exercise

  1. Can exercise keep you young at heart?

    If you care more about how your heart looks than how it runs, then by all means, exercise to your heart's content.

    That might sound ridiculous, but when you boil down a recent study presented at the American Heart Association's annual meeting, that's exactly what this "prestigious" organization recommends.

    The study claims that years of exercise can keep a your heart "young." Apparently seniors who spent the past 15-25 years exercising had better hearts. And the more exercise they did, the better their hearts.

    How much better? Glad you asked... because to these researchers, "better" meant that exercisers' hearts "looked" more youthful.

    That's right. This study didn't examine any real-world benefits, like who lived the longest, who was the healthiest or who was most independent. Just whose hearts looked the best – or, more specifically, the most "youthful."

    That's great if your heart is going into modeling... but if you're planning to live a long, healthy and independent life, wasting your remaining years in a gym is NOT the way to do it.

    Focus more on what you put into your body that what you do with it, and you'll be fine. Eating few carbs and plenty of animal protein will keep you at the right weight, and do more for your body – including your heart – than all the gyms in the world. And since infection, not fat, is a leading cause of heart disease, make sure your diet includes the nutrients your body needs to keep a strong immune system.

    And if you really want to do some useful exercise, you can take this study, carefully rip it out, crumple it into a little ball – and then see if you can toss it into the wastebasket from where you're sitting.

    Bulls-eye!

    There – you've done your exercise for the day... and you've put this tommyrot right where it belongs.

  2. Why young athletes die needlessly

    If you have any doubt at all that exercise is deadly, consider this: An allegedly "fit" young athlete is THREE TIMES more likely of sudden cardiac death than anyone else.

    You may as well go play in traffic (and some of these semi-suicidal runners and cyclists really do, especially when they put on those headphones and head out blindly into the street).

    A study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine laid out all the evidence: Exercise is killing people, especially children who are forced into the false religion of the fitness freaks.

    All you need is a little common sense to conclude that exercising less would solve this problem.

    But this is the sports medicine industry – and what do you think would happen to them if the fitness craze finally keeled over like so many of its victims? That's right – the industry wouldn't exist.

    So instead of suggesting something that would save lives and cost nothing, they'vedevised a solution that only a doctor with his own testing equipment could love: Special tests for young athletes.

    And all you need is $500 a pop.

    Now, if you're like me, then $500 actually means something to you. It's not exactly money you'll find sitting around in the change drawer. But it doesn't stop there: Around 7 percent of the soon-to-be-broke parents will have to pay for some much more expensive tests as well.

    But tests or no tests, around 10 percent of the young athletes with one of these conditions will die anyway.

    It's no wonder I've been telling exercise junkies for years to get back on that couch! So many of my patients have strained muscles, ruined joints, and even suffered heart attacks at those fitness centers, that I finally said, "Enough!" and found a safer way to keep in shape.

    The safest and fastest way to fitness can't be found at the end of a running track or in a gym. It's not a prize at the end of a treadmill cycle.

    Click here to read about the latest research the fitness industry doesn't want you to know.

  3. The failure of exercise

    It seems the cat's out of the gym bag – more and more research shows that pricey gyms and human-sized hamster wheels do little to help you lose weight.
  4. Rigorous exercise increases heart disease risk

    I've said it for years: Exercise is not always the lifesaver that everyone tries to make it out to be. In fact, it can actually be quite dangerous.
  5. The 7-minute exercise plan for diabetes prevention

    The study's leader, University of Edinburgh biologist James Timmons, says that you can get the same benefits from minimal amounts of exercise as you can from workouts that last for hours.
  6. Exercise isn't the answer to obesity

    News just in from the Department of the Obvious: turns out that exercise may not be a cure-all for obesity. Instead, researchers claim that it's your diet that plays the key role in losing weight and avoiding obesity.
  7. You don't have to be a gym rat to battle atrial fibrillation

    According to the results of a new study, light to moderate exercise can actually prevent atrial fibrillation in the elderly.
  8. Why you should ignore all that exercise nonsense

    A recent study found that overweight and obese women need to exercise an hour a day, five days a week to sustain weight loss.
  9. Has the obesity epidemic been blown out of proportion?

    Dr. Vincent Marks questions the data upon which the current claims about an obesity epidemic are based, and doubts that being fat is the root cause of health ailments like cancer, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
  10. Your money or (and) your life

    Some of you may know that I'm a big fan of the alternative financial media - things like small niche newsletters and online investment advisories. Even if you didn't know this about me, it really shouldn't come as a surprise to you, since I make my living (proudly, I might add) as a member of the alternative medical media..

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