• Columnist: Treat Personal Fitness Like Bank Account

    by Brian Parr, Ph.D. May 2017

    Saving money for emergencies is good advice and important for maintaining quality of life in the event of lost employment or other financial crisis. While this may seem like common sense, many people have been caught without enough savings when they needed it and found it difficult to meet basic needs. This principle can also be applied to fitness. When you are healthy, you can maintain a high level of fitness. This makes your day-to-day activities easier and serves as a reserve or "bank" to draw on when you need it. Your good fitness now can get you through a health crisis just like saving money can help you through a financial crisis. This health crisis could come in the form of an injury or illness that keeps you from being active for several days or a hospitalization that keeps you in bed for a week, a month or longer.

  • Study: Fitness Behavior Changes Can Spread to Peers

    by Amina Khan May 2017

    A new analysis of the running habits of about 1.1 million people reveals that exercise is indeed contagious — though its communicability depends on who's spreading it.

  • Can High-Intensity Workouts Help Turn Back the Clock?

    by Kirsten Fleming April 2017

    Nancy Slagowitz, 49, says she has found her fountain of youth. And she didn't discover it in an expensive pill — her miracle came in the form of a kettlebell.

  • Why Students Should Stay Active During the School Year

    by Denzel Brown April 2017

    There's research that proves that if college students partake in about 60 minutes of activity per day, they will achieve higher test scores than if they didn't.

  • How Much Exercise Is Enough?

    by Jennifer Graham April 2017

    For 10 years, the American College of Sports Medicine has been trying to convince a sedentary public that exercise is medicine, as good for what ails us as over-the-counter or prescription pills. What began as a national campaign morphed into a global initiative, with the goal of getting physicians to prescribe exercise to their patients and suggest that they get "physical activity counseling." But although the association between exercise and health is widely accepted, there seems to be no consensus on how much physical activity we need for optimal health. The World Health Organization recommends 2½ hours a week. A study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation last year recommended five times that amount. And now there's recent research suggesting that people who exercise only on weekends can reap significant health benefits. While the studies seem contradictory, they have one thing in common: They conclude the more exercise you do, the healthier you'll be - up to a point.

  • Athletic Performance More Reliant on Practice than Age

    by Ginny McReynolds April 2017

    Some people might have given up exercise because they are "too old," while others are reluctant to begin it for the same reasons. The result is the same. If people have been sedentary for a few years, the body isn't going to function nearly as well as if they'd been practicing some kind of sport for that time.

  • Reframing Yoga to Appeal to Male Participants

    by Maria Howard April 2017

    How do you get guys to take a yoga class? Market it as sports conditioning. That's what Yoga Source did when it rolled out its first yoga series just for men this spring.

  • Resistance Training Facilitates Daily Activity for Elders

    by Josh Wildeman April 2017

    Many aging adults are seeking to prolong their "golden years" and preserve their physical abilities in order to enjoy retirement, travel or play with their grandchildren.

  • IU Changes Policy After Athletes' Malpractice Claims

    by Courtney Cameron April 2017

    A complaint filed by former Indiana University rower Katlin Beck to the state Department of Insurance against IU doctors Andy Hipskind, Michael LaGrange and Ashlee Warren, all of whom treated Beck for a back injury sustained in her freshman year, has led the university to implement major sports medicine program reform. 

  • Boxing Program Helps Parkinson's Patients

    by David Blanchette April 2017

    The bag-punching Kearney is not a typical 69-year-old woman. She boxes to help fight the ravages of the incurable disease through the new, non-contact Rock Steady Boxing program offered at Memorial's SportsCare. Kearney joined the program when it became available earlier this year.