The Cooper Institute
 

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

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Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017

Partner Strength Training

Small group and partner exercises have become quite popular as they keep individuals motivated and accountable while adding fun and variety to an exercise routine. Partner strength training may be performed with minimal or no equipment and typically does not require a large space. This can be extremely useful with a limited budget. So grab a friend, and try these partner exercises during your next workout....

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Monday, Dec 11, 2017

The New Blood Pressure Guidelines: It’s not a Conspiracy!

With the holidays upon us, everyone knows that things can get really hectic and stressful. Stress can have an adverse effect on our blood pressure. As it just so happens, the American Heart Association has recently released new guidelines for identifying and treating hypertension. Read on to learn more about these important changes and how they might affect you!...

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Thursday, Dec 07, 2017

Using MET-Minutes to Track Volume of Physical Activity

For those who like to keep track of their physical activity, there are many options. These range from simply tracking the total number of minutes per week spent in physical activity, to using sophisticated wearable devices such as Smart watches. In this blog, we discuss the use of MET-minutes and the Compendium of Physical Activities as an option to track activity. If you like math, you will love MET-minutes!...

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Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017

Are you Nutty if You Eat Nuts?

Health-conscious parents and caregivers are always on the lookout for appropriate snacks for kids. When it comes to dietary ‘good fats’ and ‘bad fats,’ there’s a lot of myth and misinformation swirling around. In this blog, we take a careful evidence-based look at the role that nuts can play in a healthful diet for kids as well as adults. Read on to see good news for nut-lovers!...

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Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017

Cardiorespiratory Fitness, the Triglyceride:HDL Ratio and Coronary Heart Disease Mortality Risk in Men

We all know that both our fitness level and our blood results play important roles in determining our health status. However, you might not know about the blood triglyceride:HDL ratio and how it gives us vital information regarding how well insulin is working in our body. In this blog, we examine the dual roles of cardio fitness and the triglyceride:HDL ratio in determining the risk of dying from coronary heart disease....

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Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017

Prediabetes: A Common Risk Factor That You May Not Have Heard About

Just about everyone knows that factors such as high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol levels increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Did you know that there’s another risk factor present in about 85 million Americans that most people have never heard of? It’s called prediabetes; and it’s nearly always preventable or treatable. Read on to learn more!...

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Friday, Nov 10, 2017

Is Cardiorespiratory Fitness Level in Midlife Associated with Later-Life Dementia? The Cooper Center Longitudinal Study

As the median age and average life expectancy of U.S. adults continue to increase, the issue of dementia has come to the forefront as a public health issue. Annual health care costs for the ~5.4 million Americans with dementia are increasing sharply. Unlike cardiovascular disease and cancer, each of which has guidelines for lifestyle changes geared toward prevention, there is not sufficient evidence at this time to promote lifestyle changes for prevention of dementia. Among the reasons is a lack of large, long-term studies that focus on lifestyle-influenced risk factors for dementia. One promising area for the prevention of dementia...

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Wednesday, Nov 08, 2017

You Know Your ABC’s; Do You Know Your A1C?

Did you know that the estimated prevalence of type 2 diabetes is 10-20 times that of type 1? Or that upwards of 90 million Americans have prediabetes? Type 2 and prediabetes are largely preventable, but sometimes we simply don’t know what we don’t know. One important test you may not be familiar with is Hemoglobin A1C. Read on to learn more about this important test and why you might want to ask for it the next time you visit your doctor....

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Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017

Plank Variations

Tired of holding that plank for minutes on end? Try these plank variation to make your next workout more challenging and fun....

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Monday, Oct 30, 2017

Eat Yogurt to Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?

Rates of type 2 diabetes (T2D) have been skyrocketing worldwide over the past 3 decades, including sharp increases among youth. In fact, it is estimated that T2D rates among children increased 4.8 percent annually from 2000 to 2009. Along with avoiding obesity, which is associated with T2D and inactivity, consuming a healthy diet also appears to be an important component for T2D prevention. Read on as we discuss some important findings from the Harvard School of Public Health showing that regular intake of yogurt is strongly associated with a decreased risk of developing T2D....

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Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017

One Creative Exercise for the Whole Body

This exercise focuses on musculoskeletal fitness, specifically muscular endurance. Defined, muscular endurance is the ability of a muscle or a group of muscles to contract repeatedly for a prolonged period of time. Body weight and low-resistance exercises can be adequately utilized for the purpose of improving muscular endurance. The exercise shown within this fit tip targets the whole body by combining various exercises into one....

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Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017

Is Hormone Replacement Therapy for Menopause Symptoms Worth the Risk?

Rightfully so, there’s literally an awareness month for each and every cause. October happens to be Breast Cancer Awareness Month and World Menopause Month. Our understanding of menopause today is far greater than our mothers’ generation and their mothers before them. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is still one of the most debilitating aspects of menopause: the severe symptoms that interfere with quality of life. Advancements in science can provide substantial relief, but the ‘risks versus benefits’ concern remains high among women. New findings from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), the largest study of its kind, sheds new light on treating menopausal symptoms and what may, or may not, be right for you or a woman in your life you care about....

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