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

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Monday, Apr 18, 2016

Correcting the Squat with Knee Valgus

A common improper movement pattern observed during a squat is knee valgus. This is typically the result of strong hip adductor muscles overpowering the weak hip abductors. One way to improve this deviation is by incorporating corrective exercises that target the hip abductor muscles. This video will provide you with three different exercises to strengthen the hip abductors but it should be noted that there are numerous other possibilities....

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Sue Beckham, PhD
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Thursday, Apr 14, 2016

Boot Camp for the Brain and Body

We focus on training our bodies but miss opportunities to train the brain. Making healthy choices to exercise, eat right, or manage stress doesn’t happen by chance. Learn how to create a brain training workout....

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Thursday, Mar 31, 2016

Exercise Your Way to a Stronger Skeleton

What if you could prevent or at least delay, one of the most common diseases affecting the senior population? The disease is osteoporosis, and believe it or not, there is an exercise program for that!...

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Sue Beckham, PhD
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Monday, Mar 14, 2016

4 Quick Tips for Healthy Nutrition

Try these four quick and easy nutritional tips for healthy eating....

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Michael Harper, MEd
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Monday, Mar 14, 2016

Full Body Bucket Workout

No weights, no problem. Options for a full body workout using just a bucket are shown in this video....

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Tuesday, Mar 08, 2016

Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Not Always so Sudden?

Sudden Cardiac Arrest results in a very high mortality risk; about 10% of victims survive. This is due to the fact that the heart has completely stopped pumping blood. When tissues are deprived of oxygen for more than a few minutes, they begin to die. “Up until recently, it was assumed that Sudden Cardiac Arrest was so unexpected that there wouldn’t be any time to act"......

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Thursday, Mar 03, 2016

Vitamin D Levels, Cardiorespiratory Fitness, and Adiposity: Are They Related?

You may have heard that vitamin D deficiency is a global epidemic, and that deficiencies are related to an increased risk for several chronic health conditions. These include some cancers, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, and osteoporosis. More recently, it has been shown that vitamin D levels are also related to muscle strength and balance....

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Michael Harper, MEd
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Monday, Feb 22, 2016

Upper Body High Intensity Interval Training

A training option to consider especially if time is a barrier to performing physical activity is interval training, during which higher intensity work periods (work) are alternated with lower intensity work periods (recovery or relief) within the same workout. This allows more work to be done in a shorter period of time. While commonly used for run training, there are a number of ways this training method can be utilized....

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Tuesday, Feb 16, 2016

Enhancing Neuromotor Fitness via the ViPR

Neuromotor training is beneficial to most - no matter what the training goal - and thus, is encouraged to be included in training programs, baring any contraindications. This video focuses on enhancing neuromotor fitness by utilizing the ViPR (an acronym for vitality, performance, and re-conditioning)....

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Thursday, Feb 11, 2016

Stroke: A Frequently Preventable Cause of Disability and Death?

Stroke, which is also known as a cerebrovascular accident, is a form of cardiovascular disease that affects the arteries of the brain. A stroke occurs when an artery bringing oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked by plaque and blood clots (ischemic stroke), or when an artery in the brain bursts (hemorrhagic stroke). Approximately 795,000 strokes occur annually in the United States....

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Thursday, Feb 04, 2016

Sodium Sensitivity and Hypertension: What’s the Connection?

Hypertension is defined as a resting blood pressure of >140/90 mm Hg on two or more separate occasions, and is a major risk factor for heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and kidney disease. About 78 million Americans are thought to have hypertension; most of these individuals have no symptoms. In fact, recent data shows that nearly 20% of hypertensive individuals are completely unaware of its presence....

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Karyn Hughes, MEd
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Thursday, Jan 28, 2016

There’s More to Workouts Than Just Cardio!

Most of us know that in order to be “totally fit” we need a combination of strength, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility but many of us only focus only on the cardio part. We do our running, cycling, elliptical, or walking with little to no regard for resistance training or stretching. Perhaps we justify it because we think we don’t have enough time to work in resistance training. Stretching is all too often an afterthought and is not regarded as being important by some people. What are we compromising in the long run...

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