In this video interview, Harry Rossiter, PhD, FACSM, who studies exercise physiology, explains about a study being done to measure the amount of mitochondria in muscles. Mitochondria are the engines that your body uses to propel itself. Dr. Rossiter studies how the mitochondria are increased as a result of an exercise training program.
“There are three pillars to better health,” says Dr. Rossiter, “nutrition, sleep, and physical activity.” People who are very fit, who exercise regularly, have more mitochondria in their muscles, and as a result their bodies perform better. In the case of COPD, an increase in mitochondria helps a patient live a healthier life because the body is functioning more efficiently.
The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week in order to maintain your health. “If you want to improve your health, you need to do even more than that,” says Dr. Rossiter.
Note: Dr. Rossiter’s interview starts at minute 22:40 and continues to 26:45.
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For an in-depth discussion of COPD and staying active for healthy living, come back next week for another more detailed video presentation by Dr. Rossiter.