Mall Walkers Add Strength Training

Light weights v. heavy weights - what's best?

Buy this photo (Photo by Troy Wayrynen ) Kim Witherspoon kicks a leg up as she leads a group of men and women in a strength training class Nov. 21. The free class has been taking place at the mall since July, but funding is set to expire at the end of the year. Buy this photo (Photo by Troy Wayrynen ) Nicole Tiffany of Vancouver, wearing purple, her daughter Emma, 1, Kami Vance, 6 of Battle Ground, and her mother Kelli Vance take part in a strength training class at Westfield Vancouver mall Nov. 21. Tiffany usually walks or jogs a few laps around the mall before participating in the free class. To learn more, visit

Cordelia Carter said of the benefits among boys. "That the stronger your muscles are, the more fun it is to use them. And once you feel that good post-exercise, you might want to continue to do it," she told Reuters Health. Carter is a pediatric orthopedist at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. She has studied strength training among kids but wasn't involved in the new research. She said one of the most important findings from this study and others is that strength training is safe for young people, with proper technique and supervision. To learn more, visit

Strength training may boost kids' activity: study

February 13, 2011 |By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times Strength training often takes a back seat to cardiovascular training, (David Phillip / Associated) Strength training has strong-armed its way beyond the realm of bodybuilding. A growing body of research shows that working out with weights has health benefits beyond simply bulking up one's muscles and strengthening bones. Studies are finding that more lean muscle mass may allow kidney dialysis patients to live longer, give older people better cognitive function, reduce depression, boost good cholesterol, lessen the swelling and discomfort of lymphedema after breast cancer and help lower the risk

of diabetes. "Muscle is our largest metabolically active organ, and that's the backdrop that people usually forget," said Kent Adams, director of the exercise physiology lab at Cal State Monterey Bay. Strengthening the muscles "has a ripple effect throughout the body on things like metabolic syndrome and obesity." Historically, strength training was limited to athletes, but in the last 20 years, its popularity has spread to the general public, said Jeffrey Potteiger, an exercise physiologist at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Mich., and a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. "One can argue that if you don't do some resistance training through your lifespan, you're missing out on some benefits, especially as you get older or battle weight gain," he said. To learn more, visit

Weight training

heavy weights - what's best? Diet & Fitness Reprints & permissions Photo: iStock If you dont know who Tracy Anderson is then you really should read more gossip magazines. Anderson is the personal trainer to celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Kim Kardashian and her training program called The Method is credited with helping them look well, like Gwyneth Paltrow and Kim Kardashian. For those of us who cant afford one to one sessions with Anderson or arent around the corner from her studios in New York, Los Angeles or The Hamptons, there are DVDs to show us the way. Im all for anything that gets people moving and Andersons dance-like movements certainly do that - but Im stumped by one of her core rules of training: that women shouldnt train with weights of more than three pounds (about 1.3 kilos). I dont know where this idea comes from not from any strength training manual that Im familiar with. To learn more, visit

Strength training does more than bulk up muscles

The process is: break down, rest and rebuild. This is why your metabolism speeds up during the period after working out." Overloading the muscles in this way also makes us stronger and stronger is better. That doesn't necessarily have to be exercise, it can be the day-to-day demands, such as walking up flights of stairs." For many women, osteoporosis prevention is one of the best reasons to lift weights. Weight training places demands on bones "which is quite important for osteoporosis protection", Rice says. Weight training also helps keep us upright as we age. "Research has found that as we age, if we've been doing strength training, it protects us from falls," she says. To learn more, visit