The Cooper Institute
 

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

 
 
 
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Thursday, Aug 15, 2019

Kids Getting a Physical? Don’t Forget Vision Screenings!

For most kids, going back to school is an exciting time of new clothes, new friends, and a new year of possibilities. For students with vision problems, it can be a source of anxiety and fear....

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Thursday, Aug 01, 2019

Cardio or Strength Training - Which Comes First? 

Which comes first, cardio or strength? Get the most out of your workout by learning whether it is better to start with aerobic training or strength training.  ...

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Thursday, Jul 25, 2019

Should You Drink Water or Sports Drinks During Physical Activity?

It’s important to stay hydrated during physical activity, especially in the summer heat. So, is it better to drink water or a sports drink? That depends on the situation....

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Friday, Jun 14, 2019

Protecting Eyes While Playing Outside

Outside playtime is a fun way to boost physical activity and improve children's growth and development, but don't forget to protect children’s eyes from the harsh sun....

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Wednesday, Jun 05, 2019

Men’s Health Month: Improving cardiorespiratory fitness reduces heart failure mortality

June is Men’s Health Month, which is a great opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of preventive health care for men. Heart failure is a common cause of illness and death in older adults. A study by The Cooper Institute shows that improving cardiorespiratory fitness reduces heart failure mortality in men....

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Texas Legislature Adjourned: Children of Texas Have a Bright Future

The 86th Legislature has officially adjourned, and the Governor will now review over 1,429 pieces of legislation that have arrived on his desk for his approval or veto. Many of the proposals promoting physical activity and children’s health were passed and now await Governor Gregg Abbott’s signature. Read more for a quick synopsis of those key measures supported by The Cooper Institute that remain law or will soon become law....

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Thursday, Jan 16, 2014

Take 10! Again!

As we resume our "normal" routines and welcome the New Year with resolutions of slimming down, I'm reminded of an earlier post that encourages physical activity in shorter bursts (which sounds more realistic with my crazy schedule!). When somebody tells you to “take 10,” it usually means take a break from the task at hand for 10 minutes. There is a different, healthy take on this common command. For over 10 years, advocates for increasing physical activity have emphasized the importance of accumulating multiple, small bouts of physical activity over the day. This can be in addition to or a r...

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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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Thursday, Aug 22, 2013

Healthy Back-To-School Habits

Can you believe it is that time of the year again? Summer flew by (at least for me it did) and now your kids have either started school or will be in the next couple of weeks. Are you in the camp of jumping for joy or dreading it? Well I am in the camp of parents who are sending their firstborn off to Kindergarten. I can’t believe my little man is really a little man! Watching him run into his new school with a backpack the size of him without looking back will forever be burned in my memory. With this milestone of course not only came a mix of emotions but also a pretty significant change ...

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Karyn Hughes, MEd
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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Pairing Stretching within Strength Segments Improves Flexibility and Strength

Sound to good to be true? Well it isn't. Wayne L. Westcott, Ph.D. is a renowned fitness researcher, who also has practical insights for ways to save time during workouts without compromising results. He realizes that many of us spend time and energy in resistance training and cardiovascular programs, but fail to find time to stretch. So he conducted a study at the South Shore YMCA with 76 participants from their fitness classes aimed at showing the effect stretching exercises can have when mixed in with normal training routines.  The fitness class activity consisted in performing 12 Naut...

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Michael Harper, MEd
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Monday, May 06, 2013

Dumbbells or Bands: Is There a Difference?

For additional health benefits not provided by aerobic exercise, it is recommended that most adults perform regular muscle-strengthening or resistance training.  What is considered "regular"? The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans state that adults should perform muscular strength and endurance activities on a minimum of 2 days per week (Haskell, et al, 2007). On each of these days, individuals should perform 8 -10 exercises with 8 -12 repetitions. During these exercises, individuals should work against resistance, which can come in many different forms including body weight, resi...

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Tuesday, Apr 02, 2013

Exercise Options for Bad Knees

When thinking of bad knees, the term osteoarthritis often comes to mind. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition of the cartilage of synovial joints, commonly affecting the knee joint, and is relatively pervasive in society today, including in those with an athletic and active lifestyle. While athletic activity does not have a cause and effect relationship with osteoarthritis, traumatic injury often resulting from athletic pursuits can increase the likelihood of its occurrence, which I think may explain the issues that have plagued me and my knees. Currently I have been able to manage the e...

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