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NEWS: Osteoporosis Sufferers in Queensland Are Weight Training To Prevent Bone Fractures

On July 11, 2015 by Physical Culturist

In a world-first trial, Brisbane scientists have found weight training can prevent bone fractures in people suffering from osteoporosis. Lexy Hamilton-Smith reports.

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Low body fat percentage? Strength training makes you more shredded

On June 26, 2015 by Physical Culturist

Not everyone has got the message yet, but strength training is a highly effective way of losing fat. In the long term, because every kilo of muscle mass that you build up raises your basic fat burning rate, but in the short term too. Immediately after a heavy strength workout you burn sky-high amounts of joules, because your body eats up energy as it recovers.

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Resistance Training and Cardio Training Offer Protection Against Burnout

On June 15, 2015 by Physical Culturist

Employees, freelance workers and entrepreneurs are less likely to succumb to a burnout if they do an intensive training session twice a week. Psychologists at the University of New England in Australia discovered that both strength training and cardio training reduce the chances of having a burnout.

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Do Your Cardio After Weight Training and Burn More Fat

On June 11, 2015 by Physical Culturist

If you do weight training and cardio, you probably do your cardio after the weight training. This order of doing things is beneficial, as this way round the cardio training won't sap your energy for pumping iron. But according to a human study done by sports scientists at the University of Tsukuba, and published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, this order is also good for your cardio training as you burn more fat during the cardio part of your training.

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Want To Sleep Better? Do Strength Training

On May 28, 2015 by Physical Culturist

Having sleep problems? Strength training can help, sports scientists at Appalachian State University in the US discovered. According to their study, doing strength training early in the morning helps you fall asleep earlier at night, and doing strength training later in the day reduces the number of times you wake during the night.

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Your Handshake Tells The Story of Your Health

On May 14, 2015 by Physical Culturist

The firmness of your hand grip is better than your blood pressure at assessing your health, Hamilton researchers have found, and reduced muscular strength, measured by your grip, is consistently linked with early death, disability and illness.

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Red Blood Cell Width Distribution: another way in which resistance training extends life expectancy

On May 6, 2015 by Physical Culturist

The size of your red blood cells says something about your health. If they are all about the same size then the chance that you'll develop fatal cardiovascular disease is pretty small. How come this happens? We don't know. Sports scientists at the University of Mississippi in the US have discovered that resistance training keeps red blood cells pretty much an even size. And how come this happens? We don't know this either.

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Strength Vs. Endurance: Does Exercise Type Matter in the Fight Against Obesity?

On April 30, 2015 by Physical Culturist

Researchers look at which form of exercise — strength, endurance or a combination of both — work best in tandem with diet to reduce weight and change body composition among obese study participants.

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Strong Muscles, Strong Immune System

On April 3, 2015 by Physical Culturist

The riper the age you reach, the worse your immune system functions, and it declines more each year. At a certain point it becomes so weak that a simple cold can mean the end. In 1999 researchers at the University of Bologna in Italy published an epidemiological study that suggests you can halt the decline of the immune system by doing resistance training.

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Muscle Mass Extends Life Expectancy

On March 30, 2015 by Physical Culturist

If you do heavy physical work or weight training, you'll not only make your body more muscled and stronger, but you'll also make it last longer. Muscle mass extends life expectancy write researchers at the David Geffen School of Medicine in the American Journal of Medicine.

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Strength Training Fights Belly Fat Better Than Aerobic Training

On February 25, 2015 by Physical Culturist

Men who do strength training keep their fat percentage lower in the long term than men who run, cycle or do other aerobic exercise. Epidemiologists at the University of Harvard came to this conclusion after following 10,500 men for 12 years.

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Lack of exercise is a major cause of chronic diseases

On February 18, 2015 by Physical Culturist

The body rapidly maladapts to insufficient physical activity, and if continued, results in substantial decreases in both total and quality years of life.

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How Exercise Keeps Us Young

On January 23, 2015 by Physical Culturist

Active older people resemble much younger people physiologically, according to a new study of the effects of exercise on aging. The findings suggest that many of our expectations about the inevitability of physical decline with advancing years may be incorrect and that how we age is, to a large degree, up to us.

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Strength Training Gets Rid Of Listlessness

On January 11, 2015 by Physical Culturist

That old excuse "I've no energy left to go training" has been scientifically disproven years ago. Sports scientists at the University of Georgia did an experiment with fourteen women and discovered that weight training actually gives you energy.

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Strong Muscles Protect Against Cancer

On January 7, 2015 by Physical Culturist

Build muscle mass and muscle strength, and you'll also build up protection against cancer. Researchers at the University of South Carolina reached this conclusion from a study they published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.

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Weight training appears key to controlling belly fat

On December 30, 2014 by Physical Culturist

Healthy men who did twenty minutes of daily weight training had less of an increase in age-related abdominal fat compared with men who spent the same amount of time doing aerobic activities, according to a new study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers and colleagues.

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Women find bodybuilders unattractive

On December 11, 2014 by Physical Culturist

For most women toned men are sexier than brawny men. And bodybuilding physiques? Not sexy at all...

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How many of your health supplements are actually snake oil?

On December 8, 2014 by Physical Culturist

In this brilliant chart by David McCandless from 2010, you can see a gorgeous visualization of how many supplements are actually helpful — based on scientific studies — and how many are basically nothing more than snake oil.

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Untreated Cancers Often Go Away Naturally According To American Cancer Society

On December 4, 2014 by Physical Culturist

While researching the use of alternative therapies that were utilized by Suzanne Somers, we came across doctors and media outlets who desperately tried to malign her reputation. Their responses were so hasty that they accidentally revealed statistics that are not normally shared with the public.

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The More You Sit, The Greater Your Chance Of Dying

On November 19, 2014 by Physical Culturist

The more hours you spend sitting during the day the greater your chance of dying. If you are more active during the day, your chance of dying is less, conclude researchers from Pennington Biomedical Research Center from a study they did of seventeen thousand people.

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