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Does a Walk Come With Those Fries?

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, April 26, 2013


Many states require restaurants to post nutritional information, including fat and calorie content, for the foods they serve, but does this really affect what people choose to order? A new study says no, but researchers may have uncovered a more effective way to help consumers make healthier choices—posting how much exercise would be required to burn off the food they are about to order.




To Stretch or Not to Stretch?

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, April 12, 2013


You should always stretch before exercise, right? At least, that’s what most of us were taught. But new research suggests stretching before a workout may not only be a waste of time, it may also be detrimental to performance. Here’s a breakdown of the latest research, along with helpful stretching recommendations from ACE Exercise Physiologist Jessica Matthews.




Yoga Does a Body and a Bottom Line Good

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, March 25, 2013


There is no question that yoga offers huge benefits for both mind and body…but can it help businesses thrive as well? That’s the findings of a new study, which has many suggesting that yoga could be an effective and low-cost approach to help businesses increase productivity and lower healthcare costs.




New Study Promotes Sleep Benefits of Exercise

By Sabrena Merrill on Monday, March 04, 2013


If you’re like millions of other Americans, you may have trouble getting a good night’s sleep. There are many reasons people experience insomnia, but a new poll suggests that lack of exercise may be a major factor. The good news is that even a small amount of exercise can be beneficial for sleep. Check out this summary of the study results and learn how you can break the bad sleep cycle for good.




Mom’s Eating Habits May Play a Role in a Child’s Risk of Obesity

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Are you struggling to get your child to eat more healthfully? Is a picky eater making mealtime miserable? The answer could be closer than you think: A new study suggests that a mother’s eating habits and attitudes toward food could be the key to creating healthy eaters.




Weight Loss Myths, Presumptions and Facts Exposed

By Natalie Digate Muth on Wednesday, February 13, 2013


With more than half of U.S. adults on a diet at any given time, it is no surprise that myriad weight-loss tips, plans and gimmicks pervade the Internet, bookstores and dinner conversations. ACE Senior Health Strategist Natalie Digate Muth gives a recap of a paper that was recently published in the The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) about these myths, presumptions and facts.




New Study Suggests Sugary Drinks Pose Greater Risk for Those Predisposed to Obesity

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, February 08, 2013


There’s no question that consuming sugary drinks and sodas is not exactly a healthy choice, but for some it really may be dangerous. A new study suggests that individuals who are genetically predisposed to obesity may experience greater negative effects from consuming sugary drinks, which could include everything from heart disease to obesity itself.




Obesity, Morbidity and Mortality—Where Do We Stand?

By Natalie Digate Muth on Friday, January 25, 2013


Two recently published studies sent shockwaves through the health and fitness community. With the U.S. ranking last in numerous measures of health and longevity among 17 industrialized nations, many experts are renewing the call for a greater emphasis on advocating lifestyle choices that will enhance overall health, rather than simply facilitate weight loss.




When it comes to losing weight, which is more effective—aerobic or resistance training?

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, January 03, 2013


For those who spend countless hours in the gym each week trying to tone up and shed pounds, it’s important to know that their efforts have been worthwhile. Many wonder which type of workout is most effective for fat and weight loss. See ACE’s response to a recent study that compared aerobic training to resistance training.




Does Working Out With a Partner Affect Performance?

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, November 30, 2012


A recent study found that working out with a partner who you perceive as a better performer could improve performance. ACE reminds readers that we all have unique fitness personalities, causing each of us to respond differently to various types of settings and exercises.




Fit AND Fat? ACE Weighs in on Recent Study

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, September 10, 2012


After assessing obese individuals between 1979 and 2003, researchers have found that it is possible for those with a BMI over 30 to be metabolically healthy, or “fit”. Learn from ACE Exercise Physiologist Jessica Matthews as she sheds light on the true meaning of fitness.




Gold, Silver, Bronze and…Tape?

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, August 28, 2012


The Olympics are long-gone, but for many of us, the athletic triumphs we saw during the Games are still having an impact. Gabby Douglas’ all-around gymnastics gold, the U.S. beach volleyball duo of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh topping their third consecutive Olympics, and what about all that tape? Check out what drove athletes from around the world to wear kinesiotape during the Games.




Survey: More U.S. Adults are Walking, But Still Not Enough

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, August 20, 2012


According to a recent survey, more U.S. Adults are walking on a regular basis, but while activity levels are up, many people are still not meeting the government's physical activity guidelines. Learn how walking can improve your overall health and how to incorporate a walking program into your weekly routine.




Weight Lifting May Help Prevent Diabetes

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, August 08, 2012


A recent study found that engaging in weight lifting helps lower risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Learn more about the important role exercise plays in diabetes prevention and management.




One Lump or Two: Can Coffee Reduce Cancer Risk?

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, July 09, 2012


While the health benefits and risks of coffee have long been debated, a study conducted by researchers at the National Cancer Institute states there’s new reason to believe it can help prevent colon and rectal cancer. But why? Read on to find out why scientists say more research is needed, and what you can do to prevent the big “C.”




Scientists Create World's Healthiest Meal

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, June 25, 2012


Ever wonder how you can make your meal healthier? Well, researchers in Great Britain have the “perfect” answer for you. After years of research, scientists have cooked up what they deem the world’s healthiest meal. See how it compares to what you eat for dinner.




Nutrition in Training: Marine Corps Tests Refueling Options

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, June 20, 2012


The Marine Corps announced this weekend it's conducting a study among recruits and officer candidates to test the effectiveness of two popular protein bars on recovery after strenuous workouts. Check out the details of what some of the military's future front-line comrades are eating. What do you rely on to keep you going after a long workout?




Slow Down: Study Says Moderate Exercise Keeps You Alive Longer

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, June 07, 2012


If you’ve ever thought you had to run 20 miles to reap the benefits of your workout, think again. A new study conducted by researchers at University of South Carolina sifted through more than 30 years of health (and death) records of more than 52,000 Americans. What they found may surprise you.




Combination of Caffeine and Exercise May Reduce Skin Cancer Risk

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, April 04, 2012


Everyone knows wearing sunscreen before heading out into the sun is important for helping prevent skin cancer. But new research shows that a combination of caffeine and exercise may also help. Learn more about this study and if you should start chugging caffeine before you go to the gym!




Runner's High Is Real and Evolved to Help Us Survive

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, March 29, 2012


New research shows that runner's high evolved to help us survive as hunter-gatherers. If you've experienced runner's high before, you may understand why this is true..




Eat Chocolate to Get Slimmer, Study Suggests

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, March 26, 2012


A new study suggests that chocolate eaters tend to be slimmer than non-chocolate eaters. Before you start celebrating, get the details.




Exercise Can Change Genes in Minutes

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, March 06, 2012


If you think that exercise doesn't affect your body because you're stuck with sub-optimal (in your opinion) DNA, time to think again. New research suggests that exercise can change DNA molecules in muscle cells rather quickly. Learn why this is beneficial.




Active Video Games Do Not Lead to Increased Exercise in Children

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, February 29, 2012


In an age where modern technology rules, some parents may have purchased active video games — or exergames — for their children, hoping that these would get them moving. Find out why these hopes may not come true. ACE-sponsored research studies also shed light on if the Wii exergames are effective — or not.




An Active Valentine's Day Idea That Doesn't Give Up Romance

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, February 13, 2012


If you're scrambling for a Valentine's Day idea that doesn't consist of the usual flowers, chocolate and romantic dinner, then try this active idea. A date that includes a workout doesn't have to give up romance, either. Find out how this active Valentine's Day idea can boost your health in multiple ways.




From the Grammys to Tips on Selecting the Best Workout Mix

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, February 13, 2012


If you have music on your mind after watching or reading about the Grammy Awards, learn how you can choose music that will positively affect your next workout.




Exercise Accelerates Cellular Garbage Cleaning Process

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, February 01, 2012


New research shows how exercise benefits our bodies at a cellular level. It may just convince you to stick with, or start, your exercise program!




Trying to Lose Weight? Find a Fit Doctor

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, January 31, 2012


You may think that a doctor would unobjectively — regardless of his or her weight — be able to diagnose and appropriately care for an overweight or obese patient, but new research suggests otherwise. Learn more about how overweight or obese doctors and normal weight doctors differ in the way they provide obesity care to patients.




Georgia's Anti-Obesity Ad Campaign Should Offer Solutions

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, January 24, 2012


ACE Experts weigh in on the controversy around Georgia's stark, alarming anti-childhood obesity ads; and offer solutions-oriented resources.




Newly Discovered Exercise Hormone May Prevent Diabetes and Obesity

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Researchers led by Harvard University isolated a natural hormone that had previously never been identified. Learn how it helps our bodies, and why it's one more step in unlocking the benefits of exercise.




Teenagers Forego Soda When They Know Exercise Amount Required to Burn It Off

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, December 19, 2011


Many health experts believe sugary soda is to blame for the obesity epidemic, but how do we get teenagers to drop the sweet habit and drink water instead?





Fit or Fat? Research Finds Fitness May be More Important for Long-term Health

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, December 06, 2011


Does how much you weigh or how physically fit you are affect your overall risk of death and death from cardiovascular diseases?




Drink Pickle Juice to Avoid a Hydration Pickle

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, December 02, 2011


You may be surprised to learn that pickle juice is boasted as a hydration, cramp-reducing sports drink. Does science support this supplement that's popular among NFL players?




Study Finds Less Than One-third of California Students are Physically Fit

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, December 01, 2011


The state of California released results from its Physical Fitness Test on Wednesday. Get details on how students scored — are they fitter than last year?




Exercising During Work Hours May Increase Productivity

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, September 09, 2011


New research finds that employees who worked out during work hours increased their productivity and used less sick days. Is it time to pack a gym bag with your work bag?