Obseity Can Shorten Your Life!

I was traveling back from LA today with my wife, and I can across an article in USA Today regarding obesity and how it can shorten your life. I just feel like I need to pass on this information, and hopefully help someone along the way.

Essentially the article reported conclusions of some recent studies regarding extremely obese individuals and life expectancy. Extremely obese people are those who are 80 pounds or more over a normal weight. They were found to live 12 fewer years than their normal-weight peers. The same study found that being a little overweight however had no effect on lifespan. However, I would argue that losing a few of those extra pounds can improve the quality of your life.

Overall about 66% of adults in the US are either overweight or obese and about one-third of those are in the obese category. When looking at Body Mass Index (BMI), those with a BMI of 30 or greater are considered obese and about 6% of those are extremely obese with a BMI of 40 or greater.

Some information indicates that excess weight was responsible for the loss of roughly 95 million years of life in the USA in 2008. That is amazing when you think about it! Also another study reported that obese Americans cost the country an estimated $147 billion in weight-repated medical bills in 2008!

I know information on obesity is always in the news, and it is often times difficult to lose that weight, but just think about what you would miss out on in those 12 years of life.
Best Of Health!

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on August 26, 2009

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New Golf Performance Research

More and more research is being done specifically looking at how to improve golf performance. I want to briefly discuss one that was published this year regarding the correlation between physical conditioning and golf performance.

The study was published in the May issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. The authors Greg Wells, Maryam Elmi and Scott Thomas titled the research the Physiological Correlates of Golf.

The subjects tested were 9 women and 15 men, all memebers of the Canadian National Golf Team. The physiological characteristics tested were balance, flexibility, core strength, peripheral strength, power, and cardiovascular function. The golf performance factors were ball speed and ball distance using both a driver and a 5-iron. As wells as statistical performance during tournaments. These were mean score, mean number of greens reached in regulation, average putt distance after a chip shot and sand shot, and the number of putts per round.

It is not feasible to describe how each physiological characteristic was tested but there were clear results demonstrating the importance of physical training for golf performance.

One of these results was that women golfers with greater dominant side abdominal strength had longer drives. Additionally core strength and stability in both men and women was found to be important with short game effectiveness. In terms of flexibility, a positive correlation was found between sit and reach flexibility and scoring average. Good balance was found to improve the execution of shots from the fairway and rough as a golfer is approaching the green. It was also found that leg power, upper body strength and arm strength, were all correlated to driving distance and total score.

This study clearly shows the benefits of physical training and conditioning as it relates to golf shot distance and specific performance statistics. It also shows different trends between men and women golfers which indicates the need for sex specific training.

For those of you with an interest in research I suggest you take a look at this study in more detail. It is posted on my website under resources and published research.

Best of luck in you training!

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on August 5, 2009

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