Different bodies may react differently to same exercise

Fitness Q & A

Health & Fitness

March 28, 2004|By Gailor Large | Gailor Large,Special to the Sun

Is it possible for someone to experience a greater endorphin high from exercise than others -- and therefore become more addicted?

"Yes, it's possible," says Baltimore-based fitness trainer Glenn Berger. "Everyone's brain chemistry is different."

In the same way that speed, strength and endurance vary from athlete to athlete, so too does the body's response to exercise. Individual athletes experience a range of emotions, from deep happiness to a sense of empowerment, when they work out.

It's important to note that it generally takes intense, prolonged physical activity to reach an endorphin or "runner's" high. Researchers estimate that only about 10 percent of athletes ever achieve this endorphin high. So keep pushing yourself. This is one addiction we endorse.

I overheard a trainer at my gym say that women with C cups should wear encapsulation sports bras. What are they? I'm a full B cup. Do I need one?

The encapsulation bra, not your garden variety sports bra, has two individual cups for added support. If you are a full B cup, you may want to wear an encapsulation bra for high-intensity workouts, but you don't need it for less strenuous activity like yoga.

For maximum support, choose what is known as a racer-back style with a wider strap. But remember, what you gain in support you may lose in comfort, so test out different sports bras until you find the best fit for you.

Can hypnosis help me lose weight? If this is true, where can I find a good hypnotherapist?

Research suggests that hypnotherapy can help everything from nail biting to insomnia. It may even help you quit smoking. So is there truth in the claim that it can slim you down, too?

According to the February 2004 issue of Consumer Reports on Health, studies have shown that hypnosis does improve weight loss, at least in the short term.

"Over as many as 48 months, hypnotized patients lost more than double the amount of weight that patients lost in a program without a hypnosis component," the magazine stated.

For local referrals, visit the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis Web site at www.asch.net or the American Psychotherapy and Medical Hypnosis Association at http: / / apmha.com.

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