MIND/BODY CONNECTION

Snooze to Lose Fat

Becky Holman

One of the biggest culprits slowing your muscle gains and fat losses may be lack of sleep. You’ve probably heard of cortisol, the stress hormone that causes your body to burn muscle tissue for energy, wreaks havoc with your health and leads to weight gain through various mechanisms, including carb binges. Researchers compared subjects getting six hours of sleep to those getting eight, and the six-hour group had 50 percent more cortisol in the bloodstream. If you want to get the best results from your workouts, be sure and get enough sleep to keep cortisol low.


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Signs You’ll Live Long

Becky Holman

Signs You’ll Live Long

According to the November ’08 Prevention, “In the 20th century, the average life expectancy shot up 30 years—the greatest gain in 5,000 years of human history.” In “Surprising Signs You’ll Live Longer Than You Think,” author Sandra Gordon lists many of those, including the following:

Living Forever: Is It Possible?

Dr. Bob Goldman

Living Forever: Is It Possible?

No one ever said it would be easy to live forever. We may need ultralow-calorie diets—think baked soybeans, sardines and protein powders—and we’ll certainly need to break a sweat at the gym. Throw in a generous helping of scientific advances, however, and beating the current world record of 122 1/2 years starts to look downright doable. You might even live to 150 or longer—perhaps much, much longer.

Elijah Maine

Ian Sitren

Elijah Maine

BodySpace member Elijah Main, a.k.a. “SuperMaine,” set a record for this feature: A United States Navy Seabee, Elijah is stationed at a naval air base in Sicily, and he flew all the way to Palm Springs, California, for the shoot. That’s the longest distance ever traveled by a BodySpace member for his or her photo shoot.

Iron Halos, Steel Commands

Dave Draper

Iron Halos, Steel Commands

Ah, the weekend to myself. Laree’s gone to visit her mom north of the Napa Valley in California’s charming wine country. The sun clings to the thin edge of fall, unable to conceal the restrained cold of a restless winter. There’s a lot said in the candid utterance, “Brrrr,” on the lips of those whose sleeves are too short for the chilly day.

From Heart Attack to Seriously Jacked

Sean Katterle

From Heart Attack to
Seriously Jacked

Ienjoyed watching the Summer Olympics. Thanks to NBC’s additional coverage via Internet streaming video, for the first time ever I was able to watch hours and hours of Olympic lifting and the other sports I prefer over what airs in prime time. I’m 35, and I noticed that a lot of the competitors were a decade or more younger than I was and that most of the athletes who are about my age were described by the commentators as being in the twilight of their peak-performance years. That made me think about how rare it is to find a sports practitioner beyond the age of 40 who’s impressive not only in the masters division but in the open class as well. And when you come across one who’s still swinging for the fences in his 60s, it’s truly an inspiration. Jay Papish is such an athlete.