A treadmill desk can do a lot for your health. But only if you have access to it.
That’s the main lesson I take away from a new study published this week in Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Office workers shared treadmill desks for 12 weeks. They each only averaged 45 minutes a day on their shared treadmill desks.
That wasn’t enough to make fat people skinny. So some observers have said this shows that treadmill desks are useless.
I’ve come a long way since I got a treadmill desk a year ago: Maybe 250 miles while working at my computer.
I‘ve burned about 25,000 calories, lost about an inch around the waist and dropped eight pounds. In the process, I’ve learned a lot about how to use a treadmill desk. Continue reading How to Use a Treadmill Desk
Mike Esco learned the hard way what “readiness” means for an athlete.
A bodybuilder, Esco was making a transition to power lifting and wanted to compete. Feeling confident one day, he hit the gym so hard that he badly injured his back. The experience launched him on quest for an objective test that can predict how well an apparently healthy athlete will perform on a given day.
After several years and doctorate in exercise physiology, he may have found it: a heart rate variability test. Continue reading A Heart Rate Variability Test Predicts Performance
Should you exercise with a cold? If you work out regularly, you’re bound to run up against this question sooner or later.
On one hand, everyone knows that you’re supposed to rest when you’re sick. On the other hand, some colds drag out for a week or more. Refraining from exercise all that time can mean lost fitness. Or it could force you to miss an important competition.
Fortunately, scientists have an answer. Continue reading Should You Exercise with a Cold?