The Cooper Institute
 

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

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Thursday, Jul 13, 2017

Can 1 Minute of All-Out Exercise 3 Days a Week Improve Your Cardiovascular Fitness and Blood Glucose/Insulin Levels?

High-intensity interval training, also known as HIIT or sprint interval training (SIT), involves alternating short bouts of maximal intensity effort with low intensity recovery periods within the same workout. One appealing aspect of SIT workouts is that they do not last nearly as long as traditional 'steady state' workouts where the individual maintains a constant level of moderate intensity from start to finish....

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Fitness Norms and Fitness Standards are Apples and Oranges

Often times the terms ‘fitness norms’ and ‘fitness standards’ are used interchangeably in the law enforcement community, but these terms are actually very different from one another. In this blog we discuss the difference between the two....

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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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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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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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Michael Harper, MEd
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Thursday, Jan 07, 2016

Tips to Improve Your Resistance Training Sessions

"Whew, I made it here. Now with all of these choices, what should I do first?” It almost sounds like you could be at Disneyland or Six Flags, but I am actually talking about the thoughts that often go through my head when I walk into the gym to do resistance training. Do you ever feel this way too?...

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Thursday, Dec 24, 2015

The 7 Recommendations for a Healthy Heart: How Are American Adults Doing?

It’s no secret that cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. In fact, this has been the case nearly every year for over a century. The American Heart Association has 7 recommendations that aim to improve cardiovascular health and decrease unnecessary and premature cardiovascular morbidity (illness) and mortality (death).1 These recommendations are listed below....

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Thursday, Dec 17, 2015

Plan Healthy During the Holidays!

Are you stressed about overindulging this holiday season? It comes as no surprise that the average person will gain 4-6 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, then spends the next several weeks trying to lose the extra weight. We have talked about this before but it doesn't hurt to be reminded. Here are tips to help you avoid sabotaging your healthy habits this holiday season....

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Thursday, Dec 10, 2015

The Blood Triglyceride:HDL Ratio and LDL Particle Size: Critical Issues for Determining Risk of Coronary Heart Disease!

Just about anyone who is health-conscious knows that LDL-cholesterol is nicknamed ‘the bad cholesterol’. It has long been known that individuals with elevated levels of LDL face an increased risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), which can result in heart attack, coronary artery bypass surgery, or stent placement. With approximately 100 million Americans having abnormal blood cholesterol levels, it is no wonder that statin drugs are one of the most commonly prescribed medications in our society. What you may not know about LDL-cholesterol is that not all LDLs are the same....

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Thursday, Nov 26, 2015

Keep Up the Good Workouts!

Can you believe it is already here? The time of the year that I can’t seem to catch my breath. It seems that I am always on a quest for more time, but between my daughter’s birthday in November, friends’ birthdays in December, Thanksgiving, Christmas, the New Year and all that goes along with each of them, more than ever, time is what I DO NOT have enough of (and therefore the reason that I cannot breathe!). Is it just me or do you feel the same way too? Unfortunately, in the face of all of this, it is not...

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Thursday, Nov 19, 2015

Healthy Eating Tips for Turkey Day!

It’s only one week away! That day of extreme gluttony and couch cruising that kicks off a season of calorie imbalance. Unfortunately, the resulting extra calories get stored as body fat and add to the extra pounds that catalyze many New Year’s resolutions. But this year can be different – starting with today! No, we are not going to be the food police and tell you to eat only salad and drink water on Thanksgiving. Still, be mindful that a typical turkey dinner with all the trimmings can be more than 3,000 calories. Add to that the pre-meal snacks and late evening leftover refrigerator...

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Thursday, Nov 12, 2015

Is ‘Healthy Obesity’ as Benign as it Sounds?

An oxymoron is a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction. One of my favorite oxymorons is ‘jumbo shrimp!’ If you heard the term ‘healthy obesity’, you would no doubt view that as an oxymoron. Most of the time, obese individuals display unfavorable metabolic profiles including elevated resting blood pressure, low HDL cholesterol, elevated blood triglyceride levels, and/or elevated fasting blood glucose and insulin levels. These individuals are commonly diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, and are also at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes if it is not already present. However, some obese individuals do not...

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