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Founded in 1970 by the "Father of Aerobics"
Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH

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Thursday, Jul 13, 2017

Can 1 Minute of All-Out Exercise 3 Days a Week Improve Your Cardiovascular Fitness and Blood Glucose/Insulin Levels?

High-intensity interval training, also known as HIIT or sprint interval training (SIT), involves alternating short bouts of maximal intensity effort with low intensity recovery periods within the same workout. One appealing aspect of SIT workouts is that they do not last nearly as long as traditional 'steady state' workouts where the individual maintains a constant level of moderate intensity from start to finish....

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Thursday, Jul 13, 2017

Preventing the Nuisance of Shin Splints

Shin splints is a generalized term for pain on the front edge of the shin bone. Shin splints are common in runners, dancers, military recruits, activities requiring bursts of speed or sudden stops, individuals who have increased exercise duration/frequency/intensity, and those exercising on uneven surfaces. Learn more......

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Monday, Jun 26, 2017

Should You Be Nuts Over Coconuts?

Over the past few years, a number of claims have been made regarding the benefits of dietary coconut oil (DCO). Weight loss and improved heart health are among the most commonly purported health benefits of DCO. Because I’m a big proponent of the old adage ‘if it seems too good to be true, it probably is’, let’s take an objective look at what the science says. First off, while dietary saturated fats tend to increase blood levels of LDL-cholesterol (the bad cholesterol), not all saturated fatty acids are exactly alike. Dietary saturated fatty acids fall in two categories based on how many carb...

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Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017

CPR Tips

CPR can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival. The thought of performing CPR on someone can be scary, but don’t let fear prohibit you from being a lifesaver. So how do you know if someone really needs CPR? Check out this month’s Fit Tip to learn some quick, practical tips when it comes to administering CPR....

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Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017

Should everyone be Concerned About Gluten?

Many individuals are going to great lengths to avoid gluten in their diets, and food manufacturers as well as restaurants are touting their ‘gluten-free’ products as being healthful. However, before you jump on the ‘anti-gluten’ bandwagon, let’s look at some basic facts....

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Monday, Jun 05, 2017

Creative Cardio Circuit Strategies for Youth - Part 1

In April, we introduced you to circuit training strategies designed to improve FitnessGram® scores. The circuit training session should alternate one minute of cardio exercise with one minute of strength exercise. As mentioned previously, the strength training routine should target all major muscle groups. However, creating fun and innovative ways to include cardio can be a challenge. Incorporate fit tip cardio strategies to make your next circuit training workout a fun activity for kids of all ages....

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Update on The Cooper Institute Certified Personal Trainer Exam

The Cooper Institute continuously completes internal procedures in compliance with NCCA standards in order to maintain accreditation. Over the past 14 months, exam development processes have resulted in an updated CI-CPT exam that will be launched on June 1, 2017....

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Fitness Norms and Fitness Standards are Apples and Oranges

Often times the terms ‘fitness norms’ and ‘fitness standards’ are used interchangeably in the law enforcement community, but these terms are actually very different from one another. In this blog we discuss the difference between the two....

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Dietary Approaches to Stopping Hypertension (DASH)

In this Fit Tip video, we will discuss how the DASH eating plan, as well as moderate amounts of cardiovascular and strength training can have a favorable impact on your resting blood pressure....

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Does Blood Pressure Earlier in Life Predict Hypertension Later in Life?

In a recently published paper, the authors presented data strongly suggesting that monitoring blood pressure during childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood can be used to predict future prehypertension and hypertension, as well as future risk of cardiovascular disease....

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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Building a Healthier Generation through Fitness Assessment

The generation we teach today are facing a serious health crisis. This is about as real as it gets – our youngest students are the first, ever, to be predicted to NOT outlive their parents. As physical education teachers, what we do today, and more importantly, how we do it, will make all the difference in the lives of countless students who cross our paths. It’s not just about checking the “PE” box, it’s about ensuring our students actually attain the physical literacy they need to be strong adults....

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Friday, May 05, 2017

New Studies Bolster Existing Support for Whole Grains!

Fad diets are a dime a dozen. A couple of somewhat popular diet crazes claim that all grains should be avoided because they cause inflammation, leading to increased risk of chronic disease and early death. Worldwide, grains are a major component of the diet, providing approximately half of the energy and protein intake. Thus, the claim by authors of diet books that grains increase the risk of disease and death warrants very careful scientific scrutiny!...

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