CERG in Japanese running magazine

The Japanese magazine “Running Style” has two pages about 4×4 intervall training based on the research we do her on CERG in their last issue. Interviewed in the article is Shigenori Ito M.D., Ph. D., who visited us last September.
 Article about 4x4 intervall training in japanees running magazine Running Style
“Since my fantastic visit to CERG in September last year, I have studied high intensity interval training (HIT) and tried to spread HIT in cardiac rehabilitation as well as sport medicne in Japan. This article in a popular Japanese running magazine is the first step.
The content includes that increasing VO2max by 4×4 HIT is a beneficial way for
beginner runners using Heart Rate monitor to improve their records. To know peak Heart Rate is very important and we can know VO2max and peak Heart Rate easily by using the calculators at CERG’s web sites!”, Ito says.


The exercise pill, are we ready for it?

urtemedisinEvery once in a while we here about this magic medicine. What about a drug to make your muscles stronger, your heart healthier, power-up metabolism, reduce body weight, improve blood flow in your brain and many other benefits? Wouldn’t that be great?

Although many people would say yes, we commonly meet many that are against that idea for a number of reasons. For example, it’s well known that physical activity levels have decreased dramatically in the past 100 years in almost all countries, so it’s been thought that a drug to ”copy” exercise would be just one more reason NOT to go out for a workout. And how about elite sports? Doping is an increasing problem in the field, so another pill to enhance performance could lead to more abuse of such substances. Or perhaps more important: if exercising promotes so many benefits for health, would the world really need an expensive drug that does (part of) the same thing?

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Genetics and cardiovascular disease

Picture of DNAIn Western world, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is among the leading cause of premature death and a major cause of disability. Over the years, the knowledge of CVD risk factors clustering and their multiplicative interactions to promote CVD risk has led to the development of multivariable risk prediction algorithms to use in primary care settings. The guidelines for CVD prevention recommend that an individual’s risk of CVD is estimated by combining different risk factors into a numeric estimate of risk. Most of these risk prediction algorithms include well-known CVD risk factors such as: age, sex, hypertension, cholesterol, smoking, family history of CVD and diabetes mellitus. A variety of risk prediction algorithms are available, as charts, tables, computer programmes, and web-based tools.

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New Health Gadget for Christmas?

Man som sjekker pulsen med pulsklokke. Foto: iStockeHealth and wearables are two emerging trends as demonstrated at The International Consumer Electronics Show, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, held in Las Vegas every year. This year, 40% of the scene was dedicated to “wearables” (self-measuring devices). A Google search gives 45 800 000 hits about “health gadgets” that aim to help you stay fit and healthy.

How fit are you really? Try our fitness calculator here!

The wearable technology market, today at a $3- to $5 billion a year, is booming and it is expected to skyrocket to $30- to $50 billion in the next two to three years. ABI Research estimates that the total number of such devices will further grow from 16.2 million units in 2011 to 93 million units in 2017. Activity trackers are the most attractive segments within the market and are under continuous development. According to a recent report, Fitbit, Jawbone, and Nike FuelBand, shares 97 % of activity tracker market, and currently dominate this market. San Francisco-based Fitbit shipped 67 percent of all activity tracking devices in 2013. In the future it is expected that market for wearables will expand to other customer segments than fitness enthusiasts. A significant development of physiological instrumentation in combination with availability of mobile interaction platforms and computational power accelerates the trend. Numerous suppliers have jumped on this train to position themselves, with big brands in the forefront. However, despite feature-rich products, all these are unable to provide users the most important answer: Is my activity level sufficient to stay healthy?

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Exercise to take care of his heart

Roar Strand

“I exercise to keep in shape for my slightly younger and very beautiful wife! And because I want to take care of my heart and my health

Roar Strand, former soccer player

Share your reason along with a picture under the hashtag #CERGxmas on Instagram to join in. Every day from the 1st-24th of December we will draw a winner who gets an exercise towel and drawstring bag. On Christmas Eve we announce the main winner who wins a dream day at CERG. Read more about the prizes and the rules here!

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– Exercise gives me energy

Kent Roger Tangvik. Foto Matti Pedersen

“My two main reasons for exercising are. Firstly, I would like to spend as much time of my life as possible with my children. To be able to do that, I need to take good care of myself, and at the same time serve as a healthy role model for them integrating sports and play into their childhood upbringing. Secondly, exercise gives me energy, balance and cam. I simply function better when I exercise”

Kent Roger Tangvik, participant in the TV show “71 grader nord”


Share your reason along with a picture under the hashtag #CERGxmas on Instagram to join in. Every day from the 1st-24th of December we will draw a winner who gets an exercise towel and drawstring bag. On Christmas Eve we announce the main winner who wins a dream day at CERG. Read more about the prizes and the rules here!

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Exercise counselling – is it worth the effort?

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In Norway, a qualifying course called “Exercise as medicine” is now offered to general practitioners in Oslo. In Trondheim, a similar course has alreadybeen offered for some years already. The course aims to strengthen GPs’ knowledge and use of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of various diseases. Internationally, the global health initiative “Exercise is Medicine”, initiated by the American College of Sports Medicine and American Medical Association, have contributed to elevating the status of exercise in general practice. What role can GPs have to encourage people to become more physically active?

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Tried our 7 week exercise program?

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Then Brita Helleborg wants to get in touch with you. She tried our fitness calculator a while back. She is 60 years and got exactly that as her fitness age. Yet she was not completely satisfied.

“I was disappointed, I thought I was in better shape than the average. I tested the calculator by adding various answers to the questions, and found out that what was needed to reduce the fitness age was high intensity workoutHellborg says.

Read Britas blog and got in touch with her here! (It is written in Norwegian, but she wants to get in touch with people from all over the world who has tried our 7 week program)

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How to be active in your busy life?

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There is no doubt about the fact that physical activity is good for you. Despite convincing evidences that physical activity and exercise is beneficial for your health, physical inactivity is today the 4th leading risk factor for global mortality.

Health organizations around the world are making a concerted effort to encourage the general population to start exercising or to increase the time spent exercising, while less attention have been paid to what we do the rest of the day. Time spent sitting is found to be a dependent risk factor for cardiovascular disease, type2-diabetes and several types of cancer. As discussed in a previous blog post, a study from a British research group found that more than seven hours a day sitting increased the risk for developing cardiovascular disease by 147%,  increased the risk for developing diabetes by 112%, and even the participants who exercised regularly had a 49% increased risk of dying prematurely.

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Simulating the human condition in a digital age: Virtual Physiological Human 2014

VPH 2014Long before the availability of computers and technology, physiologists were using mathematical modelling to describe complex systems using physical and mathematical principles. Combining knowledge of physics with experimental observation, pioneering physiologists such as Poiseuille, Fick and Krogh were able to describe the physiological complexities of blood flow that were only confirmed through direct measurement decades after their initial description. As the digital age progresses and available computational power continues to increase, we now move towards a more detailed modelling approach aimed at using existing experimental data gathered from all around the world from both populations and individual patients to create a virtual representation of the human body. This concept, known as The Virtual Physiological Human, aims to lead to new, more predictive clinical technologies that allow for personalized medicine to be readily available. Continue reading