CNN HEALTH: No Pain, No Gain?, 11/17/2014

November 17, 2014

No Pain, No Gain?

Many people start a new workout or increase their intensity for training. They feel amazing- until they are so sore that they can’t move the next day. This soreness is known as delayed onset muscle soreness, better known as DOMS. DOMS is muscle soreness that is prominent 6-8 hours after working out. This feeling can peak around 24-48 hours after training, but can decrease in impact after roughly three days.

DOMS stands out when you introduce a new training stimulus, such as a …

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YAHOO: How to use your city as a Stairmaster, 11/13/2014

November 13, 2014

How to use your city as a Stairmaster

Have you ever become bored with doing the same jog or the same home work out every day? Are you looking for a new way to incorporate physical activity into your life without having to pay an expensive gym membership? No worries! There is a new trend in physical activity called urban hiking. This trend uses stairs as a means of physical activity. Rather than using a park to take a walk people have turned to city stairs …

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NPR: Play Doesn’t End With Childhood: Why Adults Need Recess Too, 10/30/2014

October 30, 2014

Play Doesn’t End With Childhood: Why Adults Need Recess Too

Many studies have shown that play is important for children’s social, physical and cognitive development.  But do its benefits end when your brain stops developing?  Recently, doctors have discovered that adults who enjoy activities like recreational sports, games or puzzles may maintain their memory and thinking skills better than those who don’t save time for play.  However, it’s not just your brain that benefits from play.  People who feel comfortable being silly and playful tend to …

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CNN HEALTH: Even a 5-minute run can help prevent heart disease, 10/16/2014

October 16, 2014

Even a 5-minute run can help prevent heart disease

How often do you run? A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests that running, even for a few minutes a day can reduce your risk of dying from heart disease. The researchers studied more than 55,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 100 over a 15-year period, looking at their overall health, whether they ran and how long they lived.

The results showed that compared to non-runners, those who ran …

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RWJF: The Childhood Energy Gap, 10/10/2014

October 10, 2014

The Childhood Energy Gap

In a study recently summarized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, researchers led by Harvard and Columbia University professors created statistical models to analyze large contributors to the childhood obesity epidemic, and ways to combat it. The research study specifically observed the imbalance of caloric intake and energy expenditure, noticing a gap that has developed over time. Over ten years, this gap has increased to around 110 to 165 calories per day, which surely adds up to additional pounds over time. By …

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US NEWS: How to Avoid Injury, 10/9/2014

October 09, 2014

How to avoid injury

There are as many as 90 percent of runners experiencing injuries during training. Make sure you don’t become a part of this statistic and follow these tips to maximize your workouts while avoiding injuries.

1.       Don’t do the same workout every day (or most days per week).

Performing the same exercises for 3 or more times a week leads to fitness plateaus and possibly an overuse injury. To avoid repeating the same workouts, try jogging or running at different paces, or on different surfaces.

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CNN: Sitting Too Long Can be Harmful to Your Health, 08/21/2014

August 21, 2014

Sitting Too Long Can be Harmful to Your Health

How often are you sitting in front of a TV or computer screen? An American Cancer Society study found that women who sit for more than six hours a day were about 40% more likely to die during the course of the study than those who sat fewer than three hours per day. Men were about 20% more likely to die. Sitting can increase the risk of certain cancers, such as colon and lung cancer. Physically active …

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TIME: An hour of exercise can make up for a day of sitting down, 08/07/2014

August 07, 2014

An hour of exercise can make up for a day of sitting down

Everyone knows that it’s important to be physically active, but what does everyone do when they are not exercising? A recent study has shown that what we’re doing when we’re not exercising is relevant to our health. Dr. Jarett Berry at UT Southwestern Medical Center conducted a study with the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to determine the effects of prolonged sedentary behavior. He found that regardless of the total amount of …

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AARP: Helping Your Knees, Step-by-6,000-Steps, 08/01/2014

August 01, 2014

Helping Your Knees, Step-by-6,000-Steps

Arthritis is currently affecting an estimated 27 million Americans, about fifty percent of who are 65 years of age or older.  Studies show that walking can alleviate and even prevent onset and symptoms of this painful condition.  And now, new studies are showing that even just a little bit of walking can offer preventative measures and other positive health benefits.

While researchers in the past have said that 10,000 daily steps will do the trick, new studies have shown even 6,000 steps a …

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AARP: 91 Year-old Woman Makes Marathon History, 7/22/2014

July 22, 2014

AARP: 91 Year-old Woman Makes Marathon History

At 91 years old, Harriet Thompson completed her 15th marathon, making her the second oldest marathon runner in U.S history!  Thompson only began jogging at the age of 76, proving you are never too old to get into better shape.

A two-time cancer survivor, Thompson said she wasn’t even in her best shape during this most recent marathon, as she was recovering from a recent round of radiation. It is never too late to make healthy changes in your life; …

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MAYO CLINIC: Stay Safe during Hot Weather, 7/17/2014

July 17, 2014

Stay Safe during Hot Weather

As the summer months become hotter, it is important to be aware that exercising in hot weather puts extra stress on your body. During hot exercise, it is important to watch for symptoms that can be a sign of heat related illness. These symptoms include muscle cramps, nausea, fatigue, headache, dizziness, increased heart rate, and visual problems. If you experience any of these symptoms be sure to cool off by drinking fluids, applying cold compresses to the neck or forehead, or …

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KIDS HEALTH: Help Your Parents Get Healthy, 6/11/2014

June 11, 2014

Help Your Parents Get Healthy

Listen up, parents!  In a recent survey by KidsHealth.org, kids told researchers how much their parents’ lifestyle choices impact them. 46% of children are concerned about their parents’ health, and 69% wish that their parents would make changes to be healthier.  However, you have the power to make a change!  The majority of parents surveyed said that they would work harder to get healthy if their kids asked them to. So if your child asks you to make a …

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THE NEWS TRIBUNE: Short Exercise Breaks in Bethel Schools Help Students Stay Alert, 2/24

February 24, 2014

Short Exercise Breaks in Bethel Schools Help Students Stay Alert

Students at Spanaway Elementary School in Bethel, Ohio are receiving a new method of academic enhancement, through the use of ‘Brain Breaks’. These Brain Breaks consist of short, thirty-second to two-minute bursts of movement and exercise, in order to help the students keep alert throughout the school day. Following a lesson or when focus in the classroom is needed, the students follow particular movements that the teacher performs, guided by an organized plan created by …

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