Exercise should be fun — you already have more than enough work to do

Yet, trudging through the institutional world of education, exercise became the thing that the quintessential, sadistic gym teacher enforced, complete with tests, metrics and goals for the unattainable. The joy of movement dimmed as the realization that perfection was just not on the menu for most of us. And there was math to prove it. Charts, indexes, measurements, graphs – all calculated to show the weary where they fall short. Exercise stopped being many people’s entertainment, when it … [Read more...]

Child and teen obesity rates soar globally, WHO reports

GENEVA –  The number of obese children and adolescents worldwide has jumped tenfold in the past 40 years and the rise is accelerating in low- and middle-income countries, especially in Asia, a major study said on Wednesday. Childhood and teen obesity rates have leveled off in the United States, north-western Europe and other rich countries, but remain "unacceptably high" there, researchers at Imperial College London and the World Health Organization (WHO) said. "Over 40 years we have gone … [Read more...]

8 Secrets of Fit Business Travelers

It's easy to fall off track when traveling for work. Not only must you break from a home routine that hopefully keeps you happy and healthy, but you're also faced with work-related stressors, including long days of sitting in meetings, aches and pains from airline travel and different beds and, potentially, a battle with jet lag. But you don't have to neglect your fitness even when traveling for business. Consider the following tips for staying fit on the road: 1. Embrace your … [Read more...]

More Evidence Contact Sports Can Affect the Brain A

TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Playing contact sports like football or ice hockey can alter the structure and function of the brain, Canadian researchers report. Brain scans showed that these changes were particularly pronounced in sports that have the greatest risk of body contact. "There is growing concern about the risk of collisions in sport. However, most of the research has focused on retired professional athletes with decades of exposure to head impacts," said lead … [Read more...]

Foam Rollers: One of the Most Beneficial Tools for an Athlete

If your an athlete you probably have sustained some form of injury throughout your time on the field. Years ago the way most athletes dealt with injuries was to either rest until the injury healed or electrical stimulation or massage. The times have changed for athletes today, it is a vastly different world we live in now. The days of playing just one sport and having the rest of the year to play multiple sports or rest have fallen by the wayside. Typically today's athletes train all year round … [Read more...]

Xcellerated Speed Training Scholarship Award

It is a great honor to present the first ever Xcellerated Speed Training Scholarship award. This scholarship was developed to reward students for their hard work and dedication on and off the field. The requirements of this scholarship are rigorous. A student must maintain a GPA of at least 3.5, been a member of the Oley Valley Field Hockey program for 4 years, have participated in Xcellerated Speed Training's training protocol, been a role model on the field and off the field, and have spent … [Read more...]

Are You Overtraining Yourself Fat?

Exercising too much can backfire. On paper, losing weight seems simple: Eat less, move more. So why are most people not seeing results? While there are many possible reasons or combination of reasons – people are stressed, only half-heartedly committed, short on money and time, or living with chronic medical conditions – one reason tends to be overlooked: Some people are working out too much. In the past few years, I have seen a huge change in the fitness world and the way we work … [Read more...]

Obesity May Cause 11 Types of Cancer, Review Finds

People who are obese have a greater risk of developing and dying from several types of cancer including malignancies of the breast, ovary, kidney, pancreas, colon, rectum and bone marrow, a research review confirms. Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, and the prevalence of obesity has more than doubled over the past generation. Even though excess weight is thought to influence the odds of developing and dying from a wide variety of tumors, the study found "strong evidence" … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Age Well and Save Money Doing It

Don't let money troubles bury your health in the Golden years. Health care costs can snowball as a person ages, and the added stress of those big bills can further tax one's health. To age well, experts say, it's often helpful to consider money matters along with making healthy choices. "What you want to do as you get older is both be healthy and have a healthy bank account," says Dr. Michael Roizen, chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic, who co-authored the forthcoming book … [Read more...]

Active kids less likely to be depressed later on

Children who get more exercise may have fewer symptoms of depression than their peers who are less active, a recent study suggests. Researchers used activity trackers to see how much physical activity children got, then interviewed kids and their parents to assess whether kids had symptoms of depression. When kids got more moderate to vigorous physical activity at ages 6 and 8, they were less likely to have symptoms of major depressive disorder two years later, the study found. "Our … [Read more...]

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