Monthly Archives: October 2013

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IT’S FOR REEEEEEEAL..

In a previous life, I did motor skill rehab with a little boy dual diagnosed with autism. His only verbal communication was ‘It’s for reeeeeeeeal’, which he would say each time he executed a skill. As his skills improved and we began to play catch or kick back and forth at a more rapid pace [...]

By |2013-10-30T23:23:34+00:00October 30th, 2013|Exercise and Motivation|0 Comments

WHAT’S IN YOUR NUMBER?

Today’s word problem: Subject A female is 5’4” weighs 120 pounds and wears a size 6 dress Subject B female is 5”4” weighs 130 pounds and wears a size 8 dress Who is healthier? Read on for how it can be determined… If your gym is like mine finding the scale is easy – just [...]

By |2013-10-28T15:55:46+00:00October 28th, 2013|Exercise and Motivation|0 Comments

THE GENTLEMAN’S MILE

My brother-in-law, former elite swimmer, now rock star family man with a busy wife and three busy young kids, finished his daily run and declared his ‘gentleman’s mile’ a success. Raised heart rate – yep, varied intensity considering the route included the neighborhood hill – yep, sustained for a health-protecting duration – yep. Nothing fancy. [...]

By |2013-10-24T22:44:40+00:00October 24th, 2013|Exercise and Motivation|0 Comments

TO GRUNT OR NOT TO GRUNT

Where is Shakespeare when we really need him? The gym equivalent of ‘to be or not to be’, grunting has become a nuclear lightening rod with the power to polarize membership and leave management scratching their heads about how to respond. On the one hand, gyms are spaces that require users to exert personal and [...]

By |2013-10-23T00:03:51+00:00October 23rd, 2013|Exercise and Motivation|0 Comments

THE SHOES HAVE IT

We here at our scrappy initiative are outspoken about anything that roadblocks activity participation. One of the biggest is the notion that you need to wear (comparably expensive) activity-specific clothes to do specific activities - otherwise don’t even think of watching the activity class much less doing it. Crazy, right! Unless you want to, you [...]

By |2013-10-21T16:06:14+00:00October 21st, 2013|Exercise and Motivation|0 Comments

FITTER KIDS ARE SMARTER KIDS – AND SCHOOLS THAT PRESERVE PHYSICAL EDUCATION ARE SMARTER SCHOOLS

Well, there you have it! After analyzing a decade’s worth of data that examined the academic performance (gpa, test scores, attendance) and aerobic fitness of hundreds of thousands of 5-7-9th graders, guess what! Researchers determined the more aerobically fit, the better the school performance. Or, more strongly messaged – fitter kids are smarter kids! How [...]

By |2013-10-19T21:53:58+00:00October 19th, 2013|Exercise and Motivation|0 Comments

WE ‘HAVE THE VILLAGES’ TO COMBAT CHILDHOOD OBESITY, BUT ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

New data about childhood obesity intervention strengthens the evidence that has been compiling for a couple of years – comprehensive, umbrella strategies that involve the public-private and nonprofit sectors work! Said otherwise – it takes a village to combat childhood obesity, and villages are being built! New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angles and now San [...]

By |2013-10-18T23:34:57+00:00October 18th, 2013|Exercise and Motivation|0 Comments

Information rich – Experience poor

Ahh, contemporary life! Blurred lines separating virtual and reality - Our day-to-day existence ever more occurring in a cyberland cloud - technology creeping ever closer to bridging virtual and real. What’s real? What’s virtual? Why does it matter - Isn’t virtual as real as real? With a credit card, reliable router, high-speed connection, and deliverable [...]

By |2013-10-18T00:01:54+00:00October 18th, 2013|Exercise and Motivation|0 Comments