Tag: interval training

New research confirms the superior health benefits of cross-country skiing

I have been writing lately about cross-country skiing and also previously about its great effects on fitness and health. There has also been large epidemiological studies showing its benefits.

New research from Finland also confirms this as it shows that cross-country skiing is actually superior to other sport and physical activity habits in terms of health (all-cause mortality). This is because researchers in this recent study took also into consideration other and total physical activity habits (as well as numerous other confounding factors that could have affected the results), and showed that cross-country skiing showed independent effects on mortality, thus skiers lived longer.

Like I have previously written, cross-country skiing activates basically all of our muscles stimulating cardiovascular function and metabolism substantially. It is also great “natural” interval training, even when practised at slow pace, particularly when you are skiing in mountaneous terrain. Therefore, if you have a chance, cross-country skiing is really something that could be practised to be physically active and fit!

High Intensity Interval Training Releases Endorphins in the Brain

This is just a brief posting to direct everybody to read this press release dealing with a recent study showing that in constrast to traditional one-hour continuous aerobic exercise, high-intensity interval training releases endorphins in the brain.

The aforomentioned study comes from the Turku PET Centre, where researchers have also recently elucidated that also eating causes the same effect. In this study it was shown that eating a delicious pizza does not have the same effects as nutritional drink and by reading that study report you can understand why.

Paavo Nurmi – One of the greatest runners of all time

Today will be 120 years since the birth of one of the greatest runners of all time – Finnish Paavo Nurmi. Nurmi was born in Turku, Finland, and every year on June 13th Paavo Nurmi Games will be organized in Turku in the memory of Nurmi. This track and field event is now part of the IAAF World Challenge -series and has attracted many world-famous athletes to Turku, such as pole vaulter and current (indoors) world-record holder Renauld Lavillenie and leading javelin thrower Thomas Röhler. In addition to the current stars and games, also Nurmi’s training and life can teach us a lot about world-class preparation and improving fitness.

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Exercise, metabolism and aging

Exercise has numerous effects on bodily functions and the current state-of-the-art knowledge in the field will be updated in a Cell symposium that starts today in Gothenburg, Sweden.  Recent Cell Metabolism issue also deals with the topics in more detail also in a written form beforehand and looks like it will be an exciting meeting again with world-leading professors talking about their research and that of others.

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