I’m not surprised.
“Resistance exercise training significantly reduced depressive symptoms among adults regardless of health status, total prescribed volume of resistance exercise training, or significant improvements in strength.”
Source: Association of Efficacy of Resistance Exercise Training With Depressive Symptoms: Meta-analysis and Meta-regression Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials | Depressive Disorders | JAMA Psychiatry | JAMA Network
Not that serious…yet
Seriously athletic folks, particularly those in sports with high aerobic demand, should avoid these BP drug classes:
- Diuretics (they predispose to dehydration)
- Beta blockers (they may decrease exercise tolerance via slowing of heart rate)
Better choices for athletes are:
- Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs)
- Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs)
- long-acting dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers
These latter drugs are not likely to affect athletic performance or cause other complications. If you can’t figure out which class of drug you take, ask your physician or pharmacist.
Steve Parker, M.D.
From The New York Times:
It is a question that plagues all who struggle with weight: Why do some of us manage to keep off lost pounds, while others regain them?
Now, a study of 14 participants from the “Biggest Loser” television show provides an answer: physical activity — and much more of it than public health guidelines suggest.
On average, those who managed to maintain a significant weight loss had 80 minutes a day of moderate activity, like walking, or 35 minutes a day of vigorous exercise, like running.
My patients taught me this lesson years ago.
She’ll lose muscle fibers if she gets too sedentary as she ages
“Our lab and others have shown repeatedly that older muscles will grow and strengthen,” says Marcas Bamman, a professor of integrative biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In his studies, men and women in their 60s and 70s who began supervised weight training developed muscles that were as large and strong as those of your average 40-year-old.”
Source: Can You Regain Muscle Mass After Age 60? – The New York Times
Dr. Bamman says older folks (over 60?) don’t add new muscle fibers like young’uns do. But an effective exercise program will cause hypertrophy (growth) of the existing muscle fibers. “Effectiveness” probably depends on exhausting muscle groups during weigh training.
Of course, he’s right. Click the link below for his reasons.
“Strength – as well as a tolerance for childish nonsense – is the thing we all lose as we age. Squatting down, standing back up, putting things overhead, pulling things up the driveway, loading the groceries, wrestling with the grandkids, teaching the dog who’s boss, mowing the yard, putting the broken lawnmower in the truck again: simple physical tasks we took for granted years ago are often problems for older, weaker people, as well as a source of potential injury that can be expensive and debilitating.
For most of us, this happens because of inactivity. If you do not use your muscles to produce enough force to convince them to maintain their ability to do so, it shouldn’t be surprising that they become less capable of doing it. And walking, running, riding a bicycle – physical activities whose performance is not limited by strength for even moderately active people – cannot increase or even maintain strength.”
Source: Strength Training for People My Age | Mark Rippetoe
From a recent meta-analysis:
“In conclusion, there is no evidence that currently available interventions are able to increase physical activity among overweight or obese children. This questions the contribution of physical activity to the treatment of overweight and obesity in children in the studied interventions and calls for other treatment strategies.”
Source: Effectiveness of interventions on physical activity in overweight or obese children: a systematic review and meta-analysis including studies with o… – PubMed – NCBI
For weight loss in overweight and obese children, you have to focus on diet modification. Same as adults.
It’s well known among experts but not the hoi poloi that some folks don’t respond to exercise programs with an increase in fitness. And if you’re not responding, your exercise program may be a massive waste of time.
Check out this article at NYT:
“These data suggest that “there is no one-size-fits-all approach to exercise,” says Brendon Gurd, an associate professor of kinesiology at Queen’s University who oversaw the study. “But it does seem as if there is some size that fits everyone.”
The question is how to determine which form of exercise best fits you [endurance versus high-intensity interval training].
The answer, Dr. Gurd says, is simple trial and error.”
Read the article for a three-week test that may tell you which is best for you.