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

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Thursday, Mar 20, 2014

Spring Into Action!

It’s official… Spring has sprung! Everyone in the neighborhood knows where to find my family this time of year – outdoors! I’m so excited to welcome the green grass, beautiful blooms, and warmer weather. It’s a great time to stretch your legs (and arms and back and abs) to burn calories and increase health benefits. An earlier post springs to mind as I begin my household chore list – it reveals various springtime activities and the amount of calories each burns if done for 30 minutes*. Check out the list below: Watering lawn or garden – 63 calories Bird watching – 104 calories Playing croq...

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Thursday, Jan 02, 2014

Apps to Make Change LASTING in 2014!

‘Tis the season of resolutions a large many of which are to “get healthier” or to “lose weight.” And to achieve these, many may turn to their mobile device for assistance. Search for “weight loss apps” at the iTunes App Store and almost 2,000 apps are available. Many of the apps provide the opportunity for individuals to track activity, or food intake, as well as set goals. However, are these strategies effective at changing behavior traits for sustained weight loss? Behavioral weight loss strategies are reflected in evidence based lifestyle interventions. These types of strategies have been ...

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Thursday, Jun 20, 2013

Can You Drink Too Much Water During Exercise?

One of the most common concerns during high summer temperatures is dehydration. But are you aware that over-hydration can be just as serious? Dehydration is defined as excessive loss of body water. Over-hydration is more commonly referred to as hyponatremia and occurs when blood sodium levels drop below normal. The most common cause of hyponatremia is drinking too much plain water without adequate electrolytes, most importantly sodium. Sodium is an electrolyte which is necessary for transmitting nerve impulses and for proper muscle function. When sodium levels are outside the normal range, an...

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Thursday, May 03, 2012

More than Weight Loss

Co-written by Erica Howard, MS and Gina Cortese-Shipley, MS You probably know that physical activity is an important part of losing weight as well as managing your weight but did you know that the benefits of exercise reach far beyond this? Bottom line—physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health 1,2,3,4,5,6. Studies clearly show that being regularly physically active: Lowers risk of early death Lowers risk of coronary heart disease Lowers risk of stroke Lowers risk of high blood pressure Lowers risk of adverse blood lipid profile Lowers risk...

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