Each day, more than 800 Americans suffer a hip fracture. Most of those fractures are due to falls, and most happen to seniors, who have lower bone density and muscle mass than the rest of the population.
Is it possible for people to become addicted to exercise? In a culture where 70 percent of the population is overweight or obese, and yet only 15 percent exercise regularly enough to gain health benefits, why should anyone bother to study people who may exercise too much and produce detrimental consequences?
In a second-floor, 300-square-foot chemotherapy infusion suite in Penn State Cancer Institute are some dumbbells, some stretchy bands, two treadmills, a recumbent bike, a weight bench, some physical therapy tools, and a raised mat. It’s not much and it’s not very big, but for researcher Kathryn Schmitz, it’s what she wanted.
Women with a history of miscarriage and women who are overweight or obese prior to pregnancy tend to have poorer psychological health and lower motivation to exercise during their next pregnancy compared to women without a history of miscarriage and those who are at a healthy weight before pregnancy, according to researchers in the Department of Kinesiology at Penn State.
To spread the message that exercise is medicine every day and not just during EiM week, event organizers have invited university clubs and organizations focused on fitness and healthy lifestyles to share their resources and information throughout the week. Students will also participate in a fitness challenge against Michigan State University and have an opportunity to attend a free yoga session on Old Main lawn.
The Department of Kinesiology has added a new interdisciplinary option to better position students in the ever-changing kinesiology field. The new applied exercise and health option, which became available this semester, prepares students to work in a variety of fields, such as private or corporate fitness, hospital settings, or private or public schools.
Christine Phillips, post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Healthy Aging, will present the April Lecture on Healthy Aging. Phillips will address the current state of knowledge about physical activity and exercise, and how to develop personal strategic based on current science.
By knowing your limits, dressing appropriately and drinking the right things, you can stay safe during summertime exercise, and ensure the benefits you realize are not outweighed by heat-related illnesses that can take a toll on the body.
When diagnosed with cancer, patients expect the standard treatments of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. However, additional integrated therapies can address the needs of both body and mind when battling or recovering from cancer, as Jen Price, senior exercise physiologist at the Penn State Hershey University Fitness Center, explains.
The Penn State Berks kinesiology degree program will celebrate Exercise Is Medicine Week, based on the national Exercise Is Medicine campaign promoted by the American College of Sports Medicine, from March 23 to 27.
Athletes who down beet juice before exercising to increase blood flow and improve performance may be surprised at the results of a recent study conducted at Penn State's Noll Laboratory. While beetroot juice rich in nitrates did not enhance muscle blood flow or vascular dilation during exercise, researchers found that it did "de-stiffen" blood vessels under resting conditions, potentially easing the workload of the heart.