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Written by May 15, 2014

Karyn Hughes, MEd

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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While we all have different goals and priorities throughout life, older adults would all probably agree that a big priority for them is to remain capable of doing activities of daily living (ADL) or in other words, being able to maintain independent living while staying free of falls. Oh and we mustn’t forget, being able to remain social! With this in mind, researchers wanted to test1 a well-designed circuit that required no specialized equipment and stations that would improve mobility, strength, flexibility, and balance, but also stimulate cognitive function or a psychological benefit. Participants were well supervised to ensure correct form

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Written by February 27, 2014

Karyn Hughes, MEd

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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In a recent posted blog in September, 2013 on Whole-Body Cryotherapy we examined whether cold therapy speeds up recovery from muscle soreness.  This topic is of great importance to athletes and coaches alike who want to plan an athlete’s workout to maximize performance as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) often reduces force production and range of motion (ROM) at joints.  Even if you don’t classify yourself as an athlete, if you exercise you have likely experienced DOMS.  Now the use of foam rollers is commonly advocated to alleviate muscles soreness and stiff joints along with improving neuromuscular efficiency and improving

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Written by January 23, 2014

Karyn Hughes, MEd

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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How many health apps do you have? According to research2guidance© there are now close to 100,000 health apps, with the top 10 apps generating over 4 million free downloads every day.  But there is a new trend emerging—wearable technology. Wearable smart garments will be hitting the stores this year with a projected market of $2.03 billion in sales by 2018. OMsignal© has created the world’s first bio-sensing apparel by embedding sensors into the apparel that will monitor your heart rate, breathing, and activity while the OMsignal© app displays your data in real-time on your mobile phone.  Eventually the sensors will

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Written by October 24, 2013

Karyn Hughes, MEd

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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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 Health Index

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Written by August 1, 2013

Karyn Hughes, MEd

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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In recent years, there has been a large rise in the use of kettlebells in exercise training. Kettlebell classes are taught in YMCA’s, military bases, athletic conditioning rooms, and fitness centers just about everywhere. Personal trainers are using kettlebells with their clients to challenge them with whole body movements with the intention of achieving greater training results in a short period of time. The unique design of the kettlebell allows for a swinging motion which allows not only for a simulation of various Olympic lifts such as the snatch and clean and jerk but also is thought to allow movements

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Written by May 16, 2013

Karyn Hughes, MEd

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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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 Nautilus strength exercises

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Written by March 18, 2013

Karyn Hughes, MEd

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Many studies have demonstrated that the timing of meals and exercise is important for glycogen loading, muscle building and improved nutrient uptake and utilization by the body.  These studies have shown that even a single bout of exercise can change the body’s hormonal response that in turn positively affects nutrient metabolism in skeletal muscle, liver and even adipose (fat) tissue. Some studies have looked at these same factors in relation to triglyceride (TG) levels in the blood and now, importantly so, because recent evidence suggests that elevated TG levels several hours after a meal may be an independent risk factor

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Written by February 18, 2013

Karyn Hughes, MEd

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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What are you doing with your time? Are you a super-parent taking care of children and earning a degree at the same time? Are you going to college and working a part time job? Are you working two to three jobs to make ends meet? Many of us have family scenarios like the ones listed above and we can’t imagine how we would make time to exercise.  In fact the number one reason given for not exercising is “I don’t have enough time.” For many this is a real barrier, not just an excuse as they try to reason out

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Written by January 21, 2013

Karyn Hughes, MEd

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Ever heard of the exercise excuse “oh I get so bored?” You  may have even felt it from time to time yourself. Actually, this reason is a well-documented and legitimate reason people quit exercising.  It is a “barrier to exercise” that science has identified as a primary reason people give for not exercising along with others like “I don’t have time,” “I’m too tired,” and “I don’t know how to get started.”  And this problem is apparent across all ages. So if we know boredom is a major reason given for giving up on exercise what can we do to

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Written by December 17, 2012

Karyn Hughes, MEd

Associate Director of Education
The Cooper Institute

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Most of us know that 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 just think we don’t have enough time to work in resistance training. And stretching is all too often an after-thought and only lightly regarded as important. But what are we compromising in the long run?  Think about this: what good is all that cardio if you

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