• Post myocardial infarction and arterial stiffness
    Exercise,  Health

    Post myocardial infarction and arterial stiffness

    Every 42-seconds about 1 American has an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and it is estimated that annually 550,000 and 200,000 new and recurrent MI occur respectively. Arterial stiffness (AS), a condition where the blood vessel walls have a reduced ability to respond effectively to the pressure of blood with each heartbeat and the body’s oxygen demands, is associated with aging. AS has been found to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and worsen the outcomes for people who have had a heart attack (myocardial infarction). Physical activity may help arterial stiffness Post-myocardial infarction patients may benefit from increased physical activity (PA) by a reduction of AS according to new research.…

  • Women doing resistance exercise
    Exercise,  Rants

    Resistance exercise as physical activity’s gateway to health?

    I was on my twitter timeline and read a tweet by the American College of Sports Medicine that showed a picture of a presentation being done about resistance exercise and a slide that gave the quote below: You can see the tweet at the end of this commentary. The more I thought about it I realized that many young people (athletes and nonathletes) got an introduction to weight training as one of their first exercise experiences. I know this was true for me. I spent much of my youth engaged in weight training in some way whether in organized sports or in my parent’s garage. Unfortunately, this is true more…

  • Man sitting watch TV being sedentary
    Exercise,  Fitness tips

    One thing great doctors do

    My Mom has a great doctor. As an elderly adult, Mom has many health concerns that range from joint and skeletal muscle dysfunction to vascular problems. The first time she met her new doctor about half-way through the session her doctor stopped and sat in front of my Mom and said: “I think getting more physically active would help you.” As an exercise physiologist, when I heard this I got out my mental pom poms and started my cheer! I’ve been to doctors with my wife and kids and have rarely heard this outside of physical therapy after an injury although it would have been a discussion that I would…