The Cooper Institute
 

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

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Thursday, Jan 04, 2018

Is there such a thing as too much exercise?

The New Year is accompanied by many resolutions such as ‘exercising more.’ Is there such a thing as too much exercise? Definitely! In situations where muscles are severely damaged as a result of doing too much exercise, a serious condition known as exertional rhabdomyolysis can result. Read on to learn more!...

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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

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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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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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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