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White men who exercise every day have 86 per cent higher risk of heart disease than black men, study claims

White men who exercise for seven-and-a-half hours a week or more are almost twice as likely to suffer from heart disease then those who do a moderate amount, a new study has found.

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago looked at the exercise habits of 3,175 participants for a 25 year-long period and found that white men who exercised a lot were more likely to build up plaque in their arteries which can lead to severe cardiac problems.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the UK, according to Public Health England.

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At the baseline, participants were between the ages of 18 and 30 and were categorised into three distinct groups, depending on how much they exercised.

Those who were defined as working out three times above the national guidelines – more than 450 minutes each week – had greater amounts of coronary artery calcification (CAC) over time, which is a clinical measure of the amount of calcium and plaque in the heart’s arteries.

High levels of CAC are an immediate red flag to doctors that someone is at risk of developing heart disease.

However, these results were far more prevalent in white men, who were 86 per cent more likely to have CAC by the time they reach middle age than black male participants.

The results surprised the study’s authors, who expected individuals with higher levels of physical activity to have lower levels of CAC in the long term.

“Because the study results show a significantly different level of risk between black and white participants based on long-term exercise trajectories, the data provides rationale for further investigation, especially by race, into the other biological mechanisms for CAC risk in people with very high levels of physical activity,” said Deepika Laddu, co-author of the study, which was published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

That’s not to say that it’s time for white men to put the dumbbells down for good.

“While the study suggests that white men who exercise at high levels may have a higher burden of CAC, it does not suggest that anyone should stop exercising,” Laddu added.

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Strength can be increased if a creature carries and/or throws objects such as trees and rocks. Fighting other creatures in combat can also develop strength.

The strenghten creature miracle increases this stat to 100% no matter how low it is, although it is only temporary.

Lack of exercise, and constant sleeping can decrease a creature’s strength, gradually reducing it back to 0%.

The weaken creature miracle decreases this stat to 0% no matter how high it is, although it is only temporary.

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Would you ever wear all white to a workout? Sounds a little silly at first, right? Won’t it get sweaty? Is it going to be see-through? Is this a exercise-themed wet t-shirt contest? Wait, what? Forget I said that.

I had my reservations about it, too — when Lululemon told me a few months ago that they were going to come out with all white yoga pants (“They’re amazing, I swear,” US PR manager Meghan Chisholm ensured me), I didn’t believe they could really work. After all, it’s the antithesis of the all-black yoga uniform we’ve become accustomed to over the past decade. But that was exactly what intrigued me, too. I also can’t help myself around whites, pastels, and light, bright colors . . . so one look at the Lululemon Anew Crop ($98), and I was in.

Then I started seeing the all-white-errythang look pop up a couple months ago and decided I was totally down for “boy banding” for Summer. After all, this was the fit version of a Backstreet Boys album cover, and I was absolutely here for it. Who am I to deny a prime opportunity to indulge in ’90s nostalgia — at the gym, of all places?!

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So the decision was made. I’d put this look to the test in the sweatiest classes I could imagine, hot yoga and Barry’s Bootcamp. I donned a white sports bra from Adidas, the white Lulu crops, and my white Adidas Boost sneakers and headed for boot camp. Here’s a look at the before:

Before:

Cleaned up, no sweat, ready to go!

Sweat poured. Honestly, I refer to this as “projectile sweating.” I get into Barry’s Bootcamp, and without fail, every time, sweat literally spurts from my pores like a sprinkler system. Sorry, I know that’s effing disgusting, but I just really want you to understand what these poor pieces of white clothing went through in the name of journalism.

During:

It might be too dark to see, but I’m soaked in sweat

After an hour of weights, bodyweight work, and sprinting on the treadmill, it was judgment time. I had a 50/50 chance of walking out in a set of see-through pants and a see-through bra, so I wasn’t entirely looking forward to that. I was also waiting to see if it looked like I had an accident . . . not looking forward to that either. But I came out of the dark studio and into the light, and . . . well . . . BEHOLD:

After:

Smiling because it doesn’t look like I peed myself. Yay!

It’s safe to say that these pieces are totally gym-proof. The sturdy material didn’t show sweat the way that even my dark-colored yoga pants do. Another concern I heard from women when discussing these pieces — the pants, specifically — is that they would “show cellulite” or not give that smoothing, slimming effect that black pants typically do. Again, I think this has more to do with material than color. For instance, my dark purple Align crops from Lululemon, though buttery soft, show all the jiggle and lumpiness from the rearview, but the compression on these white Anew crops keep everything nice and smooth and held in (also, I know everyone’s body is different, this is just from my experience).

Important note: though these are entirely gym-proof, I must warn you to be VERY careful with anything and everything outside of the gym. My first pair that I bought were lost to a washing machine accident — just one rogue black sock got into my all-Lulu-laundry-load (how’s that for an alliteration) and totally tie-dyed them after only one wear. Bleach, OxiClean soaks, baking soda, Shout spray, and six washes later, and no dice. The second pair (pictured here) are also not free of stains, though this one is very faint (ie, undetectable in boomerangs) — I got a drop of cinnamon toast on one leg after hot yoga. So again, they stood up to hot yoga, but not the aftermath of my toast-loving lifestyle.

Pros: smoothing, compressiony, doesn’t show sweat, looks awesome.

Cons: holds onto stains.

Before and After:

Away from the pants, and onto the boy banding trend: this will take some trial and error for us, dear readers, but so far, these pieces have been gym-proof and definitely do NOT become a fitness-themed wet t-shirt contest. Brands are releasing all-white pieces like crazy, including some of my favorites like Nike, Outdoor Voices, Victoria Sport, Alo Yoga, and Calia.

This trend gets my Fitness editor seal of approval. Live your best boy band life! If you’re like me, and you don’t understand the jokes about only owning black clothing and you gravitate toward brighter, lighter colors, then definitely get after this new look. I felt like a goddess in all white, and I firmly believe that wearing things that make you feel more confident contributes to an even better workout. Who doesn’t want that?

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Victor Verdugo

Blame the designer athleisure boom or the annual glut of New Year’s resolutions to hit the gym on the regular, but this month you can expect to see even more women than usual wearing workout gear. Be it on the school run, in the line for morning coffee, over a business lunch, or even drinks, performancewear as everydaywear for women of all ages is becoming de rigueur. “It seems that it is now totally acceptable to wear your outfit all day, every day,” says studio owner Simone De La Rue. “Even if you haven’t worked out.”

“I think wearing your athleticwear all day is more than acceptable,” says SoulCycle cofounder Julie Rice, whose devotees are notorious for showing up to class decked out head to toe in the studio’s branded leggings, sports bras, tanks, and bandanas. “It’s a trend. People of all ages are wearing their workoutwear all day now, whether it’s leggings with a longer coat and a scarf, or someone younger wearing a cropped T-shirt with a denim jacket and some high-heeled boots. People shop for their athleticwear thinking, How can I wear this from the studio to the street?”

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But what may pass for sporty chic on a Victoria’s Secret model sipping a post-workout shake at Equinox might not have quite the same charm on a professional who squeezed in a Spin class before a meeting . . . with little time for an outfit change. “You do not see people in Paris walking around in their gym clothes—it’s not seen as appropriate,” points out Live The Process designer Robyn Berkley, who also works as a brand consultant for lines such as The Elder Statesman and Sophia Webster. In a color palette of nudes, taupes, heather grays, dark blues, and charcoals, and muted patterns, the label’s signature pieces include a high-waisted pant and corset bra that are designed to be seamlessly integrated into your wardrobe. “I didn’t want people to look at me knowing I was in my gym clothes,” says Berkley.

Fortunately the latest crop of activewear brands are working hard to blur the lines between the locker room and your everyday wardrobe. Take Michi’s Phoenix Bra (which could pass for a sporty take on Proenza Schouler’s Cross Strap Bra Top), Nesh Torn Legging (a versatile reimagining of a distressed, skinny jean), Koral’s Ascent top (a machine-washable version of an Iro linen hole-detail tee), and throw on a pair of boots, and your dinner date would be none the wiser. Here are five golden rules for working your gymwear into your daily routine:

1. Keep up with seasonal trends.
“Until about a year ago, fitness did not have trends. It used to be all black; now it’s seasonal,” says Amanda Freeman, owner of the cult SLT studio. “Mesh panels were big, now not so much . . . now it’s bigger placement patterns and color-blocking.” SweatStyle will deliver a curated selection of the latest premium activewear pieces to you every three months.

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