Be Beautiful at all (Healthy) Costs

More than 1,500 ACE-certified Professionals responded to a request for the most pervasive myths and misconceptions about exercise.

Here are their top six responses.
1. Women who lift weights will get bulky muscles. 2. Spot reducing is possible. 3. No pain, no gain. 4. Exercise requires a hefty time commitment. 5. If you exercise, you can eat whatever you want. 6. There’s a magic bullet (quick fix) out there somewhere.
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How Much Water is Too Much?

While dehydration is a more common concern for exercisers, some experts think the public should be aware of the danger of drinking too much water, which can lead to a potentially fatal condition called hyponatremia.
Characterized by an abnormally low blood concentration of sodium, it is most often seen at extremely high-endurance events such as ultra-marathons.
Hyponatremia is more common among women than men, and was responsible for the death of a 43-year-old woman running in the Chicago (...)

Dont Skip Breakfast to Cut Calories

When it comes to cutting calories, breakfast is often the first thing to go.
But new research suggests that people who are successful at losing weight – and, more importantly, keeping it off – eat breakfast every day.
Researchers from the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver analyzed data on nearly 3,000 people who had lost, on average, 70 pounds and kept it off for a year or more.
Study subjects were enrolled in the National Weight Control (...)

Build Your Muscles, Build Your Brain

An active lifestyle has benefits beyond the body. A new study suggests that being active can stimulate brain cell growth and lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
German researchers put 30 adult female mice in an ’’enriched environment’’ that included toys, a running wheel and unlimited food and water for 10 months.
Compared to mice kept in cages, the active mice grew five times more new brain cells and showed fewer sign of age-related brain degeneration. They also were more (...)

Resistance Training Effectively Trims Ab Flab in Women

There’s no doubt about it – resistance training is a great way for both men and women to increase strength, reduce overall body fat and, especially in the case of older adults, improve their ability to perform everyday tasks.
But elderly women may have a slight advantage when it comes to trimming their waistlines.
A new study suggests that women who follow a basic resistance-training program can expect to lose more fat from their midsections than their male workout partners.
Dr. Gary R. (...)