in gel packs or energy bars during exercise improve performance? Advertisers would say yes and there is a trend present, but what does the research say? Read on!
From the NY TImes Well blog by Tara Parker-Pope:
Research: Exercise as Housecleaning for the Body
Also from the NY TImes Well blog, Ms. Parker-Pope share some research that “suggests that the ability of exercise to speed the removal of garbage from inside our body’s cells may be one of its most valuable, if least visible, effects.”
Research: How 1-Minute Intervals Can Improve Your Health
Gretchen Reynolds, writing for the Well blog of the NY times, reviews recent research on low-volume, high-intensity interval training and its effect on cardiovascular health: