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Monday, December 22, 2014

Resistance is Not Futile

Posted by William on January 11, 2012

To encourage the mature market to participate in strength training, the Cooper Fitness Center organized a group strength-training program called CREST (Classics’ Resistance Exercise Strength Training), which is designed to encourage independence and improve quality of life for participants. CREST concentrates on the stabilization muscles (neck, shoulders, back, abdomen and hips) to “improve core strength, thus improving balance, gait, postural alignment and general body awareness,” says Michael Kolling, mature market director. Measurable results are seen after completing the seven-week program. WAIT! There is more to read… read on »

Pace Yourself with Perceived Exertion

Posted by William on December 26, 2011

Many people learn to regulate exercise intensity using subjective sensations of how hard an exercise feels, sometimes in conjunction with occasional heart rate checks, but often without. The most common tool for this assessment is the Borg Scale of Perceived Exertion, a scale that runs vertically from 6 to 20. As you exercise, you pick the number that most closely corresponds to your sensation of exertion, with the help of verbal cues such as “fairly light” and “somewhat hard” accompanying the numbers. While the common-sense nature of this approach appeals to many exercisers, others worry that its simplicity compromises accuracy. WAIT! There is more to read… read on »

Exercise Programming, Part 2

Posted by William on December 14, 2011

Special-case motivation

Although keeping members motivated is never easy, members who participate in Special Case Monitoring tend to stick with the program. “We find that with the education and the lectures we offer, there’s a lot of self motivation going on,” says Assistant Program Manager Glen Newman, who adds that members are always quick to register for new programs. “We just get the wheels spinning — they’re the ones who keep them turning,” he says. WAIT! There is more to read… read on »

Exercise Programming, Part 1

Posted by William on December 7, 2011

When Carol Welsh started exercising a little more than a year ago, things didn’t look so good for the grandmother of three. Her cholesterol hovered above 300, she was borderline hypertensive, and just five years shy of retirement, heart disease was threatening to darken what were supposed to be her golden years. WAIT! There is more to read… read on »

Hiking a Prescription for Health Post 3

Posted by William on September 21, 2011

Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition)
PHCA (Preventive Health Care for the Aging)
Breast Cancer Detection Programs
Nutrition Network for Active, Healthy Families
Healthy Cities and Communities, among others WAIT! There is more to read… read on »

Hiking a Prescription for Health Post 2

Posted by William on September 14, 2011

“Of course the trails provide such opportunities not only for physical exercise of the body but also for the human spirit, especially the scenic views provided to users of trails,” added Tice. “We have found that such activities are great for reducing hypertension, high blood pressure, stress — all of which can be debilitating to one’s good health.” WAIT! There is more to read… read on »

Hiking a Prescription for Health Post 1

Posted by William on September 7, 2011

‘You should get a doctor’s prescription to be inactive, not visa versa,’ said Anne Seeley, Communities Coordinator, California Department of Health Services (CDHS), during the opening keynote at the National Trails Symposium 2010. WAIT! There is more to read… read on »