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Exercise and Fitness

SWIPN Promotes Safe Physical Activity

May 18 2009 - 9:55am

In order to be safe, you have to be seen. That’s the advice the Southwest Injury Prevention Network (SWIPN) are urging walkers, runners, cyclists and others to follow when they use roadways to keep physically active in the coming months. With spring in the air and summer right around the corner, SWIPN launched its Be Safe Be Seen campaign this week.

Vibration Plate Exercise Machines Trim Belly Fat

May 9 2009 - 10:26am
Power Plate

Results of a new study show that vibration plate exercise machines can trim harmful belly fat, combined with exercise and calorie restriction. Researchers compared four groups of people. Dieters who used vibration plate exercise machines lost enough weight to improve health. The findings showed that vibration plate exercise machines help dieters trim belly fat when used properly.

MLB Drug Policy on PED Test

May 7 2009 - 7:41pm
MLB on Drug tests

Major League baseball (MLB) began banning steroid use in 1191, but did not begin testing its players until 2003. Over time time they have slowly gotten tougher with their testing and penalties. Currently, players such as Mani Ramirez are given a 50 game ban for their first offense. After a third positive test for a performance enhancing drug (PED), the player is banned for life.

Higher Pre-Exercise Heart Rate Doubles Risk of Sudden Death

May 2 2009 - 10:32am
Pre-exercise heart rate

Researchers from France have found that higher heart rate before exercise is a strong predictor of the risk of sudden death from heart attack later in life. Professor Xavier Jouven, of the Hopital Européen Georges Pompidou (Paris, France), and colleagues found that merely taking a pulse before an exercise stress test is an inexpensive way to predict risk of sudden cardiac death. Men whose pre-exercise heart rate increased in response to mental stress had double the risk of sudden death.

NC Introduces New Physical Activity Standards

May 1 2009 - 9:58am

The Move More After-School Collaborative today released a set of recommended standards for physical activity in North Carolina’s after-school programs. After-school providers now have a guide they can use to help young people meet the 60 minutes or more of daily physical activity recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Move More After-School Standards were unveiled at the SYNERGY Conference in Greensboro, sponsored by the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs.

May Is Physical Fitness, Sports Month

Apr 29 2009 - 1:02pm

Did you know that you don’t need to sweat in a gym or run a marathon to reap the health benefits of daily physical activity? Even 30 minutes of physical activity a day, reduced into shorter increments of ten or fifteen minutes, can greatly improve your health.

That’s the message the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and the Strong and Healthy Oklahoma Initiative, along with the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, are using to challenge Oklahomans to get moving for health during May, National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.

Unsafe Fitness Balls Prompts Product Safety Recall

Apr 17 2009 - 10:26am
Fitness ball recall

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a widespread recall of unsafe fitness balls. The balls, manufactured and sold between from May 2000 to February 2009, are unsafe, and can cause injuries if overinflated. There have been about three million unsafe rubber fitness balls sold nationwide.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, “An overinflated fitness ball can unexpectedly burst while in use, causing the user to fall to the floor.” So far, forty-seven injuries have occurred from the unsafe fitness balls resulting in bruising and one bone fracture.

Analysing Impacts Of London 2012 Olympics On Physical Activity

Mar 18 2009 - 12:57pm

The 2012 Olympics should be promoted as part of a series of "festival events" in order to involve as many people as possible and to leave a lasting legacy, a team of experts from Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent have concluded.

The team analysed the potential impact of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games on physical activity, sports participation and health as part of a programme of research commissioned by the Department of Health.

Keep Moving With Under The Desk Pedal Exerciser

Mar 14 2009 - 10:59am
Under The Desk Pedal Exerciser

We all recognize the importance of exercise, or just moving for that matter. The under-the-desk pedal exerciser is a handy little device that can increase alertness, keep you moving, and burn some calories when you are working long hours at a desk. It can also keep your legs healthy, preventing swelling and broken blood vessels from sitting too much.

Exercise Campaigns Lead to More Eating

Feb 28 2009 - 11:13am
Exercise and eating

Something about encouraging exercise seems to lead people to eat more food.

According to a study, published in the journal Obesity, some health campaigns may actually have the opposite effect on individual health behaviors - exercise campaigns may lead us to the food table, rather than to the gym.

Psychology professor Dolores Albarracín led research showing that campaigns encouraging people to exercise may subliminally have the opposite effect of the intended message. Albarracín says the findings are important for those who design public health campaigns.

Obamas Show Fitness Can Be Done

Jan 20 2009 - 11:30am
Obama family fittest

Today, the Obamas and America are making history. The Obamas become the first African-American couple to be president and first lady. They are also thought to be the fittest first couple ever.

The Obamas are a great example in the commitment to fitness. Perhaps they will inspire the sedentary Americans to get up and move. Both managed to squeeze in workouts despite their hectic schedules both before and during the campaign.

I want to encourage you all to use their example to show you that fitness CAN be done.

Brazilian free exercise, nutrition program possible model in U.S.

Jan 13 2009 - 4:34pm
Exercise and fitness in Brazil

What if free exercise classes were offered in public spaces such as parks, beaches and recreation centers? When a city government in Brazil tried such a program, it greatly increased physical activity among community members. A group of health researchers who studied the program believes it could also work in U.S. cities with warm climates.

Metabolic Syndrome Risks Hits Athletes Too

Jan 13 2009 - 11:18am

College-age football players who gain weight to add power to their blocks and tackles might also be setting themselves up for diabetes and heart disease later in life, a new study suggests.

Nearly half of a sample of collegiate offensive and defensive linemen who underwent a battery of tests for the study had metabolic syndrome. This means the players had at least three of five risk factors that indicate a person has higher chances of developing heart disease and diabetes than those without the risk factors.

New Technology Doubles iPhones As Fitness Monitors

Jan 9 2009 - 8:37am

iTMP Technology, a pioneering smartphone hardware and software developer, has introduced SMHEART LINK, a highly-anticipated new technology that is poised to bring unparalleled health and fitness capabilities to Apple iPhone and iPod touch users. iTMP will debut and demonstrate SMHEART LINK and its iPhone fitness apps this week at Macworld Expo in San Francisco.

Gyms, Health Clubs Roll Out Welcome Mats

Jan 6 2009 - 3:37pm

Gym memberships in the United States were down 3 percent in 2007, due to the sagging economy, according to the Los Angeles Times. But the good news - it's getting cheaper to keep New Year's resolutions to get into shape.

The economic downturn has would-be exercisers cutting back on extra costs, fitness centers, health clubs and gyms across the country. So the facilities are offering an array of reduced-price deals for new, current and former members looking to tone up, the newspaper reported.

Doctors Should Promote More Exercise In Women 40-74

Dec 12 2008 - 7:17am
female exercise

Exercise on prescription increases physical activity and quality of life and should become part of wider population strategies to promote exercise, concludes a study published on today.

Regular exercise reduces the risk of heart and lung disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers and death from all causes by an estimated 20-30%. The UK government wants at least 70% of the population to be active (30 minutes of moderate physical activity five times a week) by 2020. Currently, only 40% of men and 28% of women in the UK are meeting this target.

Get Up, Get Out, Get Moving

Nov 8 2008 - 12:37am

Are you one of the more than 68 million people who have a account? If so, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) challenges you to get up, get out and get moving! The free AAOS application, available for download on Facebook, "Get Up! Get Out! Get Moving! Let's Exercise!"

Set fitness goals (promoting weight-bearing exercises)

Track those goals

Join teams that can also set and track fitness goals

Challenge friends and teammates on Facebook to meet and/or beat goals

Appropriate Exercise Can Help Prevent ACL Injuries In Female Athletes

Sep 28 2008 - 10:55am

APTA releases injury prevention tips in observance of National Physical Therapy Month.

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is urging female athletes - particularly soccer players - to consider a new warm-up program to help lower their growing risk of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. The announcement comes as APTA celebrates National Physical Therapy Month this October, an annual observance designed to educate the public about the important role physical therapists and physical therapist assistants play in the health care system.

What Does Positive Exercise Testing in Athletes Mean?

Sep 1 2008 - 11:04am

In competitive athletes >35 years of age with a high-risk profile for future cardiovascular events, an exercise test is mandatory to rule out/confirm the presence of (silent) underlying ischemic heart disease

· For recreational sports/leisure-time activity, the exercise test today is recommended on an individual basis

· Exercise tests do have proven weaknesses, showing both false positive and false negative results, making additional testing necessary, especially in uncertain case.

What About Some Sports With a Balance Wheelchair

Jul 26 2008 - 11:43am
Balance Wheelchair

Balance Sport Wheelchair becomes the winner of International Design Excellence Award 08, in Medical and Scientific Concerts Category. This wheelchair allows good balance when doing sports and gives an opportunity to elderly wheelchair users to get some exercise.

While observing a wheelchair basketball scrimmage, it became apparent to the designers that hands have two primary roles in the game: propelling, turning or stopping the player's own chair and shooting, passing, dribbling, stealing and blocking.

Can You Be Born a Couch Potato?

Jul 17 2008 - 5:09pm

The key to good health is to be physically active. The key to being active is… to be born that way?

The well-documented importance of exercise in maintaining fitness has created the idea that individuals can manage their health by increasing their activity. But what if the inclination to engage in physical activity is itself significantly affected by factors that are predetermined? Two new studies suggest that the inclination to exercise may be strongly affected by genetics.

Top Three Exercises To Get, Stay In Shape

Jul 10 2008 - 10:20am

Americans are looking for clear and concise answers when it comes to how to drop a few pounds this summer and many are turning to their personal trainers to show them the way. The American Council on Exercise (ACE) recently conducted a survey of 1000 ACE-Certified Personal Trainers to get their advice regarding the best techniques to get fit for summer.

They recommended strength training, interval training and increased cardio as their top three exercise approaches for a summer, total-body makeover when combined with a sensible, portion controlled, healthy diet.