The Cooper Institute
 

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

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Sue Beckham, PhD
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Thursday, Sep 15, 2016

Bench Exercises for Osteoporosis and Osteopenia

Boost bone density while improving balance, coordination and agility with these bench exercises. Everyone from older adults to the prevention-minded can benefit from these exercises for osteoporosis and osteopenia....

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Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016

Beetroot Juice: A Boon for the Older Adult Heart?

Heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization in adults ages 65 and older. Beetroot juice has been shown to be beneficial to the cardiovascular system in healthy adults. Here we describe a study on the effects of beetroot juice on the cardiovascular system of twenty older adults with heart failure....

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Thursday, Sep 01, 2016

Do Health Behaviors Early in Life Affect Health Risk Later on?

Little is known regarding how health behaviors such as diet during early adulthood impact the risk of developing coronary heart disease later in life. This study examined how fruit and vegetable intake at age 25 impacted the coronary artery calcium score 20 years later....

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Thursday, Sep 01, 2016

Is Not Engaging the Core Hindering Your Performance?

Many individuals who perform resistance training exercises unfortunately are not performing them in a biomechanically sound manner. As a result, they are often not challenging the muscle appropriately and / or are increasing the risk for injury. A strength coach I worked with would say in jest when observing this, “Well, they are working something.” But what good is “working something” if that is not what is intended or if it can potentially lead to harm. While there are many basic principles that are often violated, one common violation is not engaging the core properly prior to beginning movement. While it sounds easy enough, activating the core isn’t necessarily a simple task, especially after routine neglect. Often thought of as a low back exercise, the Quadraplex is a great exercise to work on spine stabilization through core activation as shown in this video. The main goal is to maintain the optimal position of the spine and pelvis during basic movement....

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Monday, Aug 15, 2016

Physical Activity vs. Physical Fitness: Which is More Important?

While many people assume that physical activity and physical fitness are either the same thing or are very closely correlated, this is not the case. We will examine the differences between the two, then report on which on is a better predictor of cardiovascular mortality....

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Monday, Aug 15, 2016

Plantar Fasciitis: Prevention and Recovery

Plantar fasciitis is the most common source of heel pain. Utilize these strategies to prevent and recovery from this common injury....

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Friday, Jul 29, 2016

Decrease Your Cardiovascular Disease Risk! Life’s Simple 7

The American Heart Association has developed 7 easy to understand recommendations that aim to improve cardiovascular health and decrease unnecessary and premature cardiovascular morbidity (illness) and mortality (death) in the U.S. by 20% by the year 2020. These recommendations, known as Life’s Simple 7 are discussed....

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Sue Beckham, PhD
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Friday, Jul 29, 2016

Glute Bridge with Mini-band

Muscle imbalances in the hips and core can contribute to low back pain. This version of the glute bridge not only strengthens the often weak gluteus maximus but also engages the hip abductor muscles that keep the hips and knees aligned during squatting movements....

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Sue Beckham, PhD
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Friday, Jul 15, 2016

Are Tight Hip Flexors Contributing to Your Low Back Pain?

Prolonged sitting and activities like jogging and cycling can lead to tight hip flexors and muscle imbalances which contribute to low back pain. Learn to release tight hip flexors using a medicine ball followed by static stretching to increase range of motion....

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Friday, Jul 15, 2016

Interval Training: Not Only for the Athlete

Is it time to mix up your workout program with some interval training? It’s not just for improving athletic performance. It can also be used to improve body composition and blood glucose levels. Learn how to design interval training programs to meet your needs....

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Thursday, Jun 30, 2016

Are Healthful Foods at the Grocery Store Always More Expensive Than Less Healthful Items?

If we are conscious of a health behavior that needs to be changed, our readiness to make that change depends upon what we see as the benefits and barriers (obstacles) to making the change. One common barrier to changing dietary behaviors is the perception that more healthful items at the grocery store are significantly more expensive than their less healthful counterparts....

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Michael Harper, MEd
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Thursday, Jun 16, 2016

Battle Ropes

Most anyone will tell you that performing rope exercises continuously for even just a few seconds can take your breath away. Fountaine and Schmidt (2013) concluded that using 15-second intervals of rope exercises like those in this video provided an effective, vigorous intensity workout comparable to other forms of interval training....

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