Active Voice: Some Potential Benefits of Sprint Interval Exercise Training
By Peter Lemon, Ph.D., FACSM Share
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Peter WR Lemon, Ph.D., FACSM is Professor and Weider Research Chair in the Faculty of Health Sciences at The University of Western Ontario in Canada where he directs the Exercise Nutrition Research Laboratory. The laboratory’s focus is investigating the effects of nutrition and exercise training on health and exercise performance. His recent work involves assessing the various effects of sprint interval exercise training. This commentary by Dr. Lemon relates to a research article he and his colleagues published in this month’s issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®.
The benefits of interval exercise training on aerobic performance and health have been known for many years. Recently, Gibala and colleagues have shown that sprint interval training (SIT; 4-6, maximal efforts of ~30 sec. duration separated by ~4 min. of recovery repeated several times a week for 4-6 wk) promotes similar cellular and endurance performance adaptations as more traditional endurance exercise training (ET) but with a fraction of the time commitment. In fact, it seems that as little as 15 minutes of SIT per week can produce aerobic effects similar to those achieved by 1.5-3 hours of ET per week. In a society that is increasingly time-sensitive, the potential benefits of SIT are at the very least intriguing. More
New ACSM Fit Society® Page Discusses Winter Health
Don’t forget to check out the winter issue of the ACSM Fit Society® Page sponsored by Liberty Mutual – and share the publication with your patients, clients, family and friends.
The winter issue discusses many aspects of winter health and includes the following related stories:
Current and past issues of ACSM Fit Society® Page are available online.
Policy Corner: Resources Online Through NCSL
Tucked away between two bricks in one building on a side street of a small neighborhood of the vast Internet village is a website brimming with resources of interest and use to those advocating for health-related policy at the state level. The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) describes itself as “a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues.” Their website, while designed for and addressed to their members, presents abundant tools and links that are available to the public, most without charge. Take a few minutes to browse the NCSL website. You may find it less entertaining than a stroll through the quirky videos that populate YouTube, but richly rewarding for those who follow and seek to influence public policy close to home. More
New Decade, New Look for Current Sports Medicine Reports
Check out the new look of Current Sports Medicine Reports in the Jan./Feb. 2011 issue. With the new decade comes a fresh look for the journal, as its interior and cover have been redesigned to offer an easier read and more appealing look for readers.
The journal, under the editorship of William O. Roberts, M.D., M.S., FACSM, is in its 10th year of publication. Current Sports Medicine Reports is unique in its focus, which lies entirely on the clinical aspects of sports medicine. It harnesses the tremendous scientific and clinical resources of ACSM to develop articles reviewing recent and important advances in the field that have clinical relevance. The journal’s goal is to translate the latest research and advances in the field into information physicians can use in caring for their patients. More
An Inside Look: February 2011 Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®
Check out the Feb. issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE), available online now. ACSM members can access the journal for free – simply log in at the ACSM website and click “My ACSM.”
MSSE Editor-in-Chief Andrew J. Young, Ph.D., FACSM offers his insights into the Feb. issue: More
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Foiling the Freshman 15 Weight Gain
Their grades may catapult them into the top universities, but many first-year college students have to learn their fitness ABCs to avoid the dreaded weight gain known as the freshman 15.
Experts say weight gain, whether 15 pounds or five, is a real problem for many young adults thrust, after years of parental supervision, into a make-your-own-rules campus life of midnight pizzas and all-nighters.
And too many lack the physical education to mitigate it. More
Best Friends Boost Kids' Physical Activity
The Times of India Share
New research has found that boys and girls who take part in physical activity with their best friend in the neighbourhood where they live have higher levels of physical activity.
The study examined the extent to which the physical activity modeling and physical activity actions of best friends are associated with the physical activity of 10- to 11-yr-old children. More