Long-term study on exercise improving kids' cognitive skills

There have been quite a few short-term studies on exercise and improved cognitive skills, but these researchers wanted a long-term study that proved causation (not just association). So they went to an elementary school and recruited 220 kids between 8 and 9. (This is thought to be an important age because it's when the brain "experiences a leap" in executive function.)...more

If The Shoe Fits..

 Lately I’ve been frequenting a couple different run club Facebook Group pages, the ‘Run JunkEes Run Club' and 'Trail and Ultra Running’....more

It's 3 pm, and I can't remember what I'm supposed to be doing

For months, I've become interested in my son's memories: What will his first long-term memory be? What memories from this age will he retain?...more

How Do You Know Which Exercise is Best for You?

Cardio, strength, circuits, HIITs, stretching. Each is a key component to good fitness and health, however how do you decide which one to do? Deciding which workout is best for you is a little science-based, because there is clear research that different workouts are better than others for specific goals, and it’s intuitive-based, because your body will let you know what it feels like doing on any given day -- or in some cases, what it doesn’t feel like doing. The trick is to listen to them both and then get your runners on and begin. These tips range for those who are completely new to exercise to those who are looking for new ideas for their workout. ...more

Brain benefits of exercise may be counteracted by sedentary behavior

I've written about the  benefits of exercise on the brain, but new research said we also need to take under consideration what we're doing the rest of the time.The new research says that while the structural integrity of white matter in the brain is boosted by physical activity, a more sedentary lifestyle during the OTHER hours of the day created decreased structural integrity in the white matter of the hippocampus, which deals with memory and learning....more

Let's Get Social

It sure has been awhile since I posted last. You may have wondered where the heck I went. Well besides enjoying my summer, I've been brushing up on my Javascript, jQuery skills and learning a bunch of other computer nerdy languages. No seriously! See what happens when I can't get outside to run....more

How Do Personal Trainers Stay Fit?

Who doesn’t want to know how a professional takes care of business?  We've all read the articles: "What Does A Genius Do To Help Remember Important Tasks?" (They apparently focus on one task at a time.) or “What Does Jennifer Aniston Do to Have Sexy, Beautiful Hair?” (She uses "Living Proof," her own haircare line, go figure.) or the most recent one I read: “How Does Oprah Relax?” (She takes Sundays off.) I have been a personal trainer for over 20 years.  During these past two decades, I have helped a lot of people lose weight, get fit, feel better, and live longer. In this time I, myself, have actually gotten leaner and healthier too.  I have a lower body fat percentage at 44 years old than I did when I was 30 (take that middle-age!), and I can still beat people younger than me in a foot race and in the gym – however the recovery time is a tad bit longer than it used to be. These are the top 6 things I do to stay in shape. ...more
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How long am I supposed to run?

I would not describe myself as a runner. Runners tend to try races and talk about branching out to trails and go through sneakers much faster than I do. But, I do run for exercise. And, although I do not enjoy it, I would say that I have tolerated it more than most other exercises....more

Go Big Or Go Home? Is Marathon Training Over?

Go big or go home-it's kind of been my motto with this marathon training. And I have to say, I think I'm going home....more

Fitbit, Jawbone UP bangle and pedometers motivate exercisers to move more

In a race to finish first in the gadget world, wearable tech is posed to win. Shipments of high tech bands that monitor fitness have grown 700 percent in just one year, according to Entrepreneur. So what should weight loss and fitness enthusiasts look for when it comes to the perfect device to monitor their marathons, race-walking events or spin class sessions? The high tech world is buzzing about:...more