The Cooper Institute
 

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

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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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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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