Each Sunday I post the five best health and fitness articles I’ve found in the last week.

 

I scan the net, filter out the nonsense, and only give you the info that’s worth your time.

 

 

Move It! You’re Old, You’re Not Dead – Breaking Muscle

 

Loved this article. Getting older isn’t a reason to stop exercising. In fact, maintaining strength and mobility is absolutely key to living independently for as long as possible.

 

My favourite part of this piece is when the author talks about the importance of upper body pulling exercises. I was just talking to a client about this yesterday after he asked why some dudes always look hunched over. The answer: they don’t do enough upper body pulling movements.

 

 

Best and Worst Fats for Bodybuilders and Athletes – T Nation

 

Understanding high-fat diets can be confusing at first: some fats are OK, but others aren’t?

 

This article does a great job explaining the best fats for bodybuilders, athletes, and pretty much anyone trying to get lean and perform well.

 

 

When Does Body Positivity Become Health Negativity? – Bodybuilding.com

 

I’ve been saying this for years: while it’s important to accept who you are and what your body looks like, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strive for improvement.

 

Too many people misinterpret “acceptance” for “I’m not even going to attempt to change”. Look, if you’re at 50% body fat, the only thing to accept is this is where I am right now. Don’t judge yourself, don’t feel bad, just accept that this is the starting point. You should feel good about the fact that you’re trying to make positive changes.

 

 

Static Stretching in a Warm-up: Will You Die? – Catalyst Athletics

 

I almost spat my Nespresso all over my MacBook when I read the title of this article. Hilarious.

 

The author goes into the science of stretching and points out that static stretching doesn’t actually warm you up at all. Although it isn’t necessarily a bad thing to do after warming up.

 

I’m a fan of foam rolling and dynamic stretches for warming up, and keeping static stretches as part of the post-workout cooldown. But sometimes I feel my client needs to work more on flexibility, in which case we do static stretching at the end of our warm up.

 

 

Women Need to Lift More – Breaking Muscle

 

Great article on why women need to strength train. It might be even more important for women than men to lift weights as they age.

 

You lose muscle as you get older. This means you lose strength, and, for women especially, bone degeneration.

 

I wrote an article on the same topic recently: “Weightlifting for Women: 5 Reasons It’s So Important“.