July 26, 2016 |
Sam Bradford finally enjoyed a healthy summer. He was not sequestered in a training room rehabilitating a torn knee, like he did the previous two summers. An elusive break in his schedule allowed Bradford to spend time with teammates, focus on building the rest of his body - and even get married. Bradford begins his second training camp with the Eagles on Monday as the unequivocal starting quarterback, but with his career in Philadelphia likely expiring after this season. Yet all the attention devoted to Bradford's employment has overshadowed what's otherwise been the dominant story line of Bradford's career: His health.
April 21, 2016 |
JOINT HEALTH, not a sexy topic, is often neglected in our discussions about health and fitness, But make no mistake about it: Ignore your joints and they will cause you grief. Many, if not most, people (me included) are initially motivated to exercise purely out of vanity - the search for that elusive, so-called perfect physique. Thing is, it's all an illusion. Whether you are Rubenesque, slender, or somewhere in between, your primary focus should not be about conforming to fashion or someone else's ideals of beauty.
October 4, 2015 |
GALLOWAY, N.J. - The hip-hop music was cut off on Friday afternoon as another session of Sixers training camp wound down. And then the Stockton University basketball gym filled with the sounds of chirping birds and soothing music. In a new training camp ritual, it was time to meditate. The Sixers players laid on their backs in a row and propped their feet onto a chair. An onlooker in the crowd asked if the team was really meditating. The players crossed their hands on their chests and closed their eyes.
July 24, 2014
A NEW STUDY has delivered compelling evidence that diet, exercise and other prescription-free interventions are the best way to ward off Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's is perhaps the most dreadful of modern diseases: It steals your mind, your personality and your very soul. And once you have it, there is no turning back. On a personal note, I have seen firsthand the slow, devastating effects of this awful disease on a loved one, as well as the family members. So, my ears really perked up when I heard about the groundbreaking study that was presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference.
July 17, 2014
FOR YEARS, I have encouraged ordinary women to embrace weight training and its many benefits. Yet, most women still tend to avoid weight-bearing exercises, fearing that their muscles will expand to Amazonian proportions. Nothing could be further from the truth. But there are many misconceptions about women's bodybuilding, a subject recently explored on HBO's show "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. " This segment pulled back the curtain for a rare, in-depth glimpse into the shocking and secretive world of professional women's bodybuilding.
March 27, 2014
FINALLY, spring has sprung and many people, especially women, are revved up, and have put their running routine in heavy rotation. After all, running is good for you, right? Everybody knows that running keeps you fit as a fiddle, and may reduce risks of heart disease, diabetes and obesity, too. Yes, it's well documented that high-impact exercise, such as running, is good for your heart. And yes, it is also true that nearly every woman is convinced that running is the best way to stay slim and toned.
February 27, 2014
NO DOUBT you have already heard that first lady Michelle Obama turned 50 last month - but did you hear that she was going to change her workout and do less weight training and cardio and do more yoga? "I'm seeing myself shift from weight-bearing stuff . . . and the heavy cardio and running, to things like yoga that will keep me flexible," she told People magazine in an interview last month. Hold up, Mrs. Obama: While yoga offers a variety of complements, including improving flexibility, yoga should not be seen as a replacement for strength training.
January 6, 2014 |
Anyone who has run for some time has had the importance of strength training drilled into his or her head: If you don't hit the gym a few times a week, you're more prone to injury, which could lead to a layoff, which means no more running. But when I'm putting in 30, 40, 50 miles a week, the last thing I want to do is squats on legs that already feel like overcooked spaghetti. What I really want are some nachos and a hot shower. Jeff Horowitz has a solution. He's been a running coach for more than a decade and is the author of Quick Strength for Runners.
September 29, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA'S most prominent boxers fared well this summer, ousting whoever stepped into the ring against them. Kensington's Danny Garcia (27-0) defeated Lucas Matthysse on the Mayweather-Canelo undercard. North Philadelphia's Bryant Jennings (17-0) managed a stellar knockout over Andrey Fedosov back in late May Middleweight Gabriel Rosado lost a split decision to J'Leon Love in May that was overturned when Love failed a drug test. But with all that, it's likely that Jesse Hart put together the busiest and most prolific summer.