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8 Jun

Video Proof You Can Exercise Outdoors

Hate trying to find a parking spot at the gym? Waiting in line for a treadmill? Navigating the meat heads in the free-weights section?

Then you might like this video, which proves that you can get a great workout, no gym required.

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7 Jun

Weekend Link Love – Edition 1

Link Love60 in 3 shares healthy ideas for how to spend your weekend.

I ate a pie offers up the good, the bad, and the delicious on fruit treats to enjoy this summer.

The IF Life explains why you can healthily (and naturally) skip breakfast.

Modern Forager dishes up ten common/uncommon cooking oils (and how to use ‘em!).

Conditioning Research suggests some great alternatives for full contact twists.

Fitness Black Book rants on “core” obsession.

Robb Wolf highlights paleo diet vs. multiple sclerosis.

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6 Jun

Some Very Intense News

SprintingA study (abstract here) published online in the American Journal of Physiology, Regulatory, Integrative & Comparative Physiology suggests that short but intense bouts of exercise can confer the same health benefits for the heart as longer, less-intense activities.

For the study, researchers from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada recruited 20 healthy but untrained individuals and assigned them to perform a six week series of either low-volume sprint interval training (SIT) or traditional high-volume endurance training (ET). Specifically, the SIT group performed between 4 and 6, 30-second “all-out” Wingate Sprint Tests separated by 4.5 min of recovery, 3 days per week. The ET group, meanwhile, completed 40-60 min of cycling at moderate intensity, 5 days per week.

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6 Jun

Healthy Tastes Great! – Time to Grill

It’s that time of the year when the scent of grilled dinners waft through the neighborhoods. Summer isn’t just about the incredible salads (but are they great or what?!). It’s about meats! (And even a little grilled dessert….)

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5 Jun

Primal Lifestyle Good for Your Heart?

HeartFollowing a primal eating plan rich in meat, vegetables, berries and nuts may reduce the risk of heart disease, according to a small study published this month in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

For the study, researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden recruited 14 healthy volunteers to ditch their normal diet in favor of a Paleolithic diet. As such, volunteers were restricted from consuming cereals, bread, sugar, milk, butter and cheese.

Over the course of the three week study, the volunteers lost an average of 2.3 kg (roughly 5.5 lbs), reduced their waist circumference (a key indicator of abdominal adiposity as well as potential cardiovascular risk according to this Journal of the American Medical Association study) by 0.5 cm and reduced their body mass index (which, admittedly, is not an accurate indicator of health) by 0.8. In addition, systolic blood pressure was reduced by 3 mmHg and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (high circulating levels of which may be associated with increased heart disease risk) were reduced by 72%.

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