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Strong Women Live Well

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The educational institute at our fitness center featured a lecture today by Miriam Nelson, author of Strong Women Stay Young, as well as other books on weight training.

Although she was "preaching to the choir", she did have some interesting things to say.

Most of you probably know that weight training prevents osteoporosis. Muscle in its sedentary state will also burn a significantly higher amount than fat, so weight training can raise your metabolic rate. People who ONLY engage in high intensity aerobic activity without strength training, may eventually begin to burn muscle, and end up LOWERING their metabolic rate! Is'nt it ironic, don't ya think?

Americans have been gaining an average of 10 lbs. every decade, in addition to losing about 3 lbs of muscle, which means we are actually gaining 13 lbs. of fat!! UGH!!!

Any sort of physical activity practiced reguarly may prevent alzheimers. Hmmmmm!

Athletic women who are so slim that they have irregular cycles, are prone to stress fractures, and may have osteoporosis in their EARLY 20S!!!!

Strength training programs can be helpful in controlling diabetes.

High protein diets may be detrimental to bone.

Now here's something interesting. We lose 2-4% bone density in the winter, which is gained back in the summer. I asked if people who practice winter sports are immune to this. The jury is still out. It has not yet been determined if this occurs because people are less active in the winter, or if lack of sunlight decreases vitamin D. But skiers are often out in sunlight.

Someone should do a study on bone density in skiers during winter. Hmmmmm
post #2 of 7
So is it just being in the sun that gives you more Vitamin D, or does more of your skin have to be exposed to get the benefits?
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I've been on the couch mainlining M&M's for 2 months. Are you suggesting I go to the gym?
post #4 of 7
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AW come on! There's NO WAY I believe that!
post #5 of 7
No need.
Just move the couch outside.

Here is my logic:
If you've been on M&Ms, then you may have increased in size. This increase in size may lead to a greater surface area of skin available to absorb sunlight. The sunlight will help for the Vitamin D thing.
As a side benefit, if M&Ms contain real milk chocolate (and not some substitute) then the milk in the chocolate will help provide you with calcium, which is found in... bones.

I don't believe going to the gym will help, and it will hurt your self esteem to realise what a baloon you've become compared with all the other lythe bodies exercising there. Think of the fun you have on the couch, and you don't even work up a sweat.

What more could you ask for, fatso?

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I am a firm believer that strong women stay young. I have done weight training for nearly 20 years, and most people do not realise how 'old' I am. I think a strong body is a young body, if a body is 'challenged' it continues to grow and replace cells. I started weights 20 years ago and did no cardio - I built muscle but was fat. So I started doing aerobics only, I lost some weight but I was not toned. So for the last 10 years I have done a combination of weights and cardio, and have found the ideal combination for me. We all have lazy weeks, but when you do something regularly your body responds quickly after a break. Muscle memory is a wonderful thing.

You've certainly got to find a happy medium though, excessive exercise makes people look old. I always think female marathon runners looks tired and weary, definitely not healthy.

[ May 22, 2002, 04:19 AM: Message edited by: julie from nz ]
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Paul Chek used to talk about "Chunky Aerobics Instructor" syndrome, instructors that do cardio but no weights. They end up burning their muscle, and lowering their metabolic rate.
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