While relaxing into the holidays with the activity intensity of a good book and a float

While relaxing into the holidays with the activity intensity of a good book and a float in the ocean is an entirely sensible idea, if you need to shake out all the festivities, you might want to set aside a little time for some strength. And although there is nothing fancy about bodyweight exercises such as push-ups, sit-ups and squats, in 2019 these humble moves continued to prove they punch well above their weight. A study released last week, from the University of Missouri, found that older adults who completed an eight-week strength-based program, which included exercises such as squats and bicep curls, “improved significantly” in their strength, in their balance and in their sleep quality. One study from November found strength training (including bodyweight training) is as good as aerobic exercise for weight management, while another found it is also as effective as aerobic training for reducing the likelihood of depression (though the combination of the two was the most effective). Separate research from October found that we are four times less likely to have a heart attack if we exercise regularly, incorporating both strength and aerobic, while another study, published ...

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