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Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH

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Sue Beckham, PhD
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Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016

Does Pickle Juice Relieve Muscle Cramps?

Many exercisers promote the benefits of pickle juice for relieving muscle cramps but what does the scientific evidence say about pickle juice – if it works and how it works?...

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Karyn Hughes, MEd
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Thursday, Oct 24, 2013

Park Utilization and American’s Fittest or Fattest Cities: Are They Connected?

Surely by now you have seen at list one listing of America’s Fattest Cities.  If you are like me, did you wonder what criteria were used to create this listing? Well I discovered it is the U.S. Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index that surveys 1000 Americans every day. The index is a partnership between Gallup and Healthways that began in January of 2008. Other news and magazine publications then use part of this information to publish the ‘Top Ten Fattest Cities in America’ or ‘The Top Ten Fittest Cities in America’. The criteria includes six sub-indexes: Life Evaluation Index Emotional Hea...

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Michael Harper, MEd
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Monday, Jan 07, 2013

Jump Into Your New Year Exercise on Different Surfaces

As you jump into the New Year, along with your New Year's resolutions, consider adding changes to your exercise routine to keep it fresh and new. Recently we discussed what the effect of just changing your music can have on your workout in the article "Singing the Workout Blues." While changing your music takes very little effort, changing your routine may take a little work but often it is well worth the effort. One possibility is to add in plyometric training which is basically jump training. Plyometrics can easily be incorporated into your exercise routine as long as you have basic levels...

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Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012

Are we boring our children into inactivity?

I have a son and a daughter who are, nicely put, extremely active (wild and crazy!).  For instance, my son who is 3 is already riding his bike without training wheels and my daughter (now 14 months) at 11 months decided to climb out of her crib. They keep me on my toes for sure. I am a pretty "hands-off" parent letting them climb and jump (and fall) but there are times that I worry about safety and if certain activities or ways in which they are playing are too risky. Recently we were at the park and my son wanted to slide down the fireman's pole. It is a pretty high pole and this is not...

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Teresa McEwen, BS
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Friday, Jan 27, 2012

What are you waiting for?

As spring is just around the corner, running and triathlon season go into full swing and so should you! These events aren't just for seasoned athletes anymore ... many of them are designed simply for beginners to enjoy the thrill of participation and camaraderie. Does the term "5K" sound daunting? Believe it or not, many 5K participants are walking the event with their friends and family, and sometimes even their pets.  And don't let a sprint triathlon scare you off either. Chances are, you have a friend or family member that's started participating in them recently and your response m...

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Thursday, Jan 12, 2012

Physical activity - stop the decline before it happens!

Have you ever watched a kid run around and think, "Wow, they are on the move nonstop?" Research has shown that indeed physical activity declines as we age. This decline, however, is not linear in nature nor does it follow the same path for males and females. Recent research published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine explored this relationship.1 The study included 640 Canadian adolescents whose ages were between 12- and 15-years-old at baseline. Participants were interviewed every 2 years for seven cycles of the National Population Health Survey (NPHS). Across the 12 year period...

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Monday, Aug 22, 2011

Are you getting 10,000 steps a day? You may not have to!

You probably have heard that you should strive to take 10,000 steps a day. Does it surprise you to know that this value originated as a marketing tool used to sell pedometers in Japan? Despite this, research has shown that achieving this number of steps does yield significant health benefits. For instance building up to 10,000 steps a day has been shown to lower body fat and improve insulin sensitivity.1 It has also been shown to lower blood pressure in hypertensive individuals.2 Using a pedometer to track steps often motivates individuals to be more active, making it a great tool to promote...

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Friday, Jul 15, 2011

What works for weight loss may not for maintenance of weight lost

Unbeknownst to many, there are several phases of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight: active weight loss, transition to maintenance of new (lesser) weight, and maintaining the weight loss. The active weight loss phase is often where people put in the most effort, take "dieting" and exercise to the extremes, and feel pretty good when they lose significant amounts of weight. But experts agree that maintaining the weight lost is really what's important, and often the most difficult. One's mindset needs to be switched from getting the weight of...

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Monday, Jun 13, 2011

What You Do in the Morning Could Help You Sleep Better at Night

Question: When is the best time of day to exercise? Answer: In terms of quality of sleep, new research presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine this month suggests morning may be best.1 Sleep is often viewed as a luxury and something we commonly sacrifice when trying to fit everything into our busy lives. Studies show, however, that people who get the appropriate amount of sleep tend to live longer, healthier lives than those who do not.2 Specifically, not getting enough sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions such as high bl...

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Sue Beckham, PhD
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Monday, Mar 21, 2011

Vigorous Exercise Boosts Metabolism

With swimsuit season around the corner you might be looking for new ways to lose those last few pounds. Since squeezing in an extra workout may be hard to do with a busy schedule, you might consider increasing the intensity of one or two workouts each week to boost calorie burning post exercise. A recent study published ahead-of-print in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise1 examined the effect of 45-minutes of vigorous exercise on metabolism. Ten conditioned, healthy males participated in initial testing for body fat and aerobic capacity. Then their calor...

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Monday, Jan 31, 2011

Most Popular in 2010 - Did you hear?

The Stand Up (more) & Eat (better) web site is an educational and participatory site to help people balance the calories they eat with the calories they burn each day. Essentially, the site helps to promote "calorie literacy." In doing so, the blog has served as a medium to offer fresh, new information each week that is research based. Since its inception in 2008, the site has had a number of very popular blogs. Below is a listing of the most popular ones in 2010, based on the number of page views. Exercise for Weight Maintenance: How Long? - What is the most important factor in we...

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Monday, Dec 06, 2010

Keeping the Calorie Burn High!!

After accomplishing big goals, or making progress towards them, it often seems it is harder to continue to get the same results. This always seems to trigger the saying we have all heard, but often forget: "If you always do the same thing, you will always get the same results." – Or maybe you thought I was going to refer to Albert Einstein's definition of "insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Yesterday many runners and walkers in Dallas finished the White Rock Marathon. This might have been the big goal. But what if the goal was more tha...

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