[SOURCE: 'Impact of acute exercise intensity on pulsatile growth hormone release in men', 2000, Pritzlaff)].
As children, growth hormone (HGH) makes us grow taller, but when we reach our full height, this hormone actually changes roles. When we're adults, increasing HGH will reduce body fat and trim inches.
Growth hormone actually becomes the 'fitness hormone' for middle-age, and older adults."
Anaerobic exercise (as contrasted with aerobic exercise) is sprint training, not endurance training.
Anaerobic sprint workouts can be done in many different ways - running, swimming, cycling, XC skiing - and all of these are Senior Games events.
Don't jump in, ease in to anaerobic exercise. Anaerobic fitness training is clearly the most productive. But it's also the most dangerous. Hamstring pulls are a primary target and this makes flexibility training an essential part of every fitness plan.
Everyone, especially those with heart conditions or medical problems should get physician clearance before performing anaerobic exercise. Even young athletes should progressively ease into high intensity anaerobic workouts.
By Intense Anaerobic Exercise 3-4 times a Week!
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Intensity Relative to Age
The American Heart Association study also proves another important point concerning fitness training during aging - exercise intensity is relative to one's age and fitness level.
In other words, an older individual can reach high-intensity levels with an effort level that might be considered low-intensity for a young athlete.
This new study confirms the need for higher intensities, but it also shows that beginners and older adults can reach the more productive levels of exercise intensity with less effort than a triathlete, for example.
Newcomers to high-intensity exercise may get great results initially by performing the anaerobic training with power walking, but a fine-tuned triathlete however, may need more work for the same results.
When you see an 80 year old participant running a 10-K or working out in the gym, don't think that it's unfortunate that she can't run as fast, or lift as much as her 60 year old counterparts. This just means that it's easier for her to reach higher intensities.
If you're over 50, get physician clearance first, and get started with a gradual buildup training program.
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Web search: Senior & Masters Sports
National Senior Games - State contact information
Millennium Senior Games - In 2005, you'll want to be in this
Senior Games competition when you see this Web site. You may even want to move there when you see their slide show!
Senior Olympics - contact information
State Games contact info
Tennessee Senior Games - Lead by Christine Dewbre and Teresa Prinzo. Excellent Web site
Brian Mackenzie UK Track Coach - Informative Web site
California Senior Games
40 speed.com - Speed training.
Austin, TX Senior Games - Lead by John Berlet
Masters Track & Field - Excellent Web site for masters athletes
Masters Track News - A must have subscription for masters track & field.
United States Masters Swimming
www.coachr.org - Top track & field newsletter offered on this Web site.
American Cross Country Skiers (AXCS)
USA Track & Field
Fitness by Gordon - Senior exercise Web site - Maturity can be a banquet when fed by exercise!
World Masters weightlifting
More Senior & Master's links
Huntsman World Senior Games
USATF National Masters XC & 5K Championships
US Tennis Association
Masters Ski Jumping
Bama Cyclist - Preparing for senior games in cycling
Warning for Seniors
WASHINGTON (UPI) -- As many as 500,000 otherwise healthy seniors are getting daily injections of synthetic human growth hormone each year. Some seniors swear the hormone reduces fat, makes them more active and increases libido, but some researchers say
this practice, for which the users pay between $5,000 and $10,000 a year, can have serious and potentially deadly side effects, USA Today reported.
There's a better way than injections to get the benefits of increasing growth hormone, high-intensity exercise! See article that follows.
While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of synthetic growth hormone for boys likely to become adults shorter than 5-foot-3 and girls likely to be shorter than 4-foot-11.
When growth hormone is prescribed for adults, it's considered "on-label," and a doctor can prescribe the hormone if it will benefit the patient for a FDA-specified condition such as patients who have lost their pituitary gland because of a tumor or for patients suffering from AIDS.
However, some seniors can get the synthetic grown hormone, "off-label," for no specific condition except that a doctor feels a patient will benefit.
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