March 7, 2013
Were you physically active throughout your childhood and early adulthood, and perhaps even played competitive sports? What will happen to your health if you adopt a sedentary lifestyle while consuming a poor diet as you become “too busy” to exercise given the demands of your career, family, and other commitments? Will the physical fitness of your youth offer a protective advantage against developing inactivity-related lifestyle diseases, or will you inevitably succumb to Sedentary Death Syndrome? My seminar will explore these questions and outline a series of experiments aimed to explore the mechanisms for the deterioration of physiological function toward chronic metabolic and cardiovascular diseases when reduced physical activity and poor diet follow a period of regular physical training.