Dr. Ann

According to exercise physiologists at Duke University, aerobic activity is the best type of exercise to lose that infamous belly fat. Researchers completed a head-to-head comparison of aerobic exercise vs. resistance exercise vs. a combo of the two and found that the fastest and most beneficial exercise route for burning belly fat was moving the body […]

If you are looking for a healthier and more wholesome way to replenish your energy during exercise, you may want to go with the classic snack, peanut butter’s best friend, banana. Sounds like a smart snack to me! Exercise scientists at Appalachian State University’s Human Performance Lab compared eating bananas to drinking a sports beverage as a […]

  Is regular exercise the real fountain of youth? According to an exciting new report, the answer appears to be an energizing YES. For this evaluation, scientists recruited 125 highly fit, regular cyclists aged 55 to 79, including 84 males and 41 females. For comparison, the scientists also recruited 75 healthy older adults and 55 […]

Metabolism is the process by which your body uses fuel provided by foods you eat to produce energy at the cellular level. Of all the things you could do to ensure a healthy, robust metabolism – nothing is more effective than regular physical activity. The reason is simple – exercise can enhance metabolism through four […]

Maintaining muscle mass is paramount for weight control, metabolic health, and overall functionality and quality of life. The International Osteoporosis Foundation recently sought to review past, worldwide studies to identify the most effective nutritional avenues for preventing loss of muscle mass, known as sarcopenia. Their scientific review identified the following key strategies: Optimal protein intake: […]

  Woohoo! Scientists uncovered a super-easy way to burn even more calories during walking– simply vary your walking speed. For this study, researchers had study subjects walk at varying speeds on a treadmill set at a constant rate. The researchers then measured the “metabolic cost” of alternating walking speeds as the study subjects purposely changed their […]

Want to dramatically improve the quality of your sleep and boost your daytime effectiveness? Get up and move! A wonderful report that carefully and accurately measured study subject’s daily physical activity found a striking relationship between physical activity levels and sound, effective sleep. Specifically, those who engaged in 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity […]

Regular exercise has a rock-solid reputation for slowing the aging process and a new study points to HIT as the most effective of all. HIT stands for “high-intensity interval training” and is defined by very brief, but very vigorous bouts of aerobic activity alternating with longer intervals of light activity. For example, pedaling on a […]

March 30, 2017 • Fitness

Why You Should Stretch

Stretching or engaging in flexibility exercises is an under-appreciated and underutilized means to improve the quality of your life! Here are five reasons to do it: Less back and joint pain Superior muscle health Better athletic performance Greater range of motion Improved circulation Yoga is a great example of a flexibility practice I really enjoy. […]

February 8, 2017 • Fitness

Move to Quiet Inflammation

If you want a quick, easy and super-healthy way to douse the fire of inflammation in your body, get up and move. According to a new study from the University of California, San Diego, it seems even a small amount of physical activity delivers a significant anti-inflammatory punch. For this investigation, scientists had 47 study […]

Mounting evidence has shown that prolonged sitting is a massive driver of chronic disease risk. In a study that included over 63,000 adult males – those who sat for more than four hours a day were much more likely to have diabetes, heart disease, cancer, or high blood pressure than those who sat less than four hours […]

  Want a nifty way to boost your memory for something you’ve just learned? Exercise four hours later. In an intriguing new study scientists were able to show that exercise four hours after learning new material significantly improved retention and memory consolidation. For this study scientist had 72 study subjects learn a series of picture-location […]