How Exercise May Help Protect Against Severe Covid-19

People who tended to be sedentary were far more likely to be hospitalized, and to die, from Covid than those who exercised regularly.

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Born to Be Lazy? What Bears Can Teach Us About Our Exercise Habits

Scientists have found that grizzlies, like people, seem to choose the path of least resistance.

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Are Spring Sports Safe for Kids?

Youth sports are ramping up in many parts of the country. But without a vaccine for children, we still need to avoid spreading the coronavirus.

#coaches-and-managers, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #exercise, #little-league-baseball-and-softball, #parenting, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #soccer, #volleyball

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Walking and Other Aerobic Exercise May Aid the Aging Brain

Older people with mild cognitive impairment showed improvements in brain blood flow and memory after a yearlong aerobic exercise program.

#age-chronological, #alzheimers-disease, #brain, #carotid-arteries, #elderly, #exercise, #journal-of-alzheimers-disease, #memory, #university-of-texas-southwestern-medical-center

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Action Bronson, Eater by Trade, Finds a New Craving: Fitness

The rapper, chef and TV host has shed 130 pounds during the pandemic, dieting and exercising with the same intensity he once brought to the table.

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Too Much High-Intensity Exercise May Be Bad for Your Health

A new study hints that excessive HIIT may harm your mitochondria, the energy generators found in every cell of your body.

#cell-metabolism-journal, #exercise, #karolinska-institute, #mitochondria, #muscles

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Is It Safe to Go Back to Indoor Group Exercise Class at the Gym?

Indoor fitness classes, which often result in heavy breathing in poorly ventilated rooms, can be risky. Here’s a guide to help you decide if your gym is doing enough to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

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How Much Weight Did We Gain During Lockdowns? 2 Pounds a Month, Study Hints

Many Americans know they’ve put on weight during the pandemic, but it’s been difficult for experts to detail the scope of the problem.

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Child Dies in Accident Involving Peloton Treadmill

In a letter of caution to Peloton users, the chief executive said the company had been aware of “a small handful” of other instances in which children were hurt.

#deaths-fatalities, #exercise, #foley-john-fitness-executive, #peloton-interactive-inc

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The Family Dog Is in Sync With Your Kids

Dogs orient and move in synchrony with family members, which may have implications for the emotional development of people and pets.

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This Is Your Brain on Peloton

The exercise bike company’s virtual classes represent an intense new genre of content: a total curation of the mind.

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Why the Coronavirus Pandemic Is a Personal Health Wake-Up Call

Too many Americans fail to take measures to combat obesity, the second leading risk factor for death from Covid-19.

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Alabama Could Allow Yoga in Public Schools After a 28-Year Ban

“It’s just exercise,” said Jeremy Gray, a state lawmaker whose bill is making its way through the Legislature. But some people still say the practice has no place in the classroom.

#alabama, #education-k-12, #exercise, #jeremy-gray, #law-and-legislation, #state-legislatures, #yoga

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How to Use Your Daylight Saving Time ‘Bonus Hour’

“Spring ahead” will come as an even bigger relief than usual after a year of lockdown.

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Where Fitness Is the Job, Army Struggles to Be a Fair Boss With Female Troops

As the Army revises its physical test and otherwise rethinks fitness, it faces difficult questions: Do current requirements penalize women? Do they overshadow expertise and intellectual preparation?

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How Exercise Affects Our Minds: The Runner’s High

For years we’ve been crediting endorphins, but it’s really about the endocannabinoids.

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The Runners High: How Exercise Affects Our Minds

For years we’ve been crediting endorphins, but it’s really about the endocannabinoids.

#anxiety-and-stress, #endorphins, #exercise, #marijuana, #psychoneuroendocrinology-journal, #running

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Why I Stopped Running During the Pandemic (and How I Started Again)

Waiting to feel better wasn’t working. I had to act.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #exercise

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How to Get a Peloton-Style Workout Without Splurging

Don’t want to pay $1,900 for a Peloton bike, plus a subscription fee for classes? Here are ways to reduce the cost of using tech to exercise at home.

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How Exercise Enhances Aging Brains

Sedentary, older adults who took aerobic dance classes twice a week showed improvements in brain areas critical for memory and thinking.

#age-chronological, #brain, #elderly, #exercise, #memory, #neurobiology-of-learning-and-memory-journal, #rutgers-the-state-university-of-new-jersey

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Tonal triples its physical stores with Nordstrom partnership

Tonal, maker of the smart home fitness trainer, announced it is more than tripling the number of physical locations it sells devices in through a new partnership with Nordstrom.

Starting this month, Tonal will have 50-square-foot stations in the women’s activewear departments of at least 40 Nordstrom locations across the U.S., bringing the total number of Tonal physical locations to 60 by the end of 2021. Shoppers will be able to walk in or book appointments to try Tonal devices and purchase them through employees on-hand.

“As we looked to expand our retail footprint and strategy, we looked to the retail landscape, and we really feel like Nordstrom says ‘best-in-class’ — the department store is well-suited to succeed in a COVID and post-COVID world,” explained Christopher Stadler, Tonal’s CMO.

Tonal, which manufactures a wall-mounted device with a digital weight system that emulates various traditional gym stations, already operates 16 locations across the country with devices shoppers can try and work out to, with plans to open four additional showrooms later this year. But the partnership with Nordstrom, which expects overall sales growth of 25% in 2021, marks a first-of-its-kind for at-home fitness makers. Peloton, for instance, operates a larger network of dedicated showrooms in the U.S., Canada, Germany and the UK, but it has yet to partner with an outside retailer to display and demo its bikes and treadmills.

Tonal’s physical expansion arrives amid a boom in demand for at-home equipment during the pandemic. According to Stadler, sales of Tonal equipment surged 800% from December 2019 to December 2020, causing 10-12 week wait times for deliveries. Those delays are somewhat comparable to Peloton, which has also faced significant delivery wait times in recent months and currently reports 6-10 week delays — an issue Peloton CEO John Foley acknowledged and apologized for in a note to users.

Tonal, for its part, is working to address shipment delays. According to Stadler, the startup has significantly ramped up production of devices, increased employee headcount, and in some cases, now air-ships equipment from Taiwan to the U.S. to meet demand.

“We have seen extraordinary demand for Tonal, and we’re working aggressively around the clock to produce, deliver and install Tonals faster and faster,” says Stadler. “We’ve absolutely ramped up production, and all facets of the organization are rallying to deliver our customer orders as quickly as we can.”


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CDC Traces Covid-19 Outbreaks in Gyms, Urging Stricter Precautions

Coronavirus cases at fitness centers in Chicago and Honolulu were linked to carelessness about masks and symptoms, federal health officials found.

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What Was the Vertical Club?

As we listlessly hoist our home dumbbells, let’s take a deep breath and reflect on a lost epicenter of New York City fitness culture.

#exercise, #health-clubs, #new-york-city, #nineteen-hundred-eighties, #nineteen-hundred-nineties, #vertical-club

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Exercise vs. Diet? What Children of the Amazon Can Teach Us About Weight Gain

What we eat may be more important than how much we move when it comes to fighting obesity.

#calories, #children-and-childhood, #diet-and-nutrition, #eating-disorders, #exercise, #indigenous-people, #obesity, #weight

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How Much Exercise Do You Need for Better Heart Health?

The more you do, the better, but even mild exercise like walking produces benefits for cardiovascular health, a large new study found.

#content-type-service, #exercise, #heart, #research

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Running Is a Total Body Affair

We can thank our heads and shoulders — and not just our knees and toes — that we evolved to run as well as we do.

#american-journal-of-physical-anthropology, #content-type-service, #evolution-biology, #exercise, #harvard-university, #head-body-part, #muscles, #running

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Can Technology Help Us Eat Better?

A new crop of digital health companies is using blood glucose monitors to transform the way we eat.

#anxiety-and-stress, #diabetes, #exercise, #food, #heart, #salad-dressings, #sugar, #wearable-computing

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Goodbye to the Cult of SoulCycle

From vaccine line-cutting to outright racism, revelations are exposing the darkness at the core of the boutique fitness craze.

#exercise, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #soulcycle-llc

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Health tech startup Bold raises $7 million in seed funding for senior-focused fitness programs

Virtual health and wellness platforms have grown increasingly popular throughout the pandemic, but a new startup wants to focus that effort exclusively on senior citizens. Bold, a digital health and wellness service, plans to prevent chronic health problems in older adults through free and personalized exercise programs. Co-founded by Amanda Rees and her partner Hari Arul, Bold picked up $7 million this week in seed funding led by Julie Yoo of Silicon Valley-based Andreessen Horowitz.

Rees said in an interview that the idea for Bold came from time she spent caring for her grandmother, helping her through health challenges like falls. “I kept thinking about solutions we could build to keep someone healthier longer, rather than waiting for until they have a fall or something else goes off the rails to intervene,” she said. Rees started Bold to use what she’d learned from her own experience in dance and yoga to help her grandmother practice maintaining balance to prevent future falls. “My passion really was around ways to sort of widen the aperture, and make these solutions more accessible and built for older people.”

The member experience is pretty straightforward. Users fill out some brief fitness information on the web-based platform, outlining their goals and current baseline. From that information, Bold creates a personalized program that ranges from a short, seated Tai Chi class once a week, to cardio and strength classes meeting multiple times each week. “The idea is to really meet a member where they are, and then through our programming, help them along their journey of doing the types of exercises that are going to have the most immediate benefit for them,” said Rees.

Bold’s funding round comes at a time of concern around ballooning healthcare expenses for older populations, and a focus on how to reduce these costs for both current and future generations. While falls alone aren’t necessarily complex medical incidents, they have the potential to lead to fractures and other serious injuries. Bold’s preventative approach to falls is a more active solution than necklace or bracelet monitors that send a signal to emergency services when they detect a fall. And by offering virtual programs, they can help at-risk older populations engage in exercise while avoiding potential COVID-19 exposure at gyms.

Research shows that this works. Even simple, low-intensity exercise can improve balance and strength enough to reduce the incidence of falls, which is currently the leading cause of injury and injury death among older adults.

Fewer injuries would mean less need for medical care, which would lead to money saved for hospitals and health insurers alike. That’s why in addition to their seed funding, Bold has plans to start rolling out partnerships with Medicare Advantage organizations and risk-bearing providers, which will help make their exercise programs available to users for free.

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Hot Yoga at Home? Consider the Bathroom

Barred from studios, yogis are steaming up basements, pricey inflatable domes and even the loo.

#exercise, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #yoga

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Can Exercise Make You More Creative?

To spur innovation and ideas, try taking a walk.

#creativity, #exercise, #happiness

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How to Get the Best Workout at Home

Not ready to return to the gym? Here are seven simple tools for strength and conditioning that can help everyone get a healthy start in 2021.

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Norma Kamali’s Skin Care and Aging Secrets

“I just don’t feel gray,” the fashion designer said. “I feel this”

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The Best Time of Day to Exercise

Men at risk for diabetes had greater blood sugar control and lost more belly fat when they exercised in the afternoon than in the morning.

#biorhythms, #diabetes, #exercise, #obesity, #physiological-reports, #sleep, #weight

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There’s No Easy Fix for Children’s Weight Gain

Experts advise families to avoid blaming themselves and to look for opportunities to congratulate children for healthy behaviors and good decisions.

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The Standing 7-Minute Workout

A gentler version of a popular workout keeps you moving while keeping your body off the floor.

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‘Slowing Down to Feel’: Moving Our Minds Around Our Bodies

It’s cold outside. The pandemic is getting worse. It’s time to look inward with the help of movement practices that create healthy bodies and minds.

#dancing, #erika-hearn, #exercise, #feldenkrais-method, #kassandra-reinhardt, #marie-janicek, #martha-eddy, #moshe-feldenkrais, #movement-research, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rebecca-davis

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The Benefits of Moderate Exercise

High-intensity workouts get a lot of attention and can be great for health. But moderate physical activity may have metabolic advantages.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #blood-pressure, #exercise, #running, #walking, #weight

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Biden Peloton Raises Security Risks

It doesn’t exactly comport with his “regular Joe from Scranton” persona, but beyond the politics of it, the bike could present cybersecurity risks.

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Peloton’s Rapid Rise Is Threatened by Its Slow Delivery

The company has boomed in popularity during the pandemic but getting its exercise bikes delivered has proved a struggle, one that is angering new customers.

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Should You Worry About Your Kid’s Pandemic Weight Gain?

Think of body changes as something to be curious about, not a problem to be solved.

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Why Kevin Hart Obsesses Over Skin Care

Here’s what his grooming and wellness routine looks like.

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An 11-Minute Body-Weight Workout With Proven Fitness Benefits

Five minutes of burpees, jump squats and other calisthenics, alternating with rest, improved aerobic endurance in out-of-shape men and women.

#exercise, #international-journal-of-exercise-science, #medicine-and-health, #research

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To Start a New Habit, Make It Easy

Removing obstacles makes it more likely you’ll achieve a new health goal. The 7-Day Well Challenge will show you how.

#anxiety-and-stress, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #exercise, #habits-and-routines-behavior, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Forget About a Gym. These People Pay Thousands for Personalized Workouts.

“I’m in for $31,000 a year,” a fashion consultant says. That covers a trainer, a nutritionist, an age management doctor and “tons of supplements.”

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To Create a Healthy Habit, Find an Accountability Buddy

Whether it’s a person or an app that sends us reminders, we make better choices when we’re being watched (even by ourselves.)

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Set Your Exercise Goals High, but Not Too High

Inactive people started moving more if they received daily step targets that exceeded their usual number by about 500 steps.

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Why Self-Care Isn’t Selfish

The pandemic taught us that when you take care of yourself, you’re also taking care of your family, friends and community. The 7-Day Well Challenge will show you how to focus on self-care in 2021.

#anxiety-and-stress, #content-type-service, #elder-care, #exercise

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Hate Working Out? Blame Evolution

Daniel Lieberman’s “Exercised” looks at evolutionary biology to explain what might be the most appropriate workout regimen for our bodies.

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How to Get More From Your Pandemic Bubble

Social bubbles have helped us cope with the restrictions of Covid-19. For today’s Well Challenge, look to your pandemic pod to inspire and motivate you toward a healthier and happier life.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #diet-and-nutrition, #exercise, #friendship, #longevity, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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