Here are a few links to stories that recently caught my attention:
More evidence for taking short breaks:
How sugar affects the body in motion:
And I was encouraged by new research cited in Outside magazine that endurance training could help us outrun the effects of aging: http://outsideonline.com/fitness/travel-ga-201106-exercise-prevent-aging-sidwcmdev_156030.html
The study on aging mice showed that a three-times-a-week endurance regimen completely reversed the symptoms of aging in cells throughout their bodies. And there are signs that these effects can be found in humans. The authors of the study say that it’s not genetics but lifestyle choices that will affect our longevity.
I also want to recognize one of our accomplished local Nordic skiers, Matt Liebsch, who’s profiled in the May issue of Outside in “America’s Fittest Real Athletes”: http://outsideonline.com/fitness/travel-ga-201105-matt-liebsch-sidwcmdev_155666.html
Matt talks about balancing high-level ski training and competition with a job and family. No matter where each of us is at in our own pursuits, Matt’s story can inspire us to pursue our goals in spite of the many challenges we face. And I can certainly identify with one of his struggles that I’m also experiencing following the end of my own ski season: “After ski season,” he says, “I get fat. By May I’m tired of being fat and start training again for next year.” I’m feeling your pain, Matt!