This New York Times article Well: Can You Get Fit in Six Minutes a Week? asks the question:
high intensity exercise
A recent study of older adults trying to lose weight compared those who dieted, those who just exercised, and those who dieted plus exercised. From this Science News article Older People Who Diet Without Exercising Lose Valuable Muscle Mass some findings:
· Exercise group drew more on fat stores as the source of their body’s fuel.
· Diet-only group’s weight loss resulted from a loss of both muscle and fat.
My father had a couple of nasty falls; twice he banged his head pretty badly. We did not know it at the time, but the consequences of falling were more serious than we thought. My father became forgetful. It kind of flew under the radar for a while until it could no longer be ignored or denied. He underwent a series of tests.
For those who can't seem to stick to an exercise program there is an exercise program that will produce positive changes and it does not require hours in the gym. Start by finding out what is the least amount of exercise that will produce the most change instead of seeing how much exercise you can withstand. Add to that modest dietary changes and engage in recreational activities you enjoy. This is a siimple formula anyone can follow.
From this article, 75 Percent of U.S. Adults Will Be Overweight by 2015, Study Says:
"The waistlines of Americans continue to grow and a new study estimates that by 2015, 75 percent of adults will be overweight and 41 percent will be obese".
"The percentage of adults in the U.S. that were obese increased from 13 percent in the 1960s to 32 percent in 2004".
“For decades, health experts have been at odds about how much exercise actually makes a difference on stress and anxiety. Most of them agree that a moderate to low amount of regular exercise can ease anxiety. But the latest research from the University of Missouri in Columbia shows that high-intensity exercise is the best way to go.”
Q: What is exercise intensity?
A: In simplest terms, it's how hard an exercise is at a point in time. The technical definition is the level of momentary exertion during exercise.
Q: Why is it important?
A: Exercise of sufficient intensity is necessary to stimulate the body to make a change. When the body is worked beyond what it is equipped to handle, the body adapts as a form of self-protection.