Most people experience muscle soreness 24 to 48 hours after a new exercise program. Individuals have tried everything from massage, ultrasound and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) such as ibuprofen and aspirin to help reduce muscle soreness. Oral NSAID drugs are the most commonly used anti-inflammatory but may have gastrointestinal side effects. A topical (medication applied directly to the skin) anti-inflammatory version of ibuprofen was recently tested to determine if it decreases muscle soreness. It is thought that the topical application would eliminate the gastrointestinal side effects associated with oral ibuprofen. The study “Effects of Ibuprofen Topical Gel on Muscle Soreness”
Ears – 49 calories Head – 82 calories Tail – 11 calories Legs – 279 calories Body – 537 calories The total calorie cost of eating a 5.5 inch tall (6 ounces) solid chocolate bunny? 958 calories!!!! Hope your Easter is a physically active one! Statistics courtesy of USA Today Snapshots®, April 2, 2010.
The Mandometer: the next weight loss gadget to come and go or a tool that can really help? Researchers in the United Kingdom argue that when used in combination with standard lifestyle modification (physical activity and balanced food choices) this feedback device that retrains eating behaviors can be a useful tool to treat obesity (in their tested population – adolescents). What is the Mandometer? The Mandometer is an electronic scale (developed at the Mandometer Clinic, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden) that one places underneath his/her plate. The scale weighs the food and as he/she eats it monitors his/her rate of consumption.
Weight rooms continue to add new machines and tools to allow exercisers to work out in a variety of ways. Most weight rooms have many different machines and exercises that can work the upper body. The bench press, works the pectoralis major, triceps barchii and anterior deltoid, with stabilization by the medial deltoid. A variety of equipment and a large number of options such as a free weight bench press, seated chest press, or Smith Machine bench press can be used to perform a bench press exercise. But how do these machines and exercises fare in regards to last week’s
You probably saw the media coverage earlier this week about the study that has determined that super-sizing may have been going on a lot longer than we thought. For a millennium to be exact. Drs. Brian and Craig Wansink (they are brothers) studied over 50 paintings of the Last Supper that were painted between the years of 1000-2000 AD1. They picked the Last Supper because they said, “it is the most famously depicted dinner of all time.” Using the size of Jesus Christ’s and the Apostles’ heads a size reference, the researchers used computer aided design software to measure the
Training on unstable surfaces such as stability balls and balance boards continues to gain popularity. Exercises on unstable surfaces are often promoted to improve balance and challenge core stability more than traditional resistance training using free weights and machines. However, scientific proof that training on unstable surfaces is superior to traditional resistance training performed on stable surfaces, such as a bench, is lacking. Given that most activities of daily living are performed on stable rather than unstable surfaces, it is important to determine whether exercising on unstable surfaces transfers to improvements in activities performed on stable surfaces. One group of
Last week we introduced you to the concept that changing the prices of foods via taxes or subsidies appears to change food purchasing habits and presumably, what people eat. We also touched on the fact that soda is being singled out for tax hikes in places like New York and Philadelphia. The thinking is, “Tax it and people will drink less. Less soda means fewer calories taken in. Fewer calories means reduced body weight. Reduced body weight means less obesity. Less obesity means fewer health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. Fewer diseases means savings in healthcare costs.” Or
Researchers are discovering that resistance training in overweight and obese children and adolescents is having multiple positive effects. For starters it is increasing their time spent in physical activity. It is lowering their body fat, improving their bone density, and increasing their sensitivity to insulin.1 But, there is more. In a 16 weeks study in which youth participated in progressive resistance training, there was also a 96% adherence rate.2 This is key because identifying activities that they like and can excel in is important for our youth to adopt a lifestyle of regular physical activity. Also psychosocial wellbeing was improved. Part
There’s a big beverage brouhaha brewing in New York state. It has nothing to do with coffee or beer. A proposed tax on soda is at the center of this storm. Local (e.g., Philadelphia) and state governments such as New York are looking to raise revenues and reduce waistlines by taxing sweetened beverages. The proposed taxes range from 12 to 24 cents per 12-ounce container. As expected, soda manufacturers are all afizz over this development. We won’t opine about whether or not taxing soda is worthy public health idea. We’ll save that for another blog on another day. But there
You may be aware that March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the third most common diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, almost 150,000 new cases of colorectal cancer were diagnosed and approximately 50,000 people died from the disease last year. Despite these statistics, unlike some cancers, colorectal cancer is highly preventable and can be detected early through proper screening. And what do you think one of the most important prevention tools is? That’s right—physical activity.