• Yoga: From Spiritual Practice to Commercial Enterprise

    by Karen Heller April 2017

    Already rife with rival and sometimes competing schools, the ancient practice has become a tabula rasa, open to endless permutations and personal spins. It's such a fixture in popular culture that it has inevitably become ripe for parody, in fare such as "Yoga Hosers, a Johnny Depp spoof in which a pair of teenage Californians use their yoga prowess to defeat villains.

  • Fitness Center Provides Boost for Cancer Patients

    by Sammy Caiola April 2017

    The Triumph Cancer Foundation's exercise program, now offered at California Family Fitness, gives cancer survivors a road back to health and lowers their risk of recurrence. The group model can help people build confidence when they're frustrated by their illness-imposed limitations, said Pam Whitehead, a cancer survivor and founder of Triumph. The 90-minute classes lead participants through warm-ups, machine exercises and meditation, much of it modified to accommodate for the poor balance issues, joint pain and muscle fatigue that cancer survivors struggle with.

  • Water Yoga Gives Access to Would-Be Participants

    by Su ClausonWicker April 2017

    Nicole Boyle, owner of In Balance Yoga studio in Blacksburg, Va., and instructor Ellen Goldlust are offering free sessions of a yoga hybrid accessible to people whose warrior pose wobbles on land.

  • Age Shouldn't Deter Older People from Exercise

    by Jill Daly March 2017

    As people with heart disease live longer, a new emphasis on physical activity will improve the quality of their lives, especially as they get into their 80s and 90s, according to a statement published Thursday by the American Heart Association journal Circulation. How patients function is traditionally measured by how well the heart and lungs work to supply oxygen to the body's muscles during physical activity. But in older adults other factors are involved, said geriatric cardiologist Daniel E. Forman at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, who chaired the panel that wrote the scientific statement.

  • Study: Female Athletes More Susceptible to Concussion

    by Courtney Cameron March 2017

    A recent study released by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons found that female athletes are 12.1 percent more likely to sustain a concussion than male athletes playing the same sport.

  • Study: High-Intensity Exercise Helps Slow Aging

    by Ana Veciana-Suarez March 2017

    Any kind of exercise is better than none, but it's the high-intensity interval training that does best in reversing age-related changes at the cellular level.

  • Conference in Richmond to Encourage Outdoor Activity

    by Tee Clarkson March 2017

    From hiking, to kayaking, to mountain biking, to trail running, to just slipping out to take the dog for a walk, one doesn't have to look far to see a significant portion of Richmonders on the move and living an active lifestyle.

  • When to Use an Ankle Brace

    by Richmond Times Dispatch March 2017

    Back in the early 1990s, ankle braces were starting to pop up more often on sports courts and playing fields due to improved designs making them less expensive than taping an athlete's ankle.

  • S.F. Gym Hopes to Benefit by Pairing Cannabis, Fitness

    by Ashley May March 2017

    Power Plant Fitness clients will have the option to bring their own cannabis or order edibles, the gym's preferred form of cannabis, while they are at the gym.

  • Fitness Wearables Not Strong on Heart-Rate Accuracy

    by Arizona Daily Star March 2017

    Fitbits and other wrist-worn fitness devices promise to keep track of your heart rate, but new research suggests they are less accurate than thought during certain exercises.