The Best Exercise for Aging Muscles – The New York Times

Excellent article by Gretchen Reynolds of the NY Times (one of the very few credible and thoughtful writers on physical training) about the cellular benefits of hard exercise. Her focus -- and the focus of the study she writes about…

The New York Times: Being Unfit May Be Almost as Bad for You as Smoking

Great article from the NYT about a study published last year on the impact of fitness on lifespan. Why is this paper important? Because it followed a population of men in Sweden for almost 50 years. That's unheard of today,…

Lack of exercise from middle age second to smoking as highest death risk in men – The i newspaper online iNews

Great summary point, which drives home the message that what you do for yourself is much more powerful than what the medical care industry will try to do to you...convince you to become a patient through worthless and harmful checkups…

Business Insider: Scientists made an online calculator that tells you your ‘fitness age’ — and you can try it right now

This calculator is a hoot to use. I highly recommend taking the time (just a few minutes) to answer all the detailed questions. Based on the inputs, the calculator (developed by actual scientists and not wellness vendors, app makers, or…

Cardiorespiratory fitness greatly reduces risk of sudden cardiac death

Maintaining a high level of cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) is strongly protective against sudden cardiac death (SCD). The Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study (ACLS) run by the Cooper Institute in Dallas, TX is one of the most important and meaningful data sets…

Sex Differences in Cardiorespiratory Fitness and All-Cause Mortality – Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Love studies like this, in which people were actually tested for an objective measure of fitness and then followed over time to see who died first. The upshot? Fitness lowers the risk of mortality. The higher level of METs you…

High Exercise Capacity Attenuates the Risk of Early Mortality After a First Myocardial Infarction – Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Fascinating study of the impact of aerobic fitness on surviving a first heart attack. Notice that the people with a higher risk of death were not obese. The 28-day EM rate was 10.6% overall, and 13.9%, 10.7%, 6.9%, and 6.0%…