In last week’s show, you learned how to perform the right kind of exercise. In today’s show, you’ll hear from renowned exercise researcher Dr. Mark Peterson on the science of how lifting, pushing, and pulling heavy things will improve your fitness health and happiness.

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What You’ll Learn from This Episode

Dr. Mark Peterson

3:25 – How Dr. Peterson got interested in strength training.

4:13 – The top five benefits of strength training.

5:08 – How non-load bearing exercise compares to resistance training for health and fitness.

5:57 – Why you don’t have to choose between cardio or weight training.

6:56 – Why more muscle mass makes you healthier.

8:12 – How strength training improves your bone, brain, and organ health.

9:20 – How strength training protects you from injuries.

10:15 – Why getting fat can make you weaker.

12:05 – How to know how hard to push yourself when you start lifting weights.

13:26 – How to not get injured from lifting weights.

14:20 – How to create a time-efficient workout.

15:54 – How to save time with circuit training.

18:13 – Why people of all ages should lift weights.

19:32 – How an osteoporotic old woman became an elite power lifter.

21:35 – Why people who don’t like exercise should lift weights.

23:34 – What Dr. Peterson did in the last week to improve his health.

Show Notes

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People On the Show

Armi Legge

David Tao

Mark Peterson, Ph.D.

Works Cited

If you listen to this episode on an iPod or other music-playing device, links to these studies will appear on your screen as you listenStress and open-office noise. Evans, G.W., Johnson, D. Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Journal of Applied Psychology. 2000 Oct;85(5):779-83.Adiposity attenuates muscle quality and the adaptive response to resistance exercise in non-obese, healthy adults. Peterson, M.D., Lui, D., Gordish-Dressman, H., et al. Laboratory for Physical Activity and Exercise Intervention Research, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Michigan. Int J Obes (Lond). 2011 Aug;35(8):1095-103. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2010.257. Epub 2010 Dec 7..