February 13, 2012 |
Actor Jesse Eisenberg's character in the movie "Zombieland"extolled the virtues of "cardio" as an apocalyptic survival tool. It probably didn't cross his mind it was making him a more scrumptious target for the walking dead. All supposing a better-functioning brain is also a tastier one, that is. A growing body of evidence shows that regular exercise - be it resistance training or aerobic - helps ward off a host of cognitive impairments and enhances brainpower all life long. "It's a medium-sized effect - but since we're talking about the brain, medium is good," says Michelle Voss, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Iowa and lead author on a 2011 review of the effect of exercise on cognition.
April 12, 1990 |
Wilt Chamberlain collected more rebounds than anyone in NBA history, but he cheated himself out of even more. Harvey Pollack, Philadelphia 76er statistician, recalled that Chamberlain once complained that statisticians were short-changing him on rebounds and took the complaint to owner Eddie Gottlieb. At the next game, Gottlieb had a friend of Wilt's, Vince Miller, keep his own rebounding statistics.
September 11, 1998 |
College recruiters were apprehensive about Nevada Blonstein's ankle and back injuries, so the Notre Dame High senior setter began a grueling workout schedule. Sometimes she rises at 4:45 a.m., other days, she begins her workout at 9 p.m. Squats, bench press, more squats, more bench press. In less than a month of working with Mark Hoffman, a pro beach volleyball athletic trainer, Blonstein has added four pounds of muscle and lost 5% body fat.
November 7, 2011 |
Old core workout: Crunches and planks. New core workout: Almost anything, as long as it's an all-body movement that forces you to stabilize yourself. As the trend to functional fitness grows, activities that involve compound movements - such as kettlebell swings, heavy-rope whips, hula hooping, even a dumbbell bench press on an unstable surface - are increasingly recognized as terrific core builders that can improve posture and performance in all sports as well as reduce injuries.
October 2, 1985 |
Dave Elecciri, Capistrano Valley High School assistant football coach, sits in the Cougars' weight room with the same sense of pride that a young couple has in their first home. The room is filled with enough barbells, weights and weight machines to satisfy the body building appetites of Arnold Schwarzenegger or Lou Ferrigno. The walls are lined with slogans such as "If There's No Pain, There's No Gain" and "Whatever a Weak Muscle Can Do, A Stronger One Can Do It Better."
May 5, 2012 |
Montel Williams is not your typical pot-smoking snowboarder. Best known as an Emmy-winning talk show host, the former Marine and decorated naval intelligence officer was also a champion boxer, bodybuilder and power-lifter. In 1999, Williams was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and it hit him hard. After a downward slide to rock bottom, Williams decided to get his life back. Were you active in your younger years? I was extremely active. I was a martial artist. I played every sport: track, football, basketball.
April 12, 2010 |
My fourth-grade teacher called me "the teeny weeny girl with the teeny weeny voice." My dad delighted in telling about the time he came upon a group of kids playing house in our backyard. He overheard one of my playmates find out I was the mom and comment in disbelief, "That runt the mother?" Now do you wonder why I've had lifelong issues of feeling like a shrimpy impostor cast in the role of adult? As a teacher, mom and runner, I've looked upon successes as happenstance gained more from luck than skill.
November 16, 2003 |
Defenseman Maxim Kuznetsov, delayed in Russia for more than two months because of visa problems, continues to work his way into game shape after joining the team last week. "He needs work," Coach Andy Murray said. "He's going to get lots of it. He missed training camp and he's got to get quicker, get better endurance. He's got to do everything." Kuznetsov is expected to take a fitness test Monday or Tuesday that includes bench press, vertical jump and grip strength.