Suspension training is an option
Take a look at how your children play. Odds are, when they see a low-hanging tree branch, they swing on it. When they encounter a set of monkey bars, they clamber all over it.
Similar activities can help you achieve your fitness goals. Suspension training involves an apparatus made of nylon straps and handles. Attach it to a secure anchor point, and you can use your body weight as resistance to build power, strength, core stability, flexibility and balance.
Life Fitness, a manufacturer of gym quality exercise equipment, is among a variety of companies offering versions of the suspension apparatus. In a news release, the manufacturer highlighted these reasons why suspension training may work for you.
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Weight may affect unborn babies
This is scary: Morbidly obese mothers-to-be in Britain are being given a diabetes medication — even if they don't have diabetes — to minimize the effects of their weight on their unborn babies.
“Dangerously overweight pregnant women
“These extra-large newborns,” the release continues, “have twice the chance of becoming obese adults, and their numbers have risen by 50 percent in the past four years. Obese pregnant women are at a higher risk of dying while pregnant, and their babies are more likely to be stillborn.”
Filepas sought out a healthier lifestyle after losing his father and brother in the space of three months. He identified certain characteristics common to healthier cultures.
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Tracking colon cancer risk
A “Guardian God” may be protecting us from colon cancer.
That's according to researchers at the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma.
A protein called Shugosin-1 (SGO-1), which translates from Japanese as guardian god, occurs naturally in humans and other organisms, according to a Cancer Center news release. Its job is to protect another protein, Cohesin, which plays a role in normal cell division.
Without Cohesin, “chromosomes can wander around in the cell during mitosis, and that can cause defects or mutations in daughter cells, leading to cancer,” researcher Hiroshi Yamada said. “Such chromosomal instability is found in 85 percent of colon cancer cases.”
When there's not enough SGO-1 to protect the Cohesin, normal cell division is disrupted, leading to cancerous tumors, the release says. So far, though, that has only been confirmed in a laboratory setting.
The research indicates a causal relationship between SGO-1 and colon cancer, the release says, and points to SGO-1 as “an essential component in the prevention of chromosome instability and tumor formation.”
At some point, the proteins could be used to monitor colon cancer risk.
Compiled by Ken Raymond, Staff Writer