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Fit Report: The What, Why & When of Working out

By New You Editorial
Posted On Jun 02, 2015

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The Number of days of inactivity it takes to negatively impact the body, specifically the lining of the blood vessels. Bottom Line: Make physical activity a daily habit.
Source: University of Missouri School of Medicine 

Hot Workout Trend: Parkour Prowess

Daredevil moves have leapt from the streets and video games, into gyms around the country under the guise of “parkour” (French for “course”). Don’t expect to find treadmills, elliptical trainers, dumbbells, or any other piece of typical exercise equipment. Parkour gyms, which are sprouting around the country, are made for free-form running with a strong acrobatic component. Expect to launch yourself up ladders, leap over barriers, and climb poles and rock walls. Fret not if you tend to be wobbly—it’s all on a padded course (though signed exercise liability waivers are required). Parkour keeps your muscles guessing, and that “X” factor may well be the key to an agile dream body.

Obesity is Bad, Zero Exercise is Far Worse

Being sedentary may be twice as deadly as being obese, suggests a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The rousing results suggest that even moderate movement in adults (of any shape, weight, or size) offers an increased lease on life. Researchers found that even just a daily 20-minute walk is enough to reduce early death by as much as 30 percent. The human body is designed to be active, so get out there and get a move on.

One simple change

To effectively burn fat, exercise before breakfast. Belgian researchers suggest that working out on an empty stomach will help you burn more fat, maintain healthy insulin levels, and stave off weight gain.

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