Skip to comments.The Power of a Daily Bout of Exercise
Posted on 12/06/2013 12:17:51 PM PST by nickcarraway
This week marks the start of the annual eat-too-much and move-too-little holiday season, with its attendant declining health and surging regrets. But a well-timed new study suggests that a daily bout of exercise should erase or lessen many of the injurious effects, even if you otherwise lounge all day on the couch and load up on pie.
To undertake this valuable experiment, which was published online in The Journal of Physiology, scientists at the University of Bath in England rounded up a group of 26 healthy young men. All exercised regularly. None were obese. Baseline health assessments, including biopsies of fat tissue, confirmed that each had normal metabolisms and blood sugar control, with no symptoms of incipient diabetes.
The scientists then asked their volunteers to impair their laudable health by doing a lot of sitting and gorging themselves.
Energy surplus is the technical name for those occasions when people consume more energy, in the form of calories, than they burn. If unchecked, energy surplus contributes, as we all know, to a variety of poor health outcomes, including insulin resistance often the first step toward diabetes and other metabolic problems.
Overeating and inactivity can each, on its own, produce an energy surplus. Together, their ill effects are exacerbated, often in a very short period of time. Earlier studies have found that even a few days of inactivity and overeating spark detrimental changes in previously healthy bodies.
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really bad back?
exercise your freaking STOMACH.
Weird as heck —really works for me, though. I can’t believe how much this is helping me.
For YEARS and years I endured life-changing back pain. “Exercise your back..!” —some docs told me this, and it seemed logical. So I did. And it didn’t help AT ALL, and I’m sure motivated.
RIGHT AFTER I started really exercising my stomach, my TERRIBLE back pain started going away.
Don’t waste your life.
Drum Corps BookMark ;)
At my gym, there are a few of us who work out every day. Our leader has over 800 days in a row; I’m still working on my first year.
It does seem to work.
One word: planking.
I exercise my rights.
Hey, I exercise - I get up from the couch and go to the fridge for a beer.
Ha ha. Obama just told me you have no rights.
This is the time of year I really start getting into shape. “Round” is a shape, right?
are you joking?
Can you briefly describe the exercises? I’m trying to picture how to exercise one’s stomach without engaging the back, too. Thanks!
Nope. try it - it's more difficult than it seems. Can't be beat for strengthening the core and can be done practically anywhere, anytime.
I did a lot of the therapeutic exercises I saw on DVD’s, etc., and almost none of them helped me much —I got very discouraged.
Then in the gym I sat in something that looks like a chair; you could hang weights off the back and perform something vaguely like a “weighted sitting sit-up”:
Sitting in this chair —of sorts— handles slightly in front of and above my shoulders permitted me to pull down against weighted resistance.
Meanwhile my feet in this seated position were tucked behind pads below. Via feet lifting action I could elevate my legs.
I think it’s called a Roman Chair, or something?
Within 2 days my verrrrry long history of horrible back pain went down about 50% or more. It’s continuing to drop as I add more weight in this same exercise.
I cannot get enough of this.
Tomorrow morning I’ll look at the name of the machine and the company so I can post a photo, if there is one hosted online of this suckah.
ok I’ll try it —I saw a bunch of kids horsing around with it.
Suddenly I have hope, again, so...I’ll try anything.
I’m on my NordicTrac bike right now hitting 25 miles.
Blood pressure and cholesterol are down since I started a year ago and I’ve lost a lot of weight—from a 42” waist to 36”.
But it’s really hard. Instead of sitting in a comfortable chair, I’m three feet away from it, on a wide padded bike seat, lgs going round and round, watching TV and tapping my Kindle.
Not trying to be holier, just saying: get a jump on the New Year. If it’s what you want. You can do it too. Whew...
“bout” of exercise?
Is it me, or is the English language collapsing before our very eyes?
Thank you so much!
What model bike do you have
yes, I’m shopping for one
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