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Thursday
Sep262013

Get Active! Digital Fall 2013

After a devastating injury that threatened to end her career, Olympic skater Allison Baver is poised to make history in Sochi. 

Read this and more in the latest issues of Get Active!

Thursday
Sep262013

Albert Einstein and Wolfgang Amadeus Walk into a Health Club

Stop me if you’ve heard this one—on second thought, wait for it.    

In our world of hundreds of different languages and dialects, it has often been said that “music is the universal language.” No matter what the country or culture, you will find men, women and children dancing and singing to bring a little joy, spirituality and rhythm to their lives.

Recently, I encountered a debate where a noted physicist, with all due respect to the wonders of song, disagreed. “Mathematics is the universal language,” he argued. “Think about it, but what is music, except mathematics set to melody?” The premise is this: what Mozart or Beethoven heard in their heads when composing their great symphonies can best be described as algo- rithms that their minds organized into notes and melodies. Music is simply a wonderful expression of mathematics.

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Wednesday
May012013

Don’t Neglect Your Warm-Up

Preparation is key for a great workout.

BY CHRIS THOMAE, NASM CPT, PES, CES 

Q: What’s the most common mistake you see your clients make in the gym? 


A: The most common mistake I see clients and other exercisers make is not performing a proper warm-up and cool-down before exercise. The benefits of performing warm-ups and cool- downs remains a heated debate in the industry relating to increased risk of exercise-induced injury. However, there is enough scientific evidence to conclude that not preparing your body for exercise has more risk to potential injury to lead me to view the warm-up and cool-down as a critical component.

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Wednesday
May012013

YOUTH AND EXERCISE: They’ve Got to Do It

Four recent studies highlight the importance of exercise on kids and teens.

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Wednesday
May012013

Can 80 Be the New 40?

Exercising until you’re 80 years old can give you the aerobic capacity of someone half that age. 

In a stude by Ball State University researches have determined that lifelong regular exercise can deliver dramatic effects on aerobic capacity, even for octogenarians.

Publised in the Journal of Applied Physiology, the study looked at the aerobic power of lifelong endurance athletes compared to those who didn’t have a regular exercise pro- gram. The athletes were former competitive cross-country skiers who exercised four to six times a week.

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