Fitness vs. Fatness

According to new research it’s good to be fit even if you’re overweight. Will Dunham of Reuters reports:
Men and women who were fit, as judged by a treadmill test, but were overweight or obese had a lower mortality risk than those of normal weight but low fitness levels, the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed.

Exercise expert Steven Blair of the University of South Carolina and colleagues tracked about 2,600 people age 60 and up, examining how physical fitness and body fat affected their death rates over 12 years.

Those in the lowest fifth in terms of fitness had a death rate four times higher than participants ranked in the top fifth for fitness.
Here’s some pictures form the slideshow that accompanied the report—should be no surprise why I picked them—take a look:

Let me know what exercise activities you’re into and I’ll keep an eye out for related news!
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LLouise - December 21, 2007 3:51 PM

Ah, thanks for asking, Gerry :) I would like anything about superslow weightlifting, if you happen across it. Dr. Fuhrman recommends it, and I'd like any news that pops up.

Louise - December 22, 2007 8:03 PM


Here is a link about T-Tapp, including youtube video with hoe-downs, and release about VA Clinic study at the end:

Lot's of Eat-to-Live'ers do it, including Moon and Lani.

Matthew R. Scott - December 23, 2007 5:45 PM

I don't have my bicycle in my possession quite yet ;-) but I hear that recumbent bicycling, where you don't stress out your back but instead use your powerhouse muscles in your legs, is a great way to cover lots of sight-seeing distance with comfortable, efficient endurance exercise.

It is especially great for anyone who has a less-than-pristine back, since it allows you to relax it.

I've read about groups of recumbent enthusiasts getting together and covering hundreds of miles a day doing so. I can't wait to join them! :)

Michael - December 26, 2007 10:28 AM

The only problem wiyh recumbents (I hear) are that they are not good for hill climbing. If you live in a hilly area, it may not be your best option.

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