Eat Before Intense Workouts and Competitions

An excellent study from the United Kingdom shows that eating before intense exercise causes your body to: • burn more carbohydrates during exercise, and • digest, absorb, and metabolize more carbohydrates that you eat after exercising ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | October 7th, 2018
Exercise to Prevent a Heart Attack

The same training principles that improve athletic performance in competitive athletes also help to prevent heart attacks and prolong lives: • The SUN Study on 18,737 middle-aged people showed that those who exercise intensely have half the r ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 23rd, 2018
Exercisers Should Follow a Heart-Healthy Diet

A study of 798 asymptomatic and apparently healthy master athletes (runners, cyclists, triathletes, rowers and hockey players), 35+ years old, who exercised fairly vigorously 3-7 days a week, found that 10 percent had greater than 70 percent blocka ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 9th, 2018
Lifestyle Can Override Genes

Studies in the new field of Epigenetics are showing that lifestyle factors can change the way your body responds to your genes. In one of these studies, researchers were delighted to find a set of identical twins with vastly different lifestyles. T ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | August 26th, 2018
Weak Muscles Increase Risk for Dementia

Many studies show that having excess fat in your belly is associated with increased risk for dementia, but a new study shows that as a person ages, lack of muscle size and strength appears to be an even stronger predictor of dementia than having ex ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | August 5th, 2018
How Inactivity Can Cause Heart Failure

People who lie in bed without moving day after day suffer progressive weakening of their heart muscle. Eventually the heart becomes too weak to pump enough oxygen to the brain, they stop breathing and die from heart failure. A recent study on mice ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 22nd, 2018
Lack of Vitamin D May Harm Exercisers

A new study in mice shows that having low levels of vitamin D may harm athletes and exercisers by limiting how long they can exercise (Aging, June 2018). Six-month old mice were put on a low vitamin D diet for one year. A six-month-old mouse is equ ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 8th, 2018
Running Stride Length and Speed

Your most efficient stride length is determined by what feels most comfortable to you. You cannot run faster by consciously trying to increase your stride length. When you run, your foot hits the ground with great force. The tendons in your legs ab ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | June 24th, 2018
Should Runners and Cyclists Lift Weights?

Competitive endurance athletes usually run or cycle very intensely on one day, feel sore on the next day and go easy for that day as they alternate hard-and-easy workout days. Adding strength training to an endurance program markedly increases athl ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | June 10th, 2018
Physically Active Jobs vs Leisure-Time Exercise

A review of 17 studies, covering almost 200,000 people, found that men who work at the most physically active jobs have an 18 percent higher risk of premature death compared to people with less physically-demanding jobs (British J of Sports Medicin ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | May 20th, 2018
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