Buff Men Beware!!! --> News Article

  • torontoguy222...

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    Jun 09, 2009 2:53 AM GMT
    Eeek. According to this recent study muscular men have weaker immune systems!


    Part of me believes this. Just over the past 2 weeks I got sick TWICE! It's really frustrating. I've also been lifting harder and heavier than ever before. Blahh!! Maybe that explains why my immune system is shit!

    What do you guys think?

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    Jun 09, 2009 3:00 AM GMT
    Exercise is only the stimulus for muscle growth. You have to increase your nutrition concomitantly to provide the body....including the immune system....the necessary building blocks to keep up. And the minimum daily requirement provided in a vitamin pill is only enough to prevention you from getting scurvy and rickets. You need to eat really well....highly nutritious veggies or take supplements....or both....in order to keep healthy.

    Spinach and brocolli are veritable organic vitamins pills, plus lots of phytonutrients that you dont get in vitamin pills.
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    Jun 09, 2009 4:39 AM GMT
    Huh. I largely second what Caslon said...it's all about knowing your body and taking care of it, nutritionally and otherwise. I've been exercising regularly for 21 years and I rarely get sick. I broke down my nutritional needs and eat very well (and supplement to boot) to get all that my body needs. I try to sleep eight or more hours a night. I know how to workout and don't overdo it. There are so many things you can do (and need to do) to adapt your body to a regular and healthful exercise routine. Exercise has many more benefits than detriments. These things said, what have you done to accommodate working out from a holistic perspective?
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    Jun 09, 2009 6:13 AM GMT
    This is more out-of-context bullshit.

    If you over-train. If you don't eat. You're gonna' get tired. If you party hardy, you're gonna' end up beat and dragging ass. DOH! Come on, HOMER, this ain't hard.


    it's still way better than being a fat ass, or a smoker, or a fairy......

    Statistically (UNT 1999, and The GAO 2007), competitive bodybuilders, have a higher quality of life, and live longer than the lay public (and make more money, and have better jobs, and don't have diseases of aging, etc., etc.).


    Maybe your immune system isn't shit. Maybe you just got exposed.

    I hardly EVER get sick. Why? I suspect from 34 years of being exposed to every cruddy thing in the gym.

    Eat, get some sleep, take a day or two, off, then, stop with the excuses, and get on with it.
  • coolarmydude

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    Jun 09, 2009 11:11 AM GMT
    Once while in Germany, my exercises and starting out in rugby boosted my metabolism through the roof that it suppressed my appettite. I had actually forgotten to eat the past 3 or 4 meals. That was until I was in my office and suddenly felt sick. I didn't understand what was happening to me, so I reviewed my actions over the last 24 - 48 hours and considered what I might have done to myself. Then I wondered if it might have been food poisoning, and that's when I realized how many meals I forgot to eat.

    So I went to get something to eat and I was just bewildered that I actually forgot to eat!!!

    It's all about eating and drinking water and getting enough rest.
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    Jun 09, 2009 12:08 PM GMT
    I would not put too much faith in just one article. This sounds like sensational journalism. There numerous studies that show that regular exercise boosts immune function. Less cancer is just one obvious benefit. There are numerous studies that show that over training adversely affects the immune system. Over training leads to far more upper respiratory tract infections (colds). This is well described after a grueling race like the Tour de France. Just don't over train and you will be much healthier than a couch potato.

    Mortality is a more important measurement than immune function. At least for me it is.icon_smile.gif

    Here are two research articles that muscle mass and strength reduce mortality

    This article found increased mortality with decreased muscle mass

    This article found that muscle strength inversely correlated with mortality.
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    Jun 09, 2009 2:27 PM GMT
    was this written by a coach potato
  • torontoguy222...

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    Jun 09, 2009 2:35 PM GMT
    sfinboston saidwas this written by a coach potato

    Haha, ya I have a feeling the author is some 40 year old fat man who's just hostile about being overweight. Nevertheless, I think you guys are right. The benefits of physical activity are broadly known and verified. I agree we should take the article with a grain of salt =P