Active Voice: Have We Actually Established Links Between Physical Inactivity, Low Aerobic Capacity and Diabetes?
By Caroline Richardson, M.D., and Rachael Nelson, M.S.
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.
Caroline R. Richardson, M.D., is an ACSM member, a VA investigator and an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her primary research focus relates to integrating physical activity into routine medical care. Rachael K. Nelson, M.S. is a Ph.D. student in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan, with research interests in exercise and metabolic disease risk factors. Dr. Richardson and Ms. Nelson presented research related to this commentary at the ACSM Conference on Integrative Physiology of Exercise (IPE) that was held in Miami last September.
Two-thirds of the U.S. population is classified as overweight, and one-third is classified as obese. Along with the alarming rise in the prevalence of obesity, the incidence of obesity-related diseases (e.g., diabetes) is also reaching epidemic proportions. Despite the accelerating interest and development of pharmacological and surgical treatments for obesity-related diseases, exercise remains the cornerstone of nearly all clinical obesity treatment programs.
A joint statement just released by ACSM and the American Diabetes Association highlights physical activity as “a key element in the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes.” However, for the general population there is still an ongoing debate about the intensity, duration, frequency and type of physical activity that will yield the most health benefits. Where previous exercise recommendations encouraged exercise vigorous enough to improve cardiorespiratory fitness, more recently the U.S. Surgeon General and ACSM have advocated for the accumulation of moderate-intensity exercise, such as brisk walking, on most days of the week. More
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Last Chance to Apply for ACSM's International Awards
Tuesday, Feb. 1 is the application deadline for several of ACSM’s key international awards. If you haven’t already done so, please don’t forget to submit your application for the following awards:
2011 International Student Awards
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Science & Research Update: FASEB Seeks Nominations for Excellence in Science Award
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is seeking nominations for their 2012 Excellence in Science Award. This award, which is sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company, recognizes the significant accomplishments of women in science. The nomination deadline for this award is March 1, 2011.
As ACSM is a member organization of FASEB, all women who are members of ACSM are eligible for nomination. Nominations must include a nomination letter, curriculum vitae, five reprints, three peer letters of support and three trainee recommendations. Submit a nomination online.
Don't Forget to Register for Jan. 27 Webinar on Physical Activity at Child Care
Don’t forget to register for the upcoming “Intervention Strategies for Increasing Physical Activity at Child Care” webinar presented by Active Nation. The webinar runs from 3 - 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 27, and registration is $35 for ACSM members and $50 for non-ACSM/public members.
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Winter Weather Workouts Can Be Done If You're Headed Outdoors
Dayton Daily News Share
You undoubtedly observe them with admiration — and a touch of envy — as they brave the snowstorms, bone-chilling winds and jagged iciness of Ohio winters. No matter what harsh elements nature delivers, they are faithfully running, walking, skiing or ice-skating.
Here is a warm and hearty salute to the winter workout warriors.
While many of us turn to the treadmills in our well-heated gyms or homes, or simply use the season as a grand excuse not to exercise at all, the diehard fans of exercising outdoors will tell you the sheer beauty of a wintry day is motivation enough. As one avid runner says, the outdoors affords an expansive sanctuary for the mind, body and spirit. More
Kids Can Lift Weights
Baltimore Sun Share
My son is 12 years old, and he's going through a lot of changes in his life, most of which he'd rather not see published in this column. However, there is one change I have permission to relay: He's started lifting weights under my supervision.
I can already hear the protestations of physicians and parents. "Blasphemy!" they cry. "It's not safe!"
Many of them believe that weight training should wait until the end of puberty because it can cause serious, growth-stunting injury. The bestselling get-in-shape book "Body for Life" by Bill Phillips perpetuated this myth by asserting that "during puberty, the bones are stilling growing, and strenuous resistance exercise may interfere with bone growth." More