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Heart Rate Variability Test: New Way of Evaluating Physical Fitness and Predicting Sudden Death Syndrome

By Larisa Tereshchenko, MD, PhD and Simon Yu, MD
Every so often we witness some of the most physically fit people die from a sudden, unexpected heart attack. What happened to those people who seem so physically fit and can run 20 miles or lift 300 lbs of weight? Why do they suddenly drop dead without Read more

Love Puts Workouts on Fast Track, Study Finds

If you want a better workout, you may want to find a beau or a gal, a new study suggests.
Being in love enhances athletic performance, according to a new study of collegiate, professional and Olympic athletes.

More than half the athletes surveyed said being in love helped their game. Compassionate love, the type of affection and trust present in Read more

Study: Half of U.S. adults will be obese by 2030

The number of obese people in the United States will increase from 99 million in 2008 to 164 million by 2030, and the number of obese people in the United Kingdom will increase from 15 million to 26 million, a new study predicts.

Obesity-related diseases and health care costs will soar as a result, according to the report published Aug. Read more

Restoring Range

An in-depth look at the physiological benefits of laser therapy in joint rehabilitation
Laser Therapy

Joint rehabilitation requires a strategic and comprehensive treatment approach, integrating soft-tissue techniques, fascial manipulation and functional movement patterning. Restoring optimal range of motion and reducing pain by transitioning a client from passive to active care should be the primary goal. Decreasing time Read more

Obesity rate inches up for males, but levels off overall

Obesity in the USA has inched up slightly over the past decade, mainly because of weight gain among men and boys, new government statistics show.
The percentage of obese men increased to 35.5% in 2010, up from 27.5% in 2000. About 35.8% of women were obese in 2010, not a significant change from 2000. Adults are considered obese Read more

AHA: Childhood obesity needs to focus on the family unit

It may seem like stating the obvious, to those of us who work with overweight and obese children, however, the American Heart Association just released a scientific statement about the role of parents, families and caregivers in the treatment of obese kids.
Practice what you preach
Among the most important message:  parents need to lead by example.  It is Read more

New plan to cut the fat of the military

Obese Americans in the military are a national security hazard and first lady Michelle Obama wants to see that change.

Obama, who has spearheaded a healthy eating and fitness program for children for two years, will lend her voice on Thursday to the military’s efforts to overhaul the food it serves.In an event in Little Rock, Arkansas, Obama Read more

TIME – Lack of Exercise as Deadly as Smoking

Lack of Exercise as Deadly as Smoking, Study Finds
When it comes to being couch potatoes, Americans aren’t alone. Physical inactivity has become a global pandemic, say researchers in a series of related papers  published in the journal Lancet. According to one of the reports, lack of exercise causes as many as 1 in 10 premature deaths around Read more

3 Foods to Eat Before Your Summer Workout

By Tina Haupert

If you’re sticking with your exercise routine this summer, congrats! You’re doing something great for your mind, body, and soul. But, did you know you can get even more out of your sweat session by fueling your body right?

Especially if you’re trying to lose weight, it might sound counter-intuitive to eat something before Read more

Kids and Sports – How Much is Too Much?

Sports specialization in kids may result in injury and burnout
By Elizabeth Quinn

It’s not uncommon for kids today to take their play pretty seriously. Sports practices, personal coaching, drills and detailed workout routines seem to be part of the new normal for any kid who wants to play any sport. The days of fun, exercise, fresh Read more