The Quest for Fitness—Join the Party

i-adb57b247ad00a9a0e4251130519cc11-fitbuzz.jpgResolutions are one thing, but change doesn’t happen overnight. If you find yourself not living up to your goals, don’t put them off for another year; regardless of the date on the calendar, every day is a chance to get something right. There is a growing buzz here on ScienceBlogs about health and fitness, and we invite all our readers and bloggers to join the discussion. ERV kicks things off, wondering why there aren’t more scientific voices to guide those on the quest for personal health through the “minefield of woo” that promises miraculous ways to get in shape. Ethan Siegel responds on Starts With A Bang!, writing that fitness is ultimately a personal ideal, about “your body and your life.” Ethan goes on to outline proper workout methodology and explains how to start building the muscles we want. And ERV trashes the idea that weightlifting will bulk you up while cardio will make you slim, since skinny people can still hold on to an unhealthy percentage of body fat. Lifting weights will foster lean and not necessarily bulky muscle, a vital aspect of developing fitness. We see a different aspect of the quest on Thus Spake Zuska, where Zuska reveals the obstacles that get in the way of our best intentions. And before recounting his incredible ambulatory feats, Greg Laden compares us to a bunch of cattle, slow to get going but just waiting to stampede.

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Here We Go Again!

i-e165a7d08c038743f19d10e3be6f553f-nybuzz.jpgWith the new year hot out of the gates, ScienceBlogs wishes everyone a wonderful 2010. Dr. Isis on On Becoming a Domestic and Laboratory Goddess shares a study with us waistline watchers, comparing two approaches to calorie reduction. One group of overweight individuals consumed 25% fewer calories while the other group ate only 12.5% less but burned the other 12.5% through exercise. Both groups lost the same amount of weight, but only the exercisers “improved their fitness, saw a decline in diastolic blood pressure and LDL and improved insulin sensitivity.” Getting in shape is well and good, but if you want a more original resolution after all these years, consider giving up seafood on Guilty Planet. Jennifer Jacquet writes “there is increasing awareness that fisheries are in serious trouble,” and “more and more people see the disjointedness between conservationists and their patterns of consumption.” On Terra Sigillata, Abel Pharmboy presents one culinary alternative in the form of collard greens and black-eyed peas, traditional New Year’s fare in the American South with hazy historical origins. While not keen on the greens, Pharmboy writes “black-eyed peas are something I could eat all day.” We could too, as long as they don’t make us fat.

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