The Cooper Institute
 

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

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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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Thursday, Jun 16, 2016

Full Body, Four Exercises

This combination of movements provides conditioning for the entire body. The major muscle groups involved in this multi-joint exercise are: pectoralis major, rectus abdominis and obliques (for core stabilization), iliopsoas (hip flexors), quadriceps, gluteus maximus, and anterior deltoid....

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Thursday, Jun 16, 2016

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Thursday, Jun 02, 2016

Fuel Use during Exercise: Myths and Misconceptions

In order for the human body to function, it needs to be continuously supplied with fuel for energy. Most of this energy comes from the breakdown of carbohydrates and fats within the cells. There are several common myths and misconceptions regarding the use of these two fuels relative to exercise and energy. Let’s address some of these myths......

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Sue Beckham, PhD
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Monday, May 16, 2016

Circle Band Core Progression

Circle bands aren’t just for lower body strength training. Learn to use the circle band to create functional exercise progressions that challenge the whole body, including the core....

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Metabolic Training to Maximize Caloric Burn

Performing a series of resistance training exercise with limited to no rest to improve the ability to perform anaerobic work can help maximize caloric burn. Plus, as seen in this video, these combined exercises replicate many required job demands....

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Visceral Adiposity: Yet Another Reason to Cut Back on Sugary Drinks!

One of the major points of emphasis in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans includes limiting intake of added sugars to less than 10% of total daily calorie intake. The majority of our added sugar intake comes in the form of sugar-sweetened beverages such as non-diet soda, sports drinks, energy drinks, and imitation fruit drinks....

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Thursday, May 05, 2016

The Dirty Dozen: Fact, Fiction, or a Bit of Both?

The list, commonly known as “The Dirty Dozen” is met with great fanfare by the news media each year. The EWG recommends that consumers purchase these fruits and vegetables in organic form instead of conventional forms. However, before you run out to buy much more expensive organic versions of these and other fruits and veggies, let’s ‘peel back the layers’ of the recommendations from the EWG....

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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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