If you’re like me, chances are you have a hard time making your physical health a priority. Life always seems to get in the way, and obligations to your fitness are the first to fall off the list. So how do you embrace your inner athlete, get the most out of your sporting experiences and appreciate the awesome body that lets you do it? Summon your senses, take a risk, be a rookie and reach your fitness goals.
In celebration of February’s Black History Month, we are sharing the stories of ten incredible history-making athletes, who are also some of the best of all-time: Alice Coachman, Track & Field: Coachman, who passed away in July of 2014, was unable to compete in the Olympic Games as they were cancelled in 1940 and 1944…
We’ve got a surefire way to improve your GPA this semester or your performance at work during these long, cold winter months. It doesn’t involve a quick fix or a miracle drug or a revolutionary new technique. All it takes is a little old-fashioned physical activity – an idea we’ve believed in all along and an one that science is beginning to prove more and more.
As the hockey store manager slid the hulking shoulder pads over my child’s shoulders and then tightened the shin and elbow pads, I watched in awe at the mountain of stuff now velcroed to my eight-year-old. One part of me wondered, “How the heck will I ever get all this stuff on the kid by myself?” While in the other part of my brain, a red sign flashed DANGER! What was I getting us into?
Favela Da Chacrinha, Brazil offers a safe place for children to play and learn. It’s badminton that helps the kids stay out of trouble. During the World Cup Soccer, Brazil was showcased around the world. Many people got to see the beautiful beach of Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, but I am sure not many have ever heard about this amazing project in the favelas tucked in the shantytown hillside – the Miratus Project is in full swing.
Appearing to buck national trends, the prevalence of severe obesity among school children in New York City was down by almost 10 percent in the 2010-11 school year from 2006-07, researchers reported last month. The study, published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, measured the height and weight dimensions of approximately 947,765 children attending public schools ranging from kindergarten through eighth grade.
A landmark new study examining the burden of stress on the lives of Americans is making headlines and pushing the importance of physical activity even more into the media spotlight. The NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health “Burden of Stress in America Survey” was conducted from March 5 to April 8, 2014 and surveyed approximately 2,500 respondents.
It seems like every week new research is released about the far-reaching negative effects of childhood obesity. Now, British researchers have found a correlation between obesity in teen girls and poor performance in the classroom. Since the 1990s, the United States has seen an alarming increase in childhood obesity rates. In 2012, 21 percent of…
Once you have a girl involved with physical activity, it’s important to maintain and develop her interests. As most of us know, pre-teens and teens can get easily bored and need some variation and incentive to stay engaged. Plus, it’s important that girls develop a lifelong love of being active. Women who are active in sports and recreational activities as girls feel greater confidence in their physical and social selves than those who were sedentary as kids.
The most important thing you can do to inspire a girl is to make everything a team effort. A girl is more likely to be active if her parent, guardian or other key adult in her life is active. Let her see you working out, sweating and making physical activity part of your life. Be a real-life hero as she sees you jogging that extra lap, attempting that 3-point shot, striking that yoga pose. There are a number of ways you can emphasize that you are in this together.