Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin
Whether because exercise makes us hungry or because we want to reward ourselves, many people eat more — and eat more junk food, like doughnuts — after going to the gym.
. The hoops adults use to dance
and perform tricks
are larger and heavier than the children's toy called the Hula Hoop
. As hooping becomes more popular, people across the States and across the world are pushing the boundaries of dance
with a simple, easily made tool. Hooping for pleasure
, and meditation
is becoming a phenomenon. There's even a documentary
. [more inside]
are adding antioxidant vitamins to transcend their caloric nature
and appear "healthy". Antioxidants
defend against reactive oxygen species
, which are purported to be causative agents in aging and cancer
. However, a recent study has shown
that supplementation with large amounts of antioxidant vitamins negates many of the beneficial effects of exercise
Mistress Krista says: Only YOU can stop gym dorkery! Stumptuous
, one of AskMe's favourite fitness sites, has both a spiffy new design and a bunch of new content (Why your excuses are crap
; Lies in the gym
; Things you should not lift if you want to look like Madonna
). Beginners will find plenty of smart and blunt
information about eating
and refining a training program
, avoiding and recovering from injuries
, and developing a home gym one way
. But Stumptuous has also extended its domain to YouTube
. Part of the original Dork to Diva web series on correct technique
is now up at YT (deadlifts
; biceps curl
) thanks to the support of The Prevention of Gym Idiocy Society (Ladies' Auxiliary), but you can also find some more unorthodox exercise ideas
Inspired by the Natural Method of Georges Hébert
and trained in Parkour, Frenchman Erwan Le Corre has developed his own curious brand of back-to-nature physical fitness training called MovNat
. As this awesome/humorous video
shows, MovNat basically consists of running around in the woods, climbing trees, jumping over and under obstacles, swimming, and moving heavy objects. [more inside]
"At Stanford University two sales representatives from Nike were watching the athletics team practise. Part of their job was to gather feedback from the company's sponsored runners about which shoes they preferred. Unfortunately, it was proving difficult that day as the runners all seemed to prefer... nothing
" - from Christopher McDougall's forthcoming book "Born to Run
" which looks at the story the growth of the $20 billion running shoe industry. Starting form Bill Bowerman
in 1972 onwards runners have seen a steady flow of innovations to improve performance and reduce injury rates. Only it would appear they may not work
. By way of contrast the book includes coverage of the Mexican Tarahumara tribe
who run ultramarathons with shoes made from car tyres on their feet
developed the "Five Basic Exercises" or 5BX
program for the Royal Canadian Air force in the late 50s. Apart from the primary aim of getting people into shape it was designed to be simple to perform, to work on all the body, to require nothing in terms of special equipment or large spaces, to accommodate enough progression to cater for reformed couch potato and budding athlete alike and to fit into a time slot of 11 minutes including warm up. [Women, for whatever reason, were prescribed 10 exercises in 12 minutes with XBX
]. The book of the exercises was translated into 13 languages and sold 23 million copies around the world before falling into obscurity in the 80s. [more inside]
A History of the Bench Press, by Sean Katterle (includes a list of 600+ pound classic bench presses) All three variations of the press on back – prone floor press, belly toss and bench press – persisted relatively unchanged through the 1940s, but a hierarchy among them quickly developed. For bodybuilders the bench version gained dominance, and by the 1950s it was the king of upper-body movements
Cleaning hotel rooms is a strenuous business. However, when Alia Crum and Ellen Langer talked to 84 maids, most were under the impression that they did not get enough exercise. Furthermore, when they were measured for tests such as BMI and blood pressure, their results were typical of couch potatoes. The researchers let half the group in on the knowledge that they were getting more than enough of a daily workout and kept the rest in the dark. After a month results
showed the former group were healthier on every single one of the objective health measurements tested - despite claiming to have been doing no more exercise or to have changed their diet. The study raises the possibility that mindset alone can influence our metabolism. Christopher Shea in the New York Times
and Ben Goldacre in The Guardian
have articles discussing the original paper
"You don't tell kids that they're overweight ... This can have such a negative effect on young girls especially, that they can focus on eating and develop eating disorders." A professor of nutrition takes on WiiFit. [more inside]
is a truly excellent web app that lets you track workouts, nutrition and fitness goals. Prints grocery lists, lets you find workout buddies, etc. Very aesthetically pleasing, too. Considerably easier to use than Fitday
, which a lot of people swear by.
The Origins of Cybex Space
Just in case you are in need of ...." a preventative against the evils engendered by a sedentary life and the seclusion of the office."
Circuit relays, fulcrums and pulleys support not just exercise, but concepts in science and social studies, thanks to an innovative gym teacher
. [more inside]
11 hours, 29 minutes
... That's how long you'd have to play your instrument, if you were a 180lb musician, to work off the calories in a 12-inch Pizza Hut Super Supreme Pizza, (Regular Crust). Foodsel
offers a wealth of information about the foods we eat, organized by group, manufacturer or nutrient, with visuals about the exercise needed to work off the calories, and the amount of fat and energy in 7500 different foods. [more inside]
Rehearsing the next terror attack.
before 911, the government paid little attention to the role of media and public communications in its national exercises. In 2003, Ogilvy PR was asked by the Department of Homeland Security to develop and manage a full-scale, sophisticated media element
in support of TOPOFF 3
, its most comprehensive terrorism response exercise ever. The result was a simulated yet eerily realistic news broadcast via the Virtual News Network
. The TOPOFF 4
exercise is scheduled to take place October 15-19, 2007.
“What is fitness?”
(large PDF) is an essay by the leaders of the CrossFit
movement. The ideal they propose is an athlete who is “equal parts gymnast, Olympic weightlifter, and multi-modal sprinter or ‘sprintathlete.’ Develop the capacity of a novice 800-meter track athlete, gymnast, and weightlifter and you’ll be fitter than any world-class runner, gymnast, or weightlifter.”
"Being thin doesn't automatically mean you're not fat."
According to the data, people who maintain their weight through diet rather than exercise are likely to have major deposits of internal fat, even if they are otherwise slim. "The whole concept of being fat needs to be redefined," said Bell, whose research is funded by Britain's Medical Research Council.
The iJoy Ride™
is a "unique and exciting way to work out." It is not to be confused with the Sybian sex toy
. (Please press "Play" for the embedded video
and enjoy the smiles.)
41 lbs in 90 days
Man discovers that World of Warcraft makes him oblivious to everything in the outside world.
Man puts keyboard stand over his exercise bike.
Man loses forty pounds in three months.
Whether or not that's a healthy rate to lose weight, we'll find out later.
No running in PE.
I was talking to my kids about school the other day. We were discussing what they do in their different classes and the conversation came around to physical education (PE). I was shocked when they told me that their gym teacher forbids running in PE class. What?! No running in PE? It’s true.
"The streets of 2030's New York remain the only venues not under the thumb of the monolithic corporations. Manhattan’s three major hacker gangs have developed black-market technology that enables them to jack into the phone network though the payphone nodes, and redirect the payment deposited into that phone into their own coffers." The premise of a new cyberpunk novel? Nope. A new street game
you can play with your friends
Let's Paint and Exercise TV
! Four videos of a public access TV show where a guy paints pictures of a fat naked dude and runs on a treadmill at the same time. Features four letter words and a fat naked guy, so may not be work - or mind - safe. Presented by artist John Kilduff
and featuring musician Frozen Plastic
and model Michael Q Schmidt
, star of 'Huge Naked Guy
Are you a fast sprinter?
Do you live in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota? You've probably seen the crazy ads on your local channels for Dick Enrico's
2nd Wind Exercise and always wondered, "What's that guy like in real life?" Now's your chance
to find out by signing up to race his web developer Jerry Holland, a geek out to prove that he's not just a desk monkey. They've even got a championship belt! (I don't have the guts to sign up, has anyone out there done this/willing to do this?)
Researchers discover that lactic acid is more than just a byproduct. According
to George A. Brooks
, "lactate is the link between oxidative and glycolytic, or anaerobic, metabolism." You can read the abstract
of the paper at the American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism
Now we're cooking! Burlesquercize
! (Apparently it's all over the country
Rice, the rocket.
Secretary of State shares fitness tips with early-morning DC news. Next week: Cyclin' with POTUS (schedule subject to change).
The Shock Absorber Bounce-o-Meter
is *definitely* NSFW
, but sure is a lot of fun. Choose your cup size, then your level of activity, and you will be presented with naked breasts, breasts in a normal bra and breasts in the Shock Absorber bra side by side...all the while doing some exercise to get things jiggling.
Fat Man Walking.
Steve Vaught chronicles his effort to shed most of his 400 pounds on the highway from San Diego to New York. An inspiring, if medically dangerous, tale of human willpower. (via today's Washington Post
, registration required).
Salon interview with Mike Salvini of Size Matters
A look into a bizarre internet subculture of men who spend hundreds of hours doing exercises to get a bigger wang. Requires premium membership or day pass.
How to perform strong man stunts
- learn how to how to how to lift and swing a man with your teeth, how to support 1000 lbs. of living weight with ease, and other manly feats that will get you looking Charles Atlas buff
for the summer. See also
Sick of all those fad diets?
The No S Diet consists of fourteen words: No snacks, no sweets, no seconds except (sometimes) on days that start with 's'. It's sound advice and fairly easy to stick to. And what would a diet be without some exercise
Smart Shoes. "Run Billy, RUN! Only 5,800 more steps and you can watch American Idol!"
or kettlebell training
you can hack
the fat off without the dishonor of diet and aerobics.
Mariko Takahashi's FITNESS VIDEO for being appraised as an "EX-FAT GIRL"
A most peculiar entry from Panasonic's Olympic Games in Action
summer promotion in Japan. From the artist: "This video expresses the joy of excercise. ...While I was trying to find something that both adults and children could enjoy, I saw a poodle with its 'muscle-like' hairstyle and I thought, how about a girl with muscles in the same places?" ...Possibly the most bizarre video I've seen all month. (38MB - QuickTime/Real/Windows Media Player req'd)
Dsicipline, Strength, Beauty, Youth
'Bodies in Formation' is a wonderful exhibition of photographs and ephemera, that illustrates Soviet-era mass gymnastics displays in eastern Europe. Via plep
It's the new Yoga. Just ask the people behind PoleTricks 101
: "Women all around the country are finding out that pole dancing is a sexy way to entertain your man (or men!) Not only that, it's good exercise and just plain fun. PoleTricks 101 is dedicated to bring you the training, the equipment, and the satisfaction of dancing with the sexiest of all props... the pole!" Just $549.00...
(43 pages o' flash) is about 80% hackneyed obvious jokes, but there's some gems here and there. Which is dissapointing, because I don't get enough of the "Cleaning the Spitten Coffee off of the Monitor" workout. It also has very little to do with driving a tricycle drunk or throwing a javelin limpwristed against the Alpha Betas.
Couch potato lifestyle is worse for your health than smoking
Poor diet and lack of exercise cause more illness than smoking, new figures show. The lifestyle of couch potatoes has overtaken smoking as the major cause of ill-health in EU countries for the first time, the World Health Organisation says. Great, now reading Metafilter is bad for me.
Lose 15 Lbs. in 20 Minutes a Day!
by playing the flute during sexual intercourse, square dancing while stacking wood, and other easy methods.
Punk Rock Aerobics.
"Punk Rock Aerobics: The work out that rocks out. No more sucky classes full of braindead bimbos in spandex thongs. PRA is for fun people with discerning taste. An hour and a half of cardio and strengthening class that will have you pogoing and skanking your butt off!" Brought to you by Maura and Hilken (the latter of the band fuzzy
). As they say on the mission
page: "Free your mind and your ass will follow."
Uncle Sam Sez: Sheesh! Get Some Exercise!!
A new National Center for Health Statistics survey shows that only seven out of 10 Americans get enough exercise every week. About four in 10 get practically no exercise whatsoever. How much do you exercise, and if so, are you one the three in 10 who do so enough? Is the report full of it? Should I go swimming now, or in an hour? Ride the bike there or take the car? Isn't driving a car to a nearby gym kinda stupid? But I digress. (Pauses, gets his bearings.) Isn't this pathetic?
The coming breed of couch potato jocks? "Discoveries made at the University of Dundee are helping in the development of drugs that fool your body into thinking that your are actively exercising even when you are not, and may help in the fight against the current increase in the incidence of obesity and Type 2 diabetes."
It might seem
that I'm just sitting in front of a computer screen all day, but in reality I'm training for the Olympics.
Story coverage from the BBC
Work out? Why bother?
Study shows that imaginary exercise builds muscles. Now if only imaginary friends worked the same way.