• How Exercise Impacts the Brain

    by Angie Ferguson April 2017

    The reason that we feel so good when we exercise and get our blood pumping and our muscles firing is that it makes our brain feel good. Essentially, building muscles and conditioning the heart and lungs are bi-products or side effects from exercise as there is a biological relationship between the body, the brain, and the mind.

  • Study: Extra Weight May Not Extend Life After All

    by Kim Painter April 2017

    Bad news, overweight Americans. There's no survival advantage to carrying a few extra pounds, the latest research suggests. The study, published Monday in Annals of Internal Medicine, casts doubt on the popular idea, supported by some previous studies, that people who are overweight, but not obese, live longer than their thinner peers. Those studies also found that even mild obesity might not raise death rates, despite links to heart disease, diabetes and cancer -- the "obesity paradox." Some researchers have been skeptical about those findings, and the new study, using new methodology, gives them ammunition. It finds that the fatter we get, the more likely we are to die young from any cause, and particularly from heart disease, cancer or respiratory disease.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Boutique Fitness Leads Industry in Participation Growth

    by Courtney Cameron March 2017

    The personalized experience members can find at a boutique fitness studio is appealing to customers – so appealing that boutique fitness is leading the industry in participant numbers and growth.

  • College Dumps the Scale to Promote Body Positivity

    by Courtney Cameron March 2017

    Carleton University in Ottawa has sparked a heated online debate through the fitness center’s decision to remove the scale from the campus gym. In place of a scale, students found a sign encouraging them to focus on wellness rather than weight.

  • Health Club for Gay Men Scrutinized by Councilman

    by Jason Scott March 2017

    A health club that caters to gay men is under scrutiny by a Louisville metro councilman over concerns that it operates as a sex club.

  • Study: Fewer U.S. Adults Attempting Weight Loss

    by Courtney Cameron March 2017

    A new analysis of National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey results shows that fewer Americans are making an effort to lose weight, despite a continued rise in the percentage of overweight and obese adults in the United States.