Like many major school districts in the US, schools administrators in Washington DC are cutting back on recess time in order to make room for more instruction time in classrooms. In DC, the decision to cut recess to only 15 minutes was met with anger and many parents voicing strong opinion that kids need more … Continue reading The Fight for Recess in DC!
From some previous posts, you may have gathered that our library hosts a number of joggers. Personally I am still at a fairly novice level, but I do enjoy keeping up with exercise research to make sure that I am doing everything I can to prevent injury while bolstering health and (hopefully) longevity. Last week … Continue reading To Stretch, or Not to Stretch? That is the Question.
My running inspiration Jean posted about exercise regimens in middle age and their benefits, but according to an article from the Washington Post, it is never too late to start working out. Take Ray Clark, currently 102 years old, who began exercising at the age of 98 after his wife of 67 years passed away. … Continue reading Age is No Excuse: “Fit at 102”
Since I am from California, you might assume that I'd be inherently prejudiced against winter. That's really not the case (though I may have admittedly been spoiled by Michigan's relatively mild winters over the last couple of years)! I love the sparkle of fresh snow and the sound it makes crunching under my boots, and … Continue reading Where Should One Run?
If you've been to the gym (any gym, really) recently, I'm sure you've noticed the influx of patrons hopping up on the cardio machines in earnest efforts at New Years resolutions. I've written before about two of the main factors for maintained weight loss: diet and exercise. And the theme arises again, in no doubt … Continue reading Your Appetite, Your Workout
The holidays are upon us! During this traditional time of culinary indulgence, I wanted to take a post to highlight some healthy cooking, eating, and other habits so that you can - hopefully - look back on your holidays and not cringe. If you're in the kitchen, there are a veritable TON of Thanksgiving recipes … Continue reading Healthy Holiday Habits
From the New York Times: Research has confirmed that people’s physiological responses to exercise vary wildly. Now a new genetic test promises to tell you whether you are likely to benefit aerobically from exercise. The science behind the test is promising, but is this information any of us really needs to know? The new test, … Continue reading Are you likely to respond to exercise?
According to a new article (based on a few studies) from my favorite health blog, people are more inclined to stick to exercise regimens if they are perceived to contribute to direct, immediate benefits - such as increased happiness - rather than a long-term future goal, such as better health. Taking a marketing-like approach to exercise may be the key. … Continue reading Happiness > Health (Motivationally Speaking, That Is)
I'm relatively new to the fair state of Michigan - so when our temperatures began to spike into their summer levels several weeks ago, I didn't think too much of it - par for the course in places with actual seasons, right? Then I tried running outside. I'm a fairly avid runner, and I used … Continue reading Too hot to exercise?