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The Truth about Exercise

Author Ready, Set, GO! Synergy Fitness

A new study published on the National researchers aren't talking just about obesi- and premature death. Not true, report
Institutes of Health Web site pulls together ty, they mean obesity and being "over- researchers.
a body of previous studies and makes it weight." A new study of 2,000 men over 10
clear that middle-age and older adults Being overweight, which is far less years destroys the low-intensity, walking
should be doing anaerobic exercise -high- than obesity, now accounts for 14 to 20% standard. Researchers show that low-
intensity wind sprints rather than, or in of deaths by cancer, report researchers in a intensity does nothing to prevent death
addition to standard, long, slow cardio major new study. ("Overweight, obesity from heart disease.
like walking. and mortality from cancer in a prospec- Nearly 2,000 men, ages 45 to 59, were
Anaerobic sprinting types of exercise - tively studied cohort of US adults," 2003, tracked for 10 years. Initially, none of the
running, cycling, swimming, cross country Calle). men had any evidence of heart disease.
skiing - are shown by medical researchers This wasn't a small, out-of-context Exercise was performed and measured by
to make the body produce significant study conducted over a few months. Over three levels of intensity: low, moderate
amounts of anti-aging, growth hormone. 900,000 adults were studied for 16 years. and high.
It's no secret that several well-known Researchers estimate that more than Low-intensity included walking and
entertainers take growth hormone (GH) 90,000 cancer deaths each year could be bowling. Golf and dancing qualified as
injections for its bodyfat cutting, muscle avoided if every American maintained a moderate-intensity. Running and swim-
toning, youth rejuvenating properties, but healthy weight. ming were placed in the high-intensity
there can be serious side effects from GH "We estimate that current patterns of category.
injections. overweight and obesity in the U.S. could Of the 252 deaths that occurred during
Unquestionably "natural" account for 14 percent of all deaths from the 10-year study, 75% were linked to
cancer in men and 20 percent of those in heart disease and stroke. And cancer
Natural is always best. And producing women." accounted for 25%.
growth hormone from high-intensity exer- The study also shows that the risk of Conclusion: Walking 30 minutes five
cise is unquestionably "natural." dying from cancer - caused from being times a week is not enough to prevent
Growth hormone injections are given overweight - is 52% greater than men of early death from heart disease. Moderate-
to children with clinical stature growth normal weight. And it's 62% higher for intensity also failed to reduce premature
problems to help them grow normally. women, and all the more reason to start deaths.
Growth hormone does not make adults and maintain a lifestyle that makes fitness Only the highest levels of exercise
grow taller. For middle-aged adults, GH training a priority. intensity lowered death rates.
can reverse several measurable clinical
factors of the middle-age bulge - officially Is low-intensity Solution: add anaerobic
named "the somatopause" by researchers. exercise enough? exercise... wisely
The middle-aged somatopause is signi- Long and slow forms of cardio - like
fied by energy decline, weight gain walking are great ways to begin for some- Be wise. Don't read this and go run a
(around the middle and hips), loss of mus- one who is inactive. But don't be misled. 200-meter sprint full speed. Pulling a
cle and wrinkled skin after age 30. The research is clear. This form of exercise hamstring or killing yourself to improve
Researchers report "aging is often asso- doesn't compare to the benefits of anaero- fitness misses the point.
ciated with a progressive decrease in the bic exercise. We're talking about the differ- Anaerobic exercise is the most produc-
volume and, especially, the intensity of ence between kindergarten and college. tive form of exercise, and it should be a
exercise." A growing body of evidence part of every fitness routine. However,
Low-intensity exercise is absolutely
suggests that higher intensity exercise is anaerobic exercise is also the most danger-
necessary as a starting point, but it needs
effective in eliciting beneficial health, well- ous form of exercise. Physician clearance
to be the starting point and a stepping
being and training outcomes. In a great is a must.
stone that leads to moderate-intensity
many cases, the impact of some of the A progressive build-up program - from
exercise, which in turn, needs to be a step-
deleterious effects of aging could be low, to moderate, to high-intensity - is
ping stone for high-intensity anaerobic
reduced if exercise focused on promoting necessary. The progressive build-up will
exercise-produced growth hormone." help prevent injury, and it will condition
("The exercise-induced growth hor- Lozv-intensity does not prevent and develop the body so you can receive
mone response in athletes," Godfrey, death from heart disease all the benefits from increasing exercise-
Sports Med. 2003;33(8):599-613.2003) induced growth hormone.
For years, the gold standard for exer- Have a great day!
Can you handle the truth about
cise was 30 minutes of activity a day. And
fitness? Here's the truth.
walking for 30 minutes a day was said to
Being overweight causes cancer. The be adequate enough to delay heart disease