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  • Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today

    07/11/2014 2:15:56 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 43 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 7-8-14 | Valerie Strauss
    The Centers for Disease Control tells us that in recent years there has been a jump in the percentage of young people diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD: 7.8 percent in 2003 to 9.5 percent in 2007 and to 11 percent in 2011. The reasons for the rise are multiple, and include changes in diagnostic criteria, medication treatment and more awareness of the condition. In the following post, Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist and the founder of TimberNook, a nature-based development program designed to foster creativity and independent play outdoors in New England, suggests...
  • Why Does Cycling Attract So Many Snobs?

    06/30/2014 8:38:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 198 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 30 Jun 2014 | Jamie Fewery
    A new breed of cyclist is infecting our roads and destroying the inclusive nature of bike riding. Jamie Fewery introduces 'sportive snobbery'It was inevitable that with the rapid growth in cycling, factions would emerge. Sub groups of cyclists who define themselves by how seriously they take the sport, their kit, their observance of cycling’s heritage; gangs and coteries who jostle to adopt the lifestyle to a greatest degree. Reach a critical mass of humans who enjoy a shared interest and lines will inevitably be drawn. The peloton rarely sticks together. For the most part, this is fine. As with...
  • Coca-Cola ad: Working off a soda takes 23 minutes (Company run by morons)

    06/08/2014 9:38:25 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 62 replies
    NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola is taking on obesity, this time with an online video showing how fun it could be to burn off the 140 calories in a can of its soda. In the ad, the world's biggest beverage maker asks what would happen if people paid for a can of Coke by first working off the calories it contained. The ad, which notes that it typically takes 23 minutes of cycling to achieve that, shows a montage of people on a giant stationary bicycle happily trying to earn a can of its cola, with carnival music playing in...
  • DHHS Launches Mobile App Using Personalized Messages, Gaming to Encourage Healthy Behavior at Work

    06/05/2014 12:51:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Market Wire ^ | June 4, 2014 | Tom Gable and Emily Forgeron
    San Diego-based Total Communicator Solutions Inc., a leader in mobile brand management, announced today the use of the Gimbal™ context aware and proximity platform integrated with its Spark Compass platform in a pioneering research project in workplace wellness. The project, named Project Boundary , has been conceptualized by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) IDEA Lab and the Office of the National Coordinator. It is a research project undertaken in the spirit of exploring new concepts and ideas in workplace wellness that will benefit the American workplace, and to spark further innovation in this space. “Our project is...
  • The Campaign for Junk Food: Michelle Obama on Attempts to Roll Back Healthy Reforms

    05/29/2014 12:11:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 28, 2014 | Michelle Obama
    WHEN we began our Let’s Move! initiative four years ago, we set one simple but ambitious goal: to end the epidemic of childhood obesity in a generation so that kids born today will grow up healthy. To achieve this goal, we have adhered to one clear standard: what works. The initiatives we undertake are evidence-based, and we rely on the most current science. Research indicated that kids needed less sugar, salt and fat in their diets, so we revamped school lunch menus accordingly. When data showed that the lack of nearby grocery stores negatively affected people’s eating habits, we worked...
  • Regardless of exercise, too much sedentary time is linked to major disability after 60

    02/22/2014 6:33:22 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 28 replies
    Northwestern University ^ | February 19, 2014 | Sciencedaily.com
    If you're 60 and older, every additional hour a day you spend sitting is linked to doubling the risk of being disabled -- regardless of how much moderate exercise you get, reports a new Northwestern Medicine® study. The study is the first to show sedentary behavior is its own risk factor for disability, separate from lack of moderate vigorous physical activity. In fact, sedentary behavior is almost as strong a risk factor for disability as lack of moderate exercise. If there are two 65-year-old women, one sedentary for 12 hours a day and another sedentary for 13 hours a day,...
  • Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move’ campaign fails miserably

    01/10/2014 11:52:37 AM PST · by 12th_Monkey · 71 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 01/09/2014 | Eric Owens
    The healthy school lunches touted by Michelle Obama have not been popular. (RELATED: Kentucky students to first lady Michelle Obama: Your food ‘tastes like vomit’) The complex body of meal regulations implemented by the Department of Agriculture under the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010″ has long been a signature issue for the first lady—at least until just last week when the USDA permanently abandoned the act’s ironic limitations on kids’ caloric intake of protein and carbohydrates. Michelle Obama’s other signature issue — the Let’s Move! campaign to combat childhood obesity — also looks to be rapidly heading to the...
  • Exercising regularly can help reduce dementia risk, find Welsh scientists

    12/10/2013 7:23:52 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 18 replies
    walesonline.co.uk ^ | 12/10/2013 | Julia McWatt
    Regular exercise can play a significant role in reducing the risk of dementia, according to new a major new study by Cardiff University. The research, which followed the health habits of more than 2,200 men aged 45-59 in Caerphilly over a 35-year-period, looked at the impact of five healthy behaviours that are integral to healthy ageing. These included taking regular exercise such as walking two or more miles to work each day, cycling ten or more miles to work each day or "vigorous" exercise as a regular habit, not smoking, a low body weight, a healthy diet and a low...
  • The Power of a Daily Bout of Exercise

    12/06/2013 12:17:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | NOVEMBER 27, 2013 | GRETCHEN REYNOLDS
    This week marks the start of the annual eat-too-much and move-too-little holiday season, with its attendant declining health and surging regrets. But a well-timed new study suggests that a daily bout of exercise should erase or lessen many of the injurious effects, even if you otherwise lounge all day on the couch and load up on pie. To undertake this valuable experiment, which was published online in The Journal of Physiology, scientists at the University of Bath in England rounded up a group of 26 healthy young men. All exercised regularly. None were obese. Baseline health assessments, including biopsies of...
  • Exercise is Not Likely to Be Your Ticket to the Weight-Loss Express

    09/07/2013 7:59:17 AM PDT · by EBH · 26 replies
    US NEWS ^ | 9/5/2013 | Yoni Freedhoff, MD
    The notion that moving more will translate to weight loss is a dangerous one. For individuals, it may effectively discourage exercise when results aren't seen on scales. For the media and entertainment industries, it often leads to the perpetuation of the "people-with-obesity-are-just-lazy" stereotype. For the food industry, it allows an embrace of exercise by means of sponsorship and marketing, which, in turn, helps companies deflect product blame and forestall industry-unfriendly legislation. And for public policy makers, it makes it challenging to make the case for interventions that increase exercise, as inevitably the outcome hoped for is weight loss, and when...
  • Study: 'Anti-Aging' Antioxidant Actually Seems to Undo Effects of Exercise

    08/17/2013 1:47:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 08/13/2013 | JAMES HAMBLIN
    The compound resveratrol, believed to benefit longevity and heart health for its antioxidant properties, seemed to undermine the cardiovascular benefits of exercise in a small study. When some plants (like grape vines) are under stress, they produce a polyphenol known as resveratrol, which you may have heard of as the "anti-aging" chemical. Resveratrol has been shown to improve cardiovascular performance and extend the lives of non-mammals and mice -- specifically improving the lipid profiles and longevity of mice who ate a lot of fat. We believe that's because of its work as an antioxidant. The mice in that study got...
  • Indiana at center of National terror response training exercise

    08/04/2013 12:30:51 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 7 replies
    http://fox59.com ^ | August 1, 2013 | Jake Miller
    <p>Thousands of members of the armed forces including members of the Indiana National Guard are participating in mass disaster training in Jennings County.</p> <p>Exercise Vibrant Response is in full effect at the Muscatatuck training camp and Camp Atterbury in Johnson County.</p>
  • How Exercise Changes Fat and Muscle Cells

    07/31/2013 10:02:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 31, 2013 | GRETCHEN REYNOLDS
    Exercise promotes health, reducing most people’s risks of developing diabetes and growing obese. But just how, at a cellular level, exercise performs this beneficial magic — what physiological steps are involved and in what order — remains mysterious to a surprising degree. Several striking new studies, however, provide some clarity by showing that exercise seems able to drastically alter how genes operate. Genes are, of course, not static. They turn on or off, depending on what biochemical signals they receive from elsewhere in the body. When they are turned on, genes express various proteins that, in turn, prompt a range...
  • Watermelon Juice Prevents Aching Muscles

    07/28/2013 9:59:38 AM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies
    Chemical & Engineering News ^ | July 25, 2013 | Erika Gebel
    Food Chemistry: The amino acid L-citrulline found in the fruit could help athletes avoid muscle soreness after a hard workoutBefore taking a long bike ride on a hot summer day, have some watermelon: The juicy fruit may ward off muscle pains. Researchers report that people who drank watermelon juice before exercising felt less sore the next day than those who drank a pink placebo beverage (J. Agric. Food Chem. 2013, DOI: 10.1021/jf400964r). They also found that cells absorb the presumed active ingredient, L-citrulline, more readily from unpasteurized watermelon juice than from plain water spiked with the compound, suggesting the natural...
  • Weight loss does not lower heart disease risk, says 11-year study

    06/27/2013 10:23:20 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 40 replies
    DNA ^ | Tuesday, June 25, 2013 | ANI
    Adults with diabetes can begin to realize many of these health benefits with even modest reductions in body weight and modest increases in physical activity. People undergoing weight management and increased physical activity have no difference in heart attacks and strokes, a new study has suggested. The landmark study investigating the long-term effects of weight loss on the risks of cardiovascular disease among patients with Type 2 diabetes, which was conducted at the University of Pittsburgh and at clinical facilities throughout the United States, the multicenter clinical trial investigated the effects of an intensive lifestyle intervention program, intended to achieve...
  • First Lady Expands Anti-Obesity Campaign to Museums

    05/17/2013 11:00:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 17, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    First Lady Michelle Obama has expanded her anti-obesity campaign to museums, enlisting them to offer “healthy food options,” and change their menus. Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative is now calling for museums, zoos, gardens, science and technology centers to “join the call to action,” to decrease obesity among children. The first lady is recruiting these institutions to join the “Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens” project because of their power to “influence real and sustained behavior change” on the eating habits of kids. “With their impressive reach and great potential for impact, museums and gardens can launch community efforts to create...
  • Americans to the Obamas on exercising more: 'You take the hike!' [USA Ignores Michelle]

    05/06/2013 2:00:25 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    Investors.com ^ | 5/6/13 | Andrew Malcolm
    For a long time conservatives have warned that the heavy propaganda and regulatory hands of the Obama administration were not going to change the exercise or eating habits of 315 million Americans... Now comes early statistical proof that after reelecting Obama with fewer votes the second time and 1,567 days of his reign of government intervention and stimulation, many Americans are deciding that maybe the Obamas' plans for their lives do not fit their plans for their own lives.
  • Reasons Not to Stretch

    04/03/2013 1:53:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | APRIL 3, 2013 | Gretchen Reynolds
    Most of us grew up hearing that we should warm up with a stretch. Strike and hold a pose, such as touching your toes, for 30 seconds or more, we were told, and you’ll be looser, stronger and injury-proof. But anyone who follows fitness science — or this column — knows that in recent years a variety of experiments have undermined that idea. Instead, researchers have discovered, this so-called static stretching can lessen jumpers’ heights and sprinters’ speeds, without substantially reducing people’s chances of hurting themselves. Now, two new studies are giving us additional reasons not to stretch. One, a...
  • $1.8M Federal Grant Helped D.C. Make Fruits and Vegetables Available at Work

    03/13/2013 6:13:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | March 12, 2013 | Matt Cover
    (CNSNews.com) – The municipal government of Washington, D.C. received a $1.8 million federal Community Transformation Grant in 2012 to promote healthy lifestyles in the city.Among the things the city would do with the money, as listed on its application, was increasing the "availability of fruit and vegetables to employees in their workplaces."Administered through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the grant was awarded in September 2011, which is the beginning of fiscal year 2012.According to the CDC, the grant is intended to target “approximately 445,000 residents living in the District of Columbia, focusing on racial/ethnic minority, low-income, medically underserved, and...
  • Reduce the Regime’s Leverage Over You: Get Off The Healthcare Grid

    02/23/2013 10:16:56 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 15 replies
    New Rhodesia Dispatch ^ | 2/20/13 | John deWitt
    A major element of surviving and thriving for an American Rhodie is identifying: in what ways and how strongly can the Regime exercise leverage over me and my Tribe? If the Regime can hurt you, that’s leverage. If you need the Regime, that’s also leverage. To that end, briefly consider the following facts: 1. In ObamaCare, the Regime created impossible-to-refuse incentives for all health care providers to acquire and deploy electronic health care record-keeping systems. 2. The Regime has built and deployed a gigantic server farm for the NSA in Utah capable of storing and searching virtually infinite quantities of...
  • Haredi Battalion in First Exercise in Golan

    12/20/2012 1:57:26 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/12/12 | Gil Ronen
    The haredi Netzach Yehuda battalion in the Kfir Brigade held an intensive training exercise in the Golan Heights during the Hanukkah holiday – its first ever in the Golan. video ......
  • Why Women Can’t Do Pull-Ups

    10/31/2012 1:16:41 AM PDT · by neverdem · 75 replies
    NY Times ^ | OCTOBER 25, 2012 | TARA PARKER-POPE
    <p>While the pull-up has been used by everyone from middle-school gym teachers to Marine drill instructors to measure fitness, the fact is that many fit people, particularly women, can't do even one. To perform a pull-up, you place your hands on a raised bar using an overhand grip, arms fully extended and feet off the floor. (The same exercise, performed with an underhand grip, is often called a chin-up.) Using the muscles in your arms and back, you pull yourself up until your chin passes the bar. Then the body is lowered until the arms are straight, and the exercise is repeated. The Marines say a male recruit should be able to do at least 3 pull-ups or chin-ups, but women are not required to do them. In school, 14-year-old boys can earn the highest...</p>
  • Diabetes Study Ends Early With a Surprising Result

    10/20/2012 10:35:47 AM PDT · by Innovative · 79 replies
    NY Times ^ | Oct 19, 2012 | Gina Kolata
    A large federal study of whether diet and weight loss can prevent heart attacks and strokes in overweight and obese people with Type 2 diabetes has ended two years ahead of schedule because the intensive program did not help. About 25 million Americans have Type 2 diabetes. Many are overweight or obese. On average, the disease increases heart disease risk by 2 to 2 1/2 times, said Dr. Ronald Kahn, chief academic officer at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. Dr. Nathan, though, said the results meant that people with diabetes might have a choice. The group assigned to diet...
  • Paul Ryan takes his P90X workout to the campaign trail

    08/14/2012 12:32:00 PM PDT · by Ravi · 30 replies
    Yahoo Ticket ^ | 8/14/12 | Chris Moody
    DENVER—The rigors of the campaign trail have not kept Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan from his intense workout regimen, a daily tradition he observes religiously in the wee hours of the morning. Ryan was spotted Tuesday in the gym of the Renaissance Denver Hotel working out to a P90X video on his iPad.
  • Global Action Must Be Taken To Stop Physical Inactivity

    07/20/2012 6:33:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    Medical News Today ^ | July 19, 2012 | Sarah Glynn
    The fifth and final paper in The Lancet Series on physical inactivity explained that because of the global reach, high prevalence, and colossal harms of inactivity, it should be considered pandemic. Harold W. Kohl, III, leading author and from the University of Texas Health School of Public Health, said:
  • Lack of exercise kills roughly as many as smoking, study says

    07/20/2012 9:44:27 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 45 replies
    LATimes ^ | 7/17/2012
    People across the world are falling so far short on exercise that the problem has become a global pandemic, causing nearly a tenth of deaths worldwide and killing roughly as many people as smoking, researchers warned this week as an alarming series of studies was published in the Lancet. Eight out of 10 youngsters age 13 to 15 don't get enough exercise, according to one of the Lancet studies released Tuesday, and nearly a third of adults fall short. The problem is even worse for girls and women, who are less active than boys and men, researchers found. The results...
  • N. Korea blasts use of its flag in US-S. Korea exercise

    06/25/2012 8:07:50 PM PDT · by Rabin · 5 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | June 25, 2012 | Yoo Kyong Chang / Jon Rabiroff
    North Korea vowed to step up its nuclear arms program in an angry response to the use of its flag during a live-fire exercise Friday by the South Korean and U.S. militaries.
  • Joggobot, The Companion Drone That Makes You Run Faster, Longer, Harder

    06/09/2012 3:31:21 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6/7/12 | Anon
    Runners, you no longer have to convince your reluctant partner to put on sneaks and hit the streets with you, thanks to my new favorite drone: the Joggobot, a companion robot for runners. Using a built-in camera, the autonomous drone hones in on sensors in a custom shirt and exhorts you to keep up with it. “People might feel chased if the Joggobot was behind them,” says researcher Eberhard Grather in a video. So instead your little drone friend flies in front of you. Floyd Mueller and Grather, researchers at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia, tricked out...
  • Black girls don't benefit as much from exercise: study

    06/05/2012 1:43:00 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 60 replies
    In a new study of U.S. preteen and teen girls, daily exercise was strongly linked to weight and obesity in white girls but not black girls. Although it's still important to promote physical activity in all young people, according to the researchers that may not be enough to prevent black girls -- who have a higher rate of obesity to begin with -- from gaining weight.
  • Excess exercise 'hurts the heart' and cause dangerous long-term harm, say scientists

    06/05/2012 9:41:39 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 15 replies
    Extreme exercise such as marathons may permanently damage the heart and trigger rhythm abnormalities, warn researchers. They say the safe ‘upper limit’ for heart health is a maximum of an hour a day - after which there is little benefit to the individual. A review of research evidence by US physicians says intensive training schedules and extreme endurance competitions can cause long-term harm to people’s hearts.
  • Report: Russian Troops to ‘Seize’ CIA Facility in Elaborate War Game… on U.S. Soil

    04/26/2012 7:37:15 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 43 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | April 26, 2012 | Liz Klimas
    According to reports, the U.S. and Russian military will be engaging in an anti-terrorism exercise that will involve Russian paratroopers using U.S. weapons to “take and hold” the main facilities of the CIA and Denver International Airport in Colorado and the National Security Agency in Utah. (Related: Learn about the hypothetical ‘war games’ the U.S. and China have been playing) The European Union Times has more on the report announcing this exercise from the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation: Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Colonel Alexander Kucherenko publically announced this 24-21 May “anti-terror drill” this Friday past noting that this...
  • How Exercise Could Lead to a Better Brain

    04/22/2012 11:40:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 18, 2012 | GRETCHEN REYNOLDS
    The value of mental-training games may be speculative, as Dan Hurley writes in his article on the quest to make ourselves smarter, but there is another, easy-to-achieve, scientifically proven way to make yourself smarter. Go for a walk or a swim. For more than a decade, neuroscientists and physiologists have been gathering evidence of the beneficial relationship between exercise and brainpower. But the newest findings make it clear that this isn't just a relationship; it is the relationship. Using sophisticated technologies to examine the workings of individual neurons - and the makeup of brain matter itself - scientists in just...
  • D.C. Dem to Introduce Bill to Change Eating Habits in ‘Workplace and Community Settings’

    04/06/2012 6:17:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 59 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | April 5, 2012 | Bridget Johnson
    The representative for a district with higher-than-average rates of obesity-related conditions will return from recess a week from Monday to reintroduce her Lifelong Improvements in Food and Exercise (LIFE) Act. D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) will say on the House floor, according to prepared remarks, that her bill is intended to tackle a health problem “that cannot be remedied through the health care system alone.” The LIFE Act would give the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention $25 million “for a coordinated national effort to reverse increasingly sedentary lifestyles and diets that are high in fat and sugar.” That...
  • NEED INFO/ADVICE

    03/25/2012 6:01:19 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 51 replies · 1+ views
    I used to run a lot...in my younger years. In the mid 90s I was running 20-25 miles every sunday afternoon, and around 10 miles the other days of the week. It all ended in '96 when I developed knee problems and iliotibial band friction syndrome, snapping hip syndrome, and chronic tendonitis of the iliotibial band, and also serious problems with the muscle attached to the iliotibial band...and a few other things like ganglion cysts in my feet and meniscus issues with the knees, and some other stuff. I went to doctors. I took pills, took supplements, did strengthening excercizes,...
  • Study: Exercise can lead to female orgasm, sexual pleasure

    03/20/2012 10:35:33 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 81 replies · 4+ views
    Indiana University ^ | March 19, 2012 | Debby Herbenick
    Researcher Debby Herbenick. BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Findings from a first-of-its-kind study by Indiana University researchers confirm anecdotal evidence that exercise -- absent sex or fantasies -- can lead to female orgasm. While the findings are new, reports of this phenomenon, sometimes called "coregasm" because of its association with exercises for core abdominal muscles, have circulated in the media for years, said Debby Herbenick, co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion in IU's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. In addition to being a researcher, Herbenick is a widely read advice columnist and book author. "The most common...
  • Some "classic" (older) workout songs for the more "seasoned" (older) posters (ecumenical exercise)

    01/11/2012 8:59:01 AM PST · by Heart-Rest · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Here are some links to "vintage" exercise / workout songs to incorporate into your brand new New Year's resolution exercise routine. (With an appreciative nod to FReeper "Winstons Julia" for the original idea.)   Feel free to add your own "more classic" / "further aged" exercise workout song suggestions and links to the list. I have to go run an errand right now, but I will check back later to see if there is more than just this "1" post on this thread (if I can remember to do that).   :-) Bits and Pieces Hippy Hippy Shake Twist and Shout Funky Broadway...
  • Fat Head: You've been fed a load of bologna

    01/02/2012 4:48:28 PM PST · by bigtoona · 36 replies
    Fathead-Movie.com ^ | 1/2/12 | Bigtoona
    Someone mentioned this movie earlier today in another thread. I watched it on Amazon streaming video this afternoon(also avaialble on Netflix) and it was excellent! Its motivating me to lose some weight and there are stunning facts that literally made my wife get up and grab a hunk of peperoni from the fridge and eat it! She hasn't eaten pepperoni or bacon in over two years because she worries about cholesterol. This is essentially a response to the Super Size me movie. It debunks the the twisted information in that movie as well as the whole government anti-obesity movement. The...
  • P90X2: Taking workouts to the limit

    12/31/2011 7:26:54 PM PST · by Altariel · 67 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 20, 2011 | Vicky Hallett
    To give you a sense of what you’re up against if you attempt to make it through P90X2, the sequel to the phenomenally popular P90X fitness program, here’s a sample exercise: the four medicine ball push-up. Yes, that means having a ball under each hand and foot. “It’s like doing push-ups during an earthquake,” says Tony Horton, the 53-year-old former stand-up comedian who created the original program eight years ago. That 90-day, 12-DVD regimen has sold 3.5 million copies, spawned an astounding number of before and after photos, persuaded politicians from both sides of the aisle to sweat it out...
  • First lady: U.S. children facing ‘crisis of inactivity’

    12/01/2011 9:29:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 30, 2011 | Dave Boyer
    America’s children are experiencing a “crisis of inactivity,” first lady Michelle Obama said Wednesday. “We may well be raising the most sedentary generation of kids in the history of this country,” Mrs. Obama said at an event in Washington to promote more healthful lifestyles for youth. “Kids today reportedly spend an average of seven and a half hours a day watching TV, playing with cellphones, computer games, video games.” The first lady has made it her cause to combat childhood obesity by promoting more healthful diets and encouraging groceries with fresh produce to move into underserved communities. But she said...
  • China now rehearses capture of Tibet passes

    11/20/2011 5:14:40 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Sun Nov 20 2011 | Pranab Dhal Samanta
    China now rehearses capture of Tibet passes A year after conducting its first live military exercise in Tibet, China has for the first time rehearsed capture of mountain passes at heights beyond 5,000 metres with the help of armoured vehicles and airborne troops. The Chinese Defence Ministry makes this claim in a short official report that describes the exercise as the “first joint actual-troop drill of the PLA air and ground troops under information-based conditions in frigid area with a high altitude”. The joint drill involved the Chinese Air Force, ground troops, armoured columns and a range of support entities....
  • Too little exercise,too much TV tied to depression

    11/14/2011 9:39:17 AM PST · by traumer · 7 replies
    Older women who got more exercise and less television time were the least likely to be diagnosed with depression, according to a U.S. study of thousands of women -- with physical activity having the biggest impact. According to findings published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers found that women who reported exercising the most in recent years were about 20 percent less likely to get depression than those who rarely exercised. On the other hand, the more hours they spent watching TV each week, the more their risk of depression crept up. "Higher levels of physical activity were associated...
  • Perry releases ‘debate prep’ photo (is running again)

    11/12/2011 11:40:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | November 12, 2011 | PEGGY FIKAC, Austin Bureau
    “Debate prep in Spartanburg, SC !!”
  • Massive terror exercise planned for metro area

    09/22/2011 3:52:47 PM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 17 replies · 2+ views
    FOX31 DENVER KDVR.com ^ | Thursday, September 22, 2011 | KDVR Staff
    Operation Mountain Guardian is a terrorism-based, full-scale emergency exercise scheduled to take place in numerous locations in the Denver metro area on Friday, September 23, 2011. The exercise will involve first responders from 81 different agencies**, will be conducted at ten separate locations and will include loud noises, simulated weapons, smoke, emergency vehicles and other equipment that will be audible and visible throughout the day. The purpose of this advisory is to provide information that can be disseminated to the public ahead of time to avoid confusion or concern on exercise day, as well as to invite media coverage of...
  • Chocolate 'as good for you as exercise'

    09/14/2011 4:25:41 PM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 90 replies · 1+ views
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ ^ | Thursday 15 September 2011 | telegraph.co.uk
    Scientists found that small amounts of dark chocolate may improve health in a similar way to exercise. The researchers focused on the mitochondria, the tiny powerhouses in cells that generate energy, and discovered that a plant compound found in chocolate, called epicatechin, appeared to stimulate the same muscle response as vigorous activity. ''Aerobic exercise, such as running or cycling, is known to increase the number of mitochondria in muscle cells. Our study has found that epicatechin seems to bring about the same response - particularly in the heart and skeletal muscles.''
  • Living to see 100 is just luck, not lifestyle

    08/05/2011 7:14:22 PM PDT · by Clairity · 42 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Aug 3, 2011 | Stephen Adams
    Taking regular exercise, drinking only in moderation and watching what you eat makes no difference to one's chances of reaching 100, research has found. Those who are lucky enough to qualify for a telegram from the Queen have simply been dealt a good genetic hand at birth, the study indicates. Academics studied almost 500 people between 95 and 109 and compared them with over 3,000 others born during the same period. They found those who lived extremely long lives ate just as badly, drank and smoked just as much, took just as little exercise and were just as likely to...
  • Red wine: Exercise in a bottle?

    07/02/2011 12:09:20 PM PDT · by Clairity · 10 replies
    e-Science News ^ | June 30, 2011 | e-Science News
    As strange as it sounds, a new research study published in the FASEB Journal (http://www.fasebj.org), suggests that the "healthy" ingredient in red wine, resveratrol, may prevent the negative effects that spaceflight and sedentary lifestyles have on people. The report describes experiments in rats that simulated the weightlessness of spaceflight, during which the group fed resveratrol did not develop insulin resistance or a loss of bone mineral density, as did those who were not fed resveratrol. This study also suggests that resveratrol may be able to prevent the deleterious consequences of sedentary behaviors in humans.
  • Michelle Obama targets toddler diets

    06/09/2011 8:44:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 69 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | June 9, 2011 | Nancy Benac (Associated Press)
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Michelle Obama dropped in on lunch and circle time at a Washington child care center on Wednesday and used the occasion to announce a new national initiative to encourage child care centers to promote healthy eating and exercise habits starting with the littlest Americans. The first lady watched as toddlers ate a healthy lunch of fish, fruit and salad greens, did the bunny hop with youngsters in a P.E. class and clapped along with singing time at CentroNia, a bilingual child care center that stresses just the kinds of healthy practices that Mrs. Obama is trying to...
  • Rainy Saturday Musings

    05/14/2011 4:29:14 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 11 replies · 1+ views
    The Constitution Club ^ | 05-14-11 | Cultural Limits
    This morning, after my exercise class (where there was a lengthy discussion on personal responsibility and that American culture used to stress that one was to go out of the way to not inconvenience others and respect other people’s property and space) I stopped at a chain discounter to pick up a few household staples that happen to be cheaper there than anywhere else. I walked across the parking lot, grabbed a cart and started pushing it through the store in search of the items I needed. Before long, a sight that is all too common in this country these...
  • The Power of P90X

    04/25/2011 5:36:18 PM PDT · by Immerito · 103 replies
    Men's Health ^ | December 18, 2010 | Joe Kita
    Tony Horton used to be a stand-up comedian. Now he's the front man for P90X and a millionaire exercise guru. So is he an infomercial salesman? Or a fitness savior? ***** Beyond the compelling marketing, there are two reasons why P90X is so popular. First, Horton is the perfect front man. At 5´10* and 180 pounds with 9 percent body fat, he is genuinely ripped. He says he can consecutively do 110 pushups, 80 dips, 35 pullups, and eight 260-pound lat pulls. Plus, he can hold a handstand for a minute and even do a backflip off a wall. To...
  • Get Fit Like the First Family: Q&A with Michelle Obama's Trainer

    03/24/2011 9:03:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Shape Magazine ^ | March 25, 2011 | Melissa Pheterson
    If All My Children really does get cancelled as rumored, at least we can count on warmer weather to get ourselves (and all our children!) off the couch for an outdoor workout — like Michelle Obama does. SHAPE scored an exclusive Q&A with Cornell McClellan, fitness consultant and personal trainer to the First Family — who love to play outside. Q: How does the First Family like to work out? A: The First Family believes in working out together, outdoors, when they can find the time. They are an active family and want to inspire the whole country to get...