Lift heavy, but not too heavy. Don’t eat too much, unless you need to eat a lot. Cardio is great, until it isn’t. Sports science is a relatively new field of science and there is lots of conflicting information out there that can leave people very confused about how best to approach healthy decisions. Sports scientist Mandy Hagstrom from the University of New England tends to agree and says that we are really only scratching the surface in terms of our knowledge about how the body responds to exercise.
Mandy’s research investigates how resistance training can have health benefits well beyond pure strength. Mounting evidence suggests that recovering from serious illness isn’t just about rest and recuperation, but also about hitting the gym. She doesn’t just spruik the benefits of strength training, she lives and breathes it. Mandy has has a background in competitive weightlifting and powerlifting and continues to practice what she preaches.
Follow Mandy on Twitter @ADHagstrom
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