April 11, 2011 |
When the music starts up in the Zumba dance class at Big Bear's Mountain Fitness Center gym, everyone is on their feet — except for Pam Newman. She's the 300-plus-pound woman in the back of the room who's lost 100 pounds in the last year by violating the "standing to exercise" rule. That's because she enthusiastically kicks her legs and flails her arms … while sitting down on a bench. Newman, the director of a local preschool and a grandmother of five, can't stand up and dance — yet. A year ago she weighed 440 pounds; for seven years, she barely moved, walking only from her door to the car on crutches.
September 24, 2007
These Web-only Health offerings can be found at latimes.com/health: ASK US Our reporters answer readers' health questions. Today's query: When engaging in the most strenuous portion of my cardio workout, my heart rate routinely gets up to around 95% of the maximum heart rate calculated for my age. I am going by the standard formula or chart that's on the cardio machine. I don't feel winded and can sustain that rate for some time. Should I be concerned?
December 12, 1988 |
HEART RATE HITS: Aerobicists' 10 Most Popular Workout Songs 1. "I Saw Him Standing There," Tiffany (increases average heart rate to 161 beats per minute) 2. "Wild, Wild West," The Escape Club (140 b/m) 3. "The Way You Make Me Feel," Michael Jackson (112 b/m) 4. "Pink Cadillac," Natalie Cole (125 b/m) 5. "Get Outta My Dreams," Billy Ocean (118 b/m) 6. "The Loco-motion," Kylie Minogue (130 b/m) 7. "Underneath the Radar," Underworld (146 b/m) 8. "Just Got Paid," Johnny Kemp (117 b/m) 9.
August 16, 2004 |
They're more than heart rate monitors. Now they have names like "personal fitness computer," and they're jammed with such features as altimeters, thermometers and the capability of downloading workout data into your cellphone. They can make your workouts more efficient, whether you're a serious runner, biker or hiker or a first-time power walker in need of some coaching.
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September 6, 1986 |
Jason Davey had been sleeping too much. Returning home from his job this summer at a McDonald's near his Santa Ana home, Jason, 16, would sleep all afternoon and into the next morning. Although he was born with a defect that reduced his heart rate to only 45 beats per minute, he played on Little League teams and had always kept up with his friends. In August, Jason underwent an Activitrax implant at St.
February 11, 2011 |
Fetal heart rate monitoring is a modern technology used in childbirth that has been highly debated. Some doctors feel the monitors, which measure the baby's heart rate during labor, provide valuable information. Others, including some studies, suggest electronic monitors are unnecessary and were adapted without concrete evidence that they're helpful. Research published Saturday comes down on the side of using monitors. Scientists examined data from the National Birth Cohort of more than 1.9 million U.S. births in which a single baby was delivered.
November 24, 2003 |
Stationary bikes have been a gym mainstay for nearly 50 years, outlasting many trendier rivals. These bikes are also the third-most popular choice for people buying aerobic equipment for home use. The equipment ranges in sophistication from economical training stands that let you use your own road or mountain bike to high-tech versions that may make you feel like a human lab rat. Here are some choices.
August 2, 2004 |
Even a single session of moderate exercise can improve heart health for at least a day, a new study suggests. It's no secret that frequent and intense exercise can improve heart function, but this is the first time scientists have tested the heart's response to a single, less intense bout of exercise. For this study, 11 healthy young men spent 60 minutes on an exercise bicycle, pedaling at a rate at which they could easily hold a conversation.