Monthly Archives: March 2014

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FRIDAY FOOTPRINT FLASH – The ABC’s of March Madness

Whether avid fan or fair-weather spectator you are likely aware that we are smack dab in the middle of ‘March Madness,’ the annual three-week long tournament to crown the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball champions.

For parts of these three weeks, many of us rearrange our lives to accommodate game schedules. […]

By |March 28th, 2014|Exercise and Motivation|0 Comments

DON’T FORGET THE FUNCTION OF FUNCTIONAL FITNESS

If your gym follows trending fitness then no doubt it offers some rendition of ‘functional fitness.’ Whereas traditional strength training isolates muscle groups to induce strength, endurance, size or power gains (think barbell bench press), functional fitness is all about integration. It teaches muscle groups to work together, and the exercises almost always […]

By |March 25th, 2014|Exercise and Motivation|0 Comments

FRIDAY FOOTPRINT FLASH – Kids WILL use ‘active transport’ when it’s available!

Even though kids are far less physically active than previous generations, it’s important to realize its value is not lost on them. So, it’s not surprising that when schools increase access to different modes of ‘active transportation’ they take advantage of the opportunity.

Quick poll any group of third graders and […]

By |March 21st, 2014|Exercise and Motivation|0 Comments

1-REPETITION MAXIMUM LIFTS – TREND THEM BACK

Remember when it WAS pc to talk about your maximum bench press or squat? Ah, the good ‘ole days! Today, the topic brings puzzlement or disgust, from either unfamiliarity or fear you will next strip down to your circa 1980 coaching shorts or leg warmers.

In contemporary fitness, the 1-repetition […]

By |March 19th, 2014|Exercise and Motivation|0 Comments

SHOUT OUT TO ANYTIME FITNESS

Anytime Fitness doesn’t need me to toot its horn, but after using one of its clubs for the first time I’m tooting, loudly. At face value it’s a gym like any other. A hodgepodge of cardio and weight equipment, and clientele equally as diverse, some uber-fit, others new to fitness but realizing the […]

By |March 16th, 2014|Exercise and Motivation|0 Comments

FRIDAY FOOTPRINT FLASH – The Lets Move initiative is working!

FRIDAY FOOTPRINT FLASH – The Lets Move initiative is working!

Mrs. Obama recently marked the 4th anniversary of her (ongoing) Lets Move initiative. Concurrently, data revealed drastic improvement to the obesity rate of our nation’s 3-5 year olds.

While each is a win—sustained commitment to the mission and the […]

By |March 14th, 2014|Exercise and Motivation|0 Comments

FAMILY FOOTPRINT

Parents are THE strongest influences on a child’s physical activity habit. Whether playing catch, transporting to sport practice, or consistently messaging positive messages about activity engagement and offering encouragement, parents largely determine what activity is done, when it’s done and for how long—patterns that tend to follow across the life-span.

Hey, this […]

By |March 11th, 2014|Exercise and Motivation|0 Comments

MARCH – WINTER’S HUMP-MONTH

If you live in a snowy climate—this year who doesn’t!—March 1 is sort of like winter’s hump-month. Ever so slightly (especially since yet another widespread snow dump is in the forecast) the anticipation starts to grow about resuming outside workouts. Of course, some just ignore the elements, but many more prefer the forced […]

By |March 8th, 2014|Exercise and Motivation|0 Comments

FRIDAY FOOTPRINT FLASH: Now this is more like it!

My post yesterday railed on the pathetic, blatant, ANTI-health promoting messaging I witnessed a teacher direct to her students on a playground. Thankfully, today we are back on the sunny side of the street, for it is with great enthusiasm I report recent research that shows unquestioned evidence that school-aged kids can be motivated […]

By |March 7th, 2014|Exercise and Motivation|0 Comments

AND WE WONDER WHY SO MANY KIDS ARE UNDER-ACTIVE…

While on a school playground yesterday, I watched a 5th grade teacher set the physical activity advocacy movement back to its dark age.

After making it abundantly clear the playground was the last place she wanted to be and kickball the last thing she wanted to be dealing with—It was too hot (actually, a […]

By |March 6th, 2014|Exercise and Motivation|0 Comments