As part of my ACE Personal Trainer Certification I have to submit so many CEU's per year. The monthly IDEA magazine is a great source for this given the quizzes with each issue. Its also just a great source of fitness ideas. I've been reading it for about 5 years. Here are some thoughts from this months issue:
The probability of someone with low end obesity achieving a normal weight is 1/210 for men and 1/124 for women. In the morbidly obese, its 1/1290 for men and 1/677 for women. Why people fail is another set of articles and books.
Tart cherry juice is great for reducing post exercise pain given that it is full of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Its also been shown to reduce the risk of upper respiratory tract symptoms after running marathons. I'm adding it to my diet! You need the equivalent of 50 cherries per serving, two per day, which is attainable with the juices.
How long does it take to lose and regain fitness when you stop? With 2 weeks off of leg exercises, you essentially age another 40-50 years with those muscles according to the article. Six weeks of training wasn't enough to bring it back. Strength training was needed to get you there. For every week off, basically triple that to get back what you lost.