Archive for January, 2012

Baby Boomer Brain Power

ABC World News | The Middle Aged Mind.

New research delves into the minds of the middle-aged.

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Reuters | Exercise may boost mood for some chronically ill.

Working out regularly may brighten the mood of people with chronic health problems like cancer, heart disease and back pain, according to the first sweeping look at previous research.

Scientific American | Bosses Who Work Out Are Nicer.

We’ve all heard exercise is good for your physical and mental well-being. But a good workout can actually influence the mental well-being of others, too. Because bosses who hit the gym tend to be less abusive to their employees. That’s according to a study in the Journal of Business and Psychology. [James P. Burton, Jenny M. Hoobler and Melinda L. Scheuer, “Supervisor Workplace Stress and Abusive Supervision: The Buffering Effect of Exercise”]

How to Fight Sitting

lifehacker | How Sitting All Day Is Damaging Your Body and How You Can Counteract It.

Do you sit in an office chair or on your couch for more than six hours a day? Then here are some disturbing facts: Your risk of heart disease has increased by up to 64 percent. You’re shaving off seven years of quality life. You’re also more at risk for certain types of cancer. Simply put, sitting is killing you. That’s the bad news. The good news: It’s easy to counteract no matter how lazy you are. | Swimmers go with the flow of exercise.

The Milburns of Merritt Island have long been an aqua-centric family. Daughter Mary, FLORIDA TODAY’s Girls Swimmer of the Year in 2001, is a former captain of the Florida Atlantic University swim team. Son Bruce, who also starred at Merritt Island High School, was an all-American at Emory University. Mom Anne-Marie and dad Bruce are USA Swimming officials who still can be found around the pool for various reasons, not the least of which is swimming.

MNT | Sedentary Lifestyle A Problem For 2 In 5 Adults With Rheumatoid Arthritis.

A new study, funded by a grant from the National Institute for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), found that two in five adults (42%) with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) were inactive. Taking measures to motivate RA patients to increase their physical activity will improve public health according to the findings now available in Arthritis Care & Research, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR).

Play Physical Activity Bingo!

Stand Up & Eat | Get Moving Bingo.

Print out this page and keep it on your refrigerator door or countertop for easy access. Complete the “Get Moving Bingo” card by putting an X through the square of the physical activity that you participate in this week. You win if you complete a line diagonally, horizontally, or vertically. Or go for “Blackout Bingo” by doing all the activities on the card!

Running Past | Edward Payson Weston – 19th Century Long Distance Walker.

His fame began at age 22 when he made a boast while dining with a friend that if Abraham Lincoln won the presidential election he would walk the nearly 500 miles from Boston to Washington, DC, to attend the inauguration. In a speech as he was starting out he announced (quoting from his pamphlet) that he “had made no money-bets, but had wagered six half-pints of peanuts” that he could do it in 10 days. He engaged two men to follow him in a carriage to bear witness that he actually walked the entire distance and to carry spare clothing and supplies, together with stacks of advertising flyers which he would leave off at various stops along the way to help defray the expenses of the trip. One of his major sponsors was the Grover & Baker Sewing Machine Co. However, most of the places where he stopped would not charge for food or lodging, presumably because of the publicity which his visit generated.

STLtoday | Parkway School District shelves fitness monitors.

The Parkway School District is taking away activity monitors given to elementary pupils for physical education classes due to a national controversy over privacy issues.

The 75 Polar Active devices, which are worn on the wrist and cost $90 each, were distributed last year to third-, fourth- and fifth-grade pupils at Henry, Ross and Shenandoah Valley elementary schools. The pupils were using them to measure the quality and duration of their exertion during PE classes then comparing those measurements to the U.S. Surgeon General’s recommendations for activity.

In 1944, Thomas K. Cureton became the director of the Physical Fitness Research Laboratory, one of the first of its kind in the nation. He developed methods to test motor and cardiovascular fitness and aquatic performance and to appraise the human physique. Cureton played a major role in the development of the fitness movement in America.