Something in the Way We Move

Each of us appears to have a unique way of moving, a physical “signature” that is ours alone, like our face or fingerprints, according to a remarkable new study of people and their muscles. The study, which used machine learning to find one-of-a-kind patterns in people’s muscular contractions, could have implications for our understanding of … Read more

How an Ice Bath May Undermine Your Weight Workout

Bathtubs filled with frigid water and occasionally dotted with ice cubes are a common sight in professional athletes’ training rooms and at some gyms. Many recreational athletes also slip into cold baths at home after intense workouts. But soaking in icy water after lifting weights can change how muscles respond to the workout and result … Read more

Taking Up Running After 50? It’s Never Too Late to Shine

Men and women who start running competitively when they are in their 50s can be as swift, lean and well-muscled within a decade as competitive older runners who have trained lifelong, according to a buoying new study of the physiques and performances of a large group of older athletes. The findings suggest that middle age … Read more

Why Standing Often Feels Even Harder Than Running

2. Consider shoe choice We often stand around in flip-flops during the summer, Dr. Koshimune said, which, alone, is not necessarily problematic. But walking too much in them can cause problems, because your toes and tendons have to engage to keep flip-flops on your feet. “It’s like telling your feet, ‘I’m going to give you … Read more

Why Lifting Weights Can Be So Potent for Aging Well

Weight training by older people may build not only strength and muscle mass but also motivation and confidence, potentially spurring them to continue exercising, according to an interesting new study of the emotional impacts of lifting weights. The findings intimate that people worried that they might be too old or inept to start resistance training … Read more

Regular Exercise May Keep Your Body 30 Years ‘Younger’

The muscles of older men and women who have exercised for decades are indistinguishable in many ways from those of healthy 25-year-olds, according to an uplifting new study of a group of active septuagenarians. These men and women also had much higher aerobic capacities than most people their age, the study showed, making them biologically … Read more

How Many People Can’t Tolerate Statins?

Q. Are there studies concerning the number of people who cannot tolerate statins? A. Yes. Studies show that about 5 percent to 10 percent of people are unable to tolerate statins, largely because of muscle aches and related side effects, including potential muscle damage. But many people who have been labeled intolerant to the drugs … Read more

Lift Weights, Eat More Protein, Especially if You’re Over 40

People who would like to become physically stronger should start with weight training and add protein to their diets, according to a comprehensive scientific review of research. The review finds that eating more protein, well past the amounts currently recommended, can significantly augment the effects of lifting weights, especially for people past the age of … Read more